The Class of 2023 Officially Joins the Cadet Wing
Article by 28560 OCdt (III) Bennett Dickson
Photos by Corporal Brandon Liddy, RMC Public Affairs
September 14th was a day that will go down in the memory of every First Year that just completed their three-week orientation period known as FYOP. It marks the day the First Years will receive their famous RMC Cap Badges.
Early Saturday morning, the Cadet Wing fell onto the parade square wearing the tradition scarlet-red uniform. Following a quick inspection, the Class of 2023 joined the parade. For many, this will be their first military parade.
Wearing RMC’s traditional blue uniform, they were greeted with a large round of applause from the hundreds of family, friends, and military personnel in the crowd. Following a quick dressing, the Badging Ceremony began.
The Cadets were met by one of their FYOP section commanders and a member of the Old Brigade (those who entered one of the Canadian military colleges more than 50 years ago). Following a swift but meaningful exchange of words, each Cadet was given a Cap Badge and officially welcomed into RMC as a member of the Cadet Wing.
Some cried, others were lost for words, but everyone was beyond proud. It was surreal.
They then turned and marched in between the files of red uniforms to officially signify themselves as members of the Cadet Wing. For the first time in their RMC careers, the Class of 2023 had the pleasure of marching among their squadrons as full members.
With a sharp eyes right and stomp of their parade boots, they showed the crowd how proud they really were.
Following an advance in review order and march off, First Years had the opportunity to mingle and see family. For many, this was the first time they have been able to for weeks, if not months, and a well-earned way to cap off a memorable event.
For the full list of First Year Cadets joining the Wing please see below. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)
For more photos please see the RMC Facebook Page here.
For the list of prizes and award recipients please see below.
Prize and Award Recipients
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The Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded annually to two in-course students enrolled in CEAB-accredited programs within of the Faculty of Engineering who have demonstrated an equal combination of high academic achievement and leadership through participation in professional affairs and extra-curricular activities. This year’s recipients are:
28236 OCdt Eric Kim
28297 OCdt Xi Lu
The Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education Entrance Scholarships are awarded annually to well-rounded entrance students enrolled in CEAB-Accredited programs within the Faculty of Engineering who have demonstrated a combination of high academic achievement and exhibit characteristics of leadership. As a minimum requirement, recipients must have graduated with an Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diploma with an overall average of at least 80 percent in academic subjects. One of the awards is made to an eligible female student and one to an eligible male student. This year’s recipients are:
29274 OCdt Zachary Cale
29354 OCdt Valerie Cunningham-Reiman
Le Commandant et le Directeur des Élèves-officiers remettrons les prix suivants:
The Hope Medallion is awarded to the recruit showing best potential of leadership during the First Year Orientation Program. The Hope Medallion is presented to:
29274 OCdt Zachary Cale
Le prix du travail d’équipe du Capitaine John Bart est décerné à l’escadrille de première année qui remporte la course à obstacles du Collège. Ce prix est décerné à:
l’Escadron 9 – Escadrille Warrior.
Le Commandant d’Escadrille, Aspirant de marine Cael Halvorsen, va maintenant se présenter pour accepter ce prix au nom de son Escadrille.
The Capt John Bart Leadership Award is presented to the best leader of each Flight during the Obstacle Course. This Award is determined by a vote within First Years, immediately after the Obstacle Course. The winner of each Flight will be hosted to a dinner at a later date. Congratulations to:
1 Sqn Alpha Flight 29281 OCdt Fynn Lystiuk
2 Sqn Fighter Flight 29165 OCdt Layden Bergerman-Twan
3 Sqn Grizzly Flight 29274 OCdt Zachary Cale
4 Sqn Kabelle Flight 29276 OCdt Felipe Loopez-Espinosa
5 Sqn Papa Flight 29164 OCdt Joseph May
6 Sqn Romeo Flight 29212 OCdt Xavier Lavoie
7 Sqn Tango Flight 29279 OCdt Laura Gordon-Guimont
8 Sqn Whiskey Flight 29174 OCdt Gerald Klein
9 Sqn Warrior Flight 29210 OCdt Arielle Picard
10 Sqn Merit Flight 29325 OCdt Olivier-Denis Séguin
11 Sqn Victory Flight 29390 OCdt Antoine Garand
12 Sqn Hunter Flight 29263 OCdt Nora Bright