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    Small Arms Trainer

    Once again our NRD had less than satisfactory results at our range weekend (which happens only once per year) so the discussion came up again about Small Arms Trainers (SAT). There used to be one that was shared between CFFS Esquimalt and the Western Region NRD's but as with many shared...
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    The DEU Sweater - Keep, Bin, Improve

    Ahhh, the DEU sweater. Ugly, takes one wash to pill it up, never fits well. I've been thinking about putting in a request to the CAF Dress committee or would a UCR be the better route? (Or both?) I personally favour a more Crew Neck style vice the V Neck (which after one wash migrates to your...
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    Pressure Cooker - The Victoria Canada Day Bombers

    I've had a few belly laughs listening to this podcast. https://www.cbc.ca/listen/cbc-podcasts/1067-pressure-cooker That the authorities allowed this sting to continue long after it was crystal clear that those two could barely plan a morning let alone a terrorist attack is the real tragedy...
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    King Charles III

    A place to praise or poke the ascended King of Canada
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    Naval Security Team

    Get a renewed purpose.
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    US Department of Maritime Affairs?

    An opinion piece by LCDR Jimmy Drennan https://cimsec.org/beyond-defense-americas-past-and-future-interests-at-sea/ An excerpt Without bold federal realignment, it is difficult to see how a nation with no less than four independent national maritime strategies can achieve maritime security...
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    CBC Interview with new RCAF Commander

    I was watching CBC The National on Friday and they had an interview with the new Commander of the RCAF. With the war in Ukraine, F35, NORAD Modernization, Multi-mission aircraft replacement, personnel issues, etc. What did you think they asked the General?.........bloody Snowbirds FFS. Mod edit...
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    The Never-ending Roaming of Navy Accoutrements

    This post was inspired by a picture from one of my sister naval officers who received another recognition of her outstanding service to Queen and Country. I’ll only use Commanders of the RCN/MARCOM/RCN as my models due to the lack of pictures of other officers and ranks, ahem Naval Blindness...
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    Are we that weak?

    Canadians saying that they are triggered seeing people flying the Canadian flag on a pickup? JFC are we that weak now that a piece of cloth with colours on it will put folks into the fetal position? How about we grow a backbone and tell the arseholes who are using our national symbols to...
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    Red Teaming the Government of Canada

    An excellent piece by Paul Wells. This government really needs to hear this but I think they are so wrapped up in their own awesomeness that they are actually blind, deaf, and dumb. I'll put the full article here...
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    GG Spending

    #4 - The upkeep of 24 Sussex will tell you all you need to know about Canadian small mindedness.
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    Corsairs, Skyhawks, Korea

    https://www.google.ca/search?q=devotion+-+movie&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-ca&client=safari#fpstate=ivlbx More Korean War I say!
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    CRCN 38 Flag Hoist

    Para 4 gives me hope SUBJ:VICE-ADMIRAL ANGUS TOPSHEE FLAG HOIST SIGNAL 1. I AM PROUD TO ASSUME COMMAND OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY. IN THIS ERA OF DIMINISHED TRUST IN SENIOR LEADERSHIP, I RECOGNIZE THAT I MUST EARN YOUR CONFIDENCE. I PROMISE THAT THE RCN WILL PLACE AS MUCH IMPORTANCE ON...
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    Oppressive Airport Security Requirements - Time for a review?

    Yes this link is about Covid Protocols at Canada's Airports. https://globalnews.ca/tag/toronto-pearson-airport-wait-times/ But its been over 20 years since 9/11 and I think the only folks happy with security at the airport is the companies supplying the inspection equipment! I would think that...
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    Majority of Canadians not interested in joining the CAF

    FROM THE CAF INFO MACHINE Majority of Canadians have no interest in joining the military, DND poll shows Not interested - RCAF 58%, CA 57%, RCN 61% Not likely interested - RCAF 21%, CA 22%, RCN 22% Poll done in Jan and Feb - 3,075 polled My edit - The sexual scandals have really hurt, but...
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    WWII veteran turned 100 years old last week

    Laverne Tufts, lives on his own, still drives and works at his son-in-law's place in the machine shop. He lives in my hometown of Killarney. Still very mobile and sharp as a tack. Amazing. http://killarneyguide.ca/2021/11/11/tales-of-a-wwii-scout-car-driver/
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    Go NAVY beat army!

    Think this works whether it's Football, Futbol, Rugby or Cricket!
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    The Kingpost is Dead! Long Live the Vertrep!

    When I was DeckO in VAN, I recall only rigging for it once. And that was for WUPS. Anyone with more recent experience, are you sad to see this go? Do you think they'll pull them out or just leave them in? Is the weight saving an issue in the Frigates? SUBJ:DIVESTMENT OF HALIFAX CLASS KINGPOST...
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    Defence Minister

    Same one? Another former Military person? Someone from left field?
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    I am the Secret Public Servant

    I'm putting this in here because I'm pretty sure this person has wafted through the Department of National Defence and if he hasn't he'll be missing some epic stories. https://www.canadaland.com/secret-public-servant/ Although this part I find incredulous that the author doesn't know that Tim...
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