II recall a joyless discussion with a CO who had invested thousands in gear for a regimental kit store, based in the armoury, and who was angry that we hadn't sold anything.
I asked him if he rememebered the civvy he threw out of the armoury, in a very rude fashion, the week before.
'How did you know about that?" he asked me.
I replied "He's a client of mine and told me about it. He's a retired Deputy Minister, who used to be a regimental UOTP Officer, and was in here looking for a regimental tie when you kicked him out."
The local CANEX now sells our regimental t-shirts etc.
Chairman Pogo strikes again as in "We have met the enemy and he is us."
We should also consider in the insanely and unlikely event we ever grow up and actually consider expanding our reserve forces. That it might be an idea to build rural armouries as a well as urban ones.
The answer to a lot of the of our problems is simple ,community .
We have to stop hiding from our fellow citizens. It is time we reached out.