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Intimidation Toned Down

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Intimidation Toned Down

I remember, I don’t know if it’s the demographics or whatever it is but the people are generally a little bit smaller in those countries. It might be a food thing or a lack thereof or lack of medical or it might just be the hormones in the milk that Canadians drink but they are generally smaller. So we have to tone it down a little bit to not look so intimidating. But you know when you’ve got a bulletproof vest on plus your flak vest, plus your training vest and your uniform, I am over three hundred thirty pounds in uniform so it’s kind of difficult to be kind of, so the mannerisms in which you interact with people. You know there’s a difference between this and a difference between this. You have to kind of promote your soft side and people will pick up on that, you know, aggression or kind of submissiveness, I guess.

Thier speaks about the intimidation given off by soldiers in uniform to the local population.

Michael Thier

Mr. Michael Their was born in Vancouver, B.C. August 30, 1970. Looking at options for a career choice, at age 24 Mike considering himself a late bloomer chose to join the military. Only four days after joining up and being trained an as infantry soldier, Mike was given an opportunity to deploy to Bosnia with IFOR ’96, SFOR ’99 and then to Ethiopia as part of UNMEE in 2001. After a horrific accident turret explosion to the armoured vehicle, Mike received serious facial wounds and after more than twenty surgeries he was given no choice but to be medically released from the military. Suffering with PTSD, Mike continues to struggle yet carries on with a sense of purpose in life and holds great pride in wearing the maple leaf. Mike has been named part of Team Canada for Invictus Games 2018 taking part in the sport of weight lifting and wheelchair basketball. Mike resides in Fredericton, New Brunswick with and family.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
September 26, 2018
Person Interviewed:
Michael Thier
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Infantry soldier

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