the number of interpreters would be one fifth of our deployed troops over the ten years we've been there compared to Canada's troops.
>>>>Provincial reconstruction teamA key element of Canadian operations in Afghanistan is the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team (KPRT), one of 25 provincial reconstruction teams throughout the country. A Provincial Reconstruction Team(PRT) is a unit introduced by the United States government to support reconstruction efforts in unstable states, performing duties ranging from humanitarian work to the training of police and the military. Following NATO's involvement, command of some PRTs was transferred from the US to other nations under the ISAF.
The Kandahar PRT is composed of around 330-335 personnel composed largely of Canadian Forces elements (315), but also of a few diplomats, correctional officers, development specialists, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The Kandahar PRT also includes one U.S. State Department official, one U.S. development official, and several U.S. police mentors.
The PRT is about one-eighth the size of the overall 2,830 Canadian military forces in Afghanistan. The 2008 Manley Report recommended that the KPRT be given more funding and attention and be placed under civilian leadership instead. The KPRT was transferred to civilian command in Spring 2010, during the update in the US civilian surge to Kandahar, with Canadian Ambassador Tim Martin as KPRT Director and former US Ambassador Bill Harris as Deputy Director. With impending Canadian drawdown in 2011 and increasing number of US soldiers and civilians in Kandahar, the KPRT transitioned from Canadian to American command in late 2010, completed with the transfer of authority in early 2011 of KPRT directorship from Tim Martin to American diplomat Ben Moeling. <<<
I don't understand how Canada could possibly need over 500 interpreters over a mostly five year period of time (2006 to 2011) when a large number (over 300) of what Canadian troops have been there for has been reconstruction in the Kandahar region. If 2500 troops that are left of the 2800 that are still there and all are going to be leaving soon, why would Canadian troops need over 500 interpreters over a 9 year total period of time for so few troops? Canada didn't deploy more than a handful of troops (sometimes as little as under ten) from 2002 until 2006. Where and why were all those interpreters needed? 2800 divided by 550 equals roughly ONE interpreter for every FIVE troops.
If the USA brought back a proportional number of interpreters we would be looking at having as many new people living here as we do illegals that cross the unsecured borders in a couple of months, and then you'd be harping at us to house, feed, school/educate, provide jobs and medical coverage for them....how very generous of you, Rob.
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