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RMC placed second in the “model NATO” competition in Ottawa. From left to right: IV Mark Niles, IV Jon Douglas, MGen Tim Grant (the guest speaker), II Davelynn Rooker, III Francois Bosse, I Jesse Melnyck. Not pictured: III Stefan Wawrzyn. Congratulations to a talented team who did us proud!
RMC plays the role of France
By 24359 Stephen Paish
From March 6-9 six cadets and Major Boire attended a conference in Ottawa at the Delta Hotel. This was RMC’s representation to a model NATO comeptition. The competition involved universities around Ontario who came together to discuss world events and how they pertained to NATO. Each university had to play the role of a NATO member country and mock councils were held to facilitate discussion.
RMC had to play the role of France. This provided for a fresh perspective on world affairs and forgein policy decisions for the cadets. Putting France’s interests first while attempting to balance the views of other countries such as the U.S. proved to be a exciting and difficult task. RMC, of course, rose to meet this challenge. The team was prepared. They knew how to organize themselves, knew their information down cold and implemented a system of runners to keep all members of the delegation informed. The team’s preparation paid off as they took second place at the conference which was a great honour.
The experience was also valuable for the development of the cadets. Officer Cadet Wawzyn from 8 Squadron explained that, “The conference proved to be quite the learning experience. It provided for new perspectives on how NATO operates at high levels of command and how the decision making process flows through the organization.” This information will be useful to these cadets as at some point during their careers they may find themselves working for NATO in some capacity. A valuable experience indeed. Hard work, passionate study, and a drive to learn combined to give this year’s model NATO team a good time and many lessons that they will be able to use in their future careers as officers with the Canadian Forces
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H24263 John Scott Cowan – Principal RMC
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