What’s Happening At RMCC – Catching Up With the News!

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Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear (CBRN) Respiratory Fit-Testing Program

The Royal Military College of Canada is the project lead on the Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear (CBRN) Respiratory Fit-Testing Program Development. Serious deficiencies in respiratory protection programs (RPPs) for specific application to CBRN response would prevent an individual responder from obtaining adequate protection on the scene of a CBRN event. These include problems with integration of the respirator into other elements of the protective ensemble, performance deficiencies, an inability to demonstrate the very high protection factors necessary for CBRN response, and concerns pertaining to the protective status of equipment when donned at the time of an incident. The technical team consistins of experts from Defence and Security Research Institute at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), including Dr. Eva F. Gudgin Dickson, Dr. Paul Bodurtha and Amber Gosselin. The technical team will develop the procedures and transfer the information to RCMP and He alth Canada response teams so that the capability can be demonstrated within their organizations. by The project close-out is at the end of 2010.  Source


2010 Varsity Program Review

For those who missed the announcement last week – Go Here


New Walking Out Dress Policy

Cadets returning for II term are in for a drastic change in the “Walking Out Dress Policy”. We hope to have an article next week from the cadet perspective.  The article will likely include but not restricted to:

The old civilian dress standards;

The aim/intent of the new walking out dress policy ( improve lapsed officer dress code, represent RMC and CF during activities/occasions when not in uniform, create a civilian dress standard by year group, etc);

Some details of the new standards by year group (1st yr, 2nd yr, 3rd yr and 4th yr);

How the new standard was developed (committee comprised of Cadet and Mil Wing Reps); and

How this will be enforced (Cadet Leadership).



  • John Baragar #4570

    January 11, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    As a member of the Old Brigade, I am most certainly in favor of making Cadets more presentable when off-campus. The ‘party atmosphere’ now prevalent at the College may dictate that it would be better better to have Cadets unidentifiable when ‘ashore’, but that would be faulty logic. However, in my day, we were required to wear ‘fours’. The high collar was restrictive and, even, punitive. We would have been much more appropriate in the slacks, blazer, shirt and tie of that day.
    That is where I think the College should be for all years.

  • 16078 Darin Cowan

    January 11, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    What happened to 4’s in first year, 6’s in 2nd year, jacket and tie in 3rd year, and collared shirt with dress pants in 4th year? That seemed to work in the 80’s without causing much undue grief in Victoria, even during a time when the civilian population wasn’t especially keen on soldiers. 4’s was the norm for stepping out during business hours.

    My understanding is that they don’t have 6’s now, but I can’t see a good reason not to have the more junior cadets in at least jacket and tie, and the more senior in at least a collared shirt and dress pants. One can be comfortable and still look sharp.

    Cadets should be identifiable when ashore. Being identifiable makes it harder to hide one’s behaviour behind anonymity.

  • Jeffrey J. Smith

    January 11, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    “Extremism in the pursuit of purportedly acceptable leave dress is no vice.” (J.J. Smith, RRMC CWC, September 1987)

    The issue of the leave dress standard for cadets is perhaps the foremost cultural artefact of Canadian military colleges. It is an issue rarely handled well. (Query, for example, why the apparent change at RMCC is being introduced mid-year.) Leadership, stakeholder views and consultations, together with communications with cadets and others in any change of leave dress standards is invariably tendentious and can fail. The intriguing part of this latest, 21st century change to watch for will be the element of a new college military leadership’s desire to put its own imprimatur on standards of cadet life, coupled with the regard had (or not had, as the case may be) for contemporary Canadian perceptions of the officer corps and its relationship with society.

  • Lionel Boxer

    January 11, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    It is good to enforce walking out dress standards when in the vicinity of RMC and Kingston. It is critical to the culture of RMC – otherwise RMC becomes just another university. I remember changing out of my No4s as soon as the train pulled out of Kingston station on the way to Toronto. However, we live in a postmodern world; I recall a retired RCN senior officer in Australia telling me that he was shocked to pick up for a restaurant dinner three commissioned officers from a HMCS something or other that was docked Melbourne – all apparently RMC ex-cadets they were dressed in ratty t-shirts and jeans. Their excuse was that they were planning to go out afterwards to local bars. So, perhaps the lapsed dress standards at RMC have changed the discourse of the CF.

  • 13186 L. A. Waldron

    January 11, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    As an ex-cadet living in Kingston for 15 years now, I must say I have become somewhat embarrassed by the slow and steady decline in the dress and deportment of cadets in town. In a way we are fortunate that the general public currently has positive feelings for the military because I do not feel that what I see, in terms of dress by cadets in Kingston, would contribute to that sentiment. To me, the one issue that stands out most is the combination of the RMC leather jacket and blue jeans. In my era (1977-1981) neither were allowed and they should be removed as options for any year cadet. The Canadian Forces is doing an outstanding job in very difficult times and all our service personnel should take pride in that. RMC cadets should share in that pride and be happy to be distinguishable from other young people both on and off RMC property.