RMC, Professional Development Briefs

Feature photo by: OCdt Louis Saulnier

Professional Development – 14 Feb

I Years

Compiled by: 28477 NCdt Jordan Carmichael

W.O. Chuck Ansell

This week’s PD was conducted by our squadron Warrant Officer, WO Ansell. He delivered a pair of briefs to us, each one speckled with his signature brand of humor. The first brief he conducted informed us on the duties of cadets with “bar positions,” drawing parallels to West Point’s NCM cadet ranks. He outlined the chain of command and one’s role, depending on where they fell on the totem pole. The biggest takeaway was the fact that once cadets leave RMC, they will immediately be responsible for others. The problems a bar position must deal with at RMC pale in comparison to the issues an officer will have to sort out in the CAF. The value of this brief was that it is important to know your role, and get practice in leadership positions so that you are better equipped to deal with situations in the future.

The Second Brief the Warrant delivered was an informative talk about the Nijmegen team, and the opportunities it provides. He outlined the nature of the team’s activities: a four-day march with a weighted pack, in which members must travel 140 kilometers in the 4 days, averaging about 35 kilometers per day. WO Ansell gave a brief history on the team, as well as the event, outlining that 2017 marked the 101st year of the march. Of those 101 years, Canada has participated for 65. The march is done in CADPAT, and the minimum weight of your patrol-pack must be 10 kilograms, or greater. The march counts as your summer OJE, and practices are conducted from May to July beforehand. The trip is entirely subsidized by the Government of Canada, so the Warrant gave us a gentle reminder to make sure we paid our taxes this year! Another plus to the trip is a tour of several large battlefields form the First World War including; Vimy, Passchendaele, and Ypres. It seemed to interest many of the first-year Cadets present, and sounded like a very rewarding experience.

II Years

Professional Development Public Affairs Brief

Presenter: Capt. Leah Campbell – RMC, Public Affairs Officer

Compiled by: 27908 OCdt. Jacques D. Pecora

Badge of the Public Affairs Branch

It is important for cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada, as well as all members of the Canadian Armed Forces, to understand how they can, and should, interact with the media. It is for this reason that a public affairs brief is given to each member of the CAF every year of their career. The role of the public affairs branch of the CAF is to build trust with the media, tell the story of the CAF, and increase public understanding of the CAF.

The Public Affairs Policy allows any member of the CAF to share with media their own experiences or information in their area of expertise. This is given that the information or experience is allowed to be shared in accordance with operational security. It is enforced that while interacting with the media, no member shall give information that endangers other people, give their opinions on government or policies, or discredit the CAF or any of its members.

Every member should always remember that if they do not know the answer to a question from the media, they should refer the media to their chain of command.

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III Year – Cancelled

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IV Year

Compiled by: 27492 OCdt. Christian Mycroft

Today’s 4th year PMT was a presentation on the relocation services available to forces members and the conditions under which relocation occurs. This presentation was given by members of the COR staff with whom us as 4th years will be working with very soon for our relocation post-graduation. The presentation commenced with an outline of the two primary types of postings in the forces and their respective conditions. The two conditions in question were restricted and prohibited postings, both of which apply to each 4th year after graduation depending if they are going to go on course or get posted to a new home unit. Further along in the presentation was the introduction of the new online based system for administration staff for relocation services. This was a well-structured and informative PD session which was very useful for us as 4th years since we will soon be relocated after our graduation and will eventually have to deal with all of the complexities of relocation in the forces.