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Top 25 Articles of 2021

Welcome to our Top 25 Articles of 2021. In 2021 our website had over 450,000 visits to it. The following our the Top 25 articles that were the most read in 2021. Starting off the countdown, however, is the most popular Favourite Photo of 2021.

 

#1 Favourite Photo

The CMF Magazine’s most popular photo of 2021 is quite a captivating picture that exemplifies the essence of the Canadian soldier. In this image, MCpl. Genevieve Lapointe captures a candidate as he secures a beach to prepare for a helicopter landing during Canadian Armed Forces Patrol Pathfinder Course. Learn more about the image here:

Favourite Photo October 29, 2021

 

25th Article for 2021

Coming in at 25 on our Top 25 Articles of 2021 is the announcement on February 24 by the Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan that Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre was appointed Acting Chief of the Defence Staff.

Lt. General Wayne Eyre appointed Acting CDS

 

24th Article for 2021

Originally published in our March Madness 2018 issue this article comes in as the 24th most viewed article of 2021. When we published the article in the magazine the article was current for 2018 and based on information from the CAF. Please keep in mind the article has not been updated since 2018.

Canadian Armed Forces and Women over the years

 

23th Article for 2021

Our 23rd most-read article was published back in July. Then, as the acting Chief of the Defence Staff General Wayne Eyre announced, additional names had been added to the list of Canadian Armed Forces General and Flag Officer senior appointments and promotions for the 2021 active posting season.

General and Flag Officer Senior Appointments Announced

 

22th Article for 2021

A number of important appointments and promotions were announced in 2021 across the Canadian Armed Forces. Certainly, a number of key command appointments were made regarding Military Personnel Command. Coming in at number 21 in our Top 25, is the article outlining these appointments, announced by LGen. Steven Wheelan.

Lieutenant General Steven Whelan announced additional key command appointments Military Personnel Command

 

21th Article for 2021

At number 21 is the 2021 Navy Command and Senior appointments for our Top 25 Articles of 2021. The article was published in February. Original Post: In December, when Adm Art McDonald was Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, he announced the 2021 Navy Command and Senior appointments. Congratulations to everyone!

2021 Navy Command and Senior Appointments

 

20th Article for 2021

It’s no surprise that our military family is full of many talented children, hoping to seek higher education. It’s also no surprise, then, that scores of parents have turned to our Scholarships and Bursaries Available to Military Families article. Catch up on what new scholarships are available to military children in this top 25 article. Read here:

Scholarships and Bursaries available to military families

 

19th Article for 2021

In the military community we applaud each other’s success. Which is why the CMF Magazine’s article on Canadian Army Command Commanding Officer appointments of 2021 was a hot hit amongst our readership. Earlier this year, Gen. Wayne Eyre offered his deepest appreciation as he announced the promotions, appointments and retirements that occurred this year. Read a full list here:

Army Commander announces CO 2021 active posting season appointments

 

18th Article for 2021

Flying has certainly come with its share of challenges in a world still recovering from COVID-19. So anything that can make your trip a little hassle-free is welcome, including allowances with luggage. Our article on baggage allowances Canadian airlines make for military members and their families was a hot read amongst the military community. Learn about all the perks you have when flying here:

CAF Personnel Baggage Policies on Canadian Airlines

 

17th Article for 2021

Supporting brothers in sisters in arms is a core value of the Canadian Armed Forces. And it’s no surprise that our story on the Canadian Army Sentinels Program, a feel good story about support and compassion, made our Top 25 articles of 2021. This article describes in detail the Sentinels Program, a group of volunteers from the Canadian Army whose role is to keep an eye out within their units and guide their comrades in trouble to appropriate resources. Check out the article here:

Canadian Army Troops Volunteer with Sentinel Program to Assist Comrades 

 

16th Article for 2021

Who doesn’t love some perks that help you save at the pump? It’s why our article about Petro Canada’s CF gas incentive was a top hit amongst our readership. Coming in at 16, this article outlines the incentive Canada’s Gas Station, Petro-Canada, was offering to the military community at pumps coast to coast. Read more here:

Petro Canada CF gas incentive

 

15th Article for 2021

Earlier this year, a helicopter landing mishap led to injuries of CAF personnel on Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE. Many of our readers turned to this article to ensure loved-ones were safe and that no CAF member suffered major injuries. The accident involved a CH147F Chinook helicopter in the training area of CFB Wainwright, AB. One member sustained major injuries while other members on board were released with no or minor injuries.
Check out the story here:

Chinook Helicopter had Hard Landing During Maple Resolve

 

14th Article for 2021

Some big changes were afoot in 2021 and arguably none greater than the appointment of Canada’s first female Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS). In early March, Gen. Wayne Eyre appointed LGen. Frances Allen to the position of VCDS. Coming in at number 14 for our top articles of 2021 is this article outlining not only LGen. Allen’s appointment but also other appointments, promotions and retirements. Read here:

LGen Eyre announces CAF General and Flag Officer senior appointments, promotions, and retirements

 

13th Article for 2021

With an unexpected election sprung upon Canadians, many of our readers came to our website looking for information about this year’s candidates. So much so that our article on Peoples Party of Canada’s (PPC) candidates with a military connection made it in the top 25 articles. The PPC had a number of candidates who were either Veterans or were connected to the military community in some way. Learn more about them here:

List of Candidates running for the Peoples Party of Canada with military connections

 

12th Article for 2021

This year, are readers were avidly looking for information on the 2021 Canadian elections. Our article on the Peoples Party of Canada’s (PPC) past defence policies was a huge hit amongst readers. This article detailed policies the PPC has had when it comes to defence and Veterans. It also took a closer look at what the party had promised to do this elections to support the military and Veteran community. Learn more here:

The Conservative Party of Canada: Defence Policies & Veteran Support

 

11th Article for 2021

With resources and support specifically designed for female Veterans far and few, it’s no surprise that the excitement over the Pepper Pod rippled throughout the military community. Our article about Honorary Lt-Col. Le Regiment de Hull Sandra Perron’s newly opened retreat for military-connected women was one of our most popular articles this year. The article gives our readers the 411 on the Pepper Pod and its Transition Lifeshop. If you know a female Veteran or soon-to-be Veteran who can benefit from this retreat learn more here:

Retired Infanteer Officer opens retreat for military connected Women

 

10th Article for 2021

Class Action lawsuit seeks damages for alleged VAC underpayments

 

9th Article for 2021

Our Marvellous Moose Milk recipe scores a spot on our top 25 for another year in a row. Moose Milk is a tradition in all three elements of the Canadian Armed Forces and the hits to this article don’t disagree. If you haven’t yet tried it, check out the link to this creamy and delicious adult beverage. Read here:

Marvellous Moose Milk

 

8th Article for 2021

This year, are readers were avidly looking for information on the 2021 Canadian elections. Our article on the New Democratic Party’s (NDP) past defence policies was a huge hit amongst readers. This article detailed policies the NDP has had when it comes to defence and Veterans. It also took a closer look at what the party had promised to do this elections to support the military and Veteran community. Learn more here:

NDP return to roots when it comes to National Defence

 

7th Article for 2021

Major changes were afoot in the military in 2021 and its no wonder some of our most popular articles this year were about those changes. In February CWO James Smith was appointed as the new Canadian Army Sergeant Major by Gen. Eyre. He was replacing CWO Hartnell. Read more about the Canadian Army’s new sergeant major here:

Acting CDS LGen Wayne Eyre announces incoming Canadian Army Sergeant Major

 

6th Article for 2021

Congratulations were all around for those CAF reservists who were promoted this year. Published in May, the article on these promotions was a fast favourite amongst the military community. The new appointments were announced by MGen. Derek Macaulay. Check out the names here:

Acting Commander Canadian Army Major General Derek Macaulay announces Reserve Unit COs and RSMs

 

5th Article for 2021

In the military community we applaud each other’s success. Which is why the CMF Magazine’s article on General Officer and Flag Officer promotions of 2021 was a hot hit amongst our readership. Earlier this year, Gen. Wayne Eyre offered his deepest appreciation as he announced the promotions, appointments and retirements that occurred this year. Read a full list here:

Lt.Gen Eyre announces more General Officer and Flag Officer promotions, appointments & Retirements

 

4th Article for 2021

Claiming a spot in our top five most popular articles of 2021 is our article on the pay raise of CAF personnel. The article, which was published in March, brought the welcome news to our readership that CAF members were to receive a general pay increase, effective retroactively to April 1, 2018. Learn more about the pay increases our CAF troops received this year here:

Pay Increase for CAF Personnel approved by Treasure Board

 

3rd Article for 2021

The final report in relation to the fatal parachute accident that claimed the life of Bombardier Patrick Labrie in 2019 was issued earlier this year. The fatal tragedy shook the military community and many of our readers turned to the CMF Magazine this year to learn more about what the RCAF’s Directorate of Flight Safety would say about the incident. According to the report, Bombardier Labrie experienced a bad exit from the aircraft which caused him to become entangled in his static line. Read this article here:

Report released regarding fatal parachute accident involving Bombardier Patrick Labrie

 

2nd Article for 2021

Coming in at a close second is our article on the 2021 Colonel and Captain (N) promotions, appointments and retirements. This article was a huge hit amongst our audience, making it a top 25. This year, there 21 Colonels retired, along with two Captains (N). Gen. Wayne Eyre made the announcement earlier this year and offered his deepest appreciation for the service and sacrifice of these soldiers. Read the names here:

Acting Chief of the Defence Staff announces Colonel/Capt(N) promotions, appointments & retirements

 

Most Read Article for 2021

The tally is in! Our most popular article of 2021 is…drumroll please…:
CAF releases new CANFORGEN regarding Combat Boot Reimbursement program. Late last year, the CAF issued a CANFORGEN allowing CAF personnel were now allowed to select the type of combat boots (CBT) that is best suited to them. The CANFORGEN went on to note that “operational footwear is mission-critical, highly personalized, and is an integral component of an individual’s personal equipment.” Read our most popular article here:

CAF releases new CANFORGEN regarding Combat Boot Reimbursement program

THAT’S IT! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

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Cyndi Mills - Owner | Publisher CMF Magazine

Admittedly the Queen of Typos, Cyndi Mills strives for none, but one or two always seems to slip in. She apologizes! Over the last 29 years Cyndi has had the opportunity to move around the country with her husband, Scott and their four children. Having lived in Chilliwack, Edmonton, London, and Petawawa. She stumbled into the world of journalism by accident – looking for a career that could give her the flexibility to work from home to be with her children and support her husband's military career. Cyndi is also a military parent as her two oldest children are in the military. Raising her third and fourth teenagers, she tries to keep sane by walking, gardening, writing, and spending time with her family while running Canadian Military Family Magazine.

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