Day: January 2, 2018

The need to reform Royal Military College
Eye On Defence

The need to reform Royal Military College

Royal Military College (RMC) is the keystone to the entire structure of military education in Canada and, according to the auditor general’s report released in November, it is in considerable trouble. The report followed a three-and-a-half year study by a five-person audit team which visited the college on many occasions, interviewed students and teachers, examined past reports on the college going back to the 1990s and discussed the college with key persons in the Canadian Armed Forces chain of command who are responsible for the CAF’s military education program. There is not much more important to the future of the Canadian Armed Forces than a well-functioning, efficiently managed military university and that is what RMC is, a university. It graduates commissioned officers who can han...
FACE TO FACE: Is the government spending enough on re-equipping the military?
Face to Face

FACE TO FACE: Is the government spending enough on re-equipping the military?

  Canada is already among the world’s top military spenders. The London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies confirms that in 2016, Canadian military spending was, in absolute terms, sixth highest in NATO—exceeded only by the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy. Globally, Canada ranked 17th, putting it well within the top 10 per cent of military spenders worldwide. Do we now need more? Will a NATO ranking of fifth or a global ranking of 16th make Canada more secure at home and make a decisive difference to international peace and security? Canada faces no military threat to its sovereignty or territorial integrity—a blessed circumstance reinforced by Canada’s military, which reliably monitors and patrols this country’s vast air approaches...
St. Laurent and Kim Il-Sung
Heroes And Villains

St. Laurent and Kim Il-Sung

On Aug. 7, 1950, Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent addressed the nation by radio. The subject was North Korea’s attack on South Korea and the response by the United Nations and Canada. “Our objective is not to make war. We are…doing our best to prevent war.” Failure to succeed in stopping this communist aggression, he warned, could lead to the “disasters of a third world war.” St. Laurent considered the North Korean invasion, launched on June 25, 1950, as a critical test of the recently formed UN’s ability to effectively “resist communist aggression.” When North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel that divided the two Koreas, the UN Security Council immediately demanded a cessation of hostilities and withdrawal. Concurrently boycotting UN meetings over another issue, the Soviet Union...
January/February 2018 issue is now available!
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January/February 2018 issue is now available!

The January/February 2018 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands today or check your mailbox if you subscribe already! What’s inside? BORN ON THE FIRST OF JULY As many as 20,000 Canadians joined the United States military to fight in Vietnam. Are they our least recognized veterans? MYSTERY OF THE LUCKY LANCASTER On its 119th mission, Sugar’s good fortune ran out ALWAYS SERVING The medal count was less important than the head count at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto NEVER FORGOTTEN Thousands gathered in Ottawa on Nov. 11 to reflect on the past, honour the fallen, and thank those still with us today A STORMY DAY OF REMEMBRANCE Blizzard conditions did not deter Labrador City and W...

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