A Rant

OK, a few weeks ago I ranted a bit about a pet peeve. Now I have been told that the Army Sergeant Major, on behalf of the Canadian Army Commander, has sent out a message authorizing more fancy badges on the operational, CADPAT, combat uniform …

We’re going to go from this:


To an updated version of this …


I don’t want to join the fashion police except to say that Canadian military personnel need good, durable, comfortable, easy to care for uniforms that “work” in the field and are (reasonably) neat and tidy (smart) in garrison.

What bothers me is that, as I understand it, the Army can still cannot provide boots to (almost) all of its members and the logistics vehicle fleet is still unmaintainable … why, then are warrant officers and colonels and generals worrying about “buttons and bows?”

The answer is simple: there are too damned many of them: too many admirals and generals and too many “gee gaws,” too.

The Minister of National Defence should fire, somewhat arbitrarily, ⅓ of the commodores, generals and admirals and about the same number of the CWOs in various HQs.

As long as we are dealing with decor instead of military operations, we ought to redecorate the entire CF: cut out a lot of the brass and gold, the flag and general officers, and RCN captains and Army and RCAF colonels, too, and add a whole lot more green (tanks, boots, trucks and soldiers) and grey (ships and aircraft).

Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

7 thoughts on “A Rant

  1. Here, here! Something about the devil finding work for idle hands … That said, the previous gov’t has to take its share of blame for focusing on ribbons/bows as “low hanging fruit” instead of things like boots – let’s see how the new bosses deal with this.

    1. Absolutely, Tony … more than enough political and bureaucratic and military blame to go around for misorganization and allowing C2 bloat to happen.

  2. Reblogged this on MILNEWS.ca Blog and commented:
    OK, here we have someone who knows what’s what saying the some in the Canadian Army are concentrating on bright, coloured patches while not every soldier can get boots. If this is right, retweet with the #allpipsnoboots hashtag – let’s see of SOMEONE up there listens.

    1. Thanks, Tony … as you know I get my “inside information” from the same people who talk to you: in the case serving officers and NCOs who cannot get boots for their soldiers because the supply system has none in stock. This goes beyond the normal frustrations that officers and NCOs have with HQ, this is a sign of bad organization and misplaced priorities.

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