DND spends millions on rent, food for CF members separated from families
Taxpayers spent almost $54 million over two years for hotels, food and other allowances for Canadian Forces members who claimed it would be a hardship to move their families to the location of their new jobs.
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#1 Jun 24, 2012
#2 Jun 25, 2012
I happen to have worn the CF uniform for over 25 years. My family and I moved 14 times in that period from coast to coast. I shudder to think what the cost was to the taxpayer for those moves. However, in this day of high cost for just about everything, to make ends meet, your spouse MUST have employment. Because of this, any move to a new location comes with a high degree of stress due to up-rooting of all family members from their normal life, school and friend base. Children must change schools...stress, spouse leaves employment...stress, service member changes job/location...stress. And as stated, spouses must work to make ends meet, which inevitably will cause a financial stress! All in all so many moves can be hard on a military family. In my career I have also completed 5 tours overseas "Un-Accompanied", meaning my family stayed back in Canada. While on these tours you are required to work very long hours, sometimes day's without sleep, and when you do get "rack time" it is for sure not in a hotel! All this work, in most likely a hostile location, comes with "0" dollars of overtime, but many hours of stress overtime for your family back home. This article mentions the public service's disappointment in why their ranks are being cut, while the uniformed members can carry on with wasting tax dollars on "imposed restriction" postings. But when it comes to dollar for dollar for services rendered I'll put my taxpayer dollar on the guy/girl in uniform. I have worked in Ottawa (not on IR); the largest file I ever saw was the Public Service Paid Overtime file.
I am not saying that I fully agree with the present way that IR's are handled, abuses do exist, but on a small scale. The bottom line, after all this rant, I agree with imposed restriction. Over a 25-30 year career the best bang for your buck is the SOLDIER!
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