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26898 – Charlie Grimshaw: “I learned what kind of officer I wanted to be, and conversely, what type I didn’t want to be.”

26898 – Charlie Grimshaw: Far from naïve

Article by: 27371 OCdt (IV) Allyssa Millie

Allyssa Milles

26898 Charlie Grmishaw graduated from RMC in May 2017 with a BEng in Computer Engineering. Grimshaw is a Naval Combat Systems Engineering Officer, currently working out of Naval Personnel Training Group (NPTG) in Victoria, BC, scheduling courses for the Navy on both coasts. In a few weeks he will begin the Ship’s Team Diver Supervisor Course until he can begin his Naval Engineering Indoctrination (NEI) which provides a broad introduction to engineering in the Navy, from both the marine and combat systems departments.

Grimshaw is glad to have gone through RMC for his education. “If you strip away all the parade practice and inspection preparation, you have a focused experience that is just trying to make you a better person. I was constantly around friends who always challenged my perceptions. I learned what kind of officer I wanted to be, and conversely, what type I didn’t want to be.”

During his four years, Grimshaw was on the rowing team, the swimming team, and the expedition team, and through the RMC foundation he was able to travel to Guatemala, India, and Nepal.

Having now joined the rest of the CAF in day-to-day workings, Grimshaw has become more aware in how RMC has given him an advantage over other direct entry officers (DEO). “That advantage manifests itself as bilingualism, physical fitness, and a level of professionalism that only comes with the added benefit of being immersed in a military environment for a few extra years. The networking is a huge bonus as well. Not just among your peers, but in the training wing itself too.”

When asked what he wanted to do next with his career, Grimshaw mentioned that he has always wanted to be the Combat Systems Engineering Officer onboard a submarine, but ever since finishing his degree, he has wanted to immerse himself in information warfare. Until a trade gets developed in that area, however, he will be taking it one step at a time.

“I like to think that I joined the military on my own accord. However, with two parents and a sibling serving in the CAF, that might be a bit naïve. My dad, LCol Doug Grimshaw, has been a constant source of inspiration to me in my career. I am always meeting people who he has affected; if I can have a fraction of that kind of impact on people, I will be ecstatic.”

When asked if he had anything else to add, Grimshaw gave some advice to future graduates of RMC. “Stop and focus on you from time to time. I think one of the underlying themes of the military college experience is self-improvement, and you should really take it to heart. Pick a pillar, pick a goal. Now that I’m away from the college, I’m training for my first marathon and attempting to read novels in French. Aside from some well-needed personal development, it has the added bonus of just making you a better officer.”

One Comment

  • Glenda Valair

    July 4, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Well said and a job well done! Congratulations again Charlie and all the best in your future endeavours.

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