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    Civilians complaining about Police/Emergency Services' Pay

    Just to provide perspective (and in no way to denigrate the time off to which you are entitled as part of your employment) but that kind of thing is unheard of in private industry. Where I work (and I think is pretty standard in my industry of engineering, consulting and construction), new...
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    The Grand Strategic......or what do we do next?

    There are some simple facts that aren’t really controversial. There are two ways for a war to end: One way is for one side or the other to be basically destroyed. And the Russians are not going to be destroyed. So that means one way is for Ukraine to be destroyed. The other way is some...
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    New Dress Regs 🤣

    During Gulf War I, RCN ship's company were issued Tilley Hats. As regards to most-useless hat, I nominate the pillbox.
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    New Dress Regs 🤣

    And to my above post, add that any employee has the right to refuse unsafe work conditions. So if (for example) workers were ordered to work in cold weather without gloves, they have the right to refuse to work. There shall be no retribution for such refusal. Indeed, where I work, workers...
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    New Dress Regs 🤣

    I have forgotten how it works in DND / CAF, but in my (civilian) job ordering people to be out in weather for which they are not wearing appropriate clothing (e.g. out in cold weather without proper gloves and toques) is a safety violation and is against the law. The company and site...
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    CAF mbr threatened to shoot up Halifax passport office

    Good job by the supervisor to recognize the threat and take prompt and immediate action (notify police, notify MPs, etc.). Good job by the police immediately responding to this situation.
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    Dropping out of university to pursue military career.

    I should further add that young kids today have a reasonable chance of living to be 100 years old with a 60 year working life. The OP shouldn't feel pressed at a young age into something that may not be to their liking. If they choose to take a year (or two or three) to figure some things...
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    Dropping out of university to pursue military career.

    While it is has been some decades since I was there, first year engineering is a grind. It is dull and is intended to just give the necessary basics in math and science. Engineering programs get MUCH more interesting as you progress. Also, the field of engineering is diverse (mechanical...
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    New Dress Regs 🤣

    I will offer my perspective. As I have said, much of my work is on large construction sites with various historic - waste hazards. The construction workers show up to do a job. They don't care so much about their appearance but they certainly don't go for extremes of dyed hair, ear rings...
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    New Dress Regs 🤣

    Some of my work is at large construction sites. If there is a chemical hazard at that site (e.g. remediation of historic waste), workers may be required to wear respirators, SCBA or similar. No beards are permitted. So it is one thing to tell a group of soldiers or sailors they have to be...
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    Canadian Tire orders inventory early, charters cargo ships to keep shelves stocked

    My knowledge is pretty stale and may be outdated. I will offer what I can. As I said above, ship's engineering departments need to comply with Naval Engineering Manual (NEM). I don't have a copy of that. Someone needs to flip that open and look at the first page. My guess is that it is...
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    Canadian Tire orders inventory early, charters cargo ships to keep shelves stocked

    I don't have much to add to this discussion except that I was trained to be a ship's engineering officer. There were two primary documents that guided operation of the ship's engineering department: one was fleet-wide (Naval Engineering Manual) and the other was ship-specific (Engineering...
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    For Sale Antique Ship's Telephone ($100 OBO)

    Ship's telephone salvaged from one of the the old steamer-class ships. Exactly as removed from the ship. Last I used it (~15 years ago), it worked although the current draw is relatively high for modern telephone systems. All components original. Asking $100.
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    CBRN Countermeasures on Naval Vessels

    Two or three decades ago, I knew a LOT about these things. I am not sure how relevant my information may be. Regardless, I would be cautious of discussing such things on an open forum.
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    Acting Chief of Military Personnel on Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture Change Short-Term Initiatives

    I can assure you that in industry if you are a senior manager and not pulling your weight, it is out the door with you. In the last two years (or so) three vice-presidents that I know of have been let go from my organization (an organization of several thousand people bloated with...
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    BMQ In Esquimault Shut Down Due to Recruits’ Bad Behaviour

    Can someone please clarify if this was an NCM or officer course? Thank you.
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    Force Protection failure in Greece: RCN ship vandalized

    This has been a really useful discussion. Anecdote and some thread drift. I was OOD on 'active service' in the Middle East. The ship's duty watch was about 120 individuals including armed soldiers. As OOD, someone notified me that divers were going into the water about 100 m from the...
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    Force Protection failure in Greece: RCN ship vandalized

    When I was OOD on 'active service' deployment to the Middle East, I don't recall getting ANY training in this area at all.
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    Does element matter in a purple trade?

    Thread drift alert. I joined the Navy mostly so I could travel. In my short career, I crossed the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Med covering about 40,000 sea miles. I travelled up and down the east and west coasts of Canada and the US. Port visits included California, Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji...
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    Walts, posers & wannabes (merged)

    Or maybe more like these guys: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-60669763 Wanted: multilingual former soldiers willing to covertly head into Ukraine for the handsome sum of up to $2,000 (£1,523) per day - plus bonus - to help rescue families from an increasingly grim conflict. It sounds...