Posts made in July, 2018

Midweek Meanderings, Assistance for Female Veterans.

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

I believe this is a worthwhile Project, for Females Veterans who oft times go unnoticed:

We are excited to announce the launch of the VETS Canada / True Patriot Love Foundation Captain Nichola Goddard Support…

Posted by VETS Canada on Thursday, July 26, 2018

This article from Esprit de Corps Magazine is excellent. For those who may not see this magazine this article re: a warlord in Afghanistan is very pertinent to the memory of those 158 Canadians who paid the ultimate price of War.

Captain Nicola Goddard RCHA shown above was one of those 158.

This is so appropriated with THANKS To Ray Kokkonen

President   Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association

Please remember our Troops, Veterans and and their families. Please check out:

Nil Sine Labore


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Monday… a Veterans Quiz ?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

Obvious Signs You’ve Served In The Military:

scroll through these US signs of military service and see how many you, still do to this day after retirement. I agree with many but certainly not all,

It will be interesting to hear from Veterans of all years served?

Have you ever wondered what our RCN Ships and crew do while deployed?

Our Canadian Army are also serving in Mali wearing the Blue Beret:

As a retired Army cook I was pleased to read this news story about a Cook’s Competition in Halifax for Reserve Cooks.    So to all my brother cooks  that are retired  don’t you wish we had the experiences our current younger cooks are getting nowadays?

So as the  final Monday of July I ask you once again to remember our Military, their Families and  our VETERANS

Nil Sine Labore




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Red Friday end of JULY

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

Another month slips away and my mind goes back to end July 1962. The RCASC Soldier Apprentices of 23,24 and 25 Pl. Were practising for their Graduation on 4 August 1962. Boots were spit shone to the highest degree, Uniforms Hung wit the greatest of Care. Packing up memories of the past 2 years. What adventures lay ahead as we were posted to various units across Canada Yes indeed it was a wonderful final weekend in July of that year. Now some 56 years later we are even fewer, with many having moved on over the years to the Advance Party. R I P my brothers.

As well as to all  Apprentices regardless of CORPS. Boy Soldiers have been around for centuries in one form or another. This ARTICLE from The Independent a couple of years ago. Is against Boy Soldiers serving in the military?

More than one in 10 new Army recruits are boy soldiers of just 16 years old, according to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Defence. And more than one in four of all new Army recruits are under 18 – too young to be sent into combat.
The figures, released last week, have sparked renewed criticism of the British Army’s use of boy soldiers. Following an outcry over the deployment of 17-year-olds to the Gulf War in 1991, and to Kosovo in 1999, the Army amended its rules stopping soldiers under 18 from being sent on operations where there was a possibility of fighting. Despite this, at least 20 soldiers aged 17 are known to have served in Afghanistan and Iraq due to errors by the MoD.

Critics claim the figures mean Britain stands alongside some of the world’s most repressive regimes by recruiting children into the armed forces – among under 20 countries, including North Korea and Iran, that allow 16-year-olds to join up. They accused the MoD of deliberately targeting teenagers not old enough to vote in a bid to boost recruitment.

This being the Centenary of  the end of WW1 I would like to give you a few stories on Boy Soldiers.        The final link is of interest to all Canadian Veterans it mentions the demise of Canadian Boy Soldiers (Apprentices) initiated by none other than the creator of Hellyer Corporals.

Reporting on an exchange during a parliamentary question period 26 November 1965, the Canadian Press issued a news release on Canadian pre-teen soldiers; that is, they were not yet teenagers. The Minister of Defence of the day, Paul Hellyer, explained the case.

If this story is collaborated then The UNITED NATIONS has need to be further ashamed. Some of these Sri Lankan War Criminals may be serving by Canadians who take great pride in Peacekeeping.

I have yet to see the following story in  the Canadian Media… Where are our Helicopters stationed?

Ending today with a good news story. This from CFB Esquimalt.

Please show your support for our Military, their Families and our Veterans. Please wear RED today

Nil Sine Labore







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Mid Week and M U T T S

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

I use the term MUTTS  as a title of Love and Respect for all K-9s. Dogs give us so much. This article is particular to sufferers of PTSD. Dogs create an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity , for those suffering from this dreaded affliction. Both DND and Canada’s Veterans Affairs should be investing funds in training and placing dogs where necessary, at NO COST to the person  needing a companion. Therapy and assistance dogs can be MUTTS no BLOODLINES required, making their cost of purchase minimal.

The same should also go for anyone that requires an assistance dog or simply a Therapet.

Keeping with animal news this morning. This tale from HMS Queen Elizabeth certainly shows how animals are viewed in the Forces. Tongue in cheek or not?

I remember in the early 60s in 1 Tpt Soest Germany we had a Platoon Mascot  Charley Platoon had LUCKY a  terrier. This dog loved to sit on the gas tank of a Triumph as our DR’s rode out on exercise. In 1964 LUCKY received the MIB ( mentioned in Beaver) for the successful Rat Run on the SKC cinema in Ft Chambly. What a ratter.

For members past and present of the RCE.. Canadian Military Engineers. The UK has reinstated  a Specialist Engineer task force:

Last but by no means LEAST, perhaps this would be an Idea for Canada to lease out transport aircraft to Travel Companies. A way to bring in much needed funds for the military.

Always remember your Military, their families and your Veterans. Wear RED this Friday as a sign of Support.

Nil Sine Labore




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G O O D M O R N I N G V I E T N A M ……RIP Adrian Cronauer

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

I feel quite safe in saying that the majority of Veterans watched the film ” Good Morning Vietnam “,

The late Robin Williams played the lead role. That of   a United States Air Force sergeant and radio personality whose experiences as an innovative disc jockey on American Forces Network during the Vietnam War inspired the 1987 film Good Morning, Vietnam.

R I P Sgt Adrian Cronauer USAF: 

For those who live in North America a wee bit of TRIVIA:  Adrian Cronauer was replaced in Vietnam by a Young Pat Sajak of ” Wheel of Fortune ” fame

Terrible news from Toronto “the GOOD ” as it was known when I was a child. A multiple shooting on the Danforth.

Toronto police services removed the shooter with a fatal shot. Bravo Zulu to the Police.

Heavy hearts for the  dead and wounded, enjoying an evening out with family and friends.

Reading tweets on line the majority are wondering what has happened to their City? alongside their Condolences.

Meanwhile the Orange Man of the South….. has tweeted the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The use of CAPITAL letters denotes shouting? does the President of USA not understand?

Donald J. Trump


Sadly on this Monday it is difficult to find a good news story, but this is what I found.

What made you choose a career as a padre in the military?
It was a personal journey that inspired me to want to do more for the people that I serve. I remember when I was an infantry officer, my bosses would often comment on how close I was to my people. My first impulse was always to take care of my soldiers, and after meeting some really devoted chaplains, I realized that it was my calling to join the chaplaincy. My primary focus as a chaplain is to make sure that people are well – to support them, to walk with them, to journey with them, because I think a chaplain can be part of the success of a mission by making sure that our people are happier, and that they have an opportunity to increase their spiritual resiliency.

This is a story of an Infantry officer turned PADRE.  PADRES are the men and women who care for soldiers and their families. BRAVO ZULU to all PADRES.

On that note please remember your Veterans, your Serving Military and their families and loved ones.

Nil Sine Labore






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