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<p>After more than 650,000 people visited the Canadian Forces’ exhibit at the CNE last year, military officials asked organizers for another 8,000 square feet of real estate.</p>

Recruitment booth called the ‘busiest’


Operation Connection is underway at the CNE.





This year, the military has expanded its endeavours at the fair. After more than 650,000 people visited the Canadian Forces’ exhibit at the CNE last year, military officials asked organizers for another 8,000 square feet of real estate.





Last year, the exhibit was 19,000 square feet.





“We are without question the busiest booth at the CNE,” said Capt. Wayne Johnston. “We asked for additional space because of sheer volume. You couldn’t move at times last year.”





It’s all part of Operation Connection, a massive operation now in its second year, designed by the military to educate the public about who they are and what they do.





With the Afghanistan mission in the news on a regular basis, it’s a chance for the public to speak to men and women who have been there — as many of the 140 military officials at the site have been to the front lines.















High gear



  • The Canadian Forces has kicked its public education and recruitment initiatives into high gear this year and is well on target to exceed its recruitment goal of 700 GTAers for the year.



 
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