Hello Class of 2017


Photos by 26346 Dan Ryan and 26549 Kai Zhao

This past Saturday August 24th, a large group of family & friends were on hand to welcome the recruits who were arriving from Saint-Jean, PQ following a couple of weeks of military training.

The group had little more than an hour to mingle prior to moving across the road to march through the Arch. On hand to give a warm welcome to the families and new recruits was 16888 BGen Al Meinzinger. The first year commandant was accompanied with many other members of the RMCC military staff – both officers and senior non commissioned members. Family, friends, and recruits appeared to appreciate the personal one-on-one face time with the college brass.

22051 Lt (N) Rob Medeiros was in charge of the proceedings in the Field House of the Athletic Centre. He and his supporting staff were well prepared and handled all the issues and questions posed to them by the many excited and anxious family and friends. Overall a very impressive performance.

Hello Class of 2017 – First step in a four year (or more) marathon

WJO with inputs from 25941 OCdt (IV) Daniil Sviajine & 26059 OCdt. (IV) Luke Morrison

The Royal Military College of Canada Class of 2017 marched through the Memorial Arch on moving inwards signifying their inauguration into the college. Family and friends gathered to watch the recruits undergo this tradition, which only occurs twice during a cadet’s time at the College. The only other time the class marches through the Arch will be following their graduation in May of 2017 when they move outwards.

This year, the contingent was made up of 178 RMC 1st year recruits, College Militaire Royal de St. Jean-sur-Richelieu 2nd year cadets and Otter Sqn 1st years consisting of previously non-commissioned members who have enrolled in the University Training Plan Non Commissioned Members (UTPNCM) program. The contingent then marched onto the parade square where the cadet senior leadership were ready to greet them. The II, III & IV Years on the parade square then performed the classic college cheer. The 1st years were then given a welcoming speech by the universally highly respected, Director of Cadets, 19706 LCol Patrick Lemyre. The second year Director of Cadets informed them of the challenges they will face, and obstacles they will triumph as a team.

For five weeks the recruits will undergo the First Year Orientation Program (FYOP) which will come to a close after the completion of the obstacle course. It will be on that weekend, 27 & 28 September that the cadets are given their RMC cap badge, by a member of the Old Brigade signifying their belonging to the RMC family.

Best wishes to all members of the Class of 2017 during FYOP and beyond.

Click here to view more photos from this RMC event


  • Stuart Valair

    August 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Fantastic! What a welcome for the class & family! We were fortunate to attend the event and very much enjoyed the write-up and pictures taken. We are very impressed on the development of including family to support the student and how fast this information was uploaded. It is wonderful that the family members who couldn’t attend are provided with this resource and detailed account of the event. Thank you for providing this resource. Bravo!

  • John R. Graham

    August 26, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    “Welcome”? With family?

    That’s not how I remember our reception at Royal Roads in 1981 after a long drive in buses from Chilliwack. We were told to shut the heck up and get our baggage out of the bellies of the buses and if you didn’t lay your hands on your own duffel bag within about two minutes you were told very loudly that you were probably in the wrong place and should go back to your mother.

    Now they let your mother come with you? Interesting change!

  • Stuart Valair

    August 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Well John, I think you’re reading more into it…mothers weren’t with them and we had limited time with the student, there is no going to the residence or being involved with the retrieval of their bags. The students are still yelled at and given a precise short time to retrieve their bags from a vast pile. Don’t worry, they’re not soft on them, I’m glad that the structure & training is still very much present. In the late 70s we didn’t have the internet to provide pictures & updated information; I see this as a welcome change to provide support.

  • Karen MacPherson

    August 26, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    As a parent who was unable to attend this was a great opportunity to “see” the events unfold. Thank you for sharing.

  • Linda Tailleur Paquet

    August 27, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Great work!!! thank you for the considerate welcome and this great coverage of the event. This makes it possible for us to share pictures and texts with the extended family,. All of whom could mot attend and if they had, would have been an overwhelming crowd in themselves.
    We look forward to reading later issues.

    All the best, Jean Pierre and Linda Paquet

  • Randy and Shelley Aalders

    August 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Thank you so much for providing pictures especially for us parents who couldn’t be there!!!!! Please continue keeping everyone updated!!

  • G620 Andy Osburn

    August 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks very much for the great article and photos. It was terrific to see the picture of our oldest son 25725 A/Slt Brennen Osburn (Class 2013) welcoming his younger brother Mitchell as one of the class of 2017.