The top military commander in Canada, Gen. Jonathan Vance, who is the chief of Defense staff testified before Senate stating that folding the Joint Personnel Support Units (JPSUs), will lead to a proper and professional organization, which will better help the members move into every-day life. He further stated that the JPSU was formed at a time of crisis, and now that time has passed. This is why a change will allow a smoother transition.
A lot of soldiers have launched complaints against the JPSU and the Integrated Personnel Support Centers, which are understaffed and the units haven’t really helped them prepare for a transition into civilian life. An internal assessment launched last year, revealed various problems in the system, from lack of resources to staffing. The report found that there were only 297 staff personnel, with 50 vacancies in staff positions that were serving 1,400 clients!
The report also found that on 1 base that had 8,000 service members, only 1 person was in charge of the support center, while there were 160 injured soldiers over there. According to the review team, the base commanders had a negative on the structure of the JPSU, with the troops also describing the condition of the centers in derogatory terms. The common perception of all regarding the JPSU was that it had hired under-performing or lazy troops.
The testimony of Vance and his remarks regarding the abandonment of the revamping of the administration has sprung the current government into action. Change is inevitable but it isn’t going to happen overnight, and they will need to house people that are motivated and committed to making the lives of injured or wounded soldiers easier. The military is planning to replace the JPSU with a new organization, which will do more than just look after the injured and wounded.