Home stretch for FYOP

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  • RMC Club – Meets up FYOP cadets

  • Passing off the Square

  • My FYOP Experience

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RMC Club – Meets up FYOP cadets

Sunday afternoon (20 Sept) Bryan Bailey, Executive Director, RMC Club made an impressive presentation to the first years in Currie Hall; these cadets are now in their final week of FYOP.

Bryan covered all the bases outlining the history of the Club right up to the present time. Three IV cadets provided personal relevant testimonies: Kyle Tilley, Mike Cherry and Danielle Andela. All three shared personal experiences on their positive experiences with the Club and the Foundation during their time at RMCC.

The audience was very attentive and the new cadets are now well versed on whether they will sign-up for a lifetime membership.

More photos from the RMC Club briefing by OCdt (II) 27365 Belanna McLean – Here

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Passing off the Square

The parade square was a very busy place over the past number of days.

The long-held tradition ‘passing off the square’ was held over the past week when FYOP cadets were put to the test. A combination of perfect drill movements combined with answering questions on the history of the college; knowing current college events will hold them in good stead as they move closer to the end of FYOP.

More photos from Passing off the square by OCdt Howells – Here

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My FYOP Experience

OCdt (I) 27730 Aniqa Khan

First Year Orientation Period (FYOP) is one the most memorable few weeks in every officer cadet’s life here at RMC. The restricted freedom that most of us experience during FYOP leads to interesting developments. I say restricted freedom because although we are constantly monitored by FYOP staff (who eagerly watches our every move), we have certain freedoms as individuals at the college – we still have the freedom to make our own decisions and develop our personal skills and abilities, and grow as individuals.

After completing seven weeks of basic, I was told that FYOP is going to be like basic training on steroids where FYOP staff would unforgivably hound us for every tiny little error we make. I was told we would be told to do stupid things just as entertainment for the seniors. I was told a lot of things that formed very deeply negative connotations for “FYOP” in my head. However, after a couple of days here, I am glad to say all my preconceived notions about FYOP were wrong.

After over two weeks here, I have learned that everything that we are told to do is backed up by a good reason. All the intense morning and evening PT sessions are created to improve our physical ability to prepare us for events like the obstacle course or the PPT test. Making a person IC and giving him “impossible timings” builds up leadership and time management skills. Practicing drill and doing activities as a flight strengthen the bond within flights and unifies us. All of the things we are told to do are constructed to directly or indirectly teach us a lesson, and that is the light at the end of this momentarily dark tunnel named “FYOP” for me.

I am already beginning to see the impact this experience is has on me as an individual and as a member of my flight. It is encouraging me to put in 110% in everything I do, to be a good team member and, when opportunity arises, to be a good leader. FYOP is helping me develop important skills that I would otherwise not be able to attain without facing certain obstacles and situations here.

I am looking forward to the upcoming week leading up to the obstacle course, which marks not only the end of FYOP, but the beginning of a whole new chapter of my life with some remarkable people I have met over the course of these few short weeks. So here’s to four years at an extraordinary institution with outstanding people who embody the college motto – “Truth, Duty, Valour”.

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