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).