***Although a lot of CAF training is standardized across the board (and we actually have a Standards Cell attached to each division to ensure this) there is a lot of background and administrative activity that is not. Especially in the Primary Reserves (the Militia, baby!) where we typically have to train locally, using whatever resources … Continue reading Fire Picket: One hour that means so much…
So we’ve just heard how the 2006 census proves that the ‘white’ race is the real endangered minority (I think?). Now it’s time for our everyman character Col Ian Dobson to warn us about violent gangs! Not content to go by the easy route of calling in someone from, say, the RCMP to lay out … Continue reading 22-Can you dig it?
***It's worth noting that, while Swain's memoirs are both well written and valuable as an historical resource, it's fair to mention that he does come with his share of bias. Just as the more passionate Indigenous activists are uncomfortable admitting the close ties between the Mohawk Warriors and organized crime (specifically cigarette smuggling and casino/bingo … Continue reading Supplemental Reading: Oka: A Political Crisis and its Legacy.
The officer handling the briefing, Col Conway, doesn't seem to respect his democratically elected leadership. Before launching into his part of the briefing, he pauses in for a moment to revel in his natural superiority over the mere civilian before him: ‘Conway smiled to himself. He very much doubted that Riley knew any such thing, … Continue reading 21-Apparently Healthy but Badly Led…
***Just to note in advance, the process called ‘Battle Procedure’ is something that has gone through a bunch of reincarnations over the years in the CAF, and exists under various other names in various other armies. So what I’m going to be discussing here should sound familiar to most military readers, even though the terminology … Continue reading Battle Procedure (or why you have to trust and delegate)
This is Tuesday after the raid (on Sunday) and the Chief of Defence Staff is about to brief the Minister of National Defence. You may remember that the MND was present at the previous briefing, but ignore that fact. This scene here is the moment when the army presents its first initial assessment of the … Continue reading 20-“Think in terms of vulnerabilities…”
When we last saw our intrepid command staff, they had just concluded a briefing. The Prime Minister was to be notified! So was the Privy Council's Office and the RCMP. Things were moving far too slowly but they were moving and there was a real possibility of seeing something happen next time these characters appeared on … Continue reading 19-Meet General Bishop