721 Communications Regiment could be facing some cutbacks

Dave Stewart dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on May 25, 2010

One of Charlottetown's military reserve units could be facing some cuts.
Major Dave Pizio, commanding officer of 721 Communications Regiment, confirmed reports circulating recently that Canada's military is working to trim its budget.
Five of the eight full-time reservists at 721 Communications Regiment have been told their contracts may not be renewed in September.
"It's all in the planning aspect now and nothing is finalized,'' Pizio said.
"That's where we're at right now.''
The regiment's training operations have also been cut and training operations that normally take place in the United States have been cancelled this year.
"We're just waiting to find out as the decisions are made. There is no defined timeline right at this time. There is a tentative (change) come the fall but, again, there's so many things that are in the mix.''
Pizio said there no part-time cuts coming to the regiment.
"None whatsoever.''
The commanding officer said the unit's attrition is greater than its intake and it is actively recruiting for more members.
The regiment is allowed 83 positions but only has approximately 40 full- and part-time members.
"We want to increase our ranks, for sure.''
The P.E.I. Regiment, another reserve unit in Charlottetown, will not be facing cuts this year.