I was talking to an RCO this morning about something else and the consensus is that the N°8 was allowed in the face of losing the third popular activity alongside flying and gliding. Yes I know 5 AEF is offering reduced weekend slots (we're still waiting), but it is to all intents gone.
What it does smack of the continuing incompetence across the board. The N°8 has had more come backs than Elton John because they haven't been able to get a replacement. If they want the CF to continue doing a military activity, shooting, then the collective brains need to get to together and sort it out, rather than going through this fiasco which is unprofessional, you get a sense that only in the MOD would anything as unprofessional as this be accepted. It's no wonder it's difficult to muster interest in shooting among staff if they are wondering if they are going to through all the hassle only to find it could not get used. The other option is lose the military tag and controls and let us access shooting through shooting clubs. It might mean redundancies but when their lack of ability to provide an uninterrupted activity, means the people aren't fit for purpose and should be got rid of. The CF cannot be a place for people to play at being in the military after a life doing it, as they are scared of the world outside.