I've railed against CAF procurement practices for years but if this letter to the T-C doesn't prove once and for all what a shambles the Canadian system is I don't know what does: even by the pathetic standards of successive federal government (non support) of our military this is just craptastic - really the bottom of the barrel.
I thought our ineptitude couldn't sink lower than sending troops to a desert war (Afghanistan) kitted out in the European "green" battledress (thank God the US Marines at the time had extras they were willing to sell to us) , but if the assertion in this letter is true I might have been mistaken - can you picture any other major nation being such military candy asses as to actually force their combat soldiers to buy their own boots? And up to now not even being reimbursed for the expense???
Honestly if this is true I do wonder why we bother even having a military? Just call it a day and pay the US $20-some odd billion CDN to do the job for us since we clearly have no clue and apparently no desire to the job ourselves.
The troops are actually pretty happy about this. Making one piece footwear to issue everyone has never quite worked out, and trying to run multiple lines of boots for different requirements and foot types hasn't been easy. Troops have been wanting to use their own boots (and many of them were doing it too) for years. Now the CAF just reimburses soldiers for their purchase. It's way easier for them to have the entire consumer library available to select what is the best arch, ankle, etc support for the individual, rather than issue something that 'fits okay for most people'.
Edited by Mattjvd, 02 August 2018 - 03:22 PM.