Army against Air Force; 2010 Gash Parade

Les membres de force aérienne contre les membres de l’armée durant une journée de sports

par: Élof Dany Turgeon, M0945

Durant la période du 3 au 14 mai, les élèves-officiers (élofs) du Collège militaire royale du Canada ont participé, à tous les matins, à des activités visant à changer le focus de l’étudiant à celui du militaire. Toutefois, l’une de ces journées a été réservée à une rencontre très intéressante. Les membres de la Force aérienne devaient affronter les membres de l’Armée dans le cadre d’une journée réservée aux sports. L’élève-officier Lisa-Caitlin Mueller, s24983, a organisé cette journée avec brio. Les élofs se sont affrontés à la balle-molle, le soccer, le flag football, le volleyball de plage et à capture le drapeau. Malheureusement pour les membres de la Force aérienne, les membres de l’Armée ont très bien performé. Le directeur des élofs, LCol A. O’Keeffe, a d’ailleurs remis le trophé à l’élof Dany Turgeon, m0945, et le major Erkelens. (Photo)

Army against Air Force in a sports day

By: Élof Dany Turgeon, M0945

Between May 3rd and May 14th, the Royal Military College’s officer cadets (OCdt) participated every morning in some activities with the goal of changing their focus from the scholarly to the military mind set. One of those days was reserved for an interesting head to head competition between the members of the Air Force and the members of the Army. They had to play against each other in different sports throughout the day. OCdt Lisa-Caitlin Mueller, s24983, organized that day and it worked out extremely well. The OCdts had to play one of the following sports: softball, soccer, flag football, beach volleyball and capture the flag. Unfortunately for the Air force’s members, the Army played very well. As a proof of that victory, the director of cadets, LCol A. O’Keeffe, is giving a trophy to the Army. It is received by OCdt D. Turgeon, m0945, and Major Erkelens. (Photo)

Drill fest is a trying time for Officer Cadets at RMC. They spend most of their days in the sun, practicing the parade drill over and over until they get it just right. It’s not all work, however; the kids do get a moment to have some fun.

That moment is called the Gash Parade, which is really just another practice session for the upcoming Grad Parade, but with a twist. The graduating cadets get to parade around in crazy costumes and clothing, adlib their lines (well, those who have lines, anyway), and generally throw military discipline to the wind. It’s the only time in their careers a parade practice will ever give them this kind of freedom, and so they take full advantage of it.

The cadets don’t get too comfortable, though. Gash Parade is immediately followed by a real practice session, and professionalism returns to the parade square once more… until the next Gash Parade, that is!

Words and pictures by 25410 Armaan Khan.

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