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CDS Message: Russell Williams

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Canadian Forces’ Decoration book launched

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Caption: Graeme Duke-Gibbs, Royal Military College of Canada Liaison Officer discussed the advantages of attending Royal Military College at the university information fair held at Simcoe Composite School on Tuesday Oct 19th, 2010.

Students get look at future education options

Graeme Duke-Gibbs said military college is becoming increasingly popular among both male and female students.”Current events (particularly Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan) has a lot to do with it,” he said. “And in the end, you’re guaranteed a job.”

Duke-Gibbs provides information on the 36 different officer-level careers available at the school. If RMC or another post-secondary school is the option, acceptance means tuition and school expenses are covered and then the graduate is required to serve with the forces after graduation.

Regardless of the stream, all who enlist are expected to have a good level of fitness, skills suited to their career and a willingness to become bilingual. RMC students or civil university students enrolled in the regular officer training program have these bars to top prior to graduation.

The appeal of RMC, Justin Ferrie of Simcoe Composite School said, was the prospect of having his education paid for and having a guaranteed job upon graduation. “It’s also a way of helping out your country,” Ferrie said.

Representatives of all 21 of Ontario’s universities set up information tables in the Simcoe Composite School gym giving students a one-stop shopping opportunity. Ontario universities have worked together for about 10 years in putting on the information sessions at local highschools. Even though technology has allowed students to check out information on-line, these events are still important. Read the article


On Monday Oct 18th, 2010 a rehersal was held for a presentation later that week on the grounds of the Royal Military College of Canada on the perils United Nations military observers can face.

Several scenarios were played out for training development officers attending the CanadianDefence Academy at RMC. The harrowing scenes could happen anywhere that Canadian military personnel are serving as United Nations observers.

Canadian forces personnel from CFB Kingston portrayed United Nations observers as well as frantic villagers begging them to intervene as police officers beat a relative. In another scene, a helpless man was forced by two rogue police officers to dig his own grave as his terrified family frantically pleaded with two passing Canadian soldiers to intervene. Source and more photos