While the above initially seemed a grand idea in societal harmony, it cannot work when our Military is to hire the"Best and brightest", regardless of our Government's drive to achieve political correctness.
"As part of that, the Canadian Forces, like all federal government departments and agencies, is required by law to work towards increasing the number of women, visible minorities, aboriginals and people with disabilities within its workforce".
Are unattainable targets just an easier way of saying unworkable?
Considering even the best can washout at basic training, would a drive to attain these lofty politically correct goals move towards changing or lower our Training Standards to accommodate, say someone with a disability? Since it is not defined what constitutes a disability, perhaps opening everything up to interpretation, as it does not state whether it is a physical or mental disability?
Some visible minorities, male or female, based on culture or religion much like any Canadian may be averse to take a life if necessary, especially if a minority finds themselves fighting in their former countries. Certainly Canadians, including minorities, women and those with disabilities witness Canadian unemployment opportunities scarce, and may look to the military as a career option, with its vast career options, feeling they may be able to dodge a bullet, or fire a bullet.
If one day these groups, if ordered into combat, refuse? Do we shuffle them out of harms way, and send someone else in their place to fight, and perhaps die, because of diverse hiring policies to always maintain a number of LIVE women, visible minorities, aboriginals and people with disabilities? Some minorities in the past and present, particularly the US forces found a disproportionate number of these special groups die in combat in greater numbers than others, and racism used as a "trump card" was stated as one of the causes.
It would seem a waste of taxpayer money if we do not seek those who will likely have a better chance at survival if put in combat, instead of concentrating on seeking any warm body who fits the government hiring mandate.
It would seem unfair if political pressure is put on recruiters, if this results in Military Recruiters blindly going out and hiring anyone to fill a quota? We have certainly seem life imitate art in movies, some comically as Military Recruiters in the US troll shopping malls, pitching a spiel as they look for anyone to fill a combat uniform. In reality, it is a disservice to both the fighting men and woman and those who might otherwise not be a fit in the military, regardless of equal opportunity.
"While the initial idea is to promote equal opportunity, the military has been instructed to seeing this hiring policy through as part of the governments effort to better reflect Canada’s population and society". Women by the way, are proven to be as an effective killing machine as any man".
So let's not kid ourselves, political correctness aside, Military training at the outset,the first day at boot camp, your drill instructor will scream expletives at you: " You are better than Civilians, you put your political and cultural leanings aside, you are all the same, you are to work as a single unit, as a team, no one is an island". You are then taught in basic training regardless that your career role whether you training is to be a cook, military band musician, or a medic, that when push comes to shove, you be fully trained to dispatch an enemy first, with your trade duties to be performed as a secondary function.
If we are to maintain a top notch fighting force, Canadians must always demand our fighting men and women be treated equally in order to be "All they can be", but if this past government policy dictated hiring to "better reflect Canada’s population and society", we would be so totally screwed.
Unlike Politicians, Military battles, including peacekeeping, are won by those willing to take a life, and give a life, if necessary, and everything else about you is irrelevant. Military cemeteries are a testament to that!