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Military supply shortage is embarrassing, but nothing new

By Scott Taylor      

The latest call for sleeping bags comes after a camo mix-up in Afghanistan and a lack of flak jackets in the ‘90s.

Major Melissa Ramessar, right, out of Valcartier, Que., answers questions from a Ukrainian non-commissioned officer as part of Canada's training mission in Starychi, Ukraine, April 6, 2016. Canada has given millions of dollars worth of non-lethal military aide to Ukraine, including sleeping bags, which appear to be running low for Canadian forces. Department of National Defence photograph by M. Dufour
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OTTAWA—In the past few weeks, one of the news stories buzzing about in Canadian defence circles has been the official plea for soldiers to turn in their spare gear. It turns out that the Canadian Army has a chronic shortage of rucksacks and sleeping bags. Any soldier who has more than one of these items is being asked to voluntarily hand it back to the supply depot so that it can be reissued to new recruits. Similarly, people

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