Capt Yvonne Decaire
Major (Maj) Lysane Martel, the new commandant of Canadian Forces School of Meteorology (CFSMet) says there are changes ahead for the school. According to Maj Martel the shortage of Meteorology Technicians (Met Tech) is a problem for the CF and CFSMet will have to play a major role in returning the occupation back to healthy numbers.
Maj Martel states that in order to achieve the increase of Met Techs there will be no decrease in qualifications of any kind. “The school will maximize the number of students loaded on each course and work at achieving an 80-90% success rate without lowering current standards,” she says.
During her tenure, Maj Martel plans to work on other changes as well like ensuring the number of qualified personnel meets the needs of the CF in both official languages. “We will prepare the school to teach the new Meteorological Observer Briefer course in French for the first time in 2013.”
The third change planned by Maj Martel for the CFS Met programs will be to facilitate the development and introduction of a Meteorological Forecaster course scheduled to run in January 2012.
Major Martel assumed Command of the Canadian Forces School of Meteorology in June 2011 after a tour as the Chief Exercise Coordinator at 1 Canadian Air Division.
The long range forecast for CFSMet is now high probability of hard work with excellent chance of success in the next two years.