Professional Military Training:
23 March and 30 March – Articles by: 26719 OCdt (IV) Melvin Day
RMC cadets to put military skills to the test
PMT Wednesday (23 march) put an important focus on things to come for the OCdts and NCdts of the Royal Military College of Canada. For the 1st and 3rd years, they shared a drill session on the parade square, now that the weather has warmed a bit and the ice has melted. With classes coming to an end soon, grad parade practices are just around the corner and this was an excellent opportunity for the 1st and 3rd years to brush up on some drill beforehand.
The 2nd year class had a much different lesson on the agenda. They engaged in small party discussions to look at ethical situations and decisions made in case studies. Being ethically and morally correct is crucial for any member of the CF, but officers must become a SME in this field as they are the ones who will be making the finally decision. The lesson was a good eye opener and gave the 2nd year class a taste of what they can expect from their ethics class which is taken in 4th year.
The 4th years received another PMT that reminded them that graduation date is approaching. Along with the commission they will receive on this day, they will also inherit a world of responsibilities. Their first brief by the RMC Foundation reminded them that there is a vast network of people and resources available to the graduates after they leave RMC. This was a comforting reminder that we will not be on our own after RMC as well as after our career in the CF.
The second brief was on the topic of Vetern’s Affairs and how injuries can affect your career as well as your life outside the CF. The brief reinforced the points to always document injuries occurring at, work, regardless of how small you may think they are, as things can snowball in a hurry. As officers, it is important to be diligent with this paper work as it is our job to ensure that the Men and Women who work for us are taken care of and are not left in an unfortunate situation down the road.
PMT photos by Acting Sub-Lieutenant Luke Brannigan – More Here
PMT 30 March…
This week at the Royal Military College of Canada, the PMT sessions took care of some important administration points before the year wrapped up. The first year class received a brief from the COR on their upcoming summer training and the claim process that will be accompanying it. This was important information as it informed the OCdts and NCdts with how and when they would be getting to their summer training. Their next brief was to elect a fellow classmate as their class senior to lead them throughout the second year at the college.
The second year class took the time during PMT to brush up on their drill, much like the 1st and 3rd year classes did last week. This was to ensure that everyone’s drill will be at a high standard for the upcoming grad parade.
The third year class had small party engagements on the topic of ethics and the application of OPHONOUR at RMCC and in the CF as a whole. As the 3rd year class knows they will soon be the senior leadership at the college, these small party engagements become ever more important as they will be the ones setting the example for the rest of the college next year. The talks had positive and constructive sessions, allowing the cadets to not only understand the applications of OPHONOUR at RMCC, but also how it will be applied to their respective units once they graduate.
The fourth year class had a free two hour period during PMT this week. The time was taken by many to get some much needed personal admin done such as uniform resizing, medical appointments and also getting all the paperwork sorted for their upcoming graduation.