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  1. FJAG

    Divining the right role, capabilities, structure, and Regimental System for Canada's Army Reserves

    You'll certainly fill a vast majority of your ranks from those regions. I'm a fan of also having widely disbursed smaller sub-units and sub-sub-units in smaller locations. Not so much because we need the extra numbers but because every citizen who wants to should have the opportunity to serve if...
  2. FJAG

    Toronto: Love it or hate it?

    Grew up in Toronto (all but one year in Scarborough) from 1958 to 1969. My last time there was passing through on the 401 in 2009 when I moved from Ottawa to Blenheim. I live 200 kms away now and have absolutely no desire to ever go back (although I drove the same distance from Brandon to...
  3. FJAG

    General Vance - Inappropriate conduct?

    I think the article states that the four Conservatives are calling for the committee to call the Minister back. It will be interesting to see if the six Liberal members will shut that down and where the NDP member will stand. 🤔
  4. FJAG

    Divining the right role, capabilities, structure, and Regimental System for Canada's Army Reserves

    Here's a quick recap of some statistics from when I put together when writing "Unsustainable at Any Price". A full-sized brigade can vary in size from a 3,000 person support brigade to a 5,000 person manoeuvre brigade. Based on current army reserve numbers: all of the Prairies and BC combined...
  5. FJAG

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    You know that, I know that, we all here know that. Why in heaven's name do we not publish the costs as a breakdown of costs so that the general public understands that. I saw DND's response to the PBO's estimates and it was just "While we recognize the differences in our calculations, we are...
  6. FJAG

    Religious/Extremist Terrorism: Non-Muslim edition

    I guess this is as good a place as others to post this: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/cpac-waffen-ss-twitter-stage-matt-schlapp_n_603aee30c5b601179ebdf902 🤔
  7. FJAG

    Independent Battery

    20 Ind Fd Bty in Lethbridge is located closer to C/1-163rd Cavalry of the Montana National Guard in Great Falls then they are to Red Deer's 78th Fd Bty which is part of 20th Fd Regt in Edmonton. Sometimes geography can be a real pain although for Lethbridge, its proximity to the ranges at...
  8. FJAG

    General Vance - Inappropriate conduct?

    Here's an idea: https://www.foxnews.com/us/us-army-crowdsources-combat-sexual-assault Asking for input from the ranks ... what a novel idea. 🍻
  9. FJAG

    Independent Battery

    Gorgo is somewhat right although its not because "the higher ups don't want to be bothered". That's a tad cynical. The only place that you'll find an independent battery right now is with the reserves. There are three of them, 20th Independent Fd Bty (Lethbridge); 84th Independent Fd Bty...
  10. FJAG

    Divining the right role, capabilities, structure, and Regimental System for Canada's Army Reserves

    Yeah. But he was infantry, right? 🙂
  11. FJAG

    Divining the right role, capabilities, structure, and Regimental System for Canada's Army Reserves

    That's him. He gave me the best, most concise and clearest terms of reference I ever received in any job: "If there's a reservist who know how to do the job then let him do it; if no reservist knows how to do the job but someone is willing to do it then teach him how and let him do his job...
  12. FJAG

    The Best of The Best

    Are you really hiding something if it has its own Wikipedia page? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regimental_Reconnaissance_Company 🙂
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    Religious/Extremist Terrorism: Non-Muslim edition

    I'm not so sure that I would agree that the founders of the US were distrustful of government per se. That they were revolutionaries is a given. That they sought to overthrow the British monarchy is as well. Once that was done, however, they were very much challenged in interpreting an...
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    Divining the right role, capabilities, structure, and Regimental System for Canada's Army Reserves

    That's really sad to hear. 26 Fd trained every second weekend during the year so for the RSS I instituted a schedule that gave every Monday off. This meant we'd have a training weekend with only the Monday off and every second weekend was a three-day one. On real long weekends we made it a...
  15. FJAG

    Religious/Extremist Terrorism: Non-Muslim edition

    See whole article here: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/24/politics/pentagon-report-white-supremacists/index.html 🍻
  16. FJAG

    Divining the right role, capabilities, structure, and Regimental System for Canada's Army Reserves

    Just to address this issue. We currently have enough tanks for a regiment plus a few and six mech battalions. To make a medium brigade takes three LAV battalions and a recce regiment plus the usual arty engrs service bn etc. A heavy brigade requires just two mech bns and you're quite right...
  17. FJAG

    Divining the right role, capabilities, structure, and Regimental System for Canada's Army Reserves

    Interesting. I did RSSO in 76-8 and my terms of ref (and those of my team) were to support the unit with whatever they needed. The clerk sgt was a simple situation because he couldn't do anything but clerk and did it full time. I had a WO and a Sgt who, like me did it all but heavily weighed to...
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    Advancing With Purpose 4th Edn Dec 2020

    The US had no obligation to the Brit crown and was into it already before Pearl Harbor and all in after. Yes we did. You can't win a war by leaving the enemy untouched in its homeland. All you do is extend the war indefinitely. The war at sea was very important in getting the war materials from...
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    Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback

    You can also pop in to this place in Orlando in between visits to Disney World https://machinegunamericaorlando.com/gun_types/belt-fed/ 🙂
  20. FJAG

    British Military Current Events

    Just wait until the UK fishing fleet in response to Brexit starts looking for new fishing grounds. 🙂
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