Cpl, as a navy brat myself (my father's last service was on the Bonaventure) I have often wondered why they stay!
They have been treated VERY shabbily over the years, particularly by Liberal governments!
As Kipling said:
"Oh its Tommy this and Tommy that,
And 'Chuck 'im out, the brute!'
But it's 'Savior of his country!'
When the guns begin to shoot!"
Thats the thing with Canada though, people wonder why keep a trained and well equipped military since it is so expensive, and then they demolish the institution through draconian budget cuts. At some point in time there will be a need for the military in one capacity or another and then those same opponents of the military are usually the first to cry out "where is the military". Military life is dangerous by its very nature, but the liberals and specifically Chretien have a lot of blood on their hands because of stupidity, arrogance and ignorance. Military personnel for the most part have the belief that they are responsible for the wellbeing of the nation and if they leave no one will replace them, and thats the thing they are right, as there is a small segment of the population willing to live the military life for long because so much is expected while so little is provided. I am reminded of a saying by Mother Teresa.
“We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing.”