Photo1: It was 9: 00 a.m. Saturday on the 29th October, 2011 when the 1st of three squadrons departed for the annual 10 km Rucksack March Competition. (Photo credit: RMC Saint-Jean)
Photo2: Throughout the competition, it was a fierce battle for all three challenges between two of the squadrons; however, in the end only one squadron came out on top. (Photo credit: RMC Saint-Jean)
10 km Rucksack March at RMC Saint-Jean
Article by OCdt Riley Perrior
It was 9: 00 a.m. Saturday on the 29th October, 2011 when the 1st of three squadrons departed for the annual 10 km Rucksack March Competition. Every year the entire Officer Cadet Wing takes part in the competition.
This year, the competition was broken into three parts. The first part was the “time on target”; this is essentially how well each squadron can manage their time to arrive at the finish line as close as possible to the target of 1hour 50 minutes. Next was the situational awareness challenge whereby the entire squadron was given roughly 20 questions of pictures and riddles; the squadron had to describe where the picture was in the landscape or solve the riddle. This proved to be one of the harder aspects of the competition due to the fact that most people were fairly tired and because some of the riddles were somewhat unusual and thus more complicated to solve. The final and most demanding challenge of the competition was the “Gazelle team”. The goal of the Gazelle team, which consisted of 15 people (5 Seniors, 5 Juniors, and 5 Preps with a minimum of 2 females), was to complete the last 4 km as fast as possible. The only rule of the challenge was that the marker was to always remain walking for safety reasons. Although this rule was simple to follow in principle, one group in particular struggled with the concept during the real thing.
Many thanks were given out to the supporting staff who very diligently organized and setup the numerous kilometer markers, supervising staff (for safety), and the much needed water station. Throughout the competition, it was a fierce battle for all three challenges between two of the squadrons; however, in the end only one squadron came out on top. Many members of Tracy squadron had a difficult time comprehending why or how Iberville won; however, in the final analysis, it was the squadron and the individual cadets who possessed enough willpower to overcome any obstacle that was set before them, along with the drive to get back on the scoreboard for the Commandant’s cup.
The event ended with a few encouraging words by the Director of Cadets, Major Archambault, concerning the benefits of working as a team and the hard work done by all officer cadets. After the announcement of the final standing (Iberville 1st, Tracy 2nd, and Richelieu 3rd), the cadets were dismissed and had the remainder of the day to prepare for the Halloween party that night.
Les élèves-officiers du CMR Saint-Jean participent à Opération Visibilité
– un article de l’Élève-officier Rochon
Le 31 octobre dernier, lors de la traditionnelle soirée d’Halloween, les élèves-officier du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean ont participé, en collaboration avec poste Canada, les services de pompiers et de police de la ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, à l’«Opération visibilité». Cette dernière avait pour but de promouvoir la sécurité et la visibilité des enfants des municipalités de Saint-Jean et de Saint-Luc en leur distribuant des colliers luminescents. Les résidents de la région ont apprécié que l’on s’attarde à la sécurité de leurs enfants et ceux-ci étaient très enthousiastes à l’idée de rencontrer des militaires. La soirée s’étant très bien déroulé, nous tenons à remercier tous ceux et celles qui ont participé de près ou de loin à la visibilité et la sécurité des enfants, que se soit en distribuant des colliers ou assurant une présence visant à faire la promotion de la sécurité. De plus, nous tenons à accorder un merci tout spécial aux services de police et de pompiers qui assurent la sécurité des résidents toute l’année durant.
À l’année prochaine!