I know I said my “last word” about buttons and bows, but since doing real work appears to be too difficult for the “masters of the universe” in our bloated, inept, misdirected National Defence Headquarters, and the great minds have gone back to fiddling with badges while the world situation crumbles, I feel just as justified in breaking my promise as Justin Trudeau does in breaking his.
It appears that this was not an “April Fools” joke, as some of us devoutly wished.
General Jonathan Vance, the Chief of the Defence Staff, showed of the new/old army general’s rank badges in an interview with CTV News’ Mercedes Stephenson …
… these new badges which look (thankfully, in my opinion) very much like the ones worn by Navy admirals and Air Force generals (and by Canadian Army generals prior to 2015), will replace these, which look very much like the rank badges worn by generals from 1968 to 2014/15, replace these, which are carbon copies of the World War I British (and Canadian) badges …
… one of my friends asked, only slightly tongue in cheek, if it was possible to get any more “bling” on a uniform. The consensus was that there was still room on the sleeve and that, maybe, bigger generals, with broader shoulders would help.
But that’s not the end of it. Not satisfied with making a (welcome) change to the generals’ badges the powers that be also feel a need to fix up this …
… and what’s wrong with that, you ask?
Well, besides the points I made earlier about them being unCanadian, not much. But the general staff wants to replace the “pip” ~ which uses the “star” of the Order of the Bath, which is an “honour” not used in Canada ~ with something called the “Vimy Star,” which, one presumes, is more Canadian. (Now, I, personally, would have much preferred that we had changed to a Canadian adaptation of the Indian Army’s rank badges, using Canadian symbols, like the Governor General’s Lion instead of the British crown and a distinctively Canadian pip, maybe a maple leaf, instead of the British one, but …)
The “but” is that there are many, Many, MANY really important things that should be occupying the minds of the general staff … rank badges ought not to be on anyone’s mind at all.
I don’t know what a “Vimy Star” looks like and my google-fu is not very strong, so if anyone has a picture please add it as a comment.