Re: Gunner's comments
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Posted by Boyd from Canada on May 01, 2021 at 01:58:54:
In Reply to: Re: Gunner's comments posted by Gunner on April 30, 2021 at 21:27:44:
OK, one deployment in 50 years of peacekeeping missions makes it the exception that proves the rule. You have to agree that the artillery is unique from the other combat arms branches. We send armor, infantry and the engineers to do thier specific tasks on UN missions, but the artillery is more often than not sent to be used as infantry. While you're right that the PPCLI family of revolving battalions seems to be handling Yugo with little difficulty, that means that 1/3 of our reg infantry force is essentially unavailable for war deployment(As a taxpayer, I'm not opposed to the idea of using our armed forces for such noble purposes as UN tours. But the Armed Forces first and foremost job is fighting wars. Canada isn't going to send any other government department to fight wars.). This unavailability is actually deeper, based on things like East Timor and wherever Mr. Cretin next feels that Canadian foreign policy is best served by Canadian forces.
While the current reserve force might not be able to handle such duties, one of the great things about being a independent country is that we can change how things are run. The changes wouldn't be that difficult, especially if phased in over a couple of years.
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