What a week!! On the 16th of August my much beloved Canadian Air Force once again became the Royal Canadian Air Force. Originally the royal honour was granted in 1924 by King George V, and removed from the title by the lunatic defence minister Paul Hellyer in 1968, much to the great disgust of its veterans and serving members.
Is Paul Hellyer really a 100% "fruit and nut bar" you ask??? Well, in 2007, the Ottawa Citizen reported that Hellyer is demanding that world governments disclose any alien technology that they have. Yep, mad as a frickin' hatter !!
Those of us who have served since 1968, and Paul Hellyer's disasterous and controversial integration and unification of the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force into a single organization, known as the Canadian Armed Forces, know exactly what an idiot the man must be. As an example, what other military in the world would post a naval signaller from a naval ship to an army signal squadron and expect him, or her, to be able to function 100% in a strange environment. Indeed, one that they are not in fact trained for. Many such strange things happened in the early days of intergration.
So it was not a surprise at all this week when Mr. Hellyer came out against the traditional names of the three armed services being restored to them. Well, he could hardly be expected to rejoice like the rest of us could he?
As much as one loves to hate the navy, it's even good to see them become the Royal Canadian Navy once again. I, of course, never met the standard to join the Navy. The impediment to my joining the RCN was the fact that my parents were married..................to each other J
The intergration of the armed forces is a failed experiment, provable by the fact that no other country in the world has carried out such drastic measures to their military like Hellyer did to ours.
My one hope for Paul Hellyer once he passes on is that he be met at the Pearly Gates, not by St. Peter, but by the ugliest and meanest RCAF WO1 drill pig that there ever was, and that ex-Corporal Hellyer spend purgatory marching up and down God's own parade square, repenting the embarrasment, pain and suffering he caused us all over the last 43 years.
Welcome back RCAF........................Per Ardua!