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A Reservist's Tale Of A Tour

Some of the Silliness

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The thing about being a Reserve augmentee to a Regular Force unit is that they tend not to think of where we come from. I realized that today when I got forwarded an email about all the “family” sessions that are being run for us. They’re all being run out of Gagetown, even though of course our families aren’t there. At least, this time around, I live in a military town which has a lot more support services.

We’ve also gotten asked to provide photos in uniform – apparently, our Brigade Headquarters has some sort of “wall of honour” they want pictures of all deployed personnel on. Fair enough, but it was kind of funny that a) they want the pictures in CADPAT(AR) (desert camo) which we haven’t been issued yet and b) we’re getting portraits done before we go. They’re sometimes referred to as “hero pics”, but they’re also called “dead guy pics” because the sole use of them is news handouts.

So I guess at some point I’m going to have to go to Formation Imagery and ask them to take a picture of me. Something, incidentally, that I hate.

Written by Nick

October 24, 2011 at 6:27 pm

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  1. I agree totally. As a retired Officer of the Federal Civil Service, I know all-too-well of the well-oiled burocracy that we all love to hate. On some level it all makes sense but, I must admit, I had a hard time understanding “those levels”. Maybe I was just a rebel without a cause 🙂

    Keep smiling. It’ll keep them wondering why 🙂

    Bruce Cowan

    October 29, 2011 at 11:15 pm


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