Updated January 16, 2014. On September 9, 2013 Esprit de Corps military magazine published an article written by Michel W. Drapeau and Joshua M. Juneau titled: “Co-Existence and Convergence: The lawful Formation of a Military Professional Association” in which the authors opine that Canada should permit members of the Canadian Armed Forces to join a professional association representing their interests. This would be in step with the global trend towards the formation of such associations for serving military. Indeed, there is a well-structured dialogue taking place in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands concerning military associations. Experience in these European nations have shown that the right of association has not compromised combat efficiency or military discipline. On the contrary, in these European nations, there are over 42 military associations from 24 EU nations representing approx. 500,000 soldiers recognized as valuable partners for defence administration.