Canadian Military: A Failed Force?

By Christopher Bjørnsen

The Canadian Forces no longer seem capable of winning, or even engaging in, battles, and as such, are on the verge of becoming the first failed military in modern history.

Insufficient Budget Expenditures

In 2012, Canada only spent 1.24% of its GDP on its military, ranking 80th in the world, right before Kazakhstan (Military Expenditures, Central Intelligence Agency). Canada’s defense budget reached even lower levels in 2016, decreasing to only 1% of the country’s GDP, bringing the Canadian Forces in line with the militaries of Fiji or Mozambique (The World Bank, World Development Indicators, Military Expenditures). Furthermore, Canada has also failed to meet its defense spending commitments under NATO since at least 1991 (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).

Low Standards

Fitness standards in the Canadian Forces, although already lower than any other developed country, have also been consistently reduced over the years. Under the previous Canadian Forces requisites, a male was only required to perform 19 pushups (9 for females). This is in contrast to 42 pushups, or more than double, required of males in the U.S. Armed Forces (19 for females), and 45 pushups for males in the Norwegian Armed Forces (25 for females).  With the new Canadian Forces standards, now applying to both males and females, as well as an estimated 125 additional genders, already inadequate push up requirements have been replaced with only having to carry and drag a 44 lbs (20 kgs) sand bag. It is no surprise, therefore, that Canadian Forces have the largest incidence of obesity of any military in the world, with three-quarters of Canadian Forces personnel being either overweight or obese (Canadian Forces Health and Lifestyle Information Survey, 2013/2014). 

Culture of Offense

The failed attempts at integrating women in the Canadian Forces, in complete disregard of basic biology concepts, have also resulted in an overall feminization of nearly the entire force, now generally defined by a culture of offense, victimization, and oppression. Female Canadian Forces members are constantly, and falsely, claiming to be bullied, disrespected, abused, sexually harassed, assaulted, and otherwise victimized at the hands of the very males they claim equality to. Female Canadian Forces members have even gone as far as filing lawsuits against the military over “mean” words (Glynis Rogers v. The Attorney General of Canada, Hfx No. 457658), while emasculated male members are pursuing actions against the force over SERE training, which they now see as “torture” (Angelo Balanos and Jeffery Beamish claims, Canadian Forces Base Wainwright, 1984). The culture of offense within the Canadian Forces has gotten so much out of hand that drill instructors are not even allowed to raise their voice at recruits any longer.

Inadequate Selection and Recruiting

Rather than recruiting members based on skills and operational requirements, and thus, on merit, the Canadian Forces now focus instead on so-called “diversity”, privileging females as well as people of color over much more suitable and qualified generally white males. More recently, the Canadian Forces have even pushed a recruiting drive for transgenders, despite the fact that not only is gender dysphoria defined as a mental illness (World Health Organization, The ICD-10 - Classification of Mental and Behavioral Disorders), but transgenders have a suicide rate of 41%, or 36.4% higher than the general population (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Suicide Attempts Among Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Adults). 

The Last Hope

A few good men still retain the timeless warrior ethos seen in the world's finest military units since the beginning of times. They are essentially the members, primarily Francophone, of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR), the Joint Task Force 2 (JTF-2), as well as the Royal 22nd Regiment (R22R), also known as the Van Doos. These warriors, however, are under constant threat from all levels of the Canadian Forces apparatus and its culture of offense and political correctness. Everything that defines these very fine soldiers as men and warriors is systematically stigmatized and repressed, and they are constantly subjected to a wide array of administrative harassment as well as neglect. These Canadian Forces members are often eventually pushed out of the service, or even driven to suicide.  Yet, they are the last hope for the future of the Canadian Forces. The very last opportunity for Canada to remember its roots and glorious history, and the fact that the Canadian Forces weren't always a safe space.