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Male Veteran or First-Responders (VFR), 50 years or older, facing a key career change?

...then this program may be of benefit to you

Submitted by Barry Graham


Date: 2022-07-26 16:00 (GMT-05:00)

To: president@vimylondon.ca, vp1@vimylondon.ca, vp2@vimylondon.ca, vp3@vimylondon.ca

Subject: Online Meaning-Centered Men's Group

Good afternoon, Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 145,

This email is sent on behalf of Dr. Marnin Heisel, clinical psychologist and researcher at Western University in London, Ontario.

I am writing to tell you about a voluntary program that will be offered to male Veterans and First-Responders (VFR), 50 years of age or older, who are facing a key career transition.

Meaning-Centered Men’s Groups (MCMG) were designed to help promote well-being and prevent the development of psychological difficulties. These groups have already shown promise with men over the age of 55 who were concerned about or struggling with the transition to retirement; we now plan to evaluate them with VFR in career transition.

This study is being funded by Movember, and will involve men who have transitioned out of the military or from a police, fire, or emergency medical service in the past 2 years, or anticipate doing so within the next few years.

I am hoping that you might be willing to pass along information about our research study to male VFR, who are 50 years or older, reside in Ontario, and are facing such a career transition.

Those who wish to participate would be invited to take part in a 45-75 minute research interview to determine their eligibility for this study. Those eligible would then be invited to participate in a 12-week course of 90-120-minute group sessions with 10-12 men, and 2-3 facilitators. They may also be asked to complete up to 5 additional research interviews lasting 60-90 minutes each over the coming year to evaluate the groups. Participants initially assigned to join a Wait-List will be given the opportunity to join a future men’s group, after completion of post- group assessments. Participation is completely voluntary.

All study assessments and initial courses of MCMG groups will be offered online/virtually. Laptops may be made available to those who don’t have one. Depending on the state of the pandemic, and as pandemic-related public health restrictions lessen, we may offer future group sessions in-person. Please feel free to be in touch if you have any questions or concerns about this study or would like to discuss it further. If you know someone who you feel might be appropriate for this study, please feel free to provide them with my contact information or contact me yourself.

With sincere thanks for your consideration.

Dr. Marnin J. Heisel, Ph.D., C.Psych. Associate Professor,
Departments of Psychiatry and of Epidemiology & Biostatistics Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry,
The University of Western Ontario
Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute,
Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building
550 Wellington Road, Office #F4-365, London, Ontario, N6C-0A7 Phone: (519) 685-8500, ext. 75981
E-Mail: Marnin.Heisel@lhsc.on.ca

Thank you,

Rebecca Hocke, B.Sc.,
Research Assistant
Lawson Health Research Institute
w: http://meaningfulgroups.com

Important Information For All Veterans
Soldiers Aid Commission Presentation to The RCL

Submitted by John Cook


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Changes to the Canadian Forces Dress Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Changes to the Canadian Forces Dress Instructions

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  • General
  • Details


Why are changes to the Canadian Forces Dress Instructions being introduced now?

Discussions have been ongoing for quite some time – the decision to update the Canadian Forces Dress Instructions was not made lightly, and much thought was given to the approach because of the exacting specifications as to the dress and appearance of our military in various scenarios. Many discussions were required, including with the Defence Advisory Groups, Gender Advisors, with current military members as well as the next generation of Canadians who will follow us. The bottom line is, the Canadian Forces Dress Instructions are about fifty years old and so the policy as a whole was overdue for revision. The appearance of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has not kept pace with the Canadian society which it serves.

When will the changes to the Canadian Forces Dress Instructions take effect?

The updated Dress Instructions will take effect in early September 2022. This will allow time for CAF Members and leaders at all levels to review and understand the changes.

Who makes the decisions about the Dress Instructions? Is there some process you follow or is your Dress and Ceremonial Section just doing what it feels is appropriate?

In the matter of military dress and appearance, the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) and Chief of Military Personnel (through the Dress and Ceremonial Section of the Directorate of History and Heritage) are advised by:

the environmental Commanders of the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force, who are the principal advisers on Navy, Army and Air Force distinctive environmental uniforms (DEU);
the National Defence Clothing and Dress Committee (NDCDC), chaired by Assistant CMP, which provides the focal point for coordinating the views of all environments and organizations, and approves routine changes within established policy (see paragraphs 11. to 14.); and
personnel branch advisers, who submit routine comments through the NDCDC.
In accordance with the Canadian Forces Dress Instructions, Commanders of Commands are delegated the authority to establish rules for the design and wear of their respective operational orders of dress.

Commanders at all levels are charged with ensuring that personnel under their command, whether environmentally or extra-environmentally employed, are dressed in accordance with the Canadian Forces Dress Instructions.

What if a CAF member’s religious beliefs require them to dress in a way that isn’t covered by the new Dress Instructions? Or conversely, what if their appearance does not conform to the regulations outlined in Section 2 – Appearance but it conforms to their cultural beliefs?

One of the goals of the Canadian Forces Dress Instructions update was to make the rules more inclusive and therefore limit the need for accommodations. However, accommodations will always be available to CAF members who have special requirements related to religious or spiritual belief. Members should communicate these requirements with their chain of command, as leaders retain the right to order restrictions based on the need to meet safety and operational requirements.

The following text has been removed: “Behaviour such as chewing gum, slouching, placing hands in pockets, smoking or eating on the street and walking hand in hand, is forbidden.” Does that mean CAF members can now do all those things when in uniform?

Pursuant to QR&O 17.02, the deportment and appearance of all ranks, in uniform or when wearing civilian attire, shall on all occasions reflect credit on the CAF and the individual. It is the responsibility and duty of all CAF members to ensure that, while in uniform, they comport themselves in a manner which projects a positive military appearance. Leaders at all levels have a role to play in this regard.

What happens if a CAF member doesn’t follow the updated Dress Instructions?

When a uniform is required to be worn, all CAF members shall wear the applicable uniform described in this manual in accordance with the instructions contained herein. Pursuant to QR&O 17.02, the deportment and appearance of all ranks, in uniform or when wearing civilian attire, shall on all occasions reflect credit on the CAF and the individual. It is the responsibility and duty of all CAF members to ensure that, by their vigilance, actions and example, the policies, regulations and instructions contained herein are adhered to.

Are any more changes expected to the Dress Instructions?

The update is occurring in three phases. The first phase involves a rewrite of critical policy where significant change is necessary (Section 2, Chapter 2); changing exclusive or gendered language to inclusive throughout the policy; and reducing the need for accommodations. Also as part of this phase, the Logistik online clothing catalogue was opened to all members in September 2021, so that clothing choice was no longer restricted by gender. Later phases of the update will revisit the functional authority changes from 2017 (where each Environment has its own specifications); change terminology in catalogues and supply manuals; and make design changes to the clothing itself.

Going forward, the intention is to continually review the updated Dress Instructions, in order to provide additional clarity where necessary and to include any elements previously overlooked.


Can the different gender design of the DEU uniforms be intermixed or must CAF members only wear either the “female” pattern or the “male” pattern?

DEUs are no longer gender based. Both catalogues are open to all members and they may be intermixed. CAF members may choose whichever design best fits, as long as it is worn as per the Dress Instructions. Some restrictions may be imposed in certain circumstances such as on parade.

References to gender have been removed but traditionally gendered items like skirts, nylons, and purses are still part of CAF dress. Does this mean that CAF members who identify as men can wear skirts?

Yes, it does. The overall aim of the updated Canadian Forces Dress Instructions is to make the policy more inclusive and less prohibitive, and to allow CAF members increased freedom to make personal choices regarding their appearance, providing that safety and operational effectiveness are always maintained.

Will recruits need to shave their head on basic training?

No, the updated hair policy applies to all CAF members from recruitment to retirement.

Is there a maximum length for hair?

No, there are no restrictions on the length of hair. However, long hair must be tied when extending below the top/ridge of the shoulder or that extends below the service dress collar for ceremonial occasion. It must not prevent the proper wear of headdress and must not impede the visibility of the member’s face. Safety and operational requirements shall be met.

What types of braids are considered acceptable?

Any style braid(s) may be used, as long as it remains in line with safety and operational requirements. Hair must be tied to ensure the headdress can be worn properly and the face is visible. A bun, braids, or ponytail are examples of appropriate ways to tie the hair. Specific exceptions are listed at DAOD 5340-3.

Is unnatural-coloured hair acceptable in ceremonial orders of dress? And must accessories match the colour of hair?

Yes, the colouring of hair is permitted in all orders of dress unless it inhibits an operational duty. For example, bright coloured hair may have a negative operational impact during field operations or training. Leaders are invited to discuss with their members to find a simple, suitable accommodation, such as a scarf to cover the hair. Accessories do not have to match the colour of the member’s hair. However, all accessories shall meet safety and operational requirements and not must not discredit the CAF.

Is there any change on the beard policy?

Yes, the wearing of sideburns, beards, moustaches and goatees, or combination of style, is authorized for all members of the CAF from recruitment to release. There is no maximum or minimum length. Only, they must be kept neatly groomed and symmetrical in style while always complying with safety requirements and operational requirements.

Can CAF members be asked to shave their facial hair?

Yes, Commanders of Commands, Task Force Commanders, Formation Commanders and Commanding Officers retain the right to order restrictions on the wearing of facial hair to meet safety and operational requirements. This instruction does not supersede Federal or National safety codes or regulations.

Since multiple facial hair styles are approved, must a person request a period of transition for each change in facial hair?

No, as long as it is neat and evenly trimmed. For example, a member going from a goatee to a full beard should shave down the goatee so facial hair appears evenly and symmetrically trimmed.

Are tattoos on the face permitted? And what is considered the face?

The face is the front part of the head that extends from the forehead to the chin and from the anterior part of one ear to the other. Tattoos are permitted on the face as long as they conform to the regulations outlined in Section 2 – Appearance. “Tattoos that the member knows, or ought to know, are associated with criminal activities (e.g. criminal gangs), tattoos that promote and/or express, on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination as defined in the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA), the following: hatred, violence, discrimination, or harassment: and tattoos that a CAF member knows, or ought to know, promote and/or express: racism, sexism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, ableism, or sexual explicit material.”

Are hoops and long earrings acceptable in uniform?

Yes, ear piercings, hoops and spacers are authorized but can be no more than 2.5 cm in length from the bottom of the ear. Safety and operational requirements must always be met. Spacers must not extend 2.5 cm in diameter. In all ceremonial orders of dress (No. 1), only one single stud type (one in each ear) is permitted in the lobe not to exceed 1 cm.

What jewelry is acceptable for ceremonial orders of dress?

The following is acceptable:

Rings: a maximum of two rings which are not of a costume jewellery nature. Additional rings may only be worn when they indicate professional standing, such as an engineer, or are worn with a wedding band as a single set indicating betrothal or fidelity, e.g., an engagement or an anniversary ring. Rings shall not inhibit the execution of proper arms drill or cause an unsightly bulge in white or black gloves.
Necklaces and bracelets: shall not be visible;
Piercings: the only piercing jewellery authorized are single or single set of stud or single stone earrings (one in each ear) in the earlobe(s) only. Piercings are not permitted on the face. Earrings shall not exceed one centimetre square or diameter. Gauges/spacers shall not exceed 2.5 cm in diameter.
Plain tie-pins or clips or with a Canadian military insignia are permitted.

In operational dress (order of dress 5), is there a limit to the number of ear-piercings that are acceptable?

In general, there are no restrictions unless there is a safety issue or operational effectiveness may be jeopardized.

Following both the jewelry and piercings policy, can two piercings be connected with a chain in one ear?

Yes, as long as both piercings and chain are within 2.5 cm in diameter or length, and safety or operational effectiveness is not compromised. However, only one single stud (max 1 cm) or spacer(max 2.5 cm) per ear is authorized in ceremonial orders of dress (order of dress No. 1).

If a CAF member recently had their upper ear pierced and cannot remove this earring for 2 months, what should they do when asked to wear a ceremonial order of dress?

Members should communicate with their chain of command to find a solution.

Can CAF members with eye lash extensions be ordered to have them removed?

Yes, if they affect operational duties, as in the case of wearing night-vision goggles (NVGs).

Are CAF members permitted to have long fingernails in uniform?

Yes, long fingernails are permitted so long as they do not impede the member’s ability to perform their duties. An example of this is being unable to do weapons drills due to long fingernails. Safety and operational requirements must always be met.

Are CAF members required to wear gloves at all times while wearing a toque?

No, gloves do not need to be worn when the toque is worn or vice versa. The toque is authorized as alternative winter headdress and can be worn with all orders of dress.

Are sunglasses permitted for wear on a ceremonial parade? Are transition (photochromic) lenses, mirrored lenses and clip-ons permitted?

Yes, sunglasses are permitted for wear in all orders of dress, including ceremonial (No. 1) dress. Eyeglasses and sunglasses are permitted for wear in all orders of dress, including transition lenses, mirrored lenses, and clip-on lenses.

Are backpacks required to be slung over both shoulders?

A backpack can be worn slung over both shoulders, or over the left shoulder; this leaves the right arm free to salute.


Editors note:

There have been many responses to the updated Canadian Forces Dress Regulations recently released and due to come into effect in September of this year. None of these comments were positive and shock, disbelief and dismay were expressed by the writers. These comments are still pouring in. Some of these comments are:

  • “Scary!”
  • “I am speechless in my revulsion in what has taken place in the CAF!”
  • “This policy was overdue for revision, 'in whose opinion?' and why would anyone listen to them? It's a frickin' freak show!”
  • “Not the same as we once knew it!”
  • “You will hear nothing from the (Canadian) public on this because they are deaf, dumb and mute when it comes to their military!”
The last statement is not entirely true because veterans are also the public and there are a great many of us who are speaking out against this flagrant disregard for the sanctity of discipline, deportment, conformity and pride in one's own bearing.

Canadian veterans, understand the pressure from self interest, minority groups on the Government to conform to their standards but if we acquiesce to these standards the CAF will lose its own proud identity and become a mongrel without a definable identity that garners the respect it has earned around the world through hard work and sacrifice.

When a military loses its self respect and discipline it becomes a sea of discontent and no longer able to perform with dedication and purpose. The military is not a nine to five job, nor can it be. It is a family with many brothers and sisters. Dedication and purpose go hand in hand with self respect, discipline, deportment and pride in ones own unit and traditions.

David Bell

4RCR Council Report

The Royal Canadian Regiment Association Free Membership

(Editors Note:)
In the Association Section below you will note the following:

"Resolved that per By-Law 1, Article 3.03, the Board of Directors set the membership fees to $0."

It is highly recommended that all previously serving members of 3RCR(M) and 4RCR apply for this free National Association Membership.

To join: https://thercr.ca/the-association/become-a-member/

Pro Patria,
David Bell

4RCR CO's Report


Monthly Social Events Calendar

PLEASE NOTE: CALENDAR has moved to its own page-  calendar.html  (see MENU)

The RCR Regimental Museum


The RCR Association

RE: August Newsletter from The RCR Association HQ

From: Sandy McQuarrie


A long time ago, I learned that it is better to admit your mistakes than try to bluff through them (courtesy of some great NCOs)
In this month's newsletter, I made two mistakes - one about Afghanistan veterans on the Board and another about the title of John Barnes book.
To be precise, we have four veterans from the Afghanistan campaign on the Board. As mention, both Jon Cox and John Barnes were there. However, I forgot to include Anthony Jones and Jim Davis. They were there as well.
I have been working with John on his book for over two years. I said the title is White House, Black Memories, it actually is White School, Black Memories.
My apologies to all!

So, my mistake. I stand ready to do extras!

Sandy McQuarrie, Chair

August Newsletter from The RCR Association HQ

From: Sandy McQuarrie

Renewals of Membership

On 7 August, our membership list showed that we had 288 members in the Lapsed category.
A few weeks ago, one member raised a concern about having to 'renew' his membership every year. His issue was that it took too much time away from many other things he wanted to do. He also felt that if his information had not changed, why should he review it?
He has a point!
So why do we continue to insist that you 'renew' your membership? The simple answer is that we must ensure that your contact and membership details are current.
Our membership software is set to remind you that you need to review your information with nine reminders – 60, 30, and 7 days before your membership status is posted as lapsed; and 7, 14, 30, 60, 90, and 365 days after the lapse date. Each of these reminders includes detailed instructions on how to complete the renewal. Your application is marked as inactive if you do not renew within the year.
The process is simple.
Go to thercr.ca/main/ and click on the "Members Login" tab. Next, click on the "My Account" tab and select the "Membership" tab in the drop-down menu. On this page, you will see a Renewal Reminder badge. Click on the "Renew now" button and follow the guided steps.
If you find that this is not easy, send an email to thercrassociation@gmail.com, and we will help you.
As an aside, I have asked the owner of Member365 to tell me if we can add a button to the reminder saying "No Change."

Reunion 140

Planning for the Reunion is about to swing into high gear. LCol Jon Cox has agreed to join the Committee as the serving members' representative. He is a welcome addition!
A meeting to add details to the program is scheduled in London during the last week of September. It is anticipated that more information will be available after that meeting.
For planning purposes, we will soon conduct a short survey on the 140th Reunion.

Bursary Program

The deadline for this year's bursary applications is drawing to a close. The good news is that The RCR Trust has increased the bursary amount from $12k to $20k. What this means is that we will be awarding ten (rather than six) bursaries this year.

Fundraising for the Milton F Gregg, VC Documentary

Your Association's fundraiser for the documentary about one of the Regiment's VC winners (Milton F Gregg) started on 1 April and is scheduled to be closed on 31 December this year.
The aim is to raise $35k of the $250k needed to produce this film. So far, the amount raised to date is $3000, so we still have a long way to go if we are to reach our aim. (BTW, many thanks to those who have already donated, especially Howard Clark, whose $1000 is very generous.)
The Great War Society's brochure on the documentary can be seen HERE.
Please consider donating! Any amount of $100 or over gets a tax receipt.
To donate, click HERE.

White House, Black Memories

CWO (Ret'd) John Barnes' book titled "White House, Black Memories" will be published on 10 August. It is a great read that Afghanistan veterans (and all other Royal Canadians) will enjoy.
To purchase a copy, go to https://amzn.to/3zFtqKF. If you enter a review, it will assist in getting a higher rating on Amazon, leading to increased sales.
As well as a good story about life in The RCR, John has agreed that all his sales revenue will be donated to the Homes for Heroes Foundation. To learn more about this organization, click HERE.
Support a fellow Royal Canadian and Homes For Heroes by purchasing the book.

The Upper Ottawa Valley Branch

A group of Royal Canadians in the area around Petawawa (led by Jim Murnaghan) has completed the necessary steps to revitalize the Upper Ottawa Branch. Congratulations to all involved.
As noted in the Upcoming Events, the Branch is hosting a Pashmul Day event in Petawawa on 17 September. The new Afghanistan Memorial will be on display there. The CoTR and LGen (Ret’d) Omer Lavoie will be in attendance. Contact Jim at jimmurn@gmail.com to get the details on how you can join them.

The RCR Participation in the AMF(L)

As many of you know, battalions of the Regiment served in the AMF(L) for many years. In fact, three Canadians commanded the Force during the lifetime of the Force. The last one was our own Walter Holmes.
In 1983, when I was CO of 1RCR, the RSM, 30 soldiers from the unit, and I attended a Change of Command Parade when MGen Mike Reynolds (UK) handed command over to MGen Andy Christie (CA). At that time, I presented Gen Reynolds with an Andy Gauthier statue of a Canadian Infantryman. (See photo)
Recently, the Reynolds Family approached me to see if The RCR Museum would be interested in having the statue returned to commemorate him. (He died on 21 October 2015). Recently, they agreed to the donation.
Walter and I are trying to convince the Director of The RCR Museum to build a display of the Regiment's involvement with the AMF(L). Many of you participated in exercises as part of the AMF(L), and I am sure you agree that we need to tell the story of this part of the Regiment's history.

Association Leadership

The leadership of the Association is composed of a Board of Directors with 12 members. According to our By-Laws, Directors shall, collectively as a Board, deliberate, decide on, direct and supervise the management of the activities and affairs of the Association. The Board is made up as follows:
A minimum of five (5) and a maximum of seven (7) Directors directly elected by Ordinary Resolution of the Members and who are not serving as Branch Presidents: and
A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of five (5) Directors, who shall be elected by Ordinary Resolution of Members from among the serving Branch Presidents.
Currently, we have these Royal Canadians serving as Directors:
  • Sandy McQuarrie....... Chair;
  • Leo Boyd.................... President, the CWO Bobby Girouard (Alberta) Branch;
  • Eric Christensen;
  • Mark Connolly........... Recording Secretary;
  • Jim Davis.................. President, the Kingston Branch;
  • Geordie Elms............. President, the GTARCR Branch;
  • Anthony Jones;
  • Bob Near................... President, the Ottawa Branch;
  • John Redmon............ Treasurer;
  • Jon Cox;
  • Mike Stapleton........... President, The Home Station, (London) Branch; and
  • John Barnes.
Of the seven Directors (who are not Branch Presidents), two are serving members (Jon Cox and Anthony Jones), two Afghanistan veteran (John Barnes and Jon Cox), and the rest are Cold War veterans.
We are currently on the hunt for a future Chair. If you are interested, contact me.

Pro Patria


Recent Passings

A Soldier Died Today

by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

© 1987 A. Lawrence Vaincourt

In Memorium