Chinese Delegation visit to RMCC
Lieutenant General Du Jincai, Deputy Chief of the General Political Department People’s Liberation Army signs the certificate commemorating the Chinese delegation visit to RMCC on Tuesday, August 30, 2011. Pictured left to right are: Dr. Joel Sokolsky, Principal RMCC, Mr. Joseph Chi, Interpreter, LGen Jincai, BGen Eric Tremblay, Commandant RMCC and CPO1 Elizabeth Lindsay, CCWO.
OCdt Richard Leblanc, Aide de Camp to the Commandant, RMCC and Lieutenant General Du Jincai, Deputy Chief of the General Political Department People’s Liberation Army during the Chinese delegation visit.
Lieutenant General Du Jincai, Deputy Chief of the General Political Department People’s Liberation Army Chinese and Brigadier General Eric Tremblay, Commandant RMCC during the Chinese delegation visit.
Paladins coach pulling double duty
“I can’t thank (RMC athletic director) Darren Cates enough for recognizing the value in this,”
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Royal Military College Kingston Welcomes New Cadets from Royal Military College St. Jean
By: 25337 Chris Manning – Cadet Wing Public Information Officer (CWPIO)
Since the reopening of the first year program at Royal Military College St. Jean in 2008, welcoming the new second year cadets has become a normal part of every new year. Unlike the four-year program at RMC Kingston, the roughly 200 cadets at CMR St. Jean undergo only a preparatory and/or first year in St. Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC. Therefore, cadets at the Royal Military College are presented with the unique challenge of integrating their new comrades in the fast-paced environment that the return to the college presents.
However, the lady and gentlemen cadets of the Royal Military College never back down from a challenge. As a result, many special events have been springing up to make the new cadets feel nothing but welcome. For example, 3 Squadron chose to host a barbecue for their 2nd year cadets in order to permit the socialization of its newest members.
“It has been a very hectic week, and a lot to get used to. However, everyone in the squadron has been very friendly and helpful. It hasn’t taken long to get to know people in the squadron, especially the other 2nd years.”
– 26068 Andrew Ernst, 2nd year officer cadet.
“Initially, it seemed like there were a lot of differences between the cadets who did first year in Kingston, and those who did the program at RMC St. Jean. After some time, all the differences really disappear and we realize that we will all be graduating from the same program next May. I feel like I have gained a lot of experience from my time at RMC St. Jean, even though I missed certain things that Kingston’s first years experience. There are benefits to both colleges.”
– 25190 Malcolm Gardiner, 4th year officer cadet.
In any military unit, its members must become accustomed to new people arriving very often. How a squadron, or the Cadet Wing as a whole, reacts to the arrival of new cadets greatly affects its ability to move forward into the new year. The ultimate goal is to accomplish the RMC mission of producing officers, well-educated, and that requires every officer cadet to feel welcome.
RMC Ironman “mini” competition
Article by: OCdt (III) 25784 Michelle Hill
Monday, August 29th, 2011 marked the first day back at RMC for many of the cadets. For those participating in the RMC Ironman mini competition, there was no time to waste before getting back to work. Instead of easing into the new school year, (number) second, third, and fourth year cadets loaded up their rucks and headed out to compete against, and challenge, one another.
Despite its name, this RMC Ironman “mini” competition was no less formidable a challenge for those brave enough to take it on. The race began with a 10 km ruck run up Fort Henry hill and beyond carrying a 40 lbs ruck. This was followed by a portage where competitors hoisted 75 lbs aluminum canoes on top of their rucks and made a 2 km trek to the pier. Next was an 8 km canoe trip. Cadets battled the currents and waves on a very windy lake Ontario before coming ashore at the bottom of Fort Henry hill, docking their boats, and running the final 2 km back to the Stone Frigate.
Most of the competitors had been preparing for this event for months. The cadets ran a similar course this past April 21st only days, or hours after completing their final exams, and, of course, have been working hard on their own time to make sure they were ready to compete against their fellow cadets.
This particular race was designed to prepare the cadets for the upcoming 2 CMBG Petawawa Ironman. Those who met certain time constraints during the RMC Ironman mini competition are eligible to participate in the full fledged version, which takes place next week. On Thursday, September 8th twenty-one cadets will travel to Petawawa to compete in the much longer Ironman: a staggering 32 km ruck run, 4 km portage, 8 km canoe, and another 6 km of rucking to the finish line.
Regardless of their results, each of these individuals should be commended for their participating in this cadet-run RMC Ironman mini competition and taking on a challenge that surely demands just as much mental determination as it does physical stamina.