Training for the “M” – Straight from the horse’s mouth

PMT: Straight from the horse’s mouth

26497 NCdt (III) Matthew Noonan – Cadet Wing Internal Information Officer

Contributions by: 26565 NCdt Kyle English (II), 26555 OCdt Alex Beaulieu (II), 26124 OCdt Alex Gasser (III).

For Personal Military Training (PMT) this week cadets were given the opportunity to learn about the experiences of veteran military personnel currently posted to RMCC. This was a valuable period for all cadets as it developed a tangible link between life at RMCC and actual service while on deployment following graduation. As each PMT session was divided by element this article is divided into three sections as well.

Navy

For PMT on October 30,  all NCdt’s at RMCC had the opportunity to hear from two veterans of the Royal Canadian Navy. Both Lt. (N) Mooney and Chief Petty Officer Davidson spoke to the cadets about their experiences being deployed on operations, with the aim of providing the cadets with a sense of what life in the RCN is like.

As a member of Operation Unified Protector, onboard the HMCS Vancouver, Lt. (N) Mooney was a valuable member of the Canadian Armed Forces effort in Libya, and in his presentation, Lt. (N) Mooney shared with Officer Cadets the significance of the RCN’s role in maritime security.

Chief Petty Officer Davidon then spoke to the cadets about the daily and operational life of members of the RCN. In his many years of experience, Chief Davidson has circumnavigated the globe twice, and participated in many Canadian operations at sea.

These two insightful presentations were sure to get Officer Cadets excited and ready for what awaits them as members of the Royal Canadian Navy.

Army

Battalion, serving here the Royal Military College of Canada Cadet Training Wing provided an overview of what we can expect when we become a junior officer and platoon commander in army unit.

Capt Gatehouse is a graduate of RMCC (class of 2008) and served as a platoon Comd while deployed with his regiment to Op Podium during the 2010 Winter Olympics then to Op Attention Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan (CSTC-A) from Apr 2011 to May 2012.

During the briefing he shared with us his personal insight and experiences about the demands and challenges he faced as a leader in command of troops while on operations. Most important, he also was able to relate to us the how the four pillars helped to prepare him for the leadership challenges he faced as a platoon commander and why they are so important in our development.

Through his example he has definitely provided us with the motivation to become excellent officers. TDV.

Force Airienne

En ce mercredi 30 0ctobre, les élèves-officiers du collège militaire royal du Canada ont eu la chance de parler avec des vétérans des différents éléments des forces Canadiennes.

Les vétérans de l’aviation, les capitaines Lockerby et Downy nous ont parlé de leur expérience en Afghanistan, des rôles des différents types d’aéronefs durant cette mission et de comment le support aérien a facilité le rendement de forces armées.

Le Chinook et le Griffon ont été les deux hélicoptères les plus utilisé lors de la mission en Afghanistan, Ces deux appareils étaient utilisés pour le transport de troupes, rendant les déplacements plus rapides et moins dangereux pour les troupes au sol.

La présentation fait par les deux membres de l’aviation nous ont permis de mieux comprendre le rôle des forces aérienne en temps de guerre et nous ont fait voir la réalité de nos carrière à venir.