Did you know that the Canadian Army, the Canadian Militia, the Canadian Land Forces, and the Canadian Mobile forces all refer to the same thing? Think of them as a unit similar to the U.S. Army. One of the biggest differences is that our neighbors up north renamed their fighting forces 3 times in the last 20 years alone! Don’t let the name changes fool you, they know how to fight. They can be seen doing just that in this intense combat footage from Afghanistan.
There are several interesting facts about the Canadian Army. As a NATO member, Canadian forces have been part of nearly every coalition in every conflict in which the U.S. has been involved in since World War II. Its ranks are comprised of roughly 50,000 soldiers, broken down in four divisions established along the lines of geographical locations. Another interesting fact is that it has a bigger reserve component (24,000) than the active force (21,600), with about 5,000 Rangers rounding up the rest of the land forces. This is supported by what seems to be a 10% soldier-to-civilian ratio, with approximately 5,000 civilians in this case. It’s noticeable that despite Canada’s usual support of British and American initiatives, Canada’s land forces did not directly participate in the Vietnam War or the Iraq War.
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