LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Cover of Volume 12 No. 4

DND

Cover of Volume 12 No. 4

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Dear Editor,

I refer to the ‘views and opinions’ piece (Vol. 12, No.4, Autumn 2012), entitled The PLQ Mod 6 Conundrum: How the Army Punishes Reservists for Civilian Achievement, by Major Dan Doran. Therein, Major Doran discusses the difficulties reservists encounter in attempting to advance within their military career path, given that said path is based upon a Regular Force model. Further, Doran states that the Regular Force does not understand the ‘whole picture’ as it pertains to reservists. I wish to endorse Major Doran’s published viewpoint in every way. As a naval reservist of 25 years, I can confidently state that his observations apply equally to the Canadian Naval Reserve, and to those who design various training programs for its members. When will the leaders of the aforementioned organizations sit up and take notice of this sadly-wasted potential, when CF reservists are forced to make untenable choices between civilian employment and part-time military employment?

Thank you.

Lieutenant (N) James Parker
Victoria, B.C. 

 

Master Seaman Ryan Hart, HMCS Ottawa stands reverse rest at arms at the 70th Anniversary Dieppe Raid vigil.

DND photo SU2012-0636-013 by Corpral Heather J.L. MacRae

Master Seaman Ryan Hart, HMCS Ottawa stands reverse rest at arms at the 70th Anniversary Dieppe Raid vigil.

HMCS Winnipeg sailor, Leading Seaman Wright Eruebi, hauls in a line during replenishment at sea operations with the British Fleet Support Tanker RFA Bayleaf in the Gulf of Aden.

DND photo IS2005-2211a by Sergeant Frank Hudec

HMCS Winnipeg sailor, Leading Seaman Wright Eruebi, hauls in a line during replenishment at sea operations with the British Fleet Support Tanker RFA Bayleaf in the Gulf of Aden.