Suppose further that the Japanese government convinces your largest importer the US, say to strengthen its currency to avert a further Japanese economic disaster, and that the prices of your export goods become relatively unattractive because your currency is pegged to the dollar. Your exports weaken, currency speculators see an opportunity to sell you short and bet against your currency until it cracks, your stock market crashes and you start defaulting on loans to your biggest creditor Japan, whose banking system was already insolvent anyway. Japanese banks go on cooking the books, so in the long run maybe you just default on some onerous loans and your credit rating takes a hit so capital becomes expensive. The real bonus is you have a decent chance of replacing your corrupt dictators with a brand new set of kleptocrats.
The intent is not only for the CF to move its members less when possible, but to move them better. The two decades straddling the millennium were among the most tumultuous in modern history.
The demise of the Cold War, and with it the structure that regulated inter-state relations for nearly half a century, ushered in an era of uncertainty. The widespread harmony many anticipated as the Berlin Wall came down was instead replaced by increased turmoil.
In the intervening 20 years, the CF participated in more than 20 major operational missions the world over some with multiple rotationsvirtually without interruption. The few pauses between deployments were short-lived, measured in weeks or months.
This flurry of military operations was coupled with a second dramatic shift. Not only were Canadian troops deploying to more missions in more global hotspots, but the way in which these missions were conducted changed appreciably. The commitments of the s, 70s and 80s were far from simple, and at times they proved quite volatile.
With few exceptions, the operational theatres that Canadians have deployed to since the early s are more fluid, often without clear physical, cultural or political lines of demarcation separating factions.
They are also commonly more hostile, combining elevated levels of violence with combatants more inclined to engage multinational forces. Fuelled by widening economic and social disparities, fundamentalism and terrorism replaced more traditional motives of national, territorial or economic ambition as triggers for contemporary conflict.
The irregular composition of the combatants fighting these ideological wars made it difficult to distinguish fighter from farmer, as well as friend from foe.
This new fluidity was especially daunting to western military forces thrust into the dual role of warrior and nation-builder.
Within a single professional generation, Canadian sailors, soldiers and airmen and airwomen adapted to this transformed conflict environment, seamlessly morphing from peacekeepers to peacemakers to warriors. There is little doubt that achieving this during two decades of near-continuous operations was gruelling, demanding more of them than in several decades.
By extension, considerably more was also asked of their families. Two areas are especially significant.
Canadian military families have changed. Canadian military families have changed, just as Canadian families generally have changed. Overall, the conventional, relatively stable family configurations of the past have increasingly given way to more complex and transitional arrangements.
Canadians are generally more apt to change and re-configure their family structures over time, often translating into more partners and ex-partners, less formal relationship arrangements, more complex custodial situations regularly involving children from multiple relationshipsand more single parent families.
Most existing definitions consist of three basic elements: For example, the Canadian government defines family as being composed of a married or common-law couple, with or without children, or a lone parent living with at least one child in the same dwelling. Couples may be of the opposite sex or the same sex.
The prevalence of common-law relationships has grown four times faster than that of married couples in Canada in recent years.
There is a greater preponderance of single-parent households, same-sex couples, multi-generational families, and skip-generation families. Military families deal with many of the same challenges most Canadian families face: Modern family life can be complicated and demanding.
Yet, military life differs in some important ways, distinguishing it from most other professions and occupations. Three characteristics shape the CF lifestyle for both serving members and their families.
These impact the vast majority of serving members over major portions of their careers and they are central to military life — there is nothing exceptional or discretionary about them. These distinctions are important.
Mobility The first of these characteristics is mobility — the requirement for military families to geographically relocate on a recurring basis. These relocations, or postings in military jargon, occur at the discretion of the CF in response to its organizational and operational needs.
The CF decides when a family will be posted, where it will be posted to, and the length of time it will spend there. As a result, military families are routinely sent to places that are not of their choosing, at timeframes that are not ideal.
This is a reality of military life. Some families move infrequently, and others are never posted outside of a certain region, but these circumstances are exceptional. Most CF members relocate repeatedly throughout their military service to locations over which they have limited influence, in timeframes over which they have little input.Published on an ad hoc basis, usually when there is a significant event, legislative change or court judgment which we feel is important to update our clients and contacts about.
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