Summer of ’16 no picnic for OCdts moving into II Year

Summer of ’16 no picnic for OCdts moving into II Year

The Basic Military Officer Qualification (BMOQ) is the Canadian Armed Forces’ basic training program for future officers.

The course is divided into two seven-week modules. Module 1 focuses on basic military discipline and skills such as drill, weapons training and first aid. Module 2 focuses on leadership techniques and basic military planning skills. Both modules have a heavy physical fitness component.

Most OCdts going into II Year completed Module 2 this summer. Following are two first-hand accounts from 27829 OCdt (II) Ortega, 1 Sqn; and 27821 NCdt (II) Mackin, 11 Sqn on their take of the the summer of ’16.

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BMOQ Module 2: Second year perspective

Article coordinated by 27832 OCdt (II) Cardona, 12 Sqn, e-Veritas chief correspondent

The Royal Military College class of 2019 completed Mod 2 of Basic Military Officer Qualification (BMOQ) this past summer.

Although still demanding and mentally exhausting, it seemed more familiar and less challenging that Mod 1, probably due to the fact that the OCdts had more experience with the military way of life. Throughout their training the class of 2019 learned many new skills such as basic topography, navigating with a map and compass, the orders process, and how to execute different types of missions.

Among the missions that they learned to execute were: conducting a Vital Point Security, Vehicle Control Points/Vehicle Checkpoints, patrolling, basic section attacks, observation posts, and how to conduct a relief in place of a Forward Operating Base (FOB).

To give them practice taking and giving orders the platoon staff would lead the OCdts in Training Exercises Without Troops (TEWTs). During these, platoon staff would often painstakingly go through each individual’s orders to make sure they were doing it correctly and seizing the key information. An example of the help they would provide was giving feedback on whether the set of orders met the Platoon Commander’s intent.

During Exercise Pre-Vimy, the OCdts received orders, gave orders, and ran practice missions. Throughout their evaluation they were given tips on how to improve their leadership skills and their orders process. This was in preparation for the final evaluation during Exercise Vimy where they were marked on those same criteria, on top of running 60 hours of continuous operations.

All in all BMOQ was an experience like no other.

– 27829 OCdt (II) Ortega, 1 Sqn

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Photo: NCdt Mackin back row on the right with five ‘buds’ at BMOQ2.

Completing the second module of BMOQ was definitely a unique experience that I will not soon forget. I did not expect to learn very much during my second phase at CFLRS and was certainly not looking forward to my time there, a sentiment shared by most of my friends.

After FYOP and two very busy semesters in Kingston, we thought that we could easily conquer any obstacle the staff could throw. Fortunately, this was not the case. We were instead exposed to a whole new set of challenges that pushed each candidate in a different way.

It’s amazing how easily people from RMC can work as a team when given the opportunity. This is something we all certainly appreciate about the College. Whether it was an assembly line to prepare for an inspection, a homework circle, or simply having an audience to rehearse orders with, you could always expect to be helped along by your team.

From my perspective, the most valuable thing to come out of this course was the reinforced friendships.

– 27821 NCdt (II) Mackin, 11 Sqn