From varsity volleyball player reservist student to CSL

From varsity volleyball player reservist student to CSL:

26902 OCdt (IV) Michael Peet – CSL Squadron – Honours Business Administration, 00328 Logistics

What was your motivation to attend military college?

I have always enjoyed combining athletics and education and have done so throughout my entire life. My post secondary goal was to play varsity athletics while earning my degree but I never envisioned a military career until I met coach Leknois.

While attending a club volleyball tournament in high school, my dad approached him to ask for information regarding the basketball team – which was my main sport at the time. After seeing me play volleyball, coach Leknois approached me and said he wanted me to play volleyball and I will always be grateful to him for opening that door to RMC.

One thing led to another and before I knew it, I was a reservist student, playing volleyball for RMC. During my first year at RMC as a reservist student, I really got to know RMC and fell in love with the school and the military lifestyle. The following year I was accepted into the ROTP program and the rest is history.

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What is your most favourable memory of your time at RMCC?

I have had a lot of memorable moments at RMC, both athletically as a member of the Men’s Volleyball Team, and also as a cadet. However, my most memorable moment is definitely the First Year Orientation Program (FYOP) Obstacle Course. This was one of the most physically demanding, yet rewarding experiences I have ever had in my life. After 5 grueling weeks of FYOP, being able to come together with my flight mates to complete the extremely difficult course, was amazing. The obstacle course requires a combination of personal will and team work. The feeling of crossing the finish line with my flight mates and my parents running beside me is something I will never forget.

What– in your opinion– makes a good leader?

I think a good leader is someone who leads by example. I am a true believer that “actions speak louder than words”. It is important to always ‘say what you mean and mean what you say’. Once the individuals you lead come to realize you are a man of your word you will earn their loyalty and trust upon which you can build an effective and powerful leadership base. A leader should never expect more from their subordinates than they are willing to do themselves.

How will you verify that those you lead are passing on your input to their subordinates?

The ability to trust subordinates is a key component to being a good leader. I think it is important to give your subordinates the opportunity to grow and develop as their own individual leaders. My role is to guide them and to provide the parameters and goals we need to achieve. There are many ways to accomplish goals and I feel it is important to allow my subordinates the opportunity to select the method that fits them best without micro managing how they get it done.

What does Truth, Duty, Valour (TDV) mean to you?

TDV is a not only a college motto but it has become my personal motto which I try to live my life by. For me, trust is a big thing and ties in with my point earlier regarding ‘actions over words’. It is easy to say all the right things but being an authentic person who is true to themselves is something I constantly strive to do. Obviously, being trained to be future officers, we have a duty to serve and lead members of the CAF. I try to develop myself as a leader everyday in order to fulfill my future duty. In terms of valour, it is important to act in an honourable way as we are now a representation of the CAF and Canada as well.

What makes your Squadron unique and / or special?

Camaraderie and squadron spirit is something we take pride in as members of 2 squadron! We have a close connection and support each and every member of our squadron. There is mutual understanding that we share and is evident in everything we do together.