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I'm currently attending Expeditionary Warfare School with the USMC which is their AOC equivalent. I've had the opportunity to read a lot of USMC doctrine and a lot of US Army as well. What has struck me is the quantity in that they actually cover off everything the force is expected to do, the quality is pretty good from my perspective, but, most importantly, people actually know it, reference it, and use it as a basis for professional discussion. In my experience Canadians don't know their doctrine and the doctrine isn't kept up to date or properly published. A perfect example is combat tm operations. While LGen Devlin was the Comd of the Army he stated that the combat tm and combat tm training was the center of gravity for the army. How can our center of gravity have doctrine that has been "interim" since 2004 and spends the vast majority of its content describing the conduct of drills in great detail?
Doctrine should give us a starting point and a place to go when we are looking for answers to questions. Before you go and ask your pl comd/OC/CO something the first thing going through our heads should be, does the answer already exist in doctrine or officially recognized TTP's. Doctrine establishes the "box". The Canadian Army subscribes to maneuver warfare and believes that thinking outside the box is essential, however, for our junior officers/NCOs, I would suggest knowing where/what the box is in the first place would be important before thinking outside of it.
It also seems like a lot of our doctrine is written for officers. The assumption is that no one else will/should refer to it. The Marine's capstone publication is MCDP-1 Warfighting. This publication is on the Commandant's reading list and expected to be read by every Marine and then conversations within units at squad and platoon level are had on it. How does that compare to our Land Operations which I would bet that 99.9% of Canadian enlisted members have never glanced at. You can find Land Operations here http://info.publicintelligence.net/CanadaLandOps.pdf
Compare that to MCDP-1 in terms of accessibility to junior ranks, you can find it here, http://www.clausewitz.com/readings/mcdp1.pdf
Perhaps most importantly doctrine establishes the vocabulary of our profession so that we can actually have professional discussions where the terms being used are recognized by all, and if they aren't they can refer to a publication that has it. I haven't been able to find the Canadian publication that has all of our terms, perhaps an AOC grad can point it out to me if it exists. The US has Operational Terms and Graphics FM 1-02 for the Army or MCRP 5-12A for the Marines (same pub just different numbering for the services). Hand books from the infantry school or whatever other school aren't the same as they aren't as widely available. You can find it here to see what I'm talking about. http://ofp.umbr.net/Other/milpubs/Operational%20Terms%20and%20Graphics%20%20%20(MCRP%205-12a).pdf
Does anyone else see this as a problem or am I blowing this out of proportion? Shouldn't we be devoting resources to publishing proper doctrine? In an "interwar" period it seems to be that we should be ensuring that we are investing in our intellectual capital to ensure that we are prepared as possible for unforeseen conflicts in the future. How can we do this without a proper doctrinal foundation?
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The Commanding Officer of the Calgary Highlanders proudly presents the
65th Grand Highland Military Ball,
an evening of good food, music, dance, and military pageantry.
On Saturday the 1st of March, 2014
at the Westin Calgary located at 4th Avenue and 3rd Street SW, Calgary Alberta
the ballroom will echo to the sounds of our Pipes and Drums and our usual dance band. Whirling Highland Dancers and the chance for all to do some Scottish Country Dancing combine with the banners and tartans hanging from the ceiling to create a Highland ambiance. The Grand March is the sign for the dancing (Scottish and otherwise) to begin after a lovely dinner.
Cocktails: 18:30 hrs
Dinner: 19:30 hrs
Tariff: $110.00 per person including GST
Make cheques payable to CHRFF
DRESS: Gentlemen: Mess Kit, Black Tie or Formal Highland Wear
Ladies: Mess Kit, Evening Gown or Cocktail Dress
Decorations and Orders should be worn
Guest of Honour: HCol (Retd) Fred Mannix OC
RVSP by 21 February, 2014 by mail to CHRFF, 1506 1100 8th Ave SW, Calgary AB T2P3T9
For those who wish it, there will be Scottish Country Dancing instruction available on Tuesdays 11th, 18th, and 25th February 2014 from 7PM to 9PM at the Mewata Armoury Officer’s Mess. Please notify firstname.lastname@example.org
at least one week prior to any session you may wish to attend.
Special room rates of $139.00 are available at the Westin.
More details as well as a downloadable invitation and reply card are available at http://www.calgaryhighlanders.com/events/highlandball.htm
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Hi I'm trying to get into the RMC and on PDF im filling out I have to choose an occupational Preference and I don't understand what most of them mean. I've looked them. Please help and here are my options.
00178 - 21 - ARMD - DEO/ROTP - VIE 9/VIE 13
00179 - 22 - ARTY - DEO/ROTP - VIE 9/VIE 13
00180 - 23 - INF - DEO/ROTP - VIE 9/VIE 13
00181 - 24 - ENGR - DEO/ROTP - VIE 9/VIE 13
00182 - 31 - ANAV - DEO/ROTP - VIE 6/VIE 9
00183 - 32 - PLT - DEO/ROTP - VIE 9/VIE 12
00184 - 39 - AEC - DEO/ROTP - VIE 6/VIE 10
00185 - 41 - AERE - DEO/ROTP - VIE 6/VIE 10
00187 - 43 - EME - DEO/ROTP - VIE 9/VIE 13
00189 - 46 - AF ENGR - DEO/ROTP - VIE 6/VIE 10
00190 - 49 - PHY TH - DEO/ROTP - VIE 6/VIE 9
00191 - 51 - DENT - DEO/ROTP - VIE 4/VIE 10
00192 - 48 - HCA - DEO/ROTP - VIE 9/VIE 13
00193 - 52 - HSO Receptor - MOC - No VIE
00194 - 54 - PHARM - DEO/ROTP - VIE 4/VIE 9
00195 - 57 - NUR - DEO/ROTP - VIE 6/VIE 10
00196 - 55 - MED - DEO/MOTP - VIE 5/VIE 12
00197 - 56 - BIO - DEO - VIE 6
00198 - 58 - SOCW - DEO/ROTP - VIE 6/VIE 9
00200 - 61 - CHAP(P) - DEO/MCTP - VIE 6/VIE 10
00201 - 62 - CHAP(RC) - DEO/CTP - VIE 6/VIE 10
00203 - 66 - PAFF - DEO - VIE 6
00204 - 67 - LEGAL - DEO/MLTP - VIE 4/VIE 13
00207 - 71 - MARS - DEO/ROTP - VIE 8/VIE 12
00208 - 72 - PSEL - DEO - VIE 6
00210 - 75 - MUSC Receptor - MOC - No VIE
00211 - 74 - TRG DEV - DEO - VIE 6
00213 - 82 - INT Receptor - MOC - No VIE
00214 - 81 - MPO - DEO/ROTP - VIE 9/VIE 13
00328 - 78 - LOG - DEO/ROTP - VIE 6/VIE 10
00340 - 83 - CELE (AIR) - DEO/ROTP - VIE 6/VIE 9
00341 - 84 - SIGS - DEO/ROTP - VIE 9/VIE 13
00344 - 87 - NCS ENG - DEO/ROTP - VIE 6/VIE 10
00345 - 88 - MS ENG - DEO/ROTP - VIE 6/VIE 10
00346 - 89 - NAV ENG Receptor - MOC - No VIE
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This is a question I've been thinking about, and even with PLQ I don't feel I can provide a sound doctrine-based answer.
In combat situations (e.g. a section attack) we know what the 2IC does: keep the section in line, take over for the IC when needed, control Assault Group 2, ammo cas during the consolidation, etc.
But what about non-combat situations, especially for the vast majority of the Forces not working within the combat arms? What does a 2IC do? What does an Orderly Room 2IC do? Or a Med Tech 2IC? Or a Veh Tech 2IC? Following the combat arms-style 2IC, are they the "mother" of those they supervise: tracking appointments, making sure everyone's fitness is up to date, etc? Are they more of an advisor to the next rank up?
Are there different 2IC responsibilities in the normal work setting as opposed to the combat arms field setting?
I can't find any doctrine that says "2IC does this, Section Commander does this, etc." Instead, it seems that most positions/appointments are defined by that position's predecessor(s). So if the old 2IC tracked leave, then the new 2IC should track leave too. Alternatively, each unit can define their expectations of their 2ICs, but this leads to varying standards between units.
It strikes me that there should be some formal Terms of Reference for each position and trade, beyond their combat role.
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I havn't been able to find anything on this. I grew up on a small farm and love it to death. When I was a young one I knew I wouldn't be a full time farmer. However I still want to own a couple acres as a hobby farm. I'm just worried about having to move all the time. How often does one move around? Do most people rent houses/stay on base or buy their own dwelling and sell it when they move?
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Mongol invasion of Rus: Kiev under Danylo of Halych and Voivode Dmytro falls to the Mongols under Batu Khan.
Finland declares its independence from Russia.
The Halifax Explosion
With the German Army 40 km from Red Square, the Red Army launches a counteroffensive all along the front
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