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Colin Bond: A positive change, in the air, over the peninsula

A positive change, in the air, over the peninsula

Article by: 28057 OCdt (II) Colin Bond

Colin Bond

I looked at Eliza Bruce’s article last week about the loss of privileges and I wanted to give my own opinion on the matter itself.

The loss of privileges was a wake-up call for the Royal Military College since it brought to light the “Don’t get caught” mentality that ran rampant. The decision was made that rather then keep punishing the individual cadets for their actions, a wider punishment was needed for the entire cadet wing to realize the major flaw in their mentality.

I have recently seen more and more cadets policing each other with the rules. Cadets who break the rules are being appropriately punished through the cadet chain of authority. Those who break the rules are properly dealt with through sanctions: 5s and G’s (an uncomfortable uniform to wear), extra inspections, or extra duties are just a few of the punishments used. Cadets use the punishments to fix the problems of those who do not want to follow the rules.

Those who receive the punishments are beginning to own up to their actions making for more accountable officer cadets. Cadets in 5s and G’s (while relentlessly asked about what they did) keep their heads high and move in stride despite their punishment.

There are not only just punishments that are handed out; rather, rewards are handed out to cadets who are abiding by the rule and who are striding above what is expected of them. As such, rewards such as having an academic morning, a morning undisturbed from the daily tasks of RMC, or even wearing smart casual are given to those who go above and beyond the normal cadet duties.

Overall, I have noticed a change in the College: there are more cadets who are policing themselves and others to make a more productive environment. Even though it is hard to not wear jeans as we leave for Easter, it is a small sacrifice in comparison having another loss of privileges.

One Comment

  • 21294 Christine Salt

    April 3, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I suspect this is a topic that will be discussed for a very long time. From long before my own time at RMC, there has always been the “don’t blade your bud” mentality. But I feel the meaning of that little saying may have been lost throughout the years and I’m sure everyone has their own interpretation of what that means, which would span a whole other article.

    What cadets do need to remember though is that not everyone will advance through the ranks at the same pace. You may very well find yourself commanding former cadets that were your upperclassmen or in the same training stream as you. I find myself on the receiving end of that, with a CO who graduated after I did, and a COS with whom I graduated and went through wings training. If you, as a cadet, cannot handle something as small as enforcing a dress code on your fellow cadets, how could you be expected to handle much more serious affairs when leading or disciplining these people you have known for more than half your life? Now is the time to learn that skill.

    The conversations I’ve had with the few cadets I’ve run into since this whole affair has been, on the whole, very positive. Let’s hope the lessons have been learned and points hit home.