Some Canadian soldiers will no longer have to buy their own boots as the military agreed Friday to give them cash for combat footwear.
The Canadian military provides boots to its personnel but for at least the last decade there has been a problem with supply and some soldiers have been using their own money to buy combat boots, said Lt. Col. Robin Chenard, a staff officer working on logistics operations for the Canadian Army.
“Some soldiers are buying boots but they are not being reimbursed,” said Chenard. “This is an acknowledgement that the problem needs to be fixed.”
The military will provide up to $340 a year to soldiers in the army or the special forces to purchase boots.
The entitlement depends on the soldier’s job. Troops assigned to what Chenard called “fighting formations” as well as those involved in high-intensity training could qualify for an annual boot allowance. Other personnel, involved in headquarters or support work, would qualify for the allowance either every two or three years, depending on their jobs.
Chenard said around 50,000 military personnel could end up using the new funding.
It will take about a year before the army comes up with a list of companies that produce acceptable boots, Chenard said.
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