The government even says “There is no set time for how long this reimbursement process should take.”
A SpencerFernando.com reader recently sent me an email that included a link to the Canadian Army website.
It’s about the “Canadian Armed Forces Combat Boot Funding Assistance Program,” and features the frequently asked questions.
At this point, you may be wondering, why does there need to be a combat boot funding assistance program in the first place? Aren’t the boots automatically provided?
Well, it turns out they’re not.
Brutally, the government even refers to it as an “entitlement”:
“All CAF (Regular Force and Primary Reserve) members who are authorized to draw combat boots as part of their scale of issue are entitled to use this program after having completed their Basic Military Qualification (BMQ). Reserve soldiers must be on the effective strength of their unit in order to be entitled.
Tier 1 units are entitled to be reimbursed the stated amount every fiscal year.
Tier 2 units are entitled to be reimbursed the stated amount every two fiscal years.
Tier 3 units are entitled to be reimbursed the stated amount every three fiscal years.
Entitled individuals must complete this process while on the effective strength of their unit. If a member is posted from a Tier 1 unit to a Tier 2 unit, they must have finished the claim process before being posted to the Tier 2 unit in order to be entitled annually.”
Here are some other key sections from the FAQ:
“Your claim must be submitted within the entitlement year (fiscal year). If you do not use your entitlement, the funds do not carry over into the next year.”
“Can I be reimbursed for the costs of repairing or re-soling my current pair of combat boots?
No. This program will only provide reimbursement of the purchase of replacement combat boots. Lace replacement is not covered under this program.”
“How long will it take to be reimbursed for the purchase of my boots?
There is no set time for how long this reimbursement process should take. Depending on how many claims your base cashier is processing, this process should take no more time than the average claim. Claim advances will be permitted on a case-by-case basis.”
This is disgusting.
Canadian troops are being forced to pay for their own boots upfront, while illegal border crossers are getting taxpayer-funded services.
Once again, we see that the federal government treats law-abiding Canadians, and those brave Canadians who defend our nation, far worse than they treat those who have violated our laws.
Something is seriously broken in the minds of those in charge, and it gives the feeling that things are turned totally upside-down.