|English: Graphic identifier of the Royal Canadian Navy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The Royal Canadian Navy has come a long way from the days when sailors received a free, noon-time ration of an eighth of a pint of rum. The rum ration was abolished in 1972, due to concerns that a swig in the middle of the day would hinder sailors’ ability to operate weapons and complex tools. But Canadian sailors are still free to purchase beer or wine when off duty. Now, reports suggest some commanders think the rules should be tightened around alcohol consumption. It looks like an unnecessary move that would accomplish little besides damaging morale.