FYOP Leaders Have Their Say

Caption: Lt (N) Rob Medeiros, FYOP Course Officer

FYOP Leaders Have Their Say

By 27832 OCdt (II) Pablo Cardona, 12 Sqn, e-Veritas Chief Correspondent

As most of the first year cadets will learn in the coming weeks, leadership is critical to the success of any military operation. Without effective leaders, no plan, no matter how effective, can come to fruition. As such, the success of FYOP relies heavily on the commitment of its leadership team.

For the next four weeks, FYOP leaders will devote most of their time to ensuring the success of the Class of 2020. Their efforts will produce motivated, physically fit and spirited cadets who will be more than ready to join their peers in the Cadet Wing.

Recognizing the importance of the FYOP leadership team, I spoke one-on-one with a few of FYOP’s key figures:

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Lt (N) Rob Medeiros, FYOP Course Officer

What are your main responsibilities as the course officer for FYOP?

“Starting right from the beginning the main responsibilities are to set up FYOP so that we have an opportunity for success for the OCdts. It’s a very complicated period so we want to be able to manage their stress level and ensure that we’ve done the training for our staff so that all of our cadets will succeed and join the Wing at Reunion weekend badging parade.”

Would you mind explaining, in very broad terms, what FYOP will entail this year?

“FYOP’s going to be quite challenging for them, it’s going to be physically demanding. There’s a lot of PT and a lot of sports going on so they’re going to be tired. There’s going to be a lot of stress on them in terms of meeting timings and the purpose of that is to teach them how to succeed at RMC. Time management is huge. In addition we want to indoctrinate them further into the military and bring forth the traditions of the College so they have an appreciation for the history and the tradition.”

What advice would you give to the Class of 2020 to be successful during FYOP?

“One large piece of advice is the mental readiness tools. Visualize your end goal. Be able to prepare, perform, recover and just remember that FYOP, as difficult as, it is not the end of the world.”

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OCdt (IV) Peel, CFL Fighter Flight

What are you looking forward to most as a CFL?

“The thing I’m looking forward to most is seeing how my comsecs execute my plan for FYOP and train the first years.”

Why did you decide to become FYOP Staff?

“Last year I was FYOP staff, I was a comsec, and I had a lot of fun doing it. It was very rewarding for me, I felt accomplished training the first years and I just wanted to get that feeling again.”

What advice do you have for your first years?

“My advice for the first years is to always put drive into what they’re doing, always try their hardest and always respect the staff.”

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OCdt (IV) Raymond, CFL Hunter Flight

What are you looking forward to most about being a FYOP CFL?

“It’s all about mentorship. We got a lot of young adults coming in here, a lot of them are new to the military and you’re the first impression that they have. You have four weeks with them and you set their course for the four years. The best thing you can do is lead well and hope that you have a lasting impact on them.”

What was the most rewarding thing about being FYOP staff?

“Seeing the obstacle course and seeing your cadets get badged after the obstacle course. Seeing the four weeks of hard work they put in come to fruition on the obstacle course. My flight came third last year and seeing that was probably one of my proudest moments at this College.”

What advice do you have for your first cadets?

“Give 100% at all times, respect yourselves and respect your flight mates. Remain professional and try your best. It’ll be four weeks, it’ll be hard but they’ll get through it.”