Wow! After a long hiatus, we're back to the deconstruction! When we last left our two heroes...uh... ...huh... I'm not even sure how to describe Prime Minister Jack Hemp and Grand Chief Al Onanole. They're not protagonists, even though they're both central to the story and the targets of the villainous Movement's designs. They're not … Continue reading 56-Jack & Al have a meeting(4): Reject the past
***Quick note beforehand. As I have mentioned in other posts about women in the CAF, I'm coming from the perspective of a straight, middle-aged male, and my writing is going to reflect that. I'm not in any way trying to discount the perspectives of other genders and orientations, I'm just sticking to what I know … Continue reading The ‘Headquarters Harem,’ or why we can’t have nice things.
Here's a really fucked up joke I've heard from way to many army friends acquaintances: Q: You're a sniper watching a bridge, and you got orders saying to shoot anyone trying to cross. Suddenly a small child approaches and begins to cross the bridge. What do you feel? A: Recoil. [Cue the laughter of assholes.] … Continue reading ROEs – “What do you feel?”
Soooo....now that I've laid out the basics of how Canadians do the airborne thing, let's start into how Bland envisions it working. Much like our examination of Alex Gabriel's Winnipeg Map Recce, I'm going to have to break this down into multiple posts. This one's going to deal with some big-picture strategy issues, the next … Continue reading 55-Lepine has a Plan (1) – Hard Assed?
So the next part of the Deconstruction deals with a planned Airborne Operation carried out by Douglas Bland's fictional Canadian Special Service Regiment (CSSR). A lot of the shit that gets presented is seriously, blatantly, wrong, but that wrongness is not necessarily self-evident. So I figure it might be a good idea to lay out … Continue reading Airborne Ops: A (very) basic primer
So there's this joke in the militia about how you determine who's leadership material, but for it to make sense I need to explain a few things first. This might take a moment, but I am going somewhere with this. Identifying potential NCO leadership is a tricky situation in the militia, and a major part … Continue reading Leadership(?)-First one to look
***This post started out as a footnote for an upcoming post, before I tried to tie it in to a previous post, at which point I realized I needed to turn it into a full sized article and so here we are.*** ROEs. Rules Of Engagement. These are vital orders that must be given in … Continue reading “Anything that moves…” ROEs when things aren’t simple.
In case you were wondering what our token “good Indian” with the western sounding name, we’re now back to Gen Lepine’s headquarters.... [Heavy sigh. Time for a sidebar.] Okay, so, I'm still not sure what to make of the fact that René Lepine is native. Because it feels like it should mean something, even though … Continue reading 53-Lepine is loading Chekhov’s gun with blanks!
In the novel Uprising, Douglas Bland makes it pretty clear that his fictional CDS, Gen Andrew Bishop, does not respect the Prime Minister Jack Hemp. That in and of itself wouldn't be too strange, if it wasn't for the fact that (apparently) no-one else respects the Prime Minister either. During the meeting in Langevin Block … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – A Soldier First
So let's establish a few things right off the bat... I'm a forty-one year old Sergeant who's last named hair style was the mullet. I used to have long hair, so I generally get the idea behind why long-haired women would care about something like Ponytail-FORGEN, but I'm not going to claim I get it … Continue reading Women in the CAF – Uh…Swooch?