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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #625 on: February 05, 2015, 05:56:02 »
I am reminded of a situation on basic training years ago (when I was a young single guy full of hormones).  We were in a mixed platoon, but it was still in the days of separate standards (e.g. women were allowed lighter packs and were still prohibited in certain occupations).  We had just come to the end of a night move and we were exhausted.  It was also a moonless night, so it was pitch black in the Borden training area.  While trying to get something sorted, I switched on a flashlight and got an eyefull of a young lady in my platoon who was changing her shirt.  I said, "sorry!"  She said, "don't worry about it.  It's nothing you've never seen before," (albeit not that particular pair).  "OK" I said, and we both went to ground (in separate hooches) as soon as we could.

Notwithstanding some films, there's nothing sexy or erotic about sexual relations in an army field scenario, especially if you haven't bathed recently and there are mosquitos and poison ivy everywhere.
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #626 on: February 05, 2015, 06:20:51 »
The idea of banning people to visit other rooms is an archaic rule and shows we don't trust our soldiers.  We can put them on a OP with live ammunition and go to sleep trusting our lives to them, but don't trust them to follow in a building in garrison.  Having been on course as a candidate and staff I found found that if people want to get together they will ban them from the rooms they will find other places.  Poison ivy will not stop them, I have seen troops with rashes in key locations.
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #627 on: February 05, 2015, 06:41:07 »
The idea of banning people to visit other rooms is an archaic rule and shows we don't trust our soldiers.  We can put them on a OP with live ammunition and go to sleep trusting our lives to them, but don't trust them to follow in a building in garrison.  Having been on course as a candidate and staff I found found that if people want to get together they will ban them from the rooms they will find other places.  Poison ivy will not stop them, I have seen troops with rashes in key locations.

Exactly. 

As an aside, the Norwegian army has trialled unisex dorm rooms.

http://time.com/36484/norwegian-army-unisex-dorms/
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #628 on: February 05, 2015, 06:46:22 »
There would have to be male heterosexual tents, individual male homosexual tents, female heterosexual tents, and individual female homosexual tents. One each male and female homosexual could be paired off to save some tentage, unless that creeps them out. What, however, does this leadership do with biexuals? Or transexuals? Would pre-op male-to-females and female-to-males have to be kept apart, or should they be kept together? I may have missed some possibilities.
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The idea of banning people to visit other rooms is an archaic rule and shows we don't trust our soldiers.  We can put them on a OP with live ammunition and go to sleep trusting our lives to them, but don't trust them to follow in a building in garrison.
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #629 on: February 05, 2015, 09:29:17 »
Exactly. 

As an aside, the Norwegian army has trialled unisex dorm rooms.

http://time.com/36484/norwegian-army-unisex-dorms/
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.... the women so far report a cut in sexual harassment.
 
According to Ulla-Britt Lilleaas, co-author of the report "The Army: the vanguard, rear guard and battlefield of equality”, the women reported that sharing a room helped make them "one of the boys" ....
I know that Canada =/= Norway, but intriguing result nonetheless.
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #630 on: February 05, 2015, 20:16:38 »
If shared accommodations are necessary, just keep the troops on a diet heavy in legumes and onions.  That should take all the potential romance out of any room.
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #631 on: February 05, 2015, 21:59:09 »
The idea of banning people to visit other rooms is an archaic rule and shows we don't trust our soldiers.  We can put them on a OP with live ammunition and go to sleep trusting our lives to them, but don't trust them to follow in a building in garrison.  Having been on course as a candidate and staff I found found that if people want to get together they will ban them from the rooms they will find other places.  Poison ivy will not stop them, I have seen troops with rashes in key locations.

well said. The very senior leadership of the CAF hasn't trusted anyone under the rank of BGen for thirty years.
« Last Edit: February 05, 2015, 23:36:26 by Hamish Seggie »
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #632 on: February 06, 2015, 12:52:14 »
And in that experiment ....I know that Canada =/= Norway, but intriguing result nonetheless.

Actually, having lived through the "civilizing" effect of the implementation of mixed crew at sea, I am not surprised at all. The reverse would have surprised me.

Note that they are not putting one man and one woman in a double room, but four men and two women in a six bunk room. The four men will self police their comments and attitude towards the two women in front of the other men, or else get policed by the other three if they slip - not to mention that the women themselves might just put them in their place in front of their mates, which they would not appreciate.

On the other hand, in the classic "divided" system, the fewer women (in my experience it is never a 50/50 ratio) were in a separate wing from their male platoon mates, to which the "male" member of the platoon had no access, and so, were often neglected in the post work days impromptu meetings/evening activities organizing and general post day fat-chewing that went on amongst the "guys" before even going at the agreed "rendez-vous" with the female members of the group . In the Norwegian new system, they are all physically co-located and this barrier disappears, so I am not surprised that the female members find themselves better integrated into the group dynamics.



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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #633 on: February 06, 2015, 15:14:29 »
Actually, having lived through the "civilizing" effect of the implementation of mixed crew at sea, I am not surprised at all. The reverse would have surprised me.

Note that they are not putting one man and one woman in a double room, but four men and two women in a six bunk room. The four men will self police their comments and attitude towards the two women in front of the other men, or else get policed by the other three if they slip - not to mention that the women themselves might just put them in their place in front of their mates, which they would not appreciate.

On the other hand, in the classic "divided" system, the fewer women (in my experience it is never a 50/50 ratio) were in a separate wing from their male platoon mates, to which the "male" member of the platoon had no access, and so, were often neglected in the post work days impromptu meetings/evening activities organizing and general post day fat-chewing that went on amongst the "guys" before even going at the agreed "rendez-vous" with the female members of the group . In the Norwegian new system, they are all physically co-located and this barrier disappears, so I am not surprised that the female members find themselves better integrated into the group dynamics.

I was the only woman on a 45 person course last year.  For whatever reason, rules at this location were no  mixing  in rooms with the opposite sex unless course staff was present. Even having the door open(which was all that was required on a different base the year prior)wasn't acceptable.  Constant effort to not be forgotten about, getting timings, next to no social time with my section or platoon. You want to talk about a crap situation for morale.

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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #634 on: February 06, 2015, 15:50:49 »
I was the only woman on a 45 person course last year.  For whatever reason, rules at this location were no  mixing  in rooms with the opposite sex unless course staff was present. Even having the door open(which was all that was required on a different base the year prior)wasn't acceptable.  Constant effort to not be forgotten about, getting timings, next to no social time with my section or platoon. You want to talk about a crap situation for morale.

That really sucks for females trying to fit in and be treated the same as everyone else.

Last year I witnessed male soldiers getting crammed 3 and 4 to crew-tents in order to accommodate females having their own private tents.


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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #635 on: February 07, 2015, 07:53:40 »
That really sucks for females trying to fit in and be treated the same as everyone else.

Last year I witnessed male soldiers getting crammed 3 and 4 to crew-tents in order to accommodate females having their own private tents.

This effort to be "correct" will cost us in the long term.

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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #636 on: February 07, 2015, 11:12:58 »
I must say that in all my time in Fd Amb, we never segregated females unless there was a large enough number to do so; which seldom occurred. For the most part, we had co-ed tenting. It was never an issue. Troops were expected to behave with decorum and consideration, which they always seemed to do. The only time it ever got to be an issue was when I had a detachment or UMS attached to another unit. Again, for the most part I was able to get my way and have all my troops bunk in the UMS lines without consideration for gender distribution.

This issue is only a problem because we make it so. There are ways to accommodate males and females together that preserve everyone's dignity and privacy. As someone else said, the troops will police themselves.
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #637 on: February 07, 2015, 11:17:28 »
It's funny (not really) how it's an issue in garrison but come time in the field, say winter ex it's a none issue.
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #638 on: October 25, 2016, 20:39:35 »
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Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will be asked by the House defence committee to review dishonourable discharge records for Canadian Forces members kicked out of the military for being gay.

The committee voted unanimously Tuesday to support a motion introduced by NDP defence and LGBT critic Randall Garrison to request that Sajjan authorize National Defence Ombudsman Gary Walbourne to review the 800 to 1,000 cases of Canadians who currently hold dishonourable discharge records from the military dating back from before the practice of punishing members for their sexuality was banned in 1992.

While the Liberal government indicated last spring it was “considering” an official apology to gay members dishonourably discharged for their sexuality, little has been heard about that plan since. Garrison said his own efforts to request a review of those still carrying that black mark on their service records have gone unanswered.

“I wrote to the minister of Defence on May 12 asking him to authorize this motion and have received no response,” Garrison said. “That’s why I’m putting this motion before committee.” ...
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #639 on: October 25, 2016, 23:52:41 »
The latest:

. . . to review dishonourable discharge records for Canadian Forces members kicked out of the military for being gay.


Not wanting to offend or disrupt valid discussion, but again my pedantic gene compels me to bring notice that the terminology used is one usually associated with the United States military.  In the Canadian Forces, individuals are not "discharged" but "released".  We They also don't "dishonourably" release anyone, but however, do release "honourably".  The terminology used is:

http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/about-policies-standards-queens-regulations-orders-vol-01/ch-15.page
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4) Where an officer or non-commissioned member is released, the notation on his record of service shall be as follows:
a.  if he is released under Item 1(a), the notation "Dismissed with Disgrace for Misconduct" or "Dismissed for Misconduct", as applicable;
b.  if he is released under Item 1 for any reason other than Item 1(a), the notation "Released for Misconduct";
c.  where he is released under Item 2, the notation "Service Terminated"; or
d.  where he is released under Item 3, 4 or 5, the notation "Honourably Released".

For those on these means who don't remember those days, the applicable regulation was CFAO 19-20 Homosexuality - Sexual Abnormality Investigation, Medical Examination and Disposal.  In that CFAO, the following is the part that indicates what release item will apply.  (in the copy used for the following quote, the last amendment is 1976)

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8.     Normally, the member should be released under item 5(d) of the table to QR&O 15.01.  However, if the member is to be released as a direct result of a conviction by a civil court or service tribunal, consideration shall be given effecting the release under item 2(a) of the table to QR&O 15.01.

9.     When a member is convicted by a civil court under the Criminal Court, e.g. Section 150 (Incest), Section 155 (Buggery or Bestiality), Section 156 (Indecent Assault on a Male), or Section 157 (Gross Indecency), the certificate of conviction and all the facts pertaining to the conviction shall be forwarded in accordance with QR&O 19.62.
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #640 on: October 26, 2016, 07:33:46 »
I wonder if next, they will review the files of Ministers of Defence dismissed for attending at well known German strip clubs  [:D