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We want the best strategic commanders for the CAF's senior positions. Occupation should have nothing to do with it.
If the top three majors in the CAF are three nurses, then they should all proceed to JCSP. Not the top nurse plus a pilot and an armoured officer who are good at hockey.
The CAF confuses perceived tactical prowess with strategic acumen, to its perpetual detriment.
And just because you mentioned hockey, it seems to be pervading the military 'afterlife' as well. Personally, I haven't noticed the connection between hockey and business success on civvy street, but UBC clearly knows better
UBC recruits military men for research program involving hockey, to help veterans transition to civilian life
Program first launched by UBC, now being expanded across the country
Canadian troops warm up before a ball hockey game at the military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan in February 2010. The game is popular on Canadian bases worldwide and a new program designed to help veterans transition back to civilian life has ball hockey at the centre of it.
If you are a Canadian military veteran who identifies as male and loves a good game of ball hockey, a new program created by researchers at the University of British Columbia could be for you.
It's called the Purpose After Service through Sport program, or PASS, and brings together men who have served or are currently serving in the military, for weekly scrimmages where they can connect socially, access resources to make the transition out of the military less stressful, and blow off steam with some friendly competition.
The program was first launched by UBC researchers in 2019 and now, with funding from Veterans Affairs Canada, is being expanded to nine locations across the country — including Esquimalt, B.C. — on a trial basis to evaluate how well PASS can support the health and well-being of male military veterans.
"Men, in particular, are very reluctant often to reach out and seek help," said UBC kinesiology professor and PASS lead researcher, Mark Beauchamp, speaking Wednesday on CBC's On The Island.