The Saugeen Times recently ran an
article and photo about four highly intelligent, high-energy,
highly-trained youth in our Canadian Military.
The Saugeen Times subsequently received a letter to the editor which
we have chosen not to print.
Our rules for publishing Letters to the Editor are very simple:
- The letter cannot contain profanity
- The letter must be understandable
- It cannot, in our opinion, denigrate an individual or group
The letter we received violated two of the three criteria. It
contained profanity and maligned the training, ability and
intelligence of our young service people. It is one thing to not
agree with the mission that the Canadian and other military are
involved in, but it's quite another to not understand the level of
training that our forces undergo, which makes them one of the most
respected in the world.
The young people in the article are indicative of all our young men
and women who serve in the various Armed Forces, just as their
ancestors did in World War I and II, and the Korean Conflict. The
services then were made up of young people in their teens and 20s
who answered the call to duty.
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Today's young Canadians are also highly
trained just as the Canadian Military always has been. These
are young people who go into service with the belief that
they can make a difference in the world.
The letter would argue that coming out of a facility such as
Royal Military College (RMC) does not qualify one for
combat. What the writer may not realize, however, is that
these service men and women go through extensive training
and field experience before they are ever deployed into a
In the article, Captain Andrew Champion for example, went
through Royal Military College where he became an engineer,
a communications specialist and completely fluent in French.
He then went on to take intensive and extensive field
training as did his men with him. He was, in fact, the first
of his class of 200 to be deployed, after five years of
Armed Forces the world over are made up of young people.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, they are the ones who have
the energy, stamina and fortitude to serve. These young
people are backed-up and mentored by experienced
commissioned and non-commissioned officers (NCOs).
The military does not just go into combat however. It is
also building roads, building schools and helping to ensure
that a population has the human right to make choices,
including the opportunity for young women to go to school
and be educated.