A good friend of mine (who is one half of a dual service couple) contacted me through Facebook yesterday. They are moving back to CFB Val-Cartier where her husband will be a Unit Commander.
Back in 2005 when we lived at CFB Val-Cartier, there was one street designated for the Unit Commanders (we called it CO Row). CO Row had large houses with 1 1/2 bathrooms. They were designated for the Unit Commanders as they were expected to be entertaining guests. One of the perks of command was supposed to be a larger house.
My friend informed me that there are no longer designated houses for Unit Commanders and the larger houses on CO Row will go to families with the most children regardless of the rank of the CF member.
I don’t know whether these rules have come down from the CF or from CFHA who manages and allocates the PMQs. Either way, it brings up some issues.
Should a private or corporal with a large family have to buy a civilian house when larger PMQs go to a Commanding Officer with only one child?
Should a Commanding Officer be put in a small PMQ just because he/she has only one child? In the civilian world you certainly would not find the CEO of a company in a small 2 bedroom house with only 1 bathroom.
So, what do you think? Should Commanding Officers have designated PMQs?