Lack of military forces undermines Canada's response capability, general says

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Military shortage harms Canada’s ability to respond, general says

Overseas deployments and operations in Canada are more complex right now due to personnel shortages, says Canadian Armed Forces Chief of Staff, General Wayne Eyre (archives).

The Commander of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is calling on the entire country to rally behind the military in these times of unprecedented personnel shortages, an issue that could affect the CAF's ability to carry out its activities.

General Wayne Eyre explains that overseas deployments and operations in Canada are currently more complex due to lack of resources.

We must defend our way of life, both now and for the future, argued the Chief of the Defense Staff in an interview with The Canadian Press at a time when the army is to increasingly in demand to conduct operations in Canada and abroad.

“We need a national effort to help us bring our Armed Forces back to where they need to be to face the dangerous world we face. we face.

—General Wayne Eyre, Chief of the Defense Staff

The army is currently struggling to fill its approximately 10,000 advertised positions, which represents about 10% of the total workforce. Earlier this month, the Chief of Staff ordered his troops to make recruiting a priority, to the detriment of other activities deemed non-essential.

The last few years have been difficult in terms of recruitment, in part due to allegations of sexual misconduct that have targeted several senior army officers and a shortage of manpower. #x27;work that affects all of society.

We must rebuild the Canadian Armed Forces. Our numbers must increase, General Eyre decided. And we need to have that sense of urgency, because [staff shortages] are hurting our ability to respond anywhere in the world.

The army doesn't seem to have a clear answer to why Canadians don't flock to its recruiting centers or why many of its members choose to leave the ranks.

Its retention strategy instead highlights the need to collect more data on departures, while Mr. Eyre insisted on reminding that military officers are not the only ones struggling in their recruitment efforts.

However, the military is grappling with specific issues, including its reputation, tarnished by allegations of sexual misconduct against high-ranking members of the hierarchy and by the presence of members of military groups. #x27;extreme right in its ranks.

The remoteness of certain military bases is also not to be neglected, according to General Eyre.

We won't lie to each other: Petawawa is not like downtown Toronto or even downtown Ottawa, chief of staff says as an example. Except that to ensure optimal coverage, we need to have personnel in Cold Lake, Bagotville and near both oceans.

So it's a challenge for us to find ways to make these destinations attractive, Mr. Eyre acknowledged.

In addition to these various obstacles, the military must also consider another factor. According to a poll conducted earlier this year for the Department of National Defence, many Canadians discount the possibility of enlisting.

When asked if they were considering joining the Canadian Armed Forces, young men were more likely than young women to say yes, but overall fewer half of the groups said they would, the survey summary reads.

Both male and female respondents said they were resistant to the ;the idea of ​​leaving their family or moving frequently, which would also force them to leave their family.

Most of these pitfalls in recruitment are not new, so many commanders have had to find solutions to these problems.

For his part, to make up for the accumulated delay, General Eyre is banking on an overhaul of the Army's code of conduct, better representation of diversity as well as financial support programs.

“It didn't all fall apart and we didn't lose our operational efficiency overnight.

—General Wayne Eyre, Chief of the Defense Staff

Mr. Eyre pointed out that the new dress code is more inclusive as it also allows long hair, nail polish and face tattoos for the first time.

I'm more concerned about these questions [for recruits]: can they fight? Are they in good shape? Are they following orders?

General Eyre has opened the door to other changes, such as allowing more remote working and easing of the requirement that members be physically capable of performing their duties and deploying on missions at all times as a condition of employment.

It is x27;also works to ensure that members of the military have the financial means to live adequately, in particular by improving the allowance intended to offset the cost of living in more expensive communities, which is frozen since 2009.

However, at the end of the day, General Eyre reiterates that he needs buy-in from across the country and people need to recognize the #x27;important role of the military.

It's not just the Canadian Armed Forces that should be concerned about recruiting the military. 27;army, according to him.

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