How are we supposed to practice the protection of protected entities if they are not included in our training mockups? Just because the person in the article thought that recognition of a mosque compared to the surrounding buildings was "kindergarten" stuff perhaps does not realize how rare mosques actually are across the country, outside of major urban centres.
We also employ actors to play civilians on training exercises, just because something is in the training area doesn't mean we treat it as a target. It's not as if it was part of a range and the building had been blown to pieces.
So this super offended random guy wondering around a military base (ironically enough to shoot things in the face) is feeling betrayed
to find a fake mosque, in a fake town, in a military training area.
And as my girlfriend pointed out when I read her the article over our morning coffee & chit chat…she asked “So instead of just calling the base to ask about it, he went to the CBC and tries to cause a fuss?”
- Mosques are quite rare across the country. Training troops to recognize what one looks like, in a mock-up town we try to build as realistic as possible, is important.
- Did he ever consider that perhaps our troops need to know what it looks like so that IF
they are engaged from a mosque, they don’t return fire and can extract themselves? And can practice tactics for extracting themselves without engaging a building that can’t be touched if the ROE say so?
- Did he ever consider that perhaps in a volatile theatre, our troops may need to quickly reach a mosque in order to protect the people inside? Or extract them to safety?
- If on foot patrol near a mosque, are there any customs or protocols that our troops should be familiar with so as to not offend the locals and be respectful?
Are there any customs or protocols that could potentially be mistaken for aggressive, that they should be aware of so as to not misinterpret something?
Perhaps CBC could change the title to “Man Shooting Elk Stumbles Across Fake Mosque in Fake Town in Military Training Area. Instead of Contacting Base or Asking Questions, He Goes National About His Initial Feelings.”
He shouldn’t feel betrayed. But perhaps he should feel dumb, if no other reason he skipped a few steps before going national with his own ignorance…
Great job again CBC. Any dirt to throw at the military, and you’re right on top of it…