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I hadn't really put a figure on the sigs. Roughly speaking I think a Bde HQ and Sigs Sqn is around 300 all ranks. I put down roughly 50 of those (mostly staff officers) as a 3 year posting. The remaining 250 I saw with some as a rotational forward presence and some as rapid reinforcement. I hadn't concluded what the ratio should be as I'm not sure what number you need there to run things 24/7 all the time and which are only required for exercises and when the balloon goes up.You had me up until you lowballed the Sig Support element. Having worked on many a NATO connectivity ex, it's not 1970 4CMBG here. We have many different sensors and systems that interconnect and need competent signallers to make the voodoo and wizardry happen.
I would honestly say if we are turning this into an MN Bde, we need to stand up another NATO Sigs Bn to support it. Canada can take the lead as the Bde HQ, but definitely need people that can interconnect systems so we all get the same message at the same time on the same systems.
I've got the same issue with logistics because on the one hand the Canadian contingent is not a full brigade but on the other hand there is the complexity of the multinational nature of the job.