Class of 2020: Rooks & Family Perspective

Class of 2020: Rooks & Family Perspective

By: 27832 OCdt (II) Pablo Cardona, 12 Sqn, e-Veritas Chief Correspondent

On Saturday August 27, 2016, a new chapter began for the brand new Class of 2020. That afternoon, the brand new first years, fresh from Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS), were eagerly awaiting the beginning of the Memorial Arch Parade. Prior the parade, they were given a chance to meet with their families at the Kingston Military Community Sports Centre (KMCSC).

Emotions ran high as parents said goodbye to their children. Although it’s always hard to say goodbye, most were excited to see their child embark on a new adventure and join the proud ranks of RMC.

I had the chance to speak with numerous cadets and their loved ones on this momentous occasion. Here’s what they had to say:


“I look forward to learning how to better serve my country and demonstrate skills, techniques and abilities of a proper member of the Canadian Forces”

– OCdt (I) Molzan, 12 Sqn “

“FYOP appears terrifying, the military so far has been good, supportive, challenging but rewarding. Every day you feel like you’ve done something and it’s exciting to come to RMC with a lot of like-minded people”

– OCdt (I) Macdiarmid, 6 Sqn

“I think it’s great that he’s moving on in life to work with a great institution and I look forward to his future in the military”

– Gordon Wight parent of OCdt (I) Wight

“I feel pretty good about joining, but I’m pretty nervous about FYOP”

– OCdt (I) Buell

“I’m super excited for him, I just think it’s an amazing opportunity for him.”

– Mrs Wendy Mason mother of OCdt (I) Mason

“I told him to keep his head down, keep his knees pumping and to soldier on. I’m happy, it’s a great program, I’m proud to have gone through it and I’m very happy that he chose to follow that program”

– 19186 Mr. Chis Legere (Class of ’94), father of OCdt (I) Legere

“It’s more of like a family thing, both sides of my dad and mother’s family were actually in the military. I just find the career development and the career-long learning and advancement is an awesome an amazing part of joining.”

– OCdt (I) Naismith, 8 Sqn

“I’m looking forward to it because it’s going to be a big challenge with PT, drill, and just to learn the ropes around here”

OCdt (I) Seed, 3 Sqn

“At first I was nervous but it’s only five weeks, so I’ll just go through it day by day.”

– OCdt (I) Oh, 12 Sqn

“I came here because I saw it as opportunity to do a little more than just go to university. As for FYOP, I’m pretty excited, I’ve heard it’s tough but if it was easy everybody would do it. I’m proud to be here”

– OCdt (I) Haddow, 8 sqn

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