In a period of austerity, the Canadian Forces have decided to spend up to $4.5 million dollars to bring back World War II-era ranks and insignia. This crazy amount of money will be spent to buy new dress uniforms for the Canadian Forces officers from both the Army and the Navy. All that for what?! Nothing, if you ask me, except to bring Canada closer to the British Monarchy.

Johanna Quinney, the Defence Minister’s secretary, told the media that the move was designed to honour the traditions and history of the Canadian Forces: “This initiative encourages esprit de corps for our soldiers and reinforces our country’s rich military history,” Quinney said. “The return of the historical identity of the Canadian Armed Forces also strengthens the link between today’s members and the previous generations of heroes who bravely served our country.”

Esprit de corps … Seriously?! … I can’t imagine a bunch of grunts in Afghanistan fighting even harder because of some new “old” officers rank. Actually, as an ex enlisted soldiers, it doesn’t affect in no way my esprit de corps.  To be completly honest, enlisted soldiers won’t give a shit about them, except bitching because they’ll have to relearn the ranks so they don’t get chewed for telling an officer a bad rank.

I don’t need to see officers wearing WWII-era insignia and ranks to respect what this great generation of men and women did.

Meanwhile, most combat units, regular or reserve, lack the funds to properly train their soldiers. In fact, most units don’t have a big enough budget to allow their troops to conduct firing ranges and necessary training in the field.

The Conservative Government announced late last year that the National Defence would see their budget cut by more than $1 billion for cost savings. While the Canada First Defense Strategy talks about readiness as one of the four pillars upon which military capabilities are built, the recent cuts deeply trouble the soldiers whose jobs are to be ready for whatever happens in the world or in Canada.

Can we call this $4.5 million spending a senseless dumb idea?

New "Old" Canadian Officers Ranks
New “Old” Canadian Officers Ranks

Of course we can! Since Canada has left Kandahar, the troops have been receiving less training and have been stagnating in their units due to lack of funds.