As another busy year in the history of our College draws to a close, it is appropriate to reflect for a moment on its aims and ideals.
Back in 1874 it became apparent that it was necessary to have better qualified officers in the Army. The Annual Report on the State of the Militia for that year recommended the establishment of a high class military school in Canada. It went on to say, “An institution at which men could secure a superior military and scientific training would produce results alike beneficial to the Dominion and those who join for instruction.” Since 1876 the College has maintained the basic aim, and the contribution of ex-cadets to our country in peace and in war is something about which we can be proud.
With the passing years the curriculum has changed from time time to keep pace with military needs until today the College is tri-service in character and with a training and education programme designed to fulfill the requirements of the three services. During this time one thing has never changed and must never change. That is the requirement to live up to, the spirit and meaning of our motto: TRUTH-DUTY-VALOUR.
With the increasing complexity of the military art, with the expansion of the services, with our national and international commitments, the demand is very great for officers trained to a high standard mentally, morally and physically. Only the best can shoulder the responsibilities thrust upon them. In the slow transition from youth to a mature young man, the cadet has a unique opportunity at the College of receiving instruction and guidance in the officer training and academic qualifications required regardless of the service of his choice. Behind this training and education is the constant effort to foster self-discipline in our cadets – a most essential quality of an officer. To improve the quality of our training and educational programme is our constant task. To have our graduates go on to success in their chosen careers is the only reward the College desires.
To the cadets who are graduating this year, remember on thing: you will always be an ex-cadet. To those cadets who have yet to graduate, you are enjoined to prepare yourselves to the best of your ability for the challenge ahead. May success attend your efforts.
– The Commandant.
A FINAL WORD
We are now at the close of another college year. Some of us are destined to go out into civilian or military life, others to return here in September for further training. To those who will return I wish success in their academics and appointments.
The Cadet Wing this year has been the largest in the history of the College. This has introduced many difficulties with respect to sports, accommodation, and messing. Next year the College will be even larger with an estimated 460 cadets. The problems we have faced this year will be greatly magnified. Certain changes are necessary to improve control, leadership training, and discipline. To those in the senior years these new procedures will not be welcome because a cadet, like any other human being, hates change. I think if you review the revisions which will occur you will see that they are all necessary solutions to a difficult problem.
There seems to be a fear in the Cadet Wing that the academic standards of the College will drop following the proposed changes. This isn’t so. None of the time now spent on academics will be interfered with. The military phases will merely be broadened to improve the leadership training and efficiency.
Many difficulties were encountered in September in organizing and preparing the procedures for the Wing and squadrons. Even though a fourth year likes to set up the year’s methods of operation on its own, there are certain basic procedures and forms required basic procedures and forms required every year. In the past years the fourth year has had no guide as to administrative requirements of the squadrons. An attempt is being made to help next year’s fourth year in their jobs by leaving behind files on the various duties, events, forms, procedures, ect. It is hoped that these files will be passed on from year to year, with additions as necessary, to ease the burdens on cadet officers who are trying to train recruits and set up a squadron at the same time.
The spirit this year has been good but still leaves a great deal to be desired. The attendance at college sports is an example of this. The poor turnout throughout the autumn and winter seasons certainly doesn’t leave a very good impression on visiting teams and spectators.
To the third year I wish every success in their duties next year. The size of the Wing will present a real challenge to their leadership and ingenuity.
– No. 3403, C.W.C. G.M. Kirby.