The Canadian army has opened an investigation concerning an ex-soldier member of the Royal 22e Regiment which filmed itself drinking a beer while taking part in a parachuting exercise near Valcartier.
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In a video posted on the social network TikTok last Friday, we see the soldier clinging to his parachute, a can of beer in his hand, opening it and taking a sip.
He goes on to say, “The government…”, before nodding from left to right and offering himself another glassful.
The video was filmed between heaven and earth near Lake Saint-Joseph, not far from the Valcartier military base, confirmed to the Log the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
The images then spread like wildfire on social media.
“This former soldier’s conduct is totally inappropriate, dangerous and not in accordance with Canadian Army safety static parachute procedures,” the military added in an email.
The serviceman in question, who identifies himself as sendingced on TikTok, was a member of the Royal 22e Regiment, based in Valcartier, and held the rank of corporal. He was “recently released from the CAF”.
The act was committed while the soldier was still on duty, the army claims, but the video was released after his release.
An investigation is ongoing and charges may be brought against the paratrooper.
“It is important to note that the Code of Service Discipline still applies to retired members for breaches that occurred during their service,” it says.
Screenshot taken from TikTok
Retired colonel and lawyer Michel Drapeau expects sanctions to be applied. “The law is clear on that,” he said in an interview with The newspaper.
“That’s the kind of thing that needs to be discouraged. We have to crack down. I hope the Forces will act as soon as possible to send a loud and clear message that this kind of conduct will not be tolerated. »
For Mr. Drapeau, it is obvious that this bravado will be “very badly perceived” by other soldiers.
The image of the Canadian army is tarnished, he says, since he “wanted people to know that he was drinking beer while parachuting down”.
“It’s a series of misconduct and a lack of respect for the profession, and for his comrades. This tarnishes the image of the Forces, the image of the regiment and the professionalism attached to it. »