The Canadian Press

2016-01-26 | Military Reserves Staff

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The bottoms appears to have fallen out of Canada's military reserves, with the latest government figures showing a shortfall of 52-hundred part-time soldiers, sailors and aircrew. The numbers were released in federal departmental performance reports for the last budget year, which also show the military's medical branch has 367 unfilled positions -- both uniform and civilian. A handful of those vacancies are in the mental health section, which was the subject of an intense recruiting campaign following a string of suicides in late 2013 and early 2014. Canadian Forces ombudsman Gary Walbourne has written a number of reports about reservists and the health care system. He seemed exasperated. (The annual report, tabled when Parliament returned this week, also raises the flag about the army's non-combat vehicles, which have serviceability rate of just 60 per cent -- something National Defence claims does not affect its ability to operate and defend the country.)

Date: 2016-01-26
Placeline: OTTAWA.
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 9 seconds

Transcript Prediction: << we don't need any more studies or any more reports on this enough is enough it now becomes down to a leadership issue someone has to make a decision that this is going to be fixed >>


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