Tempo picking up leading into the BIG weekend

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***WORK IN PROGRESS… (Waiting for more last minute articles & photos) 

We had planned to post some photos / articles from a number of events that took place on the weekend; including the Army Run which was held in Ottawa.

Due to a number of incidents including being stuck on the 401 due to a traffic accident (which did NOT include the RMC bus) Consequently our photographers and writers  were unable to submit their work.

Check back later for updates. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Obstacle Course – good to go!

  • Officer cadets on target

  • Culture room for ALOY cadets

  • OCdt Claire Theriault – Log (Army) 00328 – Business Administration – CSL 6 SQN

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Obstacle Course – good to go!

To ensure the safety of the First Year Cadets, BGen Sean Friday took a select group of the College Team including the college principal, Dr. Harry Kowal to test the Obstacle Course for safety, last Friday, 16 Sep.

Along with this group – a number of senior cadets and others joined in the ‘dry run’.

From all reports, the course is safe and the Class of 2020 should have an interesting challenge next Friday – 23 Sep.

More photos from the Dry Run – Here

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Officer cadets on target

For the past two weekends, some Royal Military College cadets got a dose of serious competition against some of the best military shooters in the world at the Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration (CAFSAC).

“It was a pretty good experience,” Officer Cadet Luke Tamlin, team captain and fourth-year engineering student, said on Friday. “For most of the days, we came in the middle of the pack, which I’m happy with simply because it is our first year.”

Complete Kingston Whig Standard article – Here

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Culture room for ALOY cadets

On Thursday, September 16, 2016, the culture room for the Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY) program was blessed and dedicated to acting as a haven and a place for reflection; a place to call our own in the midst of all the hectic activities and classes that go on here at RMC.

It’s nice to have a dedicated area where we can retreat, self-ponder or just have a good laugh with each other. Myself, Officer Cadet McCulloch, being a part of the ALOY program this year, I was honoured to be the representative for the Métis nation; alongside Officer Cadet Ottawa and officer cadet Petagumskum representing the first nations and Inuit respectively.

Many important people showed up on this important day, and it was thrilling to witness and represent my aboriginal background. It was a uniquely eye opening experience to notice how many people there are supporting us in our journey here at RMC.

Thinking about how little recognition they may get working in the shadows to allow the ALOY program to work, it was nice to be able to share this special experience together. Upon entering the room, your eyes are drawn to the magnificent buffalo head hanging on the wall, and as your eyes wonder you will see various prices of artwork that each represent a different native tribe.

These paintings are a unique addition because previous ALOY groups saved and raised up money to be able to purchase them. On the other side of the wall, we see three poster tributes to outstanding aborigines who showed pride and character for their country and people, which were graciously donated. We are very grateful and appreciate that we have this room and are happy for the next ALOY group to appreciate it and add to it when the time comes.

– Officer Cadet McCulloch, ALOY

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27146 OCdt Claire Theriault, CSL 6 SQN: “You joined the military to be a part of this institution, but you’ll stay because of the people you meet”

 

OCdt Claire Theriault – Log (Army) 00328 – Business Administration – CSL 6 SQN

What was your motivation to attend military college?

I’ve been exposed to the military my whole life. My Dad is a reservist and I can remember watching him lace up his boots every time he left for training on Thursday nights or the weekends. Despite my father loving the military and encouraging me to join I swore I would never do it. Though, one day in grade 12 that mentality changed.

 “My most favourite memories are all centered around meeting the people I get to call my best friends.”

I went to a university fair where RMC happened to have a booth. There were two people in scarlets, waiting to answer questions. I can’t remember what made me go up to the girl in uniform and ask a million questions, but I spent the entirety of the fair taking to her. I went home after school that day and told my parents, much to their surprise, that I was going to apply to RMC.

When I first started the application I was nervous. I didn’t know much about the ROTP program, nor did I know what I would eventually get myself into. The more I learned about it the more excited I got. I realized the school wasn’t just about getting a degree and becoming an officer in the CAF, it was also a place for future officers to grow into leaders.

What is your most favourable memory of your time at RMCC?

Over the past 3 years I can’t say there has been 1 memory that stands out as my most favourable. When I think about my favourite part of the college I think about the friends I’ve made. I think back to my very first day when I met a girl who would become one of my best friends. Then I think about the rest of first year, where I continued to meet people who are still great friends today.

This theme continues throughout everything I have done at the college. I can’t remember who said this to us during our orientation period, but someone said, “You joined the military to be a part of this institution, but you’ll stay because of the people you meet”. At the time I didn’t fully understand the truth of this statement, though as time goes on I’ve realized how accurate it is.

My most favourite memories are all centered around meeting the people I get to call my best friends.

What- in your opinion- makes a good leader?

This is my favourite quote, its called The Man in the Arena by Theodore Roosevelt, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat”.

I think this quote speaks largely to what makes a good leader. People want someone who will go that extra step and never give up. Roosevelt talks about the great devotions someone experiences when they give themselves fully to whatever is in front of them. As a leader, I think it is paramount that you throw yourself into whatever you are doing, no matter what it is. People need to see that you truly care and they need to have faith in your abilities. A good leader is someone who people want to follow and not someone who they are just made to follow.

What does Truth, Duty, Valour (TDV) mean to you?

Truth, Duty, Valour is a motto and a guiding principle for us. To me truth means you will always act with sincerity, fact and reality. Duty means doing what you know to be the right thing when others are around, and when no one is watching. Valour is the strength to be veracious and to perform your duty honestly, no matter what the circumstances. This motto is not only something that we only follow at the college, but it is also something we can take with us and follow once we graduate.

What makes your Squadron unique and/or special?

Brant Squadron is filled with people who have vastly different interest areas. Though we are all unique people we come together like a family away from home. There is always a smiling face in the hallway, someone to chat to, or someone to sit down and play a board game with. 6 Squadron has people from all across Canada, in many different degree programs, and many different trades. Our diversity and our ability to come together as a group is what makes us such a great squadron.