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Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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mom and dad fight a lot posted:

If it were a Phoenix issue, CBC could fix your problem in three days!

gently caress Phoenix, seriously. I'm still waiting for my last paycheque from a contract I finished over two years ago.

Christ, I remember the bullshit that happened back around 2004 with the reserve pay system changes. There were people that had six months of back pay due, and I thought that was bad...

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Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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Frosted Flake posted:


Anyone want to re-up?

I donít see anything that would incentivize me here, it doesnít mention signing bonuses or anything.

Naw. I'm currently working in the COVID response anyways so joining the mob again would simply be robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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The Canadian Forces: A dog or pony show, because there isn't the budget for both.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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I'd be livid with that topic list. Some of those would be exceedingly difficult to summarize in 2k words, especially if written by a group. Others are so far into the weeds that you'd spend six times longer looking for sources than you would writing the paper.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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It's all the trauma of Unification, but with even less point and lower stakes!

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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bloops posted:

Any of you know where the Cyclone was based out of? A buddy I flew AWACS with who was there on a joint assignment is now with 423 MH last I heard.

Part of HMCS FREDERICTON's airdet as I am given to understand.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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Guest2553 posted:

They'll Serpico someone for suggesting maybe they shouldn't be vindictive and corrupt. Our cops do it quietly and in less often, maybe because we let ourselves getting away with not being as lovely as the US. CBC had a thing a while back where they realized nobody tracked police killings by race and you'll never guess which races were over and under-represented. Same with arrests over mickey mouse bullshit.

ACAB.

Let's not forget about the particular horror of Starlight Tours, and that nobody has ever been prosecuted for them.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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My Spirit Otter posted:

i havent had a boxed lunch since i got back in, but when i was in around 2010, boxed lunches were made by the mess and just included a sandwich/wrap some veggies and a prepackaged snack

I think I remember seeing a switch around then to lunches prepared by local contractors. Which was a real shame, because food that comes out of a proper CF mess is usually pretty great as opposed to a log of salami on a bun excreted by a processing plant in Bathurst.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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Jcam posted:

I think I've had Soldier Fuel bars before, or some kind of brand similar to that. They were super gross but I guess were packed with calories and protein?

Soldier Fuel bars can be molded and shaped to resemble a turd, even before they have been eaten. This often causes much confusion and consternation when it is left behind in a public place like a mess tent.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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Cabbage Rolls. Dog shits in a diarrhea sauce. The smell alone was worse than the sum of its parts.

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Sep 3, 2003

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Jobbo_Fett posted:

We have mice and spiders, working our way towards cockroaches. The birds avoid basements.

A social worker I used to work with frequently snacked at their desk and ate like a hog, scattering crumbs everywhere. Our office very quickly developed a robust mouse problem.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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Jobbo_Fett posted:

So, uh, who else has been waiting a very long time to get their dog tags?

I think I got mine two or three years after I joined, but that was like a decade and a half ago. Something to be said for consistency I suppose.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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I applied for my NDI 75 in early 2020 and that still has not materialized.

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Jobbo_Fett posted:

Were you in the forces at the time? If so thats an automatic rejection, the release clerks are supposed to put in the request. If not, send me a pm, I know a guy

No, I'd been out for a couple of years at that point.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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So a couple of years ago, not long before the pandemic began, I submitted a request for an NDI 75 and was informed when I applied that the processing time might be long. The pandemic occurred, everyone wound up working from home and the world was turned on its ear so the card never did arrive. No harm, no foul as far as I am concerned because of how chaotic things became at that point. Thanks to Jobbo, I got in touch with the folks that process the requests and within about 36 hours I got an email confirming that my new card had been printed and would be off in the next mail run. I don't think I've ever had faster service from any other government ID request.

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Sep 3, 2003

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Nofeed posted:

So I donít really have anyone to share this with right now, but I just got the assessorís decision from the DND/CAF Sexual Misconduct Class Action and itís SO loving GOOD to have it in writing and acknowledged that yes, poo poo was hosed up. Didnít think it would hit me this hard.

I can easily see how having your experiences validated would be extremely meaningful-- it's a statement that someone else, especially someone in a position of power, recognizes that you've been through something that's wrong. I hope this helps you find peace and healing.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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Mine arrived today, as a matter of fact.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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I remember that when the Afghanistan mission began to draw down storage space of any description in the CF suddenly became extremely scarce in Gagetown and in the armouries in the communities around it. I'd be shocked if we had Leopard 1s of any sort still kicking around in storage.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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B33rChiller posted:

The vis might be unacceptable in comox, but the wind doesn't seem bad atm.
I can think of at least one director in the public service that likely doesn't have a masters degree, but rather, a master mariner certificate of competency. Probably about equivalent.

Any dickhead can pull off an an MBA; in fact many do. You've actually got to be good at what you do to get a master mariner certificate.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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"Hey! Shithead!"

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Sep 3, 2003

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My Spirit Otter posted:

Seriously though, ask for shilo, its not as bad as everyone says and if you ask for it youre almost guaranteed to get it. Going to shilo also ensures you wont get stuck in whiskey battery in gagetown which is in the field st least 3/4s of the year, or was and has 0 chance of deploying or getting tasked.

Most importantly though, it'd mean avoiding Gagetown entirely.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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Nofeed posted:

My crusty WO immediately went to bright fluorescent pink hair, so that the troops would feel more comfortable with non-conservative hairstyles. He’s a gem.

Some chain of comds are still Just Not Getting It (I’m looking at you BGen REDACTED, for banning sunglasses with “bright” frames or lenses within your formation (And having the loving nerve to send your EA around to people to tell them that “The General doesn’t like your sunglasses”))

Your WO could teach your BGen a thing or two about leadership, I think.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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The first industrial strike actions were the 1797 naval mutinies in Britain. Militaries can in fact go on strike, even during wartime, without everything ending in a junta though folks often assume otherwise.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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Jobbo_Fett posted:

"If people leave the PMQs we can re-evaluate how much land we need and cut our expenses in land taxes even further!"

*by selling said land to developers at a fraction of its listed value so we can tout the jobs opportunities for local construction workers (temporary, foreign) and subsequent utilization by various and sundry commercial entities (also temporary, foreign) enticed there by massive tax cuts.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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Jobbo_Fett posted:

Just make sure to greenlight an enemy foreign nation's construction permit and give them a really good view of the airport...

This is why I'm entirely unsuited for politics. I lack the attention to the little things.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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Generation Internet posted:


After doing some light research, it seems like the 'E,' crown, and '29' on the butt-plate are likely the company and battalion number for the Canadian militia unit they belonged to.

e: Looks like pretty much all the unit markings are mixed, but going by the one on the tang of the butt-plate:


E crown 29 is an inspection mark, not a unit mark. What you've identified as a stand number is probably a regimental number. It is common practice for folks who get all freaky at the thought of paperwork like Germans to stamp serial numbers all over every single part of a firearm, but this is the British gun trade of the 1860s we are talking about here. We're lucky if they made the screws to the same standard.

E: Seriously. Standardization of parts for small arms did not reach Britain until something like the third model of P1853 Enfield.

Fearless fucked around with this message at 07:10 on Mar 28, 2023

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McNally posted:

lol fourth, they didn't start doing this until like 1860

Skennerton says '58, which coincides with the beginning of production of the third model. Prior to this, I get the sense that there is interchangeability of parts made by a specific manufacturer, but not between manufacturers.

E: It's still what, 20 years after the Americans introduced the concept into their own arsenals?

E2: And it's debatable as to whether or not Lee Enfields are truly parts interchangeable given the variable dimension bolt heads and the magazines hand fitted to individual rifles. (Though as I understand it the bolt head issue was due to a desire to provide as much tolerance as possible for ammo variations as .303 headspaces off the rim and indicates issues with standardization in a whole different section of British war industry)

Fearless fucked around with this message at 17:31 on Mar 28, 2023

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The Snider Enfield was also finally withdrawn from active service in the Militia in 1905,* demonstrating that if ever there was a real tradition for Canada's military, it is fighting tomorrow's battles with yesterday's kit.

*Fun fact: divesting the various militia units of Sniders took years-- there were still 1853 Enfields on the books in quantity for some of them into the 20th century-- and as a result you will see Snider Enfields used as drill rifles during the Great War.

Fearless
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Jobbo_Fett posted:

Bring a snack, bring water/a drink for sure

Had a nasty set of hecklers in the NCR yesterday, I've heard stories of someone playing porn/masturbation videos/audio (though not sure if that happened in Orleans or out west.) Parliament had an anti-vaxx dude screaming at people about changing your DNA.




Oh, and bring a chair just in case. Gets hard on the feet after a while.

CF raises are tied to the public service union, are they not? I wonder if any of the chucklefucks heckling have any understanding that what you are doing is also hopefully going to result in raises for CF personnel.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

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Vancouver's so hosed that doctors and nurses around VGH have to find roommates to afford to live there. The need is more acute at the lower end of the income spectrum, absolutely, but 100k does not go very far when your monthly rent is $2500.

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Sep 3, 2003

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MA-Horus posted:

Lol I'm in downtown Toronto where a constable can make 200k with OT.

gently caress Doug

That's more (as in, almost twice as much) than a senior scientist with a PhD working for the provincial government makes (who will also have to do enormous amounts of work off the clock because there is no OT for them).

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Sep 3, 2003

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I'd be happy with stripping them of their right to unionize. The CF isn't allowed to and given that so many cops want to cosplay as the CF why not let them live the dream and abolish all police unions.

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Sep 3, 2003

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SRQ posted:

Met the best people I ever have though, staff and candidates. Noticed for sure that NCMs are realer folk I'd trust my life with while Officers (candidates) often have dumb holier than thou attitudes and a fixation on personal success over group success. Which loving sucks, I was briefly in a platoon full of that kind of thinking.

also lol @ not having any idea what Gagetown is or how hard it would be when I signed up, oh how naive I was.

Some of the most important lessons I learned from the CF included the importance of listening carefully to the NCMs when they offered feedback and even if I disagreed to make sure that they knew what they were bringing forward was appreciated and considered carefully. They represent a tremendous knowledge and skill resource for an officer and this is very often missed by very young shitheads halfway through a degree and with dreams of a commission. Some of the best officers I worked with helped teach me these lessons (in addition to some very wise and patient CPOs) and some of them were former NCMs themselves. There is a wider lesson there too that I took away and that is that intelligence manifests in a lot of different ways and knowing that has served me very well.

As for Gagetown... if you are going to be there in the summer, always have potent bug spray close to hand. Much of the base is swampy and the wide grass expanses all around it are breeding grounds for biblical numbers of mosquitoes. Oh and enjoy the frequent summer thunderstorms too.

Fearless fucked around with this message at 23:36 on Jun 11, 2023

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Mantle posted:

I have a friend that retired with 43 years of service. This is what the issued running shoes looked like in 1987.



Those were still issued to cadets in the mid-late 90s for summer training (I got some when I was a kid). They weren't exactly stylish, but they were durable and not overly heavy though insoles made them far more comfortable. The athletic shorts though... those were barely longer than briefs.

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Sep 3, 2003

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My time in the CF made me a far better social worker, and I have worked in that capacity with a couple of police departments as well. There are a lot of ways to serve society, depending on what your inclinations are.

E: I personally know nothing about CSIS or its selection process but the folks I am aware of who were involved with it are all at least bilingual, and we're not talking English/French here.

mom and dad fight a lot posted:

I don't think they even issue the shorts anymore. Last I saw, kids had to bring their own PT shorts.

I liked the wool socks, though. And the fire blankets. But I know both weren't popular!

I came to appreciate the fire blankets as a kid. I could never get behind the wool socks though... it took a long time to learn that not all wool socks are like those.

Fearless fucked around with this message at 21:29 on Jul 16, 2023

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SRQ posted:

How did you get that job? I feel that could be an option, but I'm not sure how.

Social worker? Or social work in a police department?

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Social work requires a degree in that field from an accredited university-- generally a BSW or an MSW. The tendency these days is to require an MSW and it's certainly easier to pursue a clinical certification with an MSW. Either degree will require a couple of field placements and these are where the real learning takes place so it pays to put some effort into getting a good one. With a prior 4 year degree, a BSW is two years. With a BSW complete, an MSW is one year or two without it. After you've graduated you've then got to get registered with your provincial college or association. This can take several weeks to three or more months depending on how involved the provincial standard is... in BC we have to sit an exam as a part of the process. Generally, nobody will look at you without a complete and active registration.

You'll find social workers in provincial child protection units, family service units, providing case management for the elderly or for persons with disabilities. We're also the primary providers of therapy and counselling in the US and Canada and you'll find us in victims service units in a lot of police departments... though the nature of those units depends a lot on the parent department. When I worked in Fredericton, it was a volunteer thing but in Vancouver it is far more organized, paid and unionized too (did you know the Teamsters also represent the Helping professions like social workers? Next time some anthropologist tries to help you, ask to see his registration and tell him "No scabs!"). Applying for job with a PD is much like any other, except you can expect a very, very in depth security check with a larger department.

All kidding about anthropology scabs aside, social work is kinda like nursing in that there are a LOT of different things you can do in that field. I've delivered addictions treatment in a frontier setting in Alaska, in person crisis support in Vancouver during a pandemic and toxic drug crisis, worked with at risk kids in a residential setting, done conflict resolution facilitation and now I lead a team of mental health care professionals in a clinical setting. I joke a bit about being the person you never want to see, but if you need me you'll be glad I'm there but it's not really that much of a joke come to think of it. It's also like nursing in that the people that do it are crucial but rarely treated accordingly and the work can be tremendously challenging. But with that said I also suspect that last bit has more than a few people in this thread nodding along even though they put up a more cavalier front.

Fearless fucked around with this message at 01:12 on Jul 17, 2023

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Gainsboro posted:

My squadron OR is apparently out of correction tape until 2024. You know, the common office supply that costs 10 cents a metre. Can be bought at the Dollarama three blocks away. Impossible to officially procure until the new year.

And I'm supposed to roleplay that this organization could fight a war. Will the next generation be expected to buy their own bullets from Cabela's?

/vent

PP&S budgets are clad in iron and written in blood in the CF.

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Gainsboro posted:

I wouldn't put human-hybrid experimentation past the Irvings. What better reason to own millions of acres of land?

In New Brunswick? Fly fishing. Seriously, the Irvings control access to huge swathes of land along both sides of waterways that have some of the best Atlantic salmon fishing on the planet. And the average New Brunswicker will never get access to those places. Hundreds of millions of dollars of public money is forked over to the Irvings every year to fund road maintenance on controlled access wood lots that the public are not allowed to use. The Irving corporation and family takes advantage of this for business trips and retreats with elected officials where they can enjoy some truly fine fishing and hunting without having to worry about encountering any of the peasantry.


PER narrative reads: "Pvt. John Barkins is the goodest boy in the unit and an example to his peers."


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Doublepost! Nothing to see here!

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