12 views from 12 flights – just before the obstacle course & badging parade
Articles coordinated by 27340 OCdt (IV) Léonard Legault – CWIIO
Our third week as members of Alpha flight and students at RMC has been just as crazy as the previous two. Most of this week has been dedicated to planning and perfecting the obstacle course to ensure we make as little errors as possible and can still remember our roles on the team even when we are blacked out with exhaustion. Running through the obstacle course practices has increased our teamwork tremendously because you realise how little you are able to accomplish on your own and how much you can accomplish as a group.
This week, Alpha has both gained and lost a member of the flight. NCdt Cleatus, a 25lb buoy, is our newest recruit who has already been thrown into the lake and retrieved, and we (I) recently lost Private Burt Reynolds, the drink pitcher, who was stolen by the terrorists in a late night raid of the Stone Frigate. I am confident we will get him back, although I am very emotionally distressed without him.
As FYOP is coming to an end, I am very excited about starting off a life at RMC and being a member of 1 squadron. Personally, FYOP was an overall positive experience for myself. And although I will not miss being bombed by the terrorists, or waking up to Stress, I will miss the feeling that comes with singing Goodnight Saigon before being tucked in. Alpha is very confident and excited to run the obstacle course and signify the end of FYOP, and whatever happens I know that “we will all go down together”.
This week was another very successful one for Fighter flight. The first few days were spent training for the big obstacle course in the form of morning PT, and even a bit of training in-shacks, as well as preparing for the DCdts inspection. Once the DCdts inspection rolled around, Fighter was more than ready for the challenge. Fighter claimed a respectable 3rd place overall, and their focuses changed to the finale of FYOP: the obstacle course. For days, Fighter flight ran through obstacles, planned, and mentally prepared for the course. The day of the obstacle course, Fighter flight was ready to go; morale was high and the flight was as prepared as can be. The flight started off strong although several injuries slowed them down. Through it all, Fighter came together as a team and proved themselves as worthy members of the RMC family.
Nearing the end of FYOP we are starting to get excited for the freedoms we are going to receive, but this does not mean we’ve stopped pushing to meet timings and standards. We’ve taken all the teamwork, leadership, and perseverance skills we’ve gathered over the past 2.5 weeks and we’re putting them into action, especially with obstacle course preparation. One thing that is starting to challenge use more now is homework, week 2 of classes means homework is picking up and assignments are starting to be due, but we are handling it well. We are constantly collaborating on homework with people that are in the same classes, or even people who aren’t but can help anyway. I believe that after FYOP our flight will keep up the drive and continue to utilize our teamwork everywhere we can. Until then, our focus is on conquering the obstacle course, which we are sure we can do.
The last week of FYOP as been the most eventful yet. On Saturday, September 8th, the flight competed in the Harrier race and did quite well. On Sunday, we had the DCdts inspection, in which we came second place after many hours of dusting, sweeping, and overall standardizing. We have been practicing the upcoming obstacle course as well as our badging parade in our new uniforms. Overall, the flight has picked up the rhythm of life at RMC and we cannot wait for the rest (off FYOP, of course).
La dernière semaine on a été une remplir de défis. Samedi le 8, nous avons couru 5 km avec le reste de l’escadron pour la course Harrier et nous sommes très satisfaits de notre performance. Dimanche, nous avons eu l’inspection du DÉlofs, dans laquelle nous avons terminiez deuxième; c’est le résultat de plusieurs heures d’époussetage, de ménage et de standardisation. Finalement, nous avons beaucoup pratiqué la course à obstacle ainsi que la parade de remise d’insigne avec nos nouveaux uniformes. En bref, l’escadrille s’est habituée au rythme de la vie au CMR et nous avons hâte de joindre le reste de Frontenac (après POPA).
It is strange to think that we are only hours away from the most important event of our First Year Orientation Period. Papa flight has been through a lot throughout these past three weeks: from hours of inspections to intense and creative PT sessions. Through hard work, perseverance and cooperation, Papa flight has been forged into a team. Friday we will face our biggest challenge yet, the obstacle course. Every hour of every day this week has been spent planning and practicing for the big day. Even during class time and parade practices, the “O” course is the only thing on anyone’s mind. Although our academic workload is heavy, there is a general consensus that all else is trumped by the big event. Overall FYOP has been a challenging but rewarding experience not only as individuals; but as a team. Tomorrow Papa will have the opportunity to prove to the staff, our families and ourselves that we are deserving of the cap brass of the Royal Military College of Canada.
The week of FYOP leading up to the obstacle course is more challenging than week two due to the relentless PT, and the constant drive from the staff to do better. When not in class, cadets can be found training at all available hours on the obstacles seen throughout the campus. Many long hours are spent strategizing how to save a few seconds, and squadron morale only grows. The entire cadet wing seems to develop a tunnel vision, and the obstacle course seems to be on everyone’s mind. Every night, new skylarks appear throughout the campus, from flags to the decoration of statues. Excitement is in the air during the last few days of FYOP, and it is dulled by no amount of parade practice, inspections, or PT. it is in this week that one truly bonds with their flight and squadron, and going in to the obstacle course, you know that there is no one you would rather be doing it with.
This past week has driven each member of Tango Flight to reflect on the true meaning of the phrase, “No man left behind”.
Tango Flight’s last week of FYOP has been one to remember. From the DCadets inspection to obstacle course preparation, and everything in between, Tango has been determined to succeed at any challenge that has been thrown at them.
Preparations for the DCadets inspection on Sunday morning definitely had us start our day with our heads in the game. Normal day-to-day inspections are stressful enough – but something about the stress of this one felt somewhat manageable – as we all had assigned ourselves to different tasks in all the rooms, and we had learned to trust that each flight member would do their jobs in each person’s room to the same high standard in order to ensure the highest chances of success for the whole team. We were all working hard, sweaty, and on our hands and knees, but we knew that the effort we put in would undoubtedly show through our shiny boots and spotless desks.
Planning and practicing for the obstacle course over this past week had again pushed us to truly trust one another before the final challenge that will mark the end of our FYOP experience. Our team mentality as we live the final hours before the obstacle course is that, no matter what their role may be, each individual of Tango flight plays a crucial part in the success of the team, and is highly valued. Through each obstacle that we overcome, we have learned that it only counts when we overcome it as a cohesive team.
This is the last week of FYOP and the focus has shifted to the obstacle course. Whiskey Flight is working on our tshirt designs in the evenings to make sure we look like a team on friday. We practice certain obstacles every afternoon, which we all believe is more fun than normal PT. Monday’s practice was rough as we were out of sync and not communicating properly. However by Wednesday we have gotten much faster in the obstacles and have been working as a team.
The Herrior Race was another event that Whiskey Flight enjoyed. We all ran 5km as fast as we could to achieve the best time possible. At the end, there was a barbeque that brought Whiskey Flight closer as we all enjoyed a break together.
Overall, Whiskey Flight is not looking forward to the ending of FYOP, rather ending FYOP on a high.
It’s been already 2 weeks, but it feels as if we’ve been here for months. The days seem to last forever, but the weeks seem to just fly by. FYOP is truly an experience like no other; it requires strangers to become best friends in 15 seconds, and then become family in 15 minutes. At the end of the day you can not possibly complete FYOP by yourself. Just spare the introductions and have faith that the people to your left and right have your back no matter what the FYOP staff throw your way. At the end of the day, you’re not holding wall sits till your legs go numb for you, your powering through the pain for the people around you.
Leading into week three morale is high among the first years. As reunion weekend approaches everyone is itching to see their family and friends, but also to get that first taste of freedom that some haven’t felt in almost 8 weeks. There may only be a few more days of FYOP however, the intensity has only picked up. The real challenge is approaching quickly. The first years have been competing the past two weeks just to lead up to this point… The Obstacle Course! Hours of preparation has gone into this event. Whether it’s practicing the obstacle directly, conferencing with the flight on strategies, discussing time shaving techniques or just closing your eyes and visualizing ringing the bell to mark your completion of the course
As this is the last week of FYOP it is essential that we don’t take this time for granted, enjoy every moment of it, because you won’t do it again. There’s still a few more days, so really take the time to look back on all you’ve learned so far, and notice the things you still need a little work on, enjoy the process, don’t dwell on it.
FYOP – First Year Orientation Program. Something I’ve always looked forward to, dreaded in the moment and is now finally coming to an end. The atmosphere fills with stress and anticipation whether it be for the Ocourse or the badging parade.
Of course training starts when we feel like the day is almost over. “60seconds, turn off your lights, lock your doors, formed up downstairs!” Running from Fort Brant to the first obstacle, we find ourselves already out of breath. Climbing, jumping, and pulling while fighting against the temptation to give up, we start to realize peoples strengths and weaknesses.
As we put on our 4s, we struggle to wrap the gators around our boots. We couldn’t walk normally, but the feeling of excitement and accomplishment felt unreal. Throughout the whole day, we overcome challenges and learn to work together. Our day comes to an end when we climb into our beds and sing Goodnight Saigon at the top of our lungs.
La troisième semaine de POPA a été, malgré la proximité de la fin et l’anxiété de bientôt voir nos familles, une des plus dures. L’énergie de l’escadrille s’est concentrée sur la course à obstacles et sur une bonne planification pour celle-ci. Chaque membre du groupe a voulu montrer son leadership pour gagner le titre de cadet commandant pour la course finale. Comme d’habitude, nous continuions à endurer les réveils percutants et les horaires serrés qui s’ajoutaient maintenant à une deuxième semaine de cours universitaires que pour certains s’est traduite en premiers examens et évaluations. Mais, une chose est sûre : notre complicité et le sentiment d’appartenance à l’escadron se sont renforcés.
The third week of FYOP was the hardest even though we could feel the end coming and we were excited about seeing our families soon. The flight used all its energy to plan and practice the obstacle course. Each flight member gave its best to proof they can do it and that they can lead it. We finally voted for a cadet in command and its second in command according to their leadership and performance. Amongst all this preparation, we had to fight against sleeplessness and short timings in the middle of the second week of class. Although it wasn’t easy, we still came closer together and we felt a better complicity with the 11 squadron members.
On the very first night of FYOP, the staff of hunter flight took us to the point where the Kingston skyline reflected on the lake and told us that the next 3 weeks will be the most challenging weeks, reminding us of the unique qualities students at RMC exhibit compared to other students in Civilian universities and all the factors that will affect our motivation to keep going. Now, reflecting back on all the times Hunter flight waited in the plank position for hours, did infinite amount of push ups, standardized every tiny detail in our rooms for major Inspections, to winning the warrior race, and having each other’s back no matter what the situation is. The Program has helped me discover that with the right type of mentor-ship from the right leaders, constant determination, the best communication, and a hard-working team the hardest days weren’t so bad after all.
Parade Dress Rehearsal
27832 OCdt (IV) Cardona
With the First Year Orientation Period (FYOP) coming to an end, the Cadet Wing has been spending a considerable amount of time preparing for the Class of 2022’s Badging Parade. The badging parade, an annual tradition to honour the College’s newest cadets, represents the first years’ full integration into the Cadet Wing after weeks of hard work.
After having the chance to practice the parade sequence a couple of times, those tasked on the parade participated in a dress rehearsal during Wednesday morning’s professional development, under the supervision of the Training Wing officers and NCOs. The remainder of the Cadet Wing was also in scarlets, spectating the practice.
When the time came for the parade to be inspected, by the Director of Cadets, Col Chris Ayotte and the Training Wing Chief Warrant Officer, CWO Rob Keating, the spectators were inspected by their respective Squadron command teams. Of all the squadrons, 12 squadron demonstrated a high standard of dress.
This rehearsal marked the first time that the Class of 2022 practiced the parade sequence with the remainder of the College and gave them the opportunity to try on their 4s. Dress is a critical aspect of any parade, so ensuring that the first years had theirs sorted out was a key component of this practice.
While the parade practice did not go perfectly, resulting in two subsequent morning practices, the rehearsal was important as it helped those on parade identify areas of improvement. Dress rehearsals are important opportunities for mistakes to be made, so long as there are fixed during the actual performance.
More photos from Week 3 – Here
A lot happening on the bilingualism front!
Recent investments in official languages by the College are having very positive consequences on bilingualism.
This past summer the Language Centre began offering classes to RMC personnel and faculty, both civilian and military. The feedback provided by employees clearly showed that this new service was very much appreciated. A second session is already underway. The department intends to make this service permanent with three sessions per year: fall semester, winter semester and summer semester. Interested employees can register online via Intranet: https://www.rmc-cmr.ca/en/intranet/language-centre/second-language-courses.
With the creation of the Success Centre also came the idea to implement new second language evening sessions for students who are taking SOLET. Varied second language workshops are now offered every evening from Monday to Thursday. Interested students can register online via Moodle. These extra help workshops are designed to better position students for success.
Independent from the Language Centre but operating with similar goals, the Bilingualism Club is still going strong, with a wide variety of projects and activities designed to help students practice their second language in real life situations. Last year a trip to Montreal was even organized.
Lastly, for the first time this year the Language Centre is offering a credited minor in French as a Second Language collectively with the Department of French, Literature and Culture. This new program targets students who have already reached the required BBB profile and are looking for a higher level of fluency. Info: https://www.rmc-cmr.ca/en/registrars-office/french-second-language.
Several other projects are in the works. The Language Centre will keep the RMC community informed when they are launched.
Robert Paquet, Director, Language Centre
Il se passe beaucoup de choses en bilinguisme!
Les récents investissements du Collège dans les langues officielles ont des conséquences très positives sur le bilinguisme.
Cet été, le Centre des langues a commencé à offrir des cours au personnel ainsi qu’au corps professoral du Collège, qu’il s’agisse d’employés militaires ou civils. La rétroaction reçue a clairement démontré que ce nouveau service était particulièrement apprécié. Une deuxième session a lieu en ce moment. Le département a l’intention de rendre ce service permanent, avec trois sessions par année : semestre d’automne, semestre d’hiver et été. Le personnel intéressé peut s’inscrire en ligne dans Intranet : https://www.rmc-cmr.ca/fr/intranet/centre-langues/cours-langue-seconde.
Lors de la création du Centre de succès, on a lancé l’idée de mettre en œuvre de nouveaux cours du soir destinés aux élofs inscrits à l’EFSLO. Des ateliers variés de langue seconde sont maintenant offerts chaque soir du lundi au jeudi. Les étudiants intéressés peuvent s’inscrire en ligne dans Moodle. Ces sessions d’aide supplémentaire sont conçues pour favoriser leur succès.
Indépendant du Centre des langues, mais avec les mêmes objectifs, le Club de bilinguisme est toujours aussi dynamique ; il offre une grande diversité de projets et d’activités permettant aux étudiants d’exercer leur langue seconde dans des situations réelles. L’année dernière, le Club a même organisé un voyage à Montréal.
Enfin, pour la première fois cette année, le Centre des langues offre une mineure créditée en français langue seconde, en collaboration avec le département de langue française, littérature et culture. Ce nouveau programme cible les étudiants qui ont déjà atteint le profil requis de BBB et qui visent un niveau de maîtrise supérieur. Info : https://www.rmc-cmr.ca/fr/bureau-du-secretaire-general/francais-langue-seconde.
Plusieurs autres projets sont envisagés. Le Centre des langues informera la communauté du CMR lorsqu’ils seront lancés.
Robert Paquet, directeur, Centre des langues.
On Wed, September 19th at 7:45pm, join members of the Kingston Historical Society at the Senior Staff Mess for a presentation by 9884 Bob Banks and Kingston archaeologist Sue Bazely. Bob and Sue will describe their research into the age and origins of the Commandant’s House and the Commandant’s Guest House. Tours of the Commandant’s House, led by RMC Museum Curator Emeritus, 8057 Ross McKenzie, will follow the presentation. Thank you to 18777 BGen Sébastien Bouchard and his wife, 19619 Maj (Ret’d) Karine Chayer for opening their house to us for tours.
Book Launch and Reading: Erika Behrisch Elce
Erika Behrisch Elce, Associate Dean of Arts and Associate Professor in the English Department at RMC, will be launching and reading from her book of historical fiction, Lady Franklin of Russell Square.
Wednesday, October 10, 7-9pm
Novel Idea Bookstore, 156 Princess Street, Kingston
More info: http://novelideabooks.ca/wp/index.php