Verified Defense Pro
I read the SMA's post last night as well. I didn't bother reading the comments because I had a pretty good idea of what they would say. It is unfortunate that it has come to the point where soldiers are voting with their feet and I would put that down to them being used in MIQ facilities and working roadblocks ensuring that Aucklanders stay confined within their borders. That is not what they signed up for and they are not doing their core mission and training. That has weakened NZDF across the board and it will take a lot of time to bring people back up to pre- COVID-19 military skill levels. I would also suspect that the government will not reimburse NZDF its COVID-19 deployment costs and NZDF will be be expected to cover those from its already over stretched operational budget.