The crux of the article is women in combat...I think that this has been done to death..however in the sceond part of the article I found it interesting that 30% of NCMs are in support of a professional association or union. The RCMP has an association for its members however it doesn't really have any power.
Women still not accepted in combat, reports find
Last Updated Tue, 08 Mar 2005 09:32:01 EST
MONTREAL - Women are still not accepted in combat roles by many of their male colleagues in Canada's ground forces, according to internal army reports.
The two studies, obtained by the CBC's French-language network Radio-Canada, looked at the attitudes of rank-and-file soldiers on such issues as gays and lesbians, ethnic minorities and commanding officers.
They found that soldiers in Quebec least welcomed women in combat positions.
Michel Drapeau, a retired Armed Forces colonel and military commentator, said the army has to try harder to integrate women in combat units.
"At the moment, there is a wide difference between what is being said and what is being done, and the polls tells us that soldiers, the dialogue they are having, is not quite the one that their leaders are [having]."
But an army recruiter said it will take time for women to fit into what have been traditional male positions.
Lieut. Nancy Baril, an Armed Forces recruiter at CFB Valcartier in Quebec, said attitudes are changing as more women go into jobs traditionally held by men.
"They know if they come in the military, even if it's a guy or a girl, they're going to do the same job, they're going to get paid the same."
About 17 per cent of the army's personnel are women. The army hopes to have that up to 28 per cent in two decades.
Many troops, especially in Quebec, also are unenthused about having gays and lesbians in the army, the studies suggest.
Some in lower ranks want union
The reports also suggest the lower ranks have lost confidence in officers.
As well, researchers found that 30 per cent of the lower ranks would support the creation of a professional order or union.
Drapeau said the finding indicates that the army has a serious problem.
"It shows a breakdown in esprit de corps, in leadership, two absolute essential qualities of the modern armed forces."