Canadian Army investigates after paratrooper drank beer

“It is important to note that the Code of Service Discipline still applies to retired members for breaches that occurred during their service.”

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The Canadian Army is investigating after a video was posted on social media showing a soldier parachuting over Petawawa while drinking a beer.

The video shows a bearded Canadian soldier strapped to his parachute and slowly descending over a large body of water. He then holds a can of beer, opens it and begins to drink. The soldier then says, “The government…” and shakes his head before the video ends.

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The video began circulating on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok on Friday and was also posted by Task and Purpose, a US website covering military and veterans affairs. The Task and Goal Twitter post was titled “This Canadian Skydiver is Living His Best Life.”

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National Defense spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier said Saturday the soldier was from the Quebec-based Royal 22e Régiment and the video was taken during recent parachute training at Garrison Petawawa. “A unit investigation has been launched,” added Le Bouthillier.

The soldier in the video is no longer serving, having left the Canadian Forces on September 1, Le Bouthillier added. At this point, the military is not making his name public.

“The soldier’s conduct is completely inappropriate, dangerous and not in accordance with Canadian Army safety static line parachute procedures.” said Le Bouthillier.

Social media comments focused on the soldier’s choice of beer (Miller Lite), which a number of people suggested was less than adequate, as well as questions about whether he would be disciplined for his actions.

Le Bouthillier stressed that discipline was an option. “It is important to note that the code of service discipline still applies to retired members for breaches that occurred during their service,” he said.


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