There's a serious problem in the military these days. The evidence is mounting that they simply have no idea what they're doing and how it might be perceived by the public who signs their paycheques. It starts with helicopters and fishing trips and goes all the way to Afghanistan.
I read this today and was dumbfounded by unmitigaged bullshit in the Forces' excuse making, which seems these days to push ever closer to lying. "Survival training"? A while back, defending the indefensible especially by the method of scatter-shot excuses made you look weak and incompetent. Not in our Con-model Army.
This is not the way to maintain public support at a time when the CF needs it. Post-Afghanistan is going to be very hard for veterans and serving members as the budget cuts come down and reorganisation plans are implemented while the institutional culture tries to accomodate its involvement in a decade of pointless war.