Restoration of RMC Saint-Jean as a University
The RMC Club is exceptionally pleased that the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, announced his intention to restore RMC Saint-Jean to university status as reflected in his remarks of 17 May 2016.
The RMC Club of Canada unequivocally welcomes this announcement and urges the Government to implement it as quickly as possible. The return of degree granting status to RMC Saint-Jean will provide additional depth and capacity to officer production, provide new and relevant degree options, and will serve to foster greater bilingualism and recruitment of francophone officers for the military. In that regard, the Minister’s initiative will greatly benefit the Canadian Armed Forces. TDV/VDV!
RMC Club Board of Directors
Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean to be university again – Article
Collège militaire de Saint-Jean: oui au statut universitaire – Article
What Ex Cadets & others are saying about it!!
What Ex Cadets & others have to say…
Devashish Paul Started unilingual anglo (actually I spoke 3 languages none of which were French) graduated bilingual (I suppose quad lingual) and I guess was enriched for life having doing that, but I’d have been better off spending all that time learning French on Mandarin or Spanish. French, as it turns out is a fairly localized language limited to Canada, France and some francophone nations (just over 1 percent of the world), none of which I do business with. I can say the same thing of my mother tongue which is the 7th most spoken languange on the planet by population, but which you really don’t need to use either. If you know Mandarin, English and Spanish you cover 25% of the world. But I digress, it is quite useful in Quebec and France when I visit either and I am thankful that CMR will once again grant degrees. But it brings up another question….would our officers have a more rounded education with the option of learning other languages given Canada’s international focus?
Stuart Moors, M.S.C., C.D. I started at CMR and I owe my bilingualism capability, which was extremely useful over my CAF/RCN career, to my three years of study in Saint Jean. A strong desire to enjoy a date at age 18 is about the best motivation available to learn a language.
Stan Benda, Ph.D. (Law) And Royal Roads??
Louis Rousseau This is good news for our young leaders in the CAF.
Robert Sevigny, CPA, CMA, MBA An institution that allowed me to meet life long friends, a recognized education and a solid leadership culture. It is a pleasure to see it rejuvenate.
Bryan Drummond A 3 year BA in nothing special? Surely they could’ve done something better than that!
Jean-Pierre Vachon À Paul Devashish: en réponse à votre question, si vous croyez au Canada, si vous êtes Canadien, et surtout si vous aspirez à commander des Canadiens, vous avez plutôt intérêt à parler couramment les 2 langues fondatrices de notre pays. Le français est parlé par le quart des Canadiens. Dans ces circonstances, le mandarin ou l’espagnol ne sert pas à grand chose.
Alex Raiche-Marsden I have to echo Stu’s comments, many skills acquired at CMR have served me well thus far in life, from standing around doing nothing at parades, dreading the drill staff but enjoying their humour and respecting the hell out of them by the time you left , to putting meaning into the word loyalty, be it for ones classmates, Squadron, College or Country. By the way Stu, Iberville – Esc 5, was the best, including the mattress wars! ;-)
Andrew McBride All this does is screw over the West once again :(
Yvonne Pratt Quel surprise
Patrick Rhéaume-Espinoza, RMC, MPA Having personally been through RMCC and RMCSJ recently, I can only expect a positive-constructivism outcome for both Royal Military Colleges by augmenting the pool of qualified excellent young leaders and a profitable Return On Investment for the CAF and the Canadian nation in its whole.
W. Allan D. Yuill, OMM, CD3 I left the College in 1956 after completing three years and with an Academic Assessment from the College of “Best of Luck in your Army Career” I continued my then 6 years in the Regular Army ending up in the late 1980s as a BGen Deputy Force Commander of the UN Force in Syria. Not a bad run !! I have many fond memories of the College and of the friends and am very pleased to see that it will be a degree granting institution.
Marc Pérusse Just to make sure, from what is written in the article, we are talking only about one non specialised undergrad program. It is not mentioned if it is intended for ROTP students or continuing education, they do not mention what is the expected throughput, and more importantly, they do not mention how that will impact the annual officer- cadet, francophone OR anglophone, intake for the entire CAF.
Stephen Kalyta I think this is great news for CMR, and Quebec for that matter. Once again we will have a college that encourages a bilingual experience for Anglophones, like me, whom seek to immerse themselves into the surrounding french culture. I was at CMR from 85-90 (Kalyta 17160) and celebrated my 25th anniversary with some classmates, (far too few) last Fall. The nostalgic connection with old friends was at times superseded by a feeling that the College was being cheated of its full potential. Hopefully now this feeling is in the past where it belongs. I offer a heartfelt salute to all former cadets (serving and non-serving) who are responsible for this monumental shift in policy. For those of us whom are not directly responsible, we can show our support for the College by attending events in support of Club des Anciens as well as the cadets. We need to show these young cadets we are there for them as mentors and guides by being present and active at the College.
Philip Henderson For Bryan Drummond – where is talk of a 3 year degree coming from? That isn’t what it was before, and I am sure it won’t be this time. CMR class of 78.
David Fermor As Phil points out, it appears per the story that CMR will be working toward degree programs, details pending. That’s excellent news. As Alex points out, CMR gave me skills I didn’t even recognize let alone fully appreciate throughout my career in the military and subsequently as a physician in a tertiary care trauma centre. It was the best model for bilingual education I’ve yet seen. CMR ’79.
Tim Marshall Now all we need to do is get Roads back, somehow. :)
Don Leslie I graduated from CMR in 1979 but my degree is from l’Universite de Sherbrooke. That’s how it was done back then. This would be a great step forward as my degree always had that hollow feeling to it.