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1950s Canadian Army (Wagg)

1950s Canadian Army (Wagg)



when I joined up what was in 1950 and all the instruction and the general attitude was a continuation of World War two and the equipment and the weapons were just the same and the airplanes were maybe a little more advanced but not much and the Navy was the same but the army was populated with veterans with World War two experience and as was the staff at the various schools that we went to the the training that we got was was general military training same as they give recruits in any core and and then the other two years were special to core training militia had a huge number of veterans in it and they every everybody knew everybody else because the people staying in the regulars were had been had served with a lot of the militia people and in particular it is senior militia people the the people who were senior in the blush at the time it was certainly much lower key than than it was for for the regulars and so the social life was was more prominent and the militia developed the attitude of being Saturday night soldiers and and there was there was a very not uncooperative but a little bit tense relationship between the regulars and the militia not so much about the officers and the senior NCOs as the troops themselves they the training that we were able to give the the militia soldier was the same as the regular forest fellow God except that he was only exposed to it turn three hours a week and the regular forest fella lived at 24 hours a day so that they were they were a bit resentful or bit envious and the soldiers who militia soldiers who wanted to be more intense could go and join the regulars and there was there is an attitude developed later on not at that point in time but later on where the the personnel was be interchangeable all one army and no not reserve irregular but just all one army and but if you really think about it you know after you get to be a platoon sergeant that's about as far as the crossover can take place with any degree of efficiency those of us who thought about it at no illusions that we could run a regular forest infantry battalion the big difference of course between the regulars and the militia was was the type of training the regulars of course were training to tactics fight and defend themselves and so on whereas with the militia was largely individual training to give the soldier some smattering of military knowledge and so that he could you know at least stand more of a chance than the civilian with no training at all the the officers in in the militia my job for example eventually commanded my job was administrative as it was with district an area was administrative far as the takoj were concerned the the field officers and the regulars you know they did the tactics and the militia was the administrators the individual soldiers could cross over easier than the officers could you


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