If this General is acquitted he’ll probably have to resign as his troops won’t be able to stand in formation without a bit o’ laughter.  The press release reads (here):

Standing Court Martial proceedings will take place on May 25, 2010, at the Asticou Centre in Gatineau, Québec, for Brigadier-General Daniel Menard, Commander Joint Task Force Afghanistan, in relation to an incident on March 25, 2010, when his personal weapon discharged.

Brig.-Gen. Menard is charged with one count of Neglect to the Prejudice of Good Order and Discipline contrary to section 129 of the National Defence Act.

Funny for us, probably not so much for the BGen.  Charge sheet here.

11 Responses to “Funny Canadian C-M”

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s in English too.

  2. Mike "No Man" Navarre says:

    Ahh yes, updated the post.

  3. anonymous says:

    Oh…grow up. Just grow up.

  4. Thomas F. Hurley says:

    One wonders if the General shot someone or otherwise engaged in dangerous or reckless behavior. It was hardly a policy, but I would fight Article 15 recommendations from commanders for wrongful discharges into a clearing barrel. That’s what the barrel was there for. Related note…have you seen the video where some federal agent is talking to kids in a classroom about the dangerous nature of guns and then shoots himself? Classic!

  5. Late Bloomer says:

    Article 15 recommendations from commanders for wrongful discharges into a clearing barrel.

    Failure to state an offense. What exactly is “wronfgul” about the proper discharge of a firearm into an authorized clearing barrel?

    I’d make it a policy.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Speaking of funny – Texas man faked way into Army.


  7. Dew_Process says:

    Well, it was his rifle that discharged, and it was at Kandahar and he turned himself in. Guess the presumption of innocence still exists up North as he wasn’t relieved of his command! More details here:


  8. Socrates says:

    Does being charged in both French and English violate double jeopardy?

  9. Keith Hodges Army Defense Service says:

    Here is the youtube posting of the officer shooting himself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj4yUpR1PB0

    I was an instructor at a police academy when this video was released. Student consensus was if this happened to them, they would have shot themselves in the head due to embarrasment. Instructors at the academy were impressed how the agent was able to continue as though nothing happened. Wonder if the Canadian GO pretended nothing happened?

  10. Keith Hodges Army Defense Service says:

    Late Bloomer. The clearing barrel is designed for those idiots who fail to properly clear their weapon so they do not endanger others, not for clearing it. The charge would not be for discharging the weapon in the barrel, but for failure to proeperly clear the weapon. Unsure if that is PGOD, but that is what the charged act would probably be.

  11. Charles Gittins says:

    Are they kidding? A court-martial for this? WTF? Unless the discharge hit somebody, give him a LOR and make him retire. Sheesh. Where is the sense of proportionality?