Just Rangering it up
Here is an interesting video that the Canadian Forces posted showing the highlights of the Canadian Ranger Basic Military Indoctrination Course. The course was held from April 10 to 16, 2016 at the Farnham Garrison in Quebec. For those who don’t know, the Rangers are a breed apart from most military organizations.
Most of the land mass of Canada, that sparsely inhabited region away from the population centers near the U.S. northern border, has very little military presence. There, the country is protected by the Rangers. A small, scarcely funded sub-component of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve founded in 1942, they are spread out in 160 small units known as ‘patrols’ in 200 of the most remote villages in the world. Like the U.S. National Guard, these part-time soldiers serve a few weekends a year in their community. They conduct armed patrols of their area, report suspicious activities, and help with search and rescue. Their job is huge and their equipment is scarce.
And while they are fielding new Sako rifles, it is interesting to see them still drilling with the good old Longbranch SMLEs.