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the patriot
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posted 21 June 2021 19:24     Profile for the patriot   Email the patriot     Send New Private Message     Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
Ladies and Gentlemen From the Peanut Gallery,

I've recently been coming accross articles in various papers and media releases online that the current strength of the CF has gone down from the 60,000 that was the strength from last year down to 59,000. Any comments or concerns regarding these figures?! Looks like we're loosing troops faster than they can be recruited. Something must be seriously wrong from the top all the way down, if this is the current state of affairs withing the CF.

-the patriot-


Posts: 193 | From: The Great White North | Registered: Jun 2000
madorosh
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posted 21 June 2021 19:54     Profile for madorosh   Author's Homepage   Email madorosh     Send New Private Message     Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
Statistics are a funny thing, patriot. It all depends on when they did their survey.

Every year, my reserve unit starts out with about 100+ guys on parade. By year end, we're lucky to get a platoon out on exercise. Then things pick up again in September.

There tend to be a lot of people who join the reserves just for the summer right out of high school, come out in September go on their first exercise, then quit. So if they surveyed the forces in, say, September of 1999 and got 60,000 and then again in April of 2000 and got 59,000, it's probably not that big a deal.

But I don't know how or where they got their numbers, either.

The CF has great spin doctors too - and if they want to lobby the government for more troops, etc., they are going to go with their lowest numbers. Either way - 59,000 or 60,000 - the numbers are dismal, but it's hard to draw solid conclusions on what the migration rate is like from two numbers that could have come from anywhere.

Maybe the new uniforms will be a help in retaining people? In lieu of actually paying for more demanding/interesting/realistic training or heavy equipment, that is....


Posts: 43 | From: Calgary, AB | Registered: Jun 2000

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