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  • Mike Kennedy

    December 10, 2019 at 11:32 am

    As we know, one of the cadets who appears in the photo of the swim team from 1976 later went on to become CWC of his class (1979) and eventually, rose to the position of CDS.
    Sadly, another of the cadets who appears in the same photo from 1976 was released that same year as a result of inability to complete the PF test. From what I have been told by a mutual friend, his problem was that he could not pass the 1.5 mile run. He was, however, a champion swimmer who routinely won competitions, and if he had been allowed to swim the cardiovascular endurance component of the test, his scores would undoubtedly been off the charts.
    The release of this individual (who later went on to a very successful career in the private sector) represented a great loss for both RMC and the Canadian Forces. I made reference to this unfortunate situation in an article about physical fitness published in e-Veritas on April 2, 2017. It is tragic illustration of the the kind of rigid thinking that prevailed at the College during that era, something that at times could lead to very regrettable consequences.

  • J. R. Digger MacDougall

    December 10, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Mike,
    Thanks for the comment. I hear you.
    A couple of years back I read an article by Gosnel on Rigid Leaders: How rigidity sabotages organizations. I think we use to call this a management/leadership issue “Doing things right v.s. doing the right thing”.