17160 Stephen Kalyta: Cadets and Valour

Cadets and Valour

Another in a series by 17160 Stephen Kalyta

Stephen Kalyta

“There are moments in life, when you need to step up.” So said Canada’s unofficial celestial ambassador, Chris Hadfield. During his acceptance speech last month of the Birchall Leadership award, he spoke in the context of standing up against humanity’s wickedness. Similarly, I noted recently at RMC the policy on Harassment, Sexually Inappropriate Behaviour (HSIB) reflects what Chris described, where dignity toward others, even the enemy, is central to our motto of Valour.

Merriam-Webster defines valour as ” strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness :personal bravery.” The demonstration of Valour, is worthy of reflection in the context of our forthcoming Remembrance Day. How can we ensure the attributes of Chris Hadfield, or of Air Commodore Birchall are imbued in our own character, if we are not in battle?

The answer is straight forward. Battle in the proverbial sense is what you are preparing for in the military. However there are smaller, more personal battles you face each day through the process of becoming an Officer. Those smaller battles prepare you for the stereotypical battle, if required and an opportunity to test that trait may appear at RMC.

Take the time you have at the college and step up. If you see a fellow cadet in distress, be valorous. RMC, by its very design, will test you and your colleagues’ courage during personal moments of failure. However RMC will also afford you the opportunity to lean on your fellow cadets for inspiration and encouragement. Be a bridge to one another in your moments of uncertainty. In this attitude you will find, the spirit of Valour.

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