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Astronaut 22911 Joshua Kutryk (Class of ’04): Feedback from ‘other buds’

22911 Joshua Kutryk 5th Ex Cadet to be chosen as an astronaut: See the feedback from ‘other buds’.

Meet one of Canada’s two newest astronauts

Joshua Kutryk

On July 1st, Joshua Kutryk was recruited by the Canadian Space Agency as one of two new astronauts after a year-long process.

Kutryk was one of the top 16 candidates (from over 5,350 hopefuls) during Canada’s 2009 astronaut recruitment campaign. Due to his perseverance and dedication, he now finds himself in the Canadian Astronaut Corps.

Later in July, the Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta native will relocate to Houston, Texas, to start the two-year Astronaut Candidate Training Program at the Johnson Space Center as a member of the 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut class.

The program includes scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station (ISS) systems, simulated extravehicular activities (EVAs, or spacewalks), robotics, physiological training, flight training, Russian language courses, and sea and wilderness survival training.

In total, Canada has recruited 14 astronauts through four campaigns. Included in the 14, five are Ex Cadets:

8276 Marc Garneau – Here

13738 Chris Hadfield – Here

15003 Michael McKay – Here

21364 Jeremy R. Hansen – Here

History of the Canadian astronaut corps – Here

Joshua Kutryk, joins Jeremy Hansen, David Saint-Jacques, and Jennifer Sidey – who was also selected this time around on the astronaut active service program.

All of us from the military colleges family wish Joshua the very best in the future.

Biography of Joshua Kutryk – Here

Previous e-Veritas 2017 article on the subject: Here

Previous e-Veritas 2009 article on the subject: Here

What ‘buds’ are saying…

“Josh, it has been a pleasure spending this past year of selection with you. All the best as you embark on your new journey in Houston and beyond!”

22807 Capt Michelle Whitty – Class of 2004


Both the Commandant and Principal are thrilled that Canada has another astronaut who is an RMC graduate. The selection of Josh Kutryk, Class of 2004, speaks volumes for the strength of the RMC program and we are very proud of him. We both wish him continued success as he fulfills his dream‎ and represents Canada in such a unique way. Well done Josh!

16855 BGen Sean Friday – Commandant RMCC & 14458 Dr. H.J. (Harry) Kowal – Principal RMCC

Le commandant et le recteur sont heureux qu’un autre astronaute canadien soit diplômé du Collège : La sélection de Josh Kutryk, de la promotion 2004, en dit long sur la qualité du programme du CMR, et nous en sommes très fiers!  Nous lui souhaitons beaucoup de succès; il réalise ses rêves et représente le fièrement le Canada!  Bravo Josh!  

Le Bgén Sean Friday (16855) – commandant, CMR, et H.J. (Harry) Kowal (14458), recteur, CMR.


The entire staff and Cadets of RMC Saint-Jean are very proud of your achievement to become one of Canada’s next astronauts. Nous sommes persuadés que les valeurs inculquées par les Collèges militaires te seront utiles alors que tu pars vers les étoiles après une carrière sur terre et dans les airs déjà bien remplie. Quel beau défi t’attend dans les années à venir alors que tu te lances vers de nouveaux horizons. C’est un rêve de milliers que tu as réussi à décrocher. Puisse cette opportunité te rapporter tout le succès que tu mérites. All the members of RMC Saint-Jean join us in congratulating you on this fantastic adventure: it is only the beginning. Vérité Devoir Vaillance!

18562 Colonel Simon Bernard, Commandant CMR Saint-Jean // 10966 Lgén (ret) Michel Maisonneuve, Directeur des études


Once again,  an ex cadet has been selected as a Canadian astronaut. LCol Kutryk epitomizes all that RMC expects of its graduates, the same attributes of leadership, technical competence and courage that NASA and the CSA demands for those selected to work in one of the most challenging environment known to man. BZ from the RMC Club


6440 Tony Goode – President RMC Club


Josh, on behalf the RMC Foundation, we congratulate you on your recent selection for the Astronaut Programme.  Garneau, Hadfield, McKay, Hansen, and now Kutryk.  You have joined a small but elite group of ex-cadets who dare to push beyond the horizon, and we are extremely proud of you.

With sincere best wishes for the way ahead, TDV.

6475 Mike Houghton – President, RMC Foundation


The President, Executive Team and Members of the Ottawa Branch of the RMC Club of Canada extend heartfelt congratulations to Canada’s newly appointed Astronauts. We are proud to see a member of our alumni on the space team of the CSA.

Best wishes to Josh and Jenni for a successful future. Thank you both for being great Canadians.

5276 JR Digger MacDougall – President Ottawa Branch, RMC Club of Canada


On behalf of the Kingston Branch of the RMC Club I would like to extend my congratulations to Joshua Kutryk for being selected on 1 July to the Canadian Space Agency astronaut program.  After a stellar career in the military you are literally taking off on yet another adventure where you will serve Canada and make your fellow Canadians, and particularly your classmates and other RMC alumni, proud.  We wish you all the best in this next endeavour, and when you are in Kingston next it is hoped we can arrange to hear about your experiences as an astronaut.

11027 Ken Watkin – President Kingston Branch, RMC Club of Canada


Joshua, congratulations from the Toronto Branch of the RMC Club! The directors, members, and our military community are very proud of your accomplishment. We look forward to assisting you in your new role and supporting you throughout your career. Best wishes,

16442 Bill Griffis President Toronto Branch, RMC Club of Canada


Congratulations Joshua on behalf of the many members of the Nova Scotia Branch, on being selected as one of our newest Canadian Astronauts.

We know you will make us proud.

8120 Bill Gard, President NS Branch, RMC Club of Canada


Cher LCol Kutryz,

Au nom des membres du Chapitre du Fort Saint-Jean et du Club des Anciens du Canada, il me fait plaisir de vous féliciter pour votre sélection au sein de l’équipe d’astronautes canadienne

Un des nôtres dans l’espace!  Nous sommes fiers de votre réussite qui se qualifie d’extraordinaire et qui nous inspire tous.  Nous vous souhaitons la meilleure des chances et nous suivrons avec grand intérêt votre parcours dans les étoiles !


16286 Carolyn Hug – Présidente du Chapitre du Fort Saint-Jean du Club des Anciens des Collèges militaires du Canada


I know Josh to be a tremendous young leader within the fighter community.  This well-deserved selection will provide Josh the opportunity to test himself in the international arena, and for the world to get to know his impressive capabilities as we do.

12192 Tom Lawson


Good luck to our new astronaut! Make RMCC proud of producing such excellence that can be used as an example to all young people entering military life and looking up to intellectual models.

9950 Léo Gravelle – CMR 1969-1974


Dear Joshua,

Congratulations on your personal achievement ‎and in continuing RMC’s  proud tradition of service to Canada and the world. Good stuff and carry on. Also remember that there continue to be serious global security challenges. This includes outer space as a possible future battleground in our unpredictable world. As you take your next steps  please think through how outer space can best be preserved for the peaceful use of all humankind.


8816 Marius Grinius – Former Canadian Ambassador


What I admire most about Joshua beyond his admirable service to Canada and his accomplished career in the RCAF is his incredible determination.  He was unsuccessful in the 2008 astronaut selection, but never let that deter him in his desire to reach his goal. His dedication and success this time literally embodies the RCAF motto: Through Adversity to the Stars!  BZ Joshua!”

19894 Hon. Erin O’Toole, P.C., C.D., M.P.


  • J.D. Smith, 8074

    July 4, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Hello Josh: Congratulations on your selection, and the opportunity to display your superlative skills in the service of Canada. Perhaps it is the conversation with MG Gainer and myself as your group “prepped” for the next day’s training activities in T.O. last April that revealed the excitement and support that all Ex-Cadets feel for you. Best regards and TDV! Smitty, 8074

  • Gerry Stowe

    July 5, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Hello Josh,

    On behalf of the Old Brigade of Ex-Cadets, congratulations on your selection as the latest contribution from RMC to the Canadian Space Agency. What an exciting future awaits you!

    5611 Gerry Stowe
    Adjutant of the Old Brigade

  • Joshua

    July 9, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Bonjour à tous,

    Merci pour vos commentaires aimables. I appreciate the messages, and it’s always great to hear from so many old friends.

    C’est un grande honneur d’être un diplômé du College militaire royale du Canada. As I have said before, I am certain that my time at RMC played a significant role in my success in the astronaut recruitment campaign.

    The last year has been a busy one for me personally, and I am grateful for the outcome. The year has been humbling, and I am fortunate more than anything.

    Jenni and I are quite eager to move to Houston soon (within the next few weeks) and start the adventure at NASA. We will try to keep you posted!


    Joshua Kutryk