What’s Happening At RMC? Plenty!
Lessons from Canadian Peacekeepers
By 27832 OCdt P.R. Cardona
On Friday, Dr. Coombs’ peacekeeping class had the opportunity to learn about peace support operations in Sierra Leone from Major Pressnell, who is currently an officer with the Prince of Wales Own Regiment in Kingston.
Major Pressnell participated in the International Military Training and Advisory Team (IMAT) in Sierra Leone. He spoke of the challenges that were posed to him and his team over the course of the mission, and the broader challenges of the peace operations in the country, including rebuilding infrastructure in the war-torn country.
After his presentation, the Major took questions from the class and engaged in a productive dialogue with peacekeeping students. One interesting question was about the interaction between IMAT and the other peace operation in the country, the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), which included Canadian members.
Over the course of the past few weeks, Dr. Coombs has brought in speakers to help bring the stories of Canadian peacekeeping to life, rather than just having us read about them in a text book. All the speakers gave in-depth presentations on the background to the conflict, the mission mandate, and, perhaps most valuably, their own experience.
Some students were also given the responsibility of helping to coordinate the presentations and introducing the speakers. After each presentation, the students presented the guest speakers with college coins, in recognition for volunteering their time.
Bringing in these guest speakers, who have all had distinguished military careers, made this class a unique learning experience. Learning from the past and understanding the big picture behind missions are both vital skills for officers and this class gave us the opportunity to develop both of these skills.
9 Cadets and MWO Richard Corneau experience great weekend with a summit of Mount Washington
Article by: 28096 OCdt David Guerrero
I never fail to impress my friends who go to civilian university with all the experiences I’ve had at RMC so far. What my parents or old high school friends consider as daring, here at the college is merely the lifestyle we all adopt and consider normal. We question madness.
9 Officer and Naval Cadets across all years and a Training Wing staff member, MWO Richard Corneau, went to New Hampshire with part of the expedition club to summit Mount Washington, the highest point in the northeastern United States.
On Thursday, March 22, a meeting was held with participating members on the itinerary, safety precautions, and kit needed. The next day, we left the college at 8am and had arrived at the base camp around 5pm. We took 1 hour to prepare and stretch after the gruelingly long car ride before starting our journey to the top.
We took 30 minutes to arrive at an open cabin with no doors where we would spend the night. It was just a wooden floor with a roof and no doors; in the end, however, it was better than laying on the cold snow. We laid our kit down, had a quick snack, took out our sleeping bags and mattresses, and went to sleep.
We woke up at 7am and had breakfast which involved drinking hot Gatorade, as weird as it sounds, to compensate for the cold and incoming-loss of electrolytes.
After we packed our things and went off to refill our water bottles at a groundwater pump, it was approximately 9am. There was no fancy sign or poster signalling the start of the trail, we just followed the footsteps of those who were willing to wake up earlier. It began to get steeper by the minute which then called for the need of crampons; however, this meant we would have to spend 3 hours walking uphill “like cowboys,” as MWO Corneau would call it, in order to avoid ripping our pants by the sharp spikes.
In previous years, the trip has had to end early due to unfavourable weather and strong winds, but this time Mother Nature spared us with an amazing clear view. In fact, about 2 hours into the climb, we witnessed a Boeing CH-47 Chinook in the distance.
We reached summit at 1,917 meters around noon. The best part was on the way down, which took 2 hours, as we slid on the sharp slopes and used hiking poles or ice axes to brake.
The trip, by all accounts was a great success and a huge thank you must go to the donors to the funds managed and administered by the RMC Foundation. Without this donor support this great experience would not have been possible.
Navy (no photos available at post time)
28185 NCdt Waterman / 28241 NCdt Robinson
The Navy MOC weekend took place on April 7th and 8th. It began with a meet and great at the local reserve unit the HMCS Cataraqui.
The meet and great was an excellent way for the young NCdts to become acquainted with the officers who will be briefing them and learning a little informally about the Navy.
The real meat and potatoes of the weekend began on Saturday with briefs from all aspects of the Navy from the Maritime Tactical Operations Group (MTOG) to life right after RMC to op REGULUS, as well as providing all NCdts some excellent navy swag.
After a quick lunch break the different components of the navy broke off into their separate trades (Engineers, Naval Warfare, and Logisticians) to get in depth briefs on what each trade is like, as well as discover what the summer had in store.
The weekend concluded with closing remarks from some of the senior officers and a question period. Overall the weekend provided excellent insight into life after RMC, as well as pumping up pride and excitement for being in the Navy.
28648 OCdt Zheng
On April 7,2018, I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the army MOC weekend, which took place at CFB Kingston and RMC.
I was given the pleasure of listening to the Deputy Commander of the Canadian Army and his Sergeant-Major talk about the future and direction that the Canadian Army is progressing in, including all kinds of new equipment that will be coming in the near future. The talk gave a good sense of what to expect from the Canadian Army as a young Officer Cadet who is still in his first year.
Then, a captain from the Combat Training Centre, located in CFB Gagetown, gave a talk about what to expect from phase 2 training aka Common Army Phase (CAP). This portion was particularly interesting and helpful since it was a rather in-depth explanation of what will be happening during the 11 weeks at Gagetown, which includes a lot of rucking and a lot of time spent in the field. This gave me an idea of what I needed to do to prepare for those hard, grueling 11 weeks.
After all the presentations, we headed back towards RMC to have lunch, then it was off to trade briefings. Massey 7 was jam packed with other infantry officers such as myself. The same captain who talked about CAP also gave us an in depth look into DP 1.1 and DP 1.2for infantry, which looked absolutely cool and terrifying at the same time. It was a nice reminder of why I joined and a nice step back into reality. After his presentation, a lieutenant, who is also a platoon commander for the 22e Regiment, also gave us a refreshing, different view on DP 1.1 and 1.2, including some tips and tricks on how to make your experience more bearable.
All in all, MOC weekend helped me examine what there is to come in my next couple of courses after BMOQ. It made me feel all pumped up and ready to go through those courses and become the best version of myself.
More MOC weekend army photos – Here
28600 OCdt Armstrong
The Air Force MOC weekend gave me a valuable opportunity to touch and discuss the hardware I will be using in my career as a pilot.
It started off with a thrilling ride in the CH-146 Griffon, which I spent just as much time studying the crew and their actions as admiring the scenery.
On the ground, I had the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of several aircraft, and discuss their technicalities with experienced crew-members.
Later, we were briefed by the leadership of both 8 Wing and the RCAF, and given valuable advice on our future as officers in the air force.
My trade briefing was beyond helpful allowing me to get vital insight directly from 2 and 3 CFFTS’ instructors and command team, capping off a day that I can only describe as exhilarating.
More MOC weekend air force photos – Here
Professional Development – 11 Apr
1st year written by OCdt Gagnon
The first years for PD they had a drill practice session where they practiced march, slow march, eyes left, eyes right, open order and advance in review order. The personnel calling the drill was switched in order to practice calling drill aswell. The order of people calling the drill was as follows. 1st was ocdt tremblay, 2nd was ocdt levac, 3rd was ocdt pelletier and 4th was ocdt Eid.
2nd year written by OCdt Fritz
During the PD Period (Personal Development) this week, and Operation Honour Briefing was given to the second years at the Royal Military College of Canada. First, there was a meeting in Currie Hall and WO Ansel presented the broad subject of Op Honour. Afterwards, the Ocdts were separated into 12 groups (male and female separate) and had discussions based on safe dating practices and ways to help out a fellow cadet in need during an Op Honour situation. These discussion groups were held by fourth years at the Royal Military College of Canada, and encouraged the second years to be able to speak freely on the subject matter.
3rd year Written by OCdt Sale
On April 11, 2018, the Class of 2019 got an opportunity to go through a quick refresher on weapons handing for the C7A2 assault rifle. The intent of this refresher is to ensure that the weapons handling skills of the officer/naval cadets is meeting the standard, and that if there are any issues that the cadets have with their skills, it would be remedied during the session. The review consisted of covering the very basics of weapons handling, such as loading/unloading the weapon, what to do in the event of a weapons stoppage and general safety while handling a weapon system.
Even though the majority of cadets are in trades that do not involve the use of weapons handling in their day-to-day work, it is a skill that is, nonetheless, important to have in the Canadian Armed Forces. To ensure the readiness of every member in uniform, handling weapons is the base foundation from which it could be built upon for future operations. This is especially true in our current world, where the dynamics of a global community could change drastically, provoking our forces to take action in any form.
4th years had an academic morning.