FYOP 2015: Week One in the Books

  • FYOP 2015 – Off to a great start

  • The Reality of FYOP

  • Experience during the first week of FYOP

  • Expérience durant la première semaine de POPA

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FYOP 2015 – Off to a great start

First year cadets are nearly done their first week of First Year Orientation Period, better known as FYOP, at the college. FYOP is an annual challenge for all first year cadets entering the college. Each cadet must make it through long days run by their senior class members starting at 05:00hrs and ending at 23:00hrs. Each cadet will undergo two times daily physical training sessions, constant inspections and will be expected to achieve perfection in drill, dress and deportment.

Every aspect of FYOP is designed to make better leaders and instil in each cadet the professionalism and integrity to become a future leader in the Canadian Armed Forced (CAF).

The culmination of FYOP will be the obstacle course followed by the badging parade. Once cadets have received their cap brass at the badging parade they will officially have earned their place as a member of The Royal Military College of Canada cadet wing.

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The Reality of FYOP

The first day of FYOP 2015, and as a first year I couldn’t have been more excited to join the college. Coming in to FYOP I was extremely nervous, what if I do something wrong? I had heard tales from previous RMC students about how hard and rigorous FYOP was.

I was expecting to have to remember names of people I just met, know trivia about the college, do push-ups until I couldn’t feel my arms, run until I couldn’t feel my legs and then run and do more push-ups anyway. My expectations were correct. We do all of that. However, as I write this I’m smiling; I have realized that I don’t HAVE to do all that; I want to.

Making a mistake is okay, as long as you learn from it, pushing yourself to your limit and discovering you can go even further is wonderful! I as well as the other first years will compete in a very challenging obstacle course; we will finish it and officially be a part of the school. FYOP is preparing us for what is to come, becoming part of the tradition of RMC is a joyous feeling and I look forward to earning a spot in my Squadron as well as my place here at RMC.

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Experience during the first week of FYOP

The Royal Military College’s First Year Orientation Program (FYOP) has allowed me to learn and discover the fundamentals required to be a successful officer cadet. To date, we have been perfecting our dress and deportment, constructing our barrack standard, developing our physical fitness, and studying the rich history and the culture behind this college. These facets are essential but there is a much more crucial quality that has been recognized throughout the duration of FYOP – leadership. My flight staff has enlightened us that the qualities and the characteristics of being a leader is not something to be simply taught by PowerPoint slides. Savage flight’s comsecs, DCFL, and CFL have approached this through physical training, discipline, and unique challenges. In the beginning of FYOP, the message and the reasoning behind this method of mentorship was misconstrued by many flight members. However, if it is reflected upon, it is clear that it may just be the most important training being disguised. The common goal connecting these methods is developing us as great followers. It is now painfully evident that it is impossible to be a great leader before you have mastered being a follower. There cannot be an expectation for troops, or on the smaller scale, our peers to follow an individual with no experience. FYOP has granted us such experiences and I look forward to continue learning and applying this training as the weeks progress.

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Expérience durant la première semaine de POPA

Le programme de préparation pour les premières années au Collège royale du Canada (POPA) m’a permis d’apprendre et de découvrir ce qui est requis pour réussir comme élève officier. À date, nous avons perfectionné notre tenue et notre conduite, les normes de notre caserne, développé notre forme physique, tout en étudiant l’histoire et la culture riche de ce collège.

Ces facettes sont essentielles mais il y a une qualité qui est beaucoup plus importante et qui doit être reconnu tout au long de POPA- leadership. Personnellement il est devenu clair que les qualités et caractéristiques d’un bon leader ne s’apprennent pas seulement par des diapositives de PowerPoint. Les comsecs du vol Savage, DCFL, et CFL ont abordé cela par la formation physique, la discipline et les défis uniques.

Au commencement de POPA, le message et le raisonnement derrière cette méthode de mentorat était mal interprétée par beaucoup de membres du vol. Cependant, en réfléchissant, il est évident que c’est peut-être la formation la plus important en déguise. L’objectif commun reliant ces méthodes est notre développement comme des suiveurs.

C’est maintenant douloureusement évident qu’il est impossible d’être un grand leader avant d’avoir maîtrisé l’art d’être un suiveur. On ne peut pas s’attendre que nos troupes, ou sur une plus petite échelle, nos compagnons suivront un individu sans expérience. POPA nous a accordé ces expériences et j’ai hâte de continuer à apprendre et à appliquer cet entrainement au cours des prochaines semaines.

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