Response from the Minister of National Defence: Operational Stress Injuries Report

4 June, 2016

Mr. Gary Walbourne
Office of the DND/CAF Ombudsman
100 Metcalfe Street, 12th Floor
Ottawa ON K1P 5M1


Dear Mr. Walbourne:

Thank you for your letter of May 2, 2016, with which you enclosed a copy of the report, Part-Time Soldiers with Full-Time Injuries: A Systemic Review of Canada's Primary Reserve Force and Operational Stress Injuries.

The report is comprehensive and was reviewed in depth.  I am supportive of your recommendations.  Your office continues to highlight the challenges associated with providing care and oversight to all members of the CAF, in particular, the challenges of supporting Primary Reservists on full or part-time service.  Comments on the recommendations in the report are provided in the attached document.

In addition to your recommendations, I have directed DND to take an even more thorough and comprehensive review of the Primary Reserves as part of the Defence Policy Review.  As a former Commanding Officer of a Primary Reserve Unit, I know all too well teh challenges a part-time framework poses on service delivery.  I want to ensure any changes made to the Primary Reserves have the desired impact in the long-term.  Furthermore, my goal is to also focus on preventing these before they occur.

I look forward to working with you and your team as we complete the Defence Policy Review and our continued, coordinated efforts to ensure we have the right service delivery model for the Primary Reserve.

Thank you again for providing me with a copy of your report.  I look forward to continuing our joint efforts in addressing this and other important matters that come to your attention.

Yours sincerely,


The Hon. Harjit S. Sajjan, PC, OMM, MSN, CD, MP

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