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27187 OCdt (IV) Spencer Alexander Raymond – Designated CDL – ‘D’ Division – Fall Term 2016

27187 OCdt (IV) Spencer Alexander Raymond – Designated CDL – D – Division – Fall Term 2016

What was your motivation to attend RMCC?

Throughout its 140 year history, RMCC has produced many of Canada’s finest military leaders. The College continues to maintain a reputation for excellence through the four pillars of officership and the emphasis on creating competent leaders. Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to serve my country and becoming an officer in the Forces is probably the best way that I can serve. I knew that I’d be most fulfilled in an environment like RMCC, where I’d be consistently challenged and have the means to grow as an individual. RMCC is more than a university, it is an institution that produces capable leaders who serve their country.

What is your most favourable memory of your time at RMCC?

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My favourite memory must be when I was a FYOP comsec back in September. My job was to challenge and mentor the first year cadets of 12 squadron’s first year flight. As FYOP progressed, Hunter flight came together as a team and overcame every challenge presented to them. I hope that my leadership played a part in bringing them together and helping them grow as individuals. Regardless, seeing the first years complete FYOP and integrate into the Cadet Wing was by far the most rewarding experience of my time at the College.

What– in your opinion– makes a good leader?

Anybody can give an order or tell somebody what to do, how to do it and when to get it done by. However, simply telling people what to do isn’t real leadership. For me, leadership from the front is the only kind of acceptable leadership. A leader must be able to set a good example for their troops and be able to meet the expectations that they set upon others. Furthermore a leader can’t only be around for the good or to watch their troops succeed. A leader must also suffer with the troops and experience their hardship. Finally, a leader always puts his men/women before him or herself, even when the going gets tough.

What does Truth, Duty, Valour (TDV) mean to you?

TDV is the ethos that every officer in the Forces must live and breathe. In addition to setting the physical and intellectual expectations at their respective units, officers must also embody the highest moral standards. Truth is important because soldiers in battle must be able to trust their leaders. A dishonest person is one who cannot be trusted. An officer’s duty to their country and to their troops always comes above all else. Finally, an officer must display Valour and be able to lead and thrive in challenging circumstances. Truth, Duty and Valour are qualities that an officer must possess if they are going to undertake the great privilege of leading Canadian soldiers.

What makes your Division unique and / or special?

Much like the other Divisions in the Wing, D Division knows how to work hard and accomplish any task presented to them. However, when D Division isn’t hard at work, we’re pretty relaxed and try to have fun. Our barslate and Training Wing staff understand that being successful at RMCC requires hard work and that Cadets are often busy with the four pillars and other College activities. Given this, they also encourage fun activities and relaxation opportunities. While we take the four pillars and success at RMCC seriously, D Division also knows how to have a good time.