Re: Too many officers

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Posted by Matt Fisher from Canada on December 01, 2021 at 14:01:08:

In Reply to: Re: Too many officers posted by Magoo on December 01, 2021 at 13:29:54:

I agree with you Magoo in that the RESO system is the only military training program set up to cater to university students, and that officer retention in the reserves is low.

However NCM training could be changed to attract more university students.

The average Canadian university student's academic year ends in late April and begins in September. This leaves 4 months which an individual can complete the QL2, QL3, and QL4 courses for most combat arms and supporting trades (there are some trades where the QL4 is much longer, ie EME). So lets say that Joe Bloggins joins the CF's as a reservist in an infantry regiment. He goes off to Wainwright/Valcartier/Gagetown/Petawawa in early May, completes his QL's 2,3 and 4 returns to his parent regiment in the September (in time for university) as a trained infanteer.

Unfortunately the current system that exists rarely ever accomplishes this. Most QL2/3 courses begin in late June, with QL4 courses being run simultaneously. Sometimes soldiers have to wait 2 to 3 years to reach the QL4 trade standard simply because of course date conflicts.

Personnel turnover could be rectified with enlistment contracts for reservists. This would enforce attendance for duty, so that the money spent on training and the administration of an individual who'll up and quit after 18 or so months is not wasted.

Just some thoughts for some changes

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