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History of RMC Squadron Names

By: 8057 Ross McKenzie (RMC ’70)

In the pre-Second World War period the Cadet organization was called a Battalion, and the sub-units were called Companies, (e.g.: “A” Company). With the 1948 re-opening of RMC as a cadet College, and its reinvention as a tri-service institution (vice just an army College), the Cadet organization took on an air force name- the Cadet Wing. The sub-units also were called by air force names- Squadrons, Flights and Sections.
Naming Squadrons after famous historic people was a custom introduced in 1948.

1948

# 1 (Frontenac) Squadron
# 2 (LaSalle) Squadron.
#3 (Hudson) Squadron

1950 At the start of academic year 1950-51 a new Squadron was created-

# 4 (Brock) Squadron

1955 At the start of the academic year 1955-56 there were four new squadrons created (since the College did not double its intake, these Squadrons would have been smaller in size)-

#5 (Pontiac) Squadron
#6 (Brant) Squadron -first Squadron Commander was Captain Collingwood, first CSL was O/C
#3662 Doug McCarter
#7 (Wolfe) Squadron
#8 (Montcalm) Squadron

1959 For the academic year 1959-60 the Squadrons were renamed “Flights”

Frontenac Flight
LaSalle Flight
Hudson Flight
Brock Flight
Pontiac Flight
Brant Flight
Wolfe Flight
Montcalm Flight

1960 For the year 1960-61 a new Flight was added (why the change in listing order was made was not noted, but without numbers maybe the order of listing has no significance.)

Frontenac Flight
Hudson Flight
LaSalle Flight
Brock Flight
Pontiac Flight
Brant Flight
Montcalm Flight
Wolfe Flight
Tecumseh Flight

1961 For the year 1961-62 -the term Squadron was reintroduced and some of the Flights were combined to make up fewer, but larger, sub-units. Five new Squadrons were created.

# 1 (Hudson) Squadron
#2 (LaSalle Squadron)
#3 (Pontiac) Squadron
#4 (Frontenac) Squadron
#5 (Brock) Squadron

1972 By the year 1971-72 – two addition Squadrons exist- (They may have been created a few years earlier but the Reviews from the mid-60s are useless as historic records, so I’m not sure of the exact date of reactivation.)

# 6 Brant Squadron
# 7 Wolfe Squadron

7 Comments

  • Doug (Shag) Southen

    April 1, 2008 at 10:07 am

    By the time I arrived at RMC in 1975 (after two years at Royal Roads), there were 8 squadrons, two of them being “bilingual” (2 Sqn and 7 Sqn). 8 Sqn was called Mackenzie Squadron but was primarily known as “Slack Mack.” If memory serves me, they had the dubious distinction of being left of line all year. The Stone Frigate was right of line all year in 1976-1977.

    In those years, positions from right to left on the square were decided by how well a sqn (and/or its members) performed on a number of sports, military, and academic endeavours. For example, the finishing position of every cadet on the Wing Harriers was calculated, and weighted into the decision. I think they shuffled things about four times per year.

    Yay Stone!

    Yay Boat!

    Yay yay Stone Boat!

    Shag

  • Dave Wightman

    April 1, 2008 at 11:13 am

    I was CSL of #1 Squadron in the Frigate for the year 1953/54. I don’t ever remember it being referred to as Frontenac Squadron. It was always #1 Squadron, on and off parade. We were right of the line that year too!
    3334 Dave Wightman

  • John McManus

    April 1, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    I remember the formation of the “new” 8 (Mackenzie) Squadron in September 1973. The unfortunate sods that were drafted had to leave their parent Squadrons (1-7) and to share Fort Haldiman with 4 (Frontenac) Squadron.

    Having spent 1974-76 in 1 (Hudson) Squadron, we (like Dave Wightman) spent the bulk of our 2 years right of the line. I think that having our windows broken and getting the crap kicked out of us in the Annual Frigate Snowball fight helped us to bond. With the creation of 8 Squadron, we were the only Squadron that “owned” our own building!

    10973 John McManus

  • Alex Keeling

    April 3, 2008 at 10:46 am

    This is very interesting to see the progression laid out like this. It would be even more interesting if the author had continued up to the present!

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    Alex Keeling

  • Bill Oliver

    April 3, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Hi Alex & All: We expect to have the complete history in a future edition of e-Veritas.

    Stay tuned.

    Bill Oliver

  • Don Peterson

    April 7, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    #6 Brant and #7 Wolfe Squadrons were definitely in play for college year 1969-70. Cadet Squadron Leaders were: #1 Hudson (SFMA) – Don Peterson; #2 LaSalle – Marc Garneau;
    #3 Pontiac – Bill Simmons; #4 Frontenac – Randy Palmer; #5 Brock – John Croll; #6 Brant – Trev Owen; and #7 Wolfe – Tom Oystrick.

  • Jason Correia

    April 14, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    If it’s any consolation Mr. McManus, we’re still Right of Line (yr 07-08) and we still get the crap kicked out of us in snowball fights!

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    Jason Correia