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A Word from the associate Editor

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I am honoured to accept the Editor-in-Chief’s invitation to personally announce a modest appeal for contributions. As a professional journal, the Canadian Military Journal is the ideal place to express different points of view that represent our armed forces and influence them ideologically and operationally.

Given its diversity, the Canadian Military Journal meets a need to encompass military know-how by respecting the scientific rigour and freedom of expression of armed forces’ specialists, whether in regard to their knowledge of scholarly research, or through experience in the field. With this in mind, we believe that the Journal would benefit from a broader, more diversified range of works.

This letter is thus a humble appeal to all those who are interested in iconography, poetry, music, witness accounts, war correspondence, and memoirs as portrayals of the Canadian Forces, and which serve to modulate points of view, strategies, and operations. We began the 21st Century by participating in the war in Afghanistan, where armed troops and personnel are currently deployed. How are military personnel, veterans, or researchers affected by the losses, separations, departures, and their return home from missions; how is our presence viewed in Afghanistan; and how does this vision manifest itself artistically? These are the kinds of issues that undoubtedly inspire diverse forms of expression.

We would like to publish, from time to time, in part or in whole, a few creative works that would add a new dimension to the reader’s experience. This is a modest appeal, because, for the time being, we cannot exceed the amount of space currently allocated to us. Contributions would not take up more than half a page each; however, the scope for ideology or symbolism would be unlimited. Artistic works or texts would, of course, be chosen in relation to the topics addressed in the main articles and the amount of space available. We hope that this project will mark the beginning of a new depiction of military life in our Canadian Military Journal.

Enjoy the read,

Stéphanie Bélanger, PhD

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Battle of the Atlantic Parade, Victoria, BC

DND photo ET2009-0091-17 by Private Malcolm Byers

Veterans lead a parade procession in front of the Empress Hotel in Victoria during the Battle of the Atlantic commemorative service, 3 May 2009.

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