CDN Forces Struggling For Talent
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
A sad state of affairs when "Serving ones Country" is eclipsed by the "Almighty Buck".
The unemployed and especially those unemployed with a skill or trade who say they cannot find a job, need look no further than their local recruiting station.
Sadly many prefer to wear the anonymous suit of a Civy, versus a suit of respect, in which comraderie, pride and accomplisment are the main accessories.
When they say there is "No life like it", trust me, I know of what they speak.
HALIFAX -- The Canadian Forces is in a domestic "war for talent" as it attempts to boost its ranks, Canada's top general said yesterday.
In an address to the Nova Scotia legislature, Gen. Rick Hillier said the military is competing to attract a shrinking demographic of "select young people" between the ages of 18 and 29.
"We're meeting our objectives, but this is one in which we can't let up because we need to grow the Canadian Forces," Hillier told the audience of politicians and military officers.
The chief of defence staff conceded that while recruiting is a challenge, the Forces is meeting its goal of getting 7,000 people into regular units this year, with a goal in 2009 of more than 8,000.
He said while plenty of potential recruits are coming forward, the military has to find ways to train them quickly enough so they can be deployed to ships, air and army units.