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Should the Canadian Army have Changed to Traditional Insignia?

 

On the 8th of July, 2013, The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announced the "Government of Canada’s intent to restore Canadian Army rank insignia, names and badges to their traditional forms."1

 

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The Insignia Change Is a Good Change

The Insignia Should Not Have Been Changed

Tradition

The return to the traditional insignia ties the current military with a proud past that deserves to be celebrated.

Tradition

The traditional insignia has not been used since 1968.  This change ignores the accomplishments made by the military in the last 55 years.

Cost

There are 50,000 members of the Canadian Army.  The cost of replacing their insignia may seem high, but it is being phased in gradually and the normal cost of uniform maintenance is also high.

Cost

The cost of 4.5 million dollars is too high, especially at a time when the Canadian Forces have been asked to save 1 billion dollars per year by the Canadian Government.

   

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References

1.     National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces: Canada restores historical features of the Canadian Army:

http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/news/article.page?doc=canada-restores-historical-features-of-the-canadian-army/hjiq6l5o

2.    CBC: Canadian Forces' return to old-style ranks, insignia costs millions: 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadian-forces-return-to-old-style-ranks-insignia-costs-millions-1.2679716

3.    The Star: Canadian Army goes back to the future with return to British-style ranks and designations: 

 http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/07/08/canadian_army_goes_back_to_the_future_with_return_to_britishstyle_ranks_and_designations.html

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