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Rules of Engagement

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When it came to rules of engagement, well, I think the rules when we were in Sarajevo were being written because it was a totally new, a totally new situation for the United Nations that I mean since Korea this was the first time that United Nations peacekeeping soldiers were coming under fire so you could fire if you could see who’s firing at you. But it was difficult because you couldn’t see who was firing at you because a lot of the fire that was coming in was mostly sniper fire. So when you were doing your patrolling or your protection escort, when we were there everything was torn to pieces and burnt and it was difficult to see who was in the buildings firing at you because snipers would take positions and try to do business so that’s a little bit frustrating but nevertheless you carry on and you stay up and you don’t even duck down because you know you have to do your job.

Mr. Bojalil provides his opinion on rules of engagement and the difficulty of knowing who was firing at you during times of fire.

Alfredo “Alphie” Bojalil

Mr. Alphie Bojalil was born in Mexico City, August 9, 1969. At the young age of 15, Mr. Bojalil had the keen desire to join the military as the discipline and adventure for travel intrigued his interest. In 1988-89, Mr. Bojalil went to Battle School in Petawawa, Ontario and joined the Royal Canadian Regiment. After his training, Mr. Bojalil was posted to Germany where he remained for 2 years. A big part of Mr. Bojalil’s military career involved his participation as a peacekeeper with 3 RCR, November Company where he and a contingent of soldiers travelled to the besiege city of Sarajevo in 1992 with their main task to reopen the airport and provide humanitarian aid and supply to the people of this city. For this, Mr. Bojalil gained recognition and was awarded the Commander-In-Chief Commendation for his participation in this effort. After discharge from the military, Mr. Bojalil became a strong advocate for his fellow soldiers involved in this mission and has tirelessly worked to bring them together for a reunion in 2009. Mr. Bojalil remains a strong voice for his service and holds great pride for his unit’s accomplishments. Mr. Bojalil married and has one daughter.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Alfredo “Alphie” Bojalil
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Canadian Armed Forces
Royal Canadian Regiment

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