Over at TGB, Dave points us at the depressing news:
"The [Canadian] navy also faces issues with recruiting. It blames the problem on a competitive job market for skilled workers, the requirement to send personnel to the new commands that chief of defence staff Gen. Rick Hillier recently created and the need to support military operations in Afghanistan."
"The assessment notes that the navy has been falling short of its recruiting targets since 2004. At this point, the navy is down 400 personnel, but the document predicts that by 2011-2012 the service will be short by 1,000 sailors."
An impending drastic shortage in Canadian military personnel. Oh, noez! What shall we do?
If only there were military-age Canadians who were pro-military. That vocally supported our men and women in uniform. That wore red t-shirts on a regular basis, and put patriotic yellow ribbons on their pickup trucks. And who weren't such fucking idiots that they'd almost certainly blow their own feet off with a rifle.
Damn ... so close.