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Where is Racism the Worst?

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A bunch of disgusting assholes broke into Indigenous people's peaceful campaign in last Canada Day in Halifax . Soon it appeared that they were CAF members, to be specific Navy guys! I was not surprised, to be honest. CAF members, not all of them of course, have racism issues. This problem actually exists all around the country but has more intensity within environments which Canadians think that solely belongs to them. Perhaps they are right! NHL is majority Caucasian . A number of Black s. One person plays for The Maple Leafs with his roots in Lebanon . They call him a joke! CAF itself is majority Caucasian . Chinese sit in the second. Filipino is next and at a few Black s. Almost anyone else, they would have issue with!  I don't know these guys wanted but it's said that they would be disciplined. The problem is everyone forgets about that in a week and two! No one really knows if they are punished or not! The interesting thing in this incident was the Mi

U-Boat Commander

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Submarines have always been my interest. The first time I found myself a fan of them was when, years ago, the movie Das Boot was shown on TV in the old country as a series! The movie is a bit longer than 02:00 hours . Then when I joined CAF and of course I never finished my Basic Training (!), I selected a trade in the RCN that would have made me eligible  to even work in submarines but soon after starting Basic Training I found I'm the man of freedom, nature and mountains and I would be confined neither in a ship nor in a submarine!  This, however, did not prevent me from enjoying books and movies about submarines or as it's said in German , Unterseeboot .  One of the books that I've recently found and started reading is called U-Boat Commander . It's apparently written by one of a few German submarine commanders who survived WWII . The book is of course translated to English by a British guy but despite the fact that the book is very interesting, the tr

CFLRS Note (33): Assignments

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The recruits at times are given assignments during their course, mostly as a sort of punishment. If a recruit does something which isn't considered a serious incident, he or she normally gets a Note to File and an assignment in format of essay is given to him or her. This normally should be prepared in 500 words . The following was assigned to me: 1) The importance of following orders. 2) The importance of revealing medical conditions. 3) Duty, Loyalty, Courage and Integrity. It means for each of the above I did something wrong and I had to show that I understand that concept. It's needless to say that in all cases the staff at CFLRS , as usual, never bothered to listen my side of story or accepted it. It would be interesting if one of them read this post!  In addition to the above an assignment was once given to all the members of the platoon in the format of speech. In that one members had to select a topic, with the approval of staff and present that in a 5 min

CFLRS Notes (32): Code of Conducts Rules

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I liked a number of subjects that were taught in CFLRS . Truly interesting. Code of Conducts Rules was one of them. A combination of 11 rules. One of them which caught my attention in the class was Rule #6. This is what the rule states: Treat all of the prisoners of war and detainees humanly in accordance with the standard set by the Third Geneva Convention; any abuse, including torture is prohibited.  The point here is the difference between POW and detainee. The POW , when is captured, of course, is the individual who is in the uniform of enemy while a detainee is someone such as a Vietcong or a Taliban who engages in battle, ambush or any other harmful action against the forces in civilian cloths. The rule does not specify how differently they should be treated in other terms such as interrogation, imprisonment and handing them to other authorities, for example international courts or other forces. One case was capturing members of Taliban by CAF members and handing t

CFLRS Notes (31): Dress Code

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Every environment has its dress code, either official or unofficial. Work-place, mechanic shop, retail store, pharmacy, you name it. They all have their own uniforms or dress codes. Schools, mostly have their uniforms. I remember when I was a kid most of the school, until junior high required students or pupils to wear a uniform. It changed a little bit after the so-called Islamic Revolution . The uniforms kind of disappeared because they didn't want to create extra cost to families.  CFLRS has its dress code. Being a military school, recruits must have their Combats on all the time during the training. After hours, and if its after induct and if their performance has been good(!) during the week, they can be in civilian cloths. The problem is as people have lived in such open and relaxed society such as Canada's, they forget where they are when they get to CFLRS ! Low cut shirts, mini skirts, mini shirts, straight jeans, all sorts of cloths which shows all their curves

In Enemy Hands

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One of the good things in TRP ( Training Reintegration Platoon ) is the library they have. They have both in English and French . I found a number of good books in English section, of course. I know there are good ones in other section but I know no French . In Enemy Hands is one of them. The book is about the Canadian servicemen during the WWII who were captured as POW by the enemy forces. As sad as it could be, the stories are interesting at the same time. It shows what those poor guys went through. Hunger, cold, discomfort, stress, injury, sickness, you name it.  Of course everyone knows what the feelings of a POW might be but reading what they have narrated gives you a better understanding of that.  The worst of them would be the invasion of Dieppe where Canadian s were slaughtered. A large number of them were captured by German s. The thing about Westerner s is if they are defeated they admit that and document it. In East something like this never happens. Iran h

CFLRS Notes (30): Disgusting Fucking Lair(!)

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There was this girl that once we had a short conversation with and then we kept that a few more times when we were in the same platoon. She was not so good looking but we have a proverb which goes: Even an old shoe is a property when you find it in desert! So I decided to go with it and even invited her to a coffee outside. I didn't happened but because of her strange accent (she was not Caucasian ) I asked her once if she spoke any other language. She replied by saying that she did not. I grew up in Canada , she added. Although it was a bullshit answer, I let it go because you could grew up in Canada and speak any other language rather than English .  A few days later I saw her with a bag with Hebrew writing on it! Of course it meant she was Jewish and then it was then I realized that she was a stinking piece of shit, disgusting lair! I asked her if she speaks Hebrew and she admitted that. We exchanged a few e-mails mostly in regard to material she wanted and never receive

CFLRS Notes (29): Playing Chess

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You got plenty of free time while on training in CFLRS at times because the training method here is Run ... Run ... Run ... and then Wait ... Wait ... Wait! Unfortunately you cannot use the time you have the way you want and most of it wasted. In TRP ( Training Reintegration Platoon ) though, at times, you can use this time the way you want. In fact many use it for different thing including volunteering, OJT ( On-job Training ), etc. Some play cards, read books or simply hang out and talk. I mostly played chess when I had time. At first there was a set which one of the guys had purchased from a local Wal-Mart . Then another fella bought a nice set from a store in town for some $100 . And then there was one in the office that guys used. So there were 3 or even 4 sets on the tables and people were playing! It was amazing! Even one of the staff came a few times and he was interested. One of our Sergeant s! I enjoyed that a lot and slaughtered everyone who played against me! In

The Tunnels of Cu Chi

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I have watched a number of war movies about Vietnam , the ones that everyone has watched, mostly. To name: 1- Full Metal Jacket . 2- Platoon .  3- The Deer Hunter . 4- Apocalypse Now . In none of them the Vietcong tunnels have been mentioned to the extent they actually existed during the war. There's a short scene in Platoon that one of the guys goes into a tunnel and comes out of another entrance and two other soldiers get caught in a booby trap. That's all. When I found The Tunnels of Cu Chi  and went through it, I was quite stunned by the way Vietcong treated American s. I then found another movie in the Internet called Tunnel Rats which the name suggests it could be about underground fighting. I have to watch it first although it's mentioned that it has been a failure but the book is just amazing. It shows how brutal Vietcong  guerrillas were towards American s, not that American s didn't do anything as bad. Then I realized that the said tunnels now

CFLRS Notes (28): Bolt(s)

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Bolt is a critical part of rifle that without it shooting does not occur. Bolt is assembled in to another part called Bolt Carrier and is put in the rifle in the back, just ahead of Cocking Handle . Bolt practically moves a round to the Chamber when it comes up from magazine. During the training in CFLRS , and I hope this is not a secret, when the recruits are assigned a rifle, the bolt is taken out, for safety reasons and is put in only during drill practice (to make it heavier!) and shooting. When the bolts are platoon members are out, they are all put in a box and a recruit is assigned to carry the box everywhere the platoon goes. I was in charge of one of the damn boxes which had more than 33 damn bolts and it was freaking heavy! And when I say heavy, I really mean it. I don't exaggerate. The staff usually would let me go ahead of the platoon because I was way slower than the rest. The other box, in our platoon, which was remarkably smaller than usual at the beginning,

The (Not!) Stolen Vehicle

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I did a stupid mistake when I left home for Quebec and that was leaving the car on the street with the hope that nothing happens to it although the car has been broken into once and scratched several times! One day I received a call from Mom indicating that the the car had been gone! Stolen! I was both mad at me and her. I was mad at me because I should not have left the vehicle on the damn street of disgusting downtown Calgary . I was mad at Mom because what I could do from more than 3600 Km away! I started thinking. This is not a kind of vehicle that could be stolen easily. The time that it was broken into, one of the back doors had been left unlocked accidentally by a passenger. One thing came to mind was: Damn street cleaning but before that I called the damn Calgary Parking Authority . The thieves of the city who make the easiest money! I asked if they had a record of my car. The lady at the other side of line was actually was very nice and helpful and after several minute

CFLRS Notes (27): MP (Military Police)

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Military Police , with all due respect to the members of this fine organization, is probably one of the most boring jobs there is! In CFLRS their jurisdiction, as far as I know and I hope they don't get upset or anything if they read it, is limited to the garrison itself. I don't think they can do much outside the walls or barrier. The recruits though, could be picked up and charged by any police force in the country! So you get my point! There's no doubt that other bases and operation or mission zones have their own MP s but it's like adding one extra organization to the organizations which already are active in an area and separating their area of work, something which is common and routine in Canada !  When MP s show up in an area, say kitchen or gymnasium, everyone is alerted and asks one another if the have done something, for example last night! It reminds me of an old Persian proverb which my Dad used to use it and it literally is: When you go for a rock

Canadian War Museum

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We had a trip to Ottawa once as part of CFLRS recruits to visit the Canadian War Museum . It was not such a pleasant trip but it was mandatory. So I tagged along! It was not pleasant because at the end I realized we had to answer a number of stupid questions in a format! Questions such as " How many tanks were available to Canadian Armed Forces at the end of WWII ? " (One thousand exclamation marks). How is that going to help me in my military career?! You know what the answer is: This shows whether you were paying attention to detail or not! It means that even in a trip which is planned for relaxation and enjoyment, supposedly, they still want to torture people! Of course I didn't spend even one single minute on the question and got them all from other guys when we returned! As per the museum I have to say that it was not bad. Quite similar to The Military Museums in Calgary only bigger and newer because it's only a few hundred meters away from Parliament H

CFLRS Notes (26): The Second FORCE Test

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The FORCE Test should be performed by the recruits for the second in week 8 of their training to see if they have improved or not. I have to admit that my improvement was even a surprise to myself. All the PT sessions and hard work paid.  For those ones who don't know FORCE Test comprises of 4 exercises:  1- Rushes of 20 m.: In this test the person runs between marked distances of 10 meters and every time he or she has to touches the line with his front foot first and then touches behind the line with both hands.  2- Sandbag Lift: The person has to lift sandbags of 20 Kg which are put aside in a distance of 1.25 m., to height of 1 m. for 30 times in a specified time. 3- Loaded Shuffles: In this test the person has first take a sandbag of 20 Kg to the other side (I guess 20 m.) and return it, only while walking and then drops it and runs the same distance. This should be repeated twice. 4- Sandbag Drag: This, which feels the hardest one, is dragging a dummy

CFLRS Notes (25): The Optical Sight Story

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Recruits normally get to their lockers on the main floor before going back to their section to get their stored stuff. They might do that a few times during the day. Once we all went to the lockers to get our exercise stuff before going back to our rooms. I laid down my rifle close to me and opened my locker while I had an eye on it. Recruits are not supposed to have their rifles more than an arm away from them. I realized someone put her rifle next to mine to open her locker. She showed her displeasure by saying: Whose rifle is this?! I paid no attention and carried on with my own business. I noticed that she finished and left before me but forgot her Optical Sight ! I was waiting for her to come back because normally sane people(!) would immediately realize that something is missing on the rifle. She didn't!  I grabbed it and put it in my pocket. It's unbelievable that someone climbs up 7 floors without looking at her rifle even once or feeling, with any other sense,

CFLRS Notes (24): What the Valuable Time was Spent on

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Everyone brags about how great their life will be after they join CAF ; their benefits, salaries and most importantly, their pension. That's totally understandable. After years of misery, you, as a retired CAF member, would get a reasonable pension that you can manage the rest of life with less worry. For me this is different. I have this great poem from one of the greatest which goes: عمر گرانمایه در این صرف شد تا چه  خورم  سیف و چه پوشم شتا ای شکم  خیره  به نانی بساز تا نکنی‌ پشت به خدمت دوتا It means:  The precious life was spent on what to wear this summer and to eat in winter. Oh the stubborn human being! Just accept whatever is available and you will have an easy life and won't have to bow to everyone.  I know it's probably not the best interpretation but I hope it transfers the message. This great poem and many others is from the great Persian poet, Saadi Shirazi who was born around 1210 and two of the greatest poem books of the all time, B

CFLRS Notes (23): PRB

PBR , in CFLRS , stands for Performance Review Board and your file is reviewed and evaluated by such board after your performance is considered poor, such as mine. I failed a number of major and minor tests and I had to sit in front of the board comprising four members: The Division Commander , the Platoon Commander , one person from Standards and another person who seemed to be some sort of comforting and aid to the interviewee. I was nervous and intimidated at the beginning but after entering the room and talking to them I felt much better. The fact is I found that military is not the working environment that I want to be in. The people that I named them above they all were sitting there and gazing at me senseless. No emotion, no reaction, no movement, nothing! I was using my hands and smiling during my conversation because that's how I've talked to people for years but no reaction was seen from them. I don't think someone like me with such a terrible performance wou

CFLRS Notes (22): The Fork Story

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I've already written about the bad food that is served in CFLRS and how I have to avoid eating it. This story is partially related to that: I got my food and sat at the table with a few platoon buddies. I grabbed my fork to start eating when I realized that the fork was dirty. Food or something was stuck to it! I rose my hand and said something like: That's what I don't like the food and everything else related to that here! And then after a moment of pause I threw the fork at the side! I still don't know why I did that. It was stupid but perhaps because I'm sick of the garbage the fed us there! As soon as I threw the fork and I still was looking right at in front of me, I heard someone went: What the F**k very loudly! I turned that way and realized that was my Sergeant from the previous platoon! I had missed him probably by an inch! If I had been faster in throwing the damn fork, I would not have been here to write this. I might have been charged or somethin

CFLRS Notes (21): Gas Chamber

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One of the tests/activities during the second Farnham trip is practicing chemical attack protection simulation. This by far the stupidest and most ridiculous of all the subjects of basic training! I've already posted about the concept of CBRN and how it is looked at in CAF . This activity is the testing of that. This is how it's, partially, performed and I have to stress here that I have no intention to reveal any military secret or similar. So I provide as less detail as possible. You're waiting to enter a gas chamber. You're in full protective suit and your mask is attached to you. As soon as the instructor orders, you rush in to the room where another staff is awaiting you. You're supposed to take your mask on in a matter of seconds. As I entered I felt burning in my throat and my eyes! That, as I was informed later, was Tear Gas to simulate a situation that someone might have during a CBRN attack. I took my mask immediately and tried to put it on but acc