Canadian Forces: heads need to roll

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

Something that irks me

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

How about a step back … to effectiveness?

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?

Buttons and bows, again: the Vimy Star

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

Buttons and bows, yet again … sorry about that

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

Why not spend more on defence?

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?