From the mouths of first years: FYOP end in sight

FYOP: First Year Perspective: Week three in the books!

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

Due the nature of FYOP, we  haven’t been able to speak or interact much with the First Years, much to the detriment of our coverage. Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of OCdt Simon Ewing, the FYOP IC, we have been in contact with first years from multiple flights for their perspective on this unique time in their lives.

Following is another installment from a number of first years:

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Name: OCdt Bédard

College #: 28149

Trade: Logistics

Squadron/Flight: Fighter Flight, 2 Sqn

Degree program: Arts

1. How did you hear about RMC and what made you want to pursue your education here?

I learned about RMC through friends that had previously applied and through recruiting briefs at my high school.

2. What has been the most challenging aspect of FYOP so far? What has been your favourite aspect?

The most challenging aspect has been the drastic change between my old routine to this one. My favourite aspect has been the physical challenge that FYOP puts us through.

3. Could you describe why going through FYOP is an important first step towards your goal of becoming an Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces?

It pushes you to your limits and beyond and emphasizes the importance of teamwork. Both aspects are important in one’s military career.

4. What does teamwork mean to you and how has your flight learned to work as a team in the past few days?

Teamwork means that many individuals come together to achieve a greater, probably unattainable on one’s own. It means that our weaknesses and our strengths, when put together, create something bigger and stronger than ourselves. It also means that individuals do not work for themselves but for the better of the team.

Name: OCdt Gorman

College #: 28131

Trade: Infantry

Squadron/Flight: Papa Flight, 5 Sqn

Degree program: Arts

1. How did you hear about RMC and what made you want to pursue your education here?

I heard about RMC through my father who was in the military. The four pillars of bilingualism, physical fitness, academics and leadership made me want to attend RMC to better myself.

2. What has been the most challenging aspect of FYOP so far? What has been your favourite aspect?

The most challenging aspect of FYOP is learning to accept failure as a team. My favourite aspect of FYOP is seeing my physical fitness greatly improve over a short period of time.

3. Could you describe why going through FYOP is an important first step towards your goal of becoming an Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces?

FYOP pushes you both mentally and physical. It is of the utmost importance as an officer to be able to function under stress and lead by example.

4. What does teamwork mean to you and how has your flight learned to work as a team in the past few days?

Teamwork to me is the complete cohesion between a group of people. As a team you need to communicate efficiently, respect one another, help each other, succeed together and accept failure together. My flight learned to work as a team through inspections and physical discipline.

We needed to work together to have good inspections because if one person was not ready then nobody was. Every one also had a moment where a mistake caused the flight to do PT.

We learned not to get mad at each other as we all eventually made a mistake and then went on to correct each other’s mistakes in the future.

Name: OCdt Tulloch

College #: 28145

Trade: Logistics

Squadron/Flight: Warrior Flight, 9 Sqn

Degree program: Arts

1. How did you hear about RMC and what made you want to pursue your education here?

My father is in the Air Force as an Avionics Technician in 427 Squadron and he suggested that I joined as an officer to lead. RMC’s structured system and the career following it appealed to me.

2. What has been the most challenging aspect of FYOP so far? What has been your favourite aspect?

The timings are difficult and trying to get 21 people to meet those timings is even harder. My favourite part of FYOP is the training that is preparing us to be successful for the next four years.

3. Could you describe why going through FYOP is an important first step towards your goal of becoming an Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces?

It gives us an idea of how hard things can be and pushes our limits mentally and physically, farther and farther each time we succeed.

4. What does teamwork mean to you and how has your flight learned to work as a team in the past few days?

Teamwork, to me, means that a group of people work together to achieve a common, specific goal. We have learned our strengths and weaknesses and combined our unique skills together to facilitate our success as a team.