Airborne Brotherhood


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Ten Commandments Canadian
Airborne Regiment

1 You are the elite of the Canadian Army. For you action shall be fulfilment and you must train yourself to stand every test.
2 Cultivate true comradeship, for together with your comrades you will triumph or die.
3 Be shy of speech and incorruptible. The strong act, the weak chatter; chatter will bring you to the grave.
4 Calmness and caution, thoroughness and determination, valour and a relentless spirit of attack will make you superior when the test comes.
5 Face to face with the enemy, the most precious thing is ammunition. The man who fires aimlessly merely to reassure himself has no guts. He is a weakling and does not deserve the name of “Paratrooper.”
6 Never surrender. Your honour lies in victory or death.
7 Only with good weapons can you achieve success. Look after them therefore, on the principle, “First my weapons, then myself.”
8 You must grasp the full meaning of each operation so that, even if your leader should fall, you can carry it out coolly and warily.
9 Fight chivalrously against an honourable foe; fifth columnists and civilian snipers deserve no quarter.
10 With your eyes open, keyed up to the highest pitch, agile as a greyhound, tough as leather, hard as steel, you will be the embodiment of a Canadian Paratrooper.


Some months before the disbandment when moral was particularly low, one of the NCO’s in 3 Commando, MCpl Bass, printed out cards like the one above as a way to foster esprit de corps and boost moral. The cards were a reproduction of those carried by Canadian Paratroopers in WWII. The officers, however, felt that the word Brotherhood had racial overtones and because of that banned the cards. To us, the cards carried no such meaning and we continued to carry the cards as a symbol of our loyalty to each other and our regiment. I carry mine in my wallet to this day.

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