Braving the cold: how soldiers layer up for training
Soldiers from 36 Canadian brigade Group encounter blowing snow and high winds as they return from the construction of an improvised shelter at the 5 Wing Goose Bay training area near Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador during Exercise NORTHBOUND TROOPER on February 17, 2014. Photo by: Cpl Nicolas Tremblay, Imaging section Valcartier
March 31, 2014
Resolute Bay, Nunavut — Due to the extremes of Canadian winters, our soldiers need a specific kit and to layer those items appropriately during their cold weather exercises and operations.
Whether training in cold weather, defined as anything below 8 degrees Celsius or in extreme cold weather in arctic region of Nunavut reaching -50 degrees Celsius, the principals are the same, explains Captain Khelil the Platoon Commander of the Army's of the Arctic Operations Advisor Course (AOA). He works for the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre (CAAWC) which is the Army’s Functional Centre of Excellence for Arctic and Cold Weather Operations.
“You really have to temper your workload. Things take more time: the fact of working in extreme cold. Slow your pace, take your time to prepare properly because everything is harder,” describes Warrant Officer Glenn Whitten, also of CAAWC, the Platoon Second-in-Command and also the Arctic and Cold Weather senior hands-on expert....
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