Soldiers ordered to return sleeping bags, rucksacks due to 'shortfall of equipment'


A Canadian Forces General Order, or CANFORGEN, was sent to all armed forces members on May 28 commanding them to return the gear so the military can "redistribute material where it is needed most." The order will stand, the CANFORGEN read, "until there is no longer a shortfall of equipment." Members who are currently deployed, operational units and those who could be deployed on short notice, such as the Joint Task Force 2 special forces unit, were allowed to keep their equipment. "This to me is ridiculous," James Bezan said. "If the Liberals can't get sleeping bags right, how are we (going to) expect them to deliver fighter jets and new ships for our navy?"