Undeniably, the 1990s were a period of crisis for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Drastic budget reductions and a series of endless scandals all collided to form the perfect storm. The outcome of this was nothing short of the implosion of the Canadian Armed Forces Officer Corps.
Stripped by the government of the right to regulate itself, the Officer Corps, which represented the nation’s stewards of the profession of arms, was forced to reform itself. Key to this transformation was education. However, the road was not easy, as cultural change rarely is.
Forced to Change tells the story of how the Canadian Armed Forces found itself at its lowest point in history and how it managed to reform itself. The question is whether it was a fundamental transformation or just a temporary adjustment to weather the storm.
Colonel Bernd Horn is an experienced Canadian Forces infantry officer and military educator. He has authored or edited more than 35 books, including No Easy Task: Fighting in Afghanistan and No Lack of Courage: Operation Medusa, Afghanistan. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Dr. Bill Bentley has served in the Department of National Defence for 46 years. He received the DM/CDS Innovation Award for writing Duty With Honour: The Profession of Arms in Canada, and the Meritorious Service Medal for his contribution to the reform of the CF Professional Development System. He lives in Gananoque, Ontario.
A timely book for Canadians and those interested in the policies of other countries’ militaries.
[A] deeply disturbing account of the Canadian military elite's history of disregard for the merits of continuing professional education.