What cuts if any do people see happening in the CAF/DND? A few of us were having a private chat on FB over the last few days and we were thinking about courses that could be cut. PLQ was one that a couple people thought about for certain trades. Like all courses, they're expensive when you think about transportation, meals, housing and everything else and for many trades, useless. Take for example and HRA or FSA and some others. They get promoted, do the job as a MCpl for up to two years and sometimes longer depending on availability or injury/illness and then go back and keep doing the same job they did prior to going on course. Learning section attacks, giving O groups etc doesn't train us to be better supervisors in the OR. The only think I can think is beneficial is learning to teach a lesson and that can probably be done at the unit level. There are probably many other courses as well.
I'm a bit late to the party, but let me tell you a story about a young Met Tech.
Back in Sep '06 I was tasked to join D Bty 2 RCHA on a deployment to Kandahar the following Feb. As a Met Tech I had never been to the field, my last time sleeping in tents and carrying a rifle was basic training nearly 6 years prior. I lucked out since my Sgt, and Mcpl that were both OTs from the infantry, so on our first field ex in Gagetown I was brought back up to speed on the basics of fieldcraft. After that is was IBTS training with the NCE guys(I was a late addition and missed the BG training in Pet).
Fast forward to Oct/Nov in Wainwright, and we were supposed to be doing the full "work up" training for Kandahar. Unfortunately the gunners were rotating the troops through live fire training, and needed Met data, so I spent the entire exercise launching weather balloons rather than doing training.
Now it's Feb '07, and I'm sitting in the back of a Bison(first time ever) as we roll down the roads leading from KAF to Spur. We do a long halt for a vehicle breakdown, and I have no idea what to do. I'd never done a long halt in training... The night unfolds as a near continuous comedy of errors, with the drive to Spur taking many hours. I learned more about what to do in a convoy during that CLP than I had in the months leading up to the deployment.
The first time I drew a range card was sitting in the middle of the Maywand district, in the CC hatch of my Bison(I was now CC of the Met Bison) with a Gunner sitting beside me explaining what to do.
The first time I fired a C6 was in theatre, the same C6 I used as CC. Also drove the Bison though I was only qualified TLAV...
I could go on, but the point is, as a Met Tech I was woefully unprepared to be in the field in theatre. Other support trades found themselves in the same situation, and as a result of that all the soldiering stuff was added to PLQ.
So if you want someone to blame for having to learn at how to lead a section attack, give orders, etc. blame me.