Commandant starts year off with friendly town halls with all years

Commandant starts year off with friendly town halls with all years

By: 27111 NCdt Alek Robaczewski 3 SQN – e-Veritas correspondant

We told each other stories about our respective summer training, as we made way to our seats in RMC’s most emblematic room, Currie Hall. It was time to get ready for a new academic year, the last one for some of us, the first of four for others.

As is customary, Brigadier-General Sean Friday, the Commandant, had invited First Year Orientation Period (FYOP) cadets, the second years, third years and fourth years, consecutively, to a friendly “town hall” meeting.

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After the welcome greetings, he took the time to congratulate those of us who had moved on to the next milestone (or the first) of their RMC adventure, and reminded how important it was for an exemplary aspiring officer to stand by the College’s values, Truth, Duty, Valour.

In particular, he stressed to the senior Cadets and those holding positions how capital it was to lead by example, so as to demonstrate the all-importance of professionalism to the recruits (ever so important at this time of the year. First impressions are hard to forget!) The opportunity was also used to introduce the new college Chief, Chief Warrant Officer Hoegi, who spoke of the importance of caring for and relying on each other, especially during the most difficult and stressful of times.

Handshakes between Squadron mates were shared, friendships were renewed, questions were asked, answers were given. Major changes to the RMC program were explained, the highlight being the upcoming Resiliency training that is eventually to be offered.

All in all, a good start to what is certain to be a good year!