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‘We were tortured’: Recruits starved and humiliated as part of military training

For the first time, former Canadian soldiers are speaking publicly about being tortured at the hands of the Canadian military during a prisoner of war training exercise in the 1980s.

The men say in February 1984, they were among 33 young recruits who were stripped naked, crowded into small military jail cells with windows open, denied food and, for up to two days, repeatedly sprayed with cold water. For more than 40 hours they were forced to listen to loud rock music.

I blame PM Useful Idiot.

  • Spatchcocked

    Poor bastards….I hear the music was Michael Jacksons Thriller…….and they made them “moon walk” while being pelted with frozen marshmallows.

    Dulce et decorum est baby!

  • Ron MacDonald

    I never heard of this despite being a recruiter from 1981 – 1985.

  • ontario john

    Don’t worry. Feminist Trudeau will soon have his new policy in place, of hiring black muslim lesbians in wheel chairs. I spent most of my life in the military and I never heard about this story.

  • simus1

    It sounds ad hoc and disorganized.
    Someone’s bright idea that went nowhere.
    Then again, it was winter.

  • Clink9

    It sounds just like Woodstock.

    • Gary

      More like a Motel in Cleveland for $10.00 a night .

  • Thermblog

    That’s impressive training. I’m assuming it was on how to treat POWs.

    (At least they got to have showers. Much army training in non-snowflake eras/areas involved/s missing out on that for long periods.)

    • favill

      Or bathing yourself in a river during the spring thaw.

    • Jay Harper

      No, it was about surviving being a POW.

  • ontario john

    They could have really tortured them, by having them listen to Heather Mallick lectures for 24 hours.

    • UCSPanther

      Or just force them to sing the Barney theme song while marching…

  • irishrus

    C’mon guys Navy Seals go through tougher training than this unless there is more than what the story contains

  • UCSPanther

    One of the reasons why the Roman Legions of old were so tough and disciplined was the harsh and relentless training they went through. When that was abandoned towards the end of the Empire, the Legions became far less effective on the battlefield.

    • Gary

      Anyone that was successful in sports knows that you must be better than your enemy which was the competition.
      During war, when it rains on you it also rains on the enemy . You must be tougher to win by your spirit to endure pain , hunger, heat, cold, lack of sleep and the blood and guts around you .

  • A Hamilton Guy