Mercedes Stephenson, a Global News reporter who is well versed in and well connected to the Canadian military, posted this, on the afternoon of 30 Apr 19, on social media: The picture in question is ... ... and sources confirmed to her that these are, indeed members of the Canadian Army (the 4th Canadian Division) who … Continue reading Canadian Forces: heads need to roll
The US Army, on its official social media feeds, says that this could be (it's quite indefinite) "the new "everyday business-wear uniform" for US soldiers ... ... now, at the risk of repeating myself, the "business-wear uniform" for soldiers has changed over the years but it looked and looks rather like this ... ... the … Continue reading Something that irks me
I see from the Canadian Army's propaganda machine that our colonels and generals are still tightly wound around the "buttons and bows" axle. The news release says that the Army "will advance into the future" following a new Army flag ... ... which, I'm sad to say, looks, to me, a little too busy. But maybe, … Continue reading How about a step back … to effectiveness?
A week ago I complained, again, about the Canadian Army's fixation with "buttons and bows." I mentioned that I did not know what a "Vimy Star" even looked like ... Well, a friend on Army.ca has come to the rescue. This is the Vimy Star as a "pip" for a Canadian Army officer: ... it … Continue reading Buttons and bows, again: the Vimy Star
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 … Continue reading Buttons and bows, yet again … sorry about that
I saw an article in today's Ottawa Citizen about the problem my city faces with ambulance service. According to the article politicians will meet and discuss, the mayor says that "public safety is paramount and we take these concerns seriously," but, ultimately, as the city's emergency services chief says, "the only fix is more resources." … Continue reading Why not spend more on defence?
So, on the Army rumour net, which, to be clear, is right less than half the time, I heard that there are plans to bring back both the sam browne belt and patrol dress uniforms. I wore both, quite proudly, in the "good old days," which, I can assure you, were not all that bloody … Continue reading Another rant (buttons and bows)