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Royal Military College of Canada

The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), is the military academy of the Canadian Forces, and is a degree-granting university. RMC is the only federal institution in Canada with degree granting powers. Located on Point Frederick, a 41-hectare peninsula in Kingston, Ontario, the college is a blend of older, historic buildings and modern academic, athletic, and dormitory facilities. Officer Cadets are trained in the four pillars of academics, military, athletics, and bilingualism (French and English).

Mission statement

RMC will build on its strengths to rank among the best of national and international universities recognized for:

Canadian Defence Academy (CDA)

The Canadian Defence Academy (CDA), a Canadian Forces formation, situated within the Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources-Military) group prepares its members intellectually and professionally to meet the challenges of future operations. The CDA implements education and professional development programs. The CDA Headquarters is located in Kingston, Ontario. The CDA educational institutions include the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and the Royal Military College Saint-Jean in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec. RMC St-Jean offers a preparatory year and first year university. Officer cadets from RMC St-Jean then enter RMC Kingston in 2nd year.

Priorities

The RMC priorities are:

Academics

Today, the RMC mission is to educate, train and develop Officer Cadets for leadership careers of effective service in the Canadian Forces. For most students, education is free and a monthly salary is paid which meets incidentals. The courses are offered both on site and by distance learning in both official languages: English and French.

RMC offers 20 undergraduate studies degrees, and 34 graduate studies opportunities, including 14 doctorates. In addition to the Faculty (university) of Arts, Engineering, and Science, the Division of Continuing Studies offers undergraduate and graduate level programs including the “Officer Professional Military Education Program” (OPME).

RMC was the first college in Canada to train engineers. RMC is renowned for the high calibre of its engineering curriculum, and cadets can choose to specialize in the following disciplines: Aeronautical Engineering, Chemical Engineering 1965-1981, 2001-, Chemical and Materials Engineering: 1992-2001, Computer Engineering (Hardware or Software streams) 1983-, Civil Engineering 1965-, Electrical Engineering 1965- and Mechanical Engineering 1965-. Engineering and Management was offered: 1972-1995; Engineering Physics was offered 1975-1995 and Fuels and Materials Engineering were offered 1982-1991.

Other areas of study include Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Space Science offered by the Faculty of Science as well as English, French, Economics, Political Science, History, Business Administration, Military theory, and Military strategy studies offered by the Faculty of Arts.

Faculty of Engineering Faculty of Arts

  • Humanities (English, History, or French)
  • Social Science (Politics and Economics)
  • Military and Strategic Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Faculty of Science Faculty of Continuing Studies

  • Continuing Studies Division - RMC Saint-Jean
  • Graduate Studies and Research
  • Theses Canada

    Theses Canada acquires and preserves a comprehensive collection of Canadian theses at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) through partnership with Canadian universities who participate in the program including: Royal Military College Masters 1984- and Royal Roads Military College Masters 1990-1995. All theses in Library and Archives Canada's collection are available on interlibrary loan.

    Awards

    Awards are granted to outstanding cadets:

    Award Description Honours
    J.W. Brown Memorial Medal Third Year cadet with highest academic standing in Arts programme. 7268 Jim W. Brown (RMC 1967)
    M. Dawe Memorial Sword best ROTP infantry senior cadet to carry in fourth year. 22596 Captain Matt Dawe (RMC 2004)
    Gibson Medal Graduating Year cadet 2569 Major Desmond H. Gibson, ED and 805 Col The Honourable Colin W. Gibson, PC, MC, VD
    N. Goddard Memorial Sword to the best ROTP artillery cadet to carry in fourth year. 22458 Captain Nichola Goddard (RMC 2002) Memorial Swords
    Greenwood Cup top female runner of the Annual Harrier Race -“for Annual Competition by Gentlemen Cadets” until 1954. 3252 EA “Ted” Tromanhauser (RMC ‘54)
    Leinster Shield Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP), the Reserve Entry Training Plan (RETP) squadron amassing the most points in the Commandant's Competition, with events involving military, athletic and academic prowess. Leinster plate donated to RMC museum
    MacArthur Leadership Award cadet who demonstrates outstanding leadership performance based on credo of Duty-Honour-Country and potential for future service in the profession of arms. General Douglas MacArthur
    Jack C. Sargant Memorial Scholarship varsity athlete student who demonstrates proficiency in academic standing, sportsmanship, leadership, and athletic ability. 3091 Jack J.C. Sargant (RMC 1953)
    Duncan Sayre MacInnes Memorial Scholarship Fourth Year cadet who is considered the most deserving of those who accept a regular commission in the military occupation of Aerospace Controller Brigadier-General Duncan Sayre MacInnes, (RMC 1897) CMG, DSO, Royal Engineers
    Pijper Cup overall winner of the Ex cadet vs Cadet sports challenge on ex cadet (Reunion) weekend 12609 Thomas A Pijper (RMC 1980)
    Sword of Distinction for Leadership graduating ROTP/RETP cadet who displays outstanding leadership through attaining the highest Cadet appointment of Cadet Wing Senior (CWS) in their graduating year.
    Sword of Honour graduating ROTP/RETP cadet who best combines high standards of proficiency in each of the four components of the RMC programme.
    Victor Van der Smissen-Ridout Memorial Award graduating ROTP/RETP cadet deemed to stand highest morally, intellectually, and physically at RMC. Captain William Henry Victor Van der Smissen (KIA 1916) and 2415 W.L. Ridout (RMC 1934) (KIA 1934)
    Wheatley Challenge Cup overall winner of the annual Harrier Run 4252 MGen (Ret'd) Howard HR Wheatley (RRMC RMC 1958)
    The Whitaker Cup awarded annually to the top Team Captain of a RMC varsity sports team. Brigadier-General Denis Whitaker
    J. Douglas Young Sword of Excellence Cadet Squadron Senior (CSS) of the Squadron winning the Commandant's Competition. 2360 Major John Douglas (Doug) Young (RMC 1937) who was KIA on D-Day

    Centres and Institutes

    Canadian Forces Language Schools Canadian Forces Leadership Institute at RMC

    • The Royal Language Center of Canada, a part of the Royal Military College of Canada, teaches cadets how to communicate in both of Canada's official languages, English and French. The program begins with 4 placement tests. Students are placed into small classes and undergo 5 periods of instruction per week during regular school hours.
    • Founded in 1958, the mission of the Language Schools at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, Québec, Ottawa, Ontario and Borden, Ontario is to provide language training for military personnel.^
  • Founded in September 1999, the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute (CFLI) on the grounds of the Royal Military College of Canada mission is to be the source from which radiates the philosophy of leadership and command that drives the Canadian Officer Corps. The Institute play a role in the overall development of all Canadian Forces officers and Non Commissioned Members.
  • The Institute (CFLI) is a centre for multi-disciplinary research, analysis and lessons learned on leadership and professionalism in the armed forces and civil society. The Institute's civilian and military faculty in the social sciences and humanities ensure that academic theories, models and concepts guide military doctrine and reforms and share Canadian military concepts, policies and programs with the academic community, other government departments and foreign counterparts.
  • Centre for International Relations at Queens Centre for Space Research at RMC

    • Established in 1975, the mission is to conduct research in matters of national and international security and other aspects of international relations. The Centre has strong links with the RMC..
  • The mission is to create an environment to promote active space research programs and thereby provide support for Space Science and other space-related degree programs and activities.
  • Canadian Forces Management Development School (CFMDS) Centre for Automotive Materials and Manufacturing at Queens and RMC

    • The mission is to advance the knowledge base for addressing the key technology challenges to the commercialisation of fuel cell applications.
  • The mission is to support and promote research and education in the field of advanced materials and manufacturing at Queen's University and at RMC
  • ' Fuel Cell Research Centre at Queens and RMC GeoEngineering Centre at Queens and RMC

    • The mission is to advance the knowledge base for addressing the key technology challenges to the commercialisation of fuel cell applications..
  • Founded in 2001, the GeoEngineering Centre at Queens and the RMC mission is to innovate and advance knowledge in geotechnical, geohydrological, geochemical, geomechanical and geosynthetics engineering. The Centre has been housed on the first floor of Ellis Hall at Queen's University since July 2004.
  • ' High Performance Computing Consortium (HPCVL) Institute for Defence Resources Management at the RMC

    • Led by Queen's University, the HPCVL mission is to provide supercomputer power to a number of universities in Eastern Ontario: Queen's University, RMC, the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Researchers are provided with the computational power needed to solve increasingly complex problems.
  • The mission is to make available the most recent and relevant research results from the study of defence economics to Canadian defence policy analysis and decision-making.
  • Institute for the Environment at RMC Defence and Security Research Institute (DSRI)at RMC

    • The mission is to become the principal provider of expertise related to environmental issues within the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces (DND/CF). The Institute provides Environmental training through short courses, distance education, or as part of undergraduate or graduate programs.
  • The Defence and Security Research Institute (DSRI) was created on June 13, 2008 at RMC. The DSRI is designed to be an internationally-recognized defence and security centre within both the academic and defence and security science research communities. The Research Areas of Pursuit are: communications, energy, environment, materials, and security policy.
  • Rank

    RMC refers to its students as "fourth year", "third year", "second year", and "first year". Most cadets consider first year to be the most difficult because of the rules and restrictions developed to help students transition from civilian to [officer cadet]. However, the third class year is generally considered to be the hardest academically.

    Officer cadets are responsible for the discipline, progress, and efficiency of their wing, squadron or flight and carry out service duties such as duty officer. Within the years, cadets can hold positions of increasing responsibility with a cadet rank that may include, from top to bottom, Cadet Wing Commander, Cadet Squadron Leader, Cadet Flight Leader, and Cadet Section Commander.

    Squadrons

    The undergraduate student body is sub-divided into 14 smaller groupings called squadrons, of approximately 70 officer cadets, under the guidance and supervision of senior cadets. Squadrons are subdivided into flights and sections.

    Squadron # Name Honours Year
    1 Hudson Henry Hudson, who explored Hudson bay in 1610 on his ship the Discovery 1948
    2 LaSalle René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle French explorer and first commandant of Fort Frontenac 1948
    3 Pontiac Chief Pontiac, the leader of Ottawa, Ojibway and Pottawatomi peoples who led a rebellion against the British occupation of the Great Lakes in 1763. 1955
    4 Frontenac Louis de Buade de Frontenac Governor of New France established the first fort in Kingston, Ontario in 1673 1948
    5 Brock Major General Sir Isaac Brock, British General who was the "Savior of Upper Canada" in that his aggressive defence saw the capture of Detroit and the surrender of an American army in 1812. He was killed in the War of 1812. 1950
    6 Brant Joseph Brant and Mollie Brant. Joseph was a Mohawk leader and British military officer of the American Revolution 1955
    7 Wolfe General James Wolfe British military officer during the Seven Years’ War who commanded the army that defeated the French in 1759 and captured Quebec City, actions that led to the downfall of New France in 1760. 1955
    8 Mackenzie Alexander Mackenzie, an explorer and fur trader, was the first man to cross the continent and reach the Pacific Ocean. The Mackenzie River is named after him. 1973
    9 Vercheres Madeleine de Verchères, a 14 year old heroine of New France, defended the seigneury at Vercheres against an Iroquois attack in 1691 by banging pots together.
    10 Montcalm General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, Marquis de Saint-Veran, Commander of the French forces in North America during the Seven Years’ War 1955
    11 Cartier Jacques Cartier a navigator and explorer of the Saint Lawrence River area 2007
    12 Fraser Simon Fraser, explorer of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. 2007
    13 Jolliet Louis Jolliet, explorer of the Mississippi River area. 2007
    Otter General Sir William Dillon Otter, the first Canadian General, served in all ranks from Private to General. He commanded a force in the North West Rebellion and was the commander of the first Canadian contingent to South Africa. Just as General Otter, the University Training Plan Non Commissioned Member cadets come from the ranks.

    Admission requirements

    To be eligible to enter RMC, candidates must meet the course requirements for one of the undergraduate programs in Kingston, Ontario or the preparatory year in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

    In addition, they must meet the Canadian Forces' general admission conditions (officer):

    • Be a Canadian citizen
    • Be 16 years old on January 1 of the year of enrolment
    • Pass the medical
    • Pass the pre-enrolment tests
    • Pass the enhanced reliability check
    • Pass the Initial Assessment Period (IAP)

    RMC recruits well-rounded students in the areas, which correspond to the four components. In addition, RMC gives extra weight to those applicants with second-language skills, although this is not a requirement.

    RMC's application process, which is independent from that of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre, uses a separate application form. The Selection Board informs applicants no later than mid-May. Applicants are accepted into the Science, Engineering or Arts Program.

    Regular Officer Training Plan(ROTP)/Reserve Entry Training Plan (RETP) selection process

    After applicants apply at a recruiting centre, they are merit listed based on an Academic Potential (AP) as determined by RMC and more comprehensive questionnaire. The cadets come to RMC without Military Occupational Structure Identifications (MOSIDs) but with a list of those they wish to be in. The MOSIDs are categorized into 9 groupings, Operations, Support and Engineering, for each of the three environments. An early acceptance board will be held prior to Christmas in order to make offers to a few top-level candidates who submitted early applications. At the end of first year, Military Career Counselors from the Recruiting Centres will come to RMC and conduct Military Potential (MP) interviews. The merit listing and offers are based on the results of the interview, the results of their first year performance, and recruit camp course report. The individuals will have a year to learn about other MOSIDs so that if they do not get what they were initially after, they will be more likely to accept something else. Individuals who do not get offered anything that they are interested in may submit a voluntary withdrawal without penalty.

    Continuing studies

    The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) commenced a graduate studies programme in 1965. The Division of Continuing Studies was established in 1997.

    The mandate of the RMC Division of Continuing Studies is to make university education available to all members of the Canadian Forces, spouses and DND civilian employees. CF and other professional training is recognized for credit towards undergraduate or advanced degrees. Continuing studies courses are available via:

    Unique degree programs, specially tailored for CF members, include:

    • Bachelor of Military Arts & Science,
    • Master of Defence Management and Policy, and
    • Master of Arts in War Studies.

    Reputation

    The RMC was named Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category by Research Infosource Inc., which produces Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List 2007. Half the points were awarded based on financial indicators and the other half based on research output and impact measures.

    Research and partnerships

    In the Engineering and Science Divisions, RMC pursues the following principal thematic areas of research:

    In the Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions, RMC pursues research and activities in:

    In the Department of Applied Military Science (AMS), RMC pursues:

    Military education and training

    Students are referred to as Officer Cadets (OCdt) in English and as Élève-officier (élof) in French, or for those in the Navy, Naval Cadet (NCdt) and Aspirant de marine (aspm). As an RMC cadet, military training begins with Phase I with the Initial Assessment Period (IAP) at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School Saint-Jean. During this ten-week period prior to the first academic year, the cadets take the first half of the Basic Officer Training Course (BOTC). The second half of BOTC, called the Basic Officer Training Period (BOTP), is a seven-week course held during the summer period between first and second years. After the completion of BOTP, those cadets who are not yet bilingual are usually enrolled in a seven-week period of Second Language Training (SLT) at Canadian Forces Language School Detachment Saint-Jean. The remaining summers are spent completing Phase II, which are environmental training courses (depending on whether the cadet is Army, Navy or Air force). On the job training courses are also available to a number of cadets during the summer periods. During Phases III and IV, students take trade specific training courses.

    Army training relates to, for example, combat engineering and logistics. Naval training covers navigation and naval engineering. Various military science courses and programs stress doctrine, campaigning, strategy, weapons systems and military law.

    First Year Orientation Period

    First Year Orientation Period, (FYOP) is the most demanding experience for many cadets' RMC, if not military, career. FYOP takes place during the first month of the academic year. It can be compared to Frosh week at civilian universities. FYOP begins with the Arch parade where the entire First Year class is marched onto College grounds by their FYOP staff consisting of Third and Fourth Years.

    During the course of FYOP, First Year cadets are required to keep an exceptionally high standard of dress and deportment. They are required to march at all times. Physical Training is conducted, with long runs up neighbouring Fort Henry, Ontario hill a frequent occurrence. Inspections of room standards and dress are also frequent. For the duration of FYOP, First Years are not permitted to leave RMC or receive visitors. Mail and phone calls are allowed but are limited.

    The culmination of the FYOP is the obstacle course. The obstacle course lasts a little over an hour, consists of thirteen obstacles built by each squadron located around the college grounds. Obstacles such as a 12-foot wall and truck pulling are designed to test teamwork and physical fitness of First Years. The First Year flights are judged on the time it takes to complete each obstacle. The completion of the obstacle course signals the end of FYOP. Afterwards, First Years are given a parade where they are officially welcomed into RMC and join the Cadet Wing. Cadets are then allowed to see their friends and relatives after a month, and allowed the freedom to leave college grounds under the condition that they wear their College uniform.

    Third year cadets, in RMC's mentorship program, are paired with first year cadets to mentor, guide, and influence them.

    Law

    The Military Law Centre on the grounds of RMC, staffed with 12 military lawyers, oversees the education of officers and troops in legal matters ranging from the Forces' own code of conduct to the laws of war. It trains military lawyers and advises Ottawa on matters of policy and doctrine. The centre integrates legal education into the regular training that Forces members undergo and establishes its growing importance within the military hierarchy. Selected RMC Canada cadets participate in Law Of Armed Conflict international Competitions each fall with cadets from USAFA, USMA, USNA, and USCGA. In the Spring of 2008, RMC cadets will be selected to participate in a competition on the Law of Armed Conflict at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy.

    Athletics

    One of the four Components of the Royal Military College of Canada, the mission of the Athletic component is to provide opportunities for all officer-cadets to participate in physical activities and sports that are mentally demanding in order to develop their overall physical capabilities, self-confidence and leadership.

    RMC Bands

    The Massed Band, consisting of the Brass and Reed, Pipes and Drums, and Highland Dancers, perform at parades, public relation trips and recruit shows. The Brass and Reed Band is a multi-purpose section, used primarily as a parade march and concert band. The Pipe Section and the Drum Section perform at mess dinners; parades; sporting events; ceremonies (official or squadron); weddings; funerals; public relations; wing events; Christmas and Graduation Balls; private events; and holidays. The Highland Dance Section perform at many of the same functions with the exception of parades and funerals. The Choir performs the Canadian national anthem; sings at mess dinners; and accompanies the Stage Band on selected pieces including: folk, jazz, traditional music, French music, show tunes, African music and Christmas songs. The Stage Band is versatile, performing dinner music followed by marches at college mess dinners. The Cheer Band, a subsidiary of the Brass and Reed, performs music for RMC sporting events, such as the Carr-Harris Cup and the Westpoint Weekend.

    The RMC Band recorded two CDs, one in 1996 and the other in 1998. In addition, "The Sound of Scarlet: Royal Military College of Canada" by Lieutenant-Commander D.K. Dickey is a 12' record circa 1960s or early 1970s for Summit Records.

    Young Memorial Lecture

    Established by 2552 Major (Ret'd) Bill Young (RMC 1936) and Joyce Young, the J.D. Young Memorial Lecture and other activities by the Young Memorial Visitor honour the memory of 2360 Major John Douglas (Doug) Young (RMC 1937) who was killed in action on D-Day, as well as his father, the late Maj.-Gen. James V. Young (RMC 1911). Major Doug Young, having no known grave, is commemorated in the Bayeux Memorial in Calvados, France.

    Campus

    RMC is located on Point Frederick (Kingston), a small peninsula at the point where the St. Lawrence River leaves Lake Ontario and where the Rideau Canal system starts.

    The location has been an active military base since 1789 and was an important dockyard during the War of 1812.

    Point Frederick includes three National Historic Site Designations: the 1920s Royal Navy Dockyard, the Point Frederick Buildings and Kingston Fortifications.

    The Stone Frigate, a large stone building completed in 1820 by Sir Robert Barrie, was designed to hold gear and rigging from British warships dismantled in compliance with the Rush-Bagot Agreement. It served as a barracks briefly in 1837-38, and was refitted as a dormitory and classrooms to house RMC by 1876.

    Student life

    • In fall 2008, Royal Military College officer cadets will return to wearing a distinctive Dress of the Day (DOD) uniform which consists of a white shirt, black sweater/light jacket, as well as black trousers/skirt with a red stripe down the side. The headdress will be a black wedge with red piping.
    • The RMC Cadet Service Officers Mess, has facilities for social and recreational activities. Mess dress is worn in the evenings or formal occasions.
    • The Baronial Hall or Currie Hall, which was constructed in 1922 to honour the Canadian Expeditionary Force in World War I play a prominent role in the life of the University. During special events, invited speakers and dignitaries may address the University population or general public from the Great Hall. Many conferences held in Kingston, Ontario may book the halls for lectures or presentations.
    • The CANEX is a small store for personal articles, souvenirs, snacks and dry cleaning.
    • Bill & Alphie's is the on-campus cadet pub in Yeo Hall.
    • The campus is on the shore of Lake Ontario and has easy access to two lake-front parks, favourite locations for students to relax and unwind. The campus is also located approximately 10 minutes' walk from the city's downtown.
    • RMC cadets are all encouraged to perform community service. This past year, cadets supported a variety of charitable causes in Kingston, Ontario.

    Alumni giving

    The Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada Foundation is a registered Canadian charity which was incorporated in 1966. As an element of the Canadian Forces, the Royal Military College is unable to fund a conventional full time fundraising team in a development office. The Foundation, consequently, works at arms length to assist RMC financially. Capital Campaigns have included the 2364 Leonard Birchall Pavilion (2007); Memorial Arch Restoration (2001) and the New Library Campaign (2013).

    Media

    • RMC cadets produce the campus newspaper, the Precision. The alumni association produces Veritasand e-Veritas.

    Summer programs

    The facilities are used during the summer for:

    Features and buildings

    Building Date Description Honours
    Anderson fieldhouse

    • Sports Centre

    Maj General WB Anderson, #359 former cadet and commandant
    Blacksmith's Shop 1838

    • Served as College Blacksmith's Shop then gymnasium until it was demolished in 1912

    Cavalry House

    • Former home of the Equestrian Program, now home to the War Studies Department

    Commemorative Arch 1923

    honours the Lady and Gentlemen Cadets who have died in combat or while attending the College.
    Commandant's house after 1812

    • Recent research has determined that the oldest portion of what is currently known as the Commandant's house is the surgeon's house, dated to 1820 or a bit later, not the wood-framed 1812 naval hospital, as is commonly believed
    • The small structure to the rear of the Commandant's house; sometimes thought to have been the Morgue or Dead house; was a Well House dating to the 1850s.

    Constantine hockey arena 1960

    • Sports Centre

    Lieutenant General CF Constantine, #621 former cadet, commandant, hockey player and coach
    Currie building 1922

    • Registry of Historic Places of Canada
    • Annex to the Mackenzie Building housing Currie Hall, the Language Centre
    • Contains administrative offices and Otter Squadron - University Training Plan Non Commissioned Members (UTNCM).

    Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie, National Historic Person of Canada
    Dockyard bell

    • The dockyard bell, which was in front of the Stone Frigate, is now in the RMC Museum.
    • Originally mounted on a pole beside the dockyard gate, was used to ring out navy time.
    • In use up until the final shutdown of the navy yard in the 1850s.
    • The bell went to St Mark's Church in Barriefield and it came back down (to RMC) in 1976.

    Fort Brant 2008

    • Dormitory, houses 9 Squadron (Verchères) and Otter (UTPNCM) Squadron.

    Joseph Brant, and Mollie Brant Mohawk leaders of the American Revolution. Joseph was a British military officer
    Fort Champlain, B-34 1965

    • Dormitory, houses 10 Squadron (Montcalm). Formerly housed 5 (Brock), 6 (Brant) and 7 (Wolfe) Squadron, then 8 (Mackenzie), 9 (Verchères), 10 (Montcalm), 11 (Otter), and 12 squadron

    Samuel de Champlain, famous explorer and founder of Quebec City
    Fort Frederick (Kingston) 1790

    Frederick, Prince of Wales
    Fort Haldimand 1950

    • Dormitory, built between 1949-50 was re-opened in 2007, now houses 11 and 12 squadron.
    • Originally contained sports stores, swimming pool, admin offices, locker rooms, medical facilities and dormitories.
    • The pool, which was closed in the mid-1990s, was filled in and covered with a concrete slab. The pool area was divided up into two stories and is now used for laundry rooms, the Museum storeroom and other storage.

    Sir Frederick Haldimand, former governor of Quebec
    Fort Lasalle 1913

    • Registry of Historic Places of Canada
    • Dormitory housing 2 (LaSalle), 3 (Pontiac), 4 (Frontenac) and 13 Squadrons.
    • Originally called Fort Frederick Dormitory.
    • The 'new wing' was built in 1925 and the 'coronation wing' was built in 1937.

    René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle French explorer
    Fort Sauvé 2001

    • Dormitory by Shoalts and Zaback Architects consisting of 4 storeys and 200 beds
    • housing 5 (Brock), 6 (Brant), 7 (Wolfe) and 8 (Mackenzie) Squadrons.

    Rt. Hon. Jeanne Sauvé, former Governor-General
    Gatehouse 3 19th century

    • Registry of Historic Places of Canada

    Girouard building 1977

    • Academic building housing staff and classes in the bilingual program

    Sir Édouard Girouard, RMC alumnus, railway builder, governor
    Guardhouse 14 19th century

    • Registry of Historic Places of Canada

    Hewett House 1876

    • Registry of Historic Places of Canada

    Lieutenant-General Edward O. Hewett, First Commandant
    Interpretive Pavilion, funded by the RMC Club 2006

    • Sits adjacent to the Memorial Arch,
    • tells the history of the Arch, and the College,
    • located on the ‘Hero’s Trail’ along the waterfront

    history of the College, and Fort Frederick
    Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard 1789

    War of 1812.
    Mackenzie building 1878

    • Registry of Historic Places of Canada
    • Centrepiece building of the college overlooking the parade square,
    • features a mansard roof, and central tower flanked by projecting end towers.
    • Designed by architect Robert Gage in a Second Empire style: elaborate and monumental.

    Rt. Hon. Alexander Mackenzie, former Prime Minister
    Massey building 1960

    • Academic building. Houses offices, classrooms, and library.
    • Since 2006, Science, Engineering & Art libraries combined to create more classrooms in Sawyer.

    Rt. Hon. Vincent Massey, former Governor General of Canada
    Old gym, Building 24 1903

    • Registry of Historic Places of Canada
    • The old gym is connected to the Stone Frigate by a covered walkway.
    • Current salle d'armes and home of the RMC fencing team.
    • Summer headquarters for HMCS Ontario (C53) Cadet Summer Training Centre.
    • The basement was as an indoor firing range until very recently.
    • National Defence is converting firing range space into a book storage facility in 2006/2007.
    • The project will include abatement of lead dust and asbestos.

    Old hospital 1903

    • Administrative building.

    Panet House 1903

    • Houses the RMC Club, and RMC Club gift shop.

    Panet family members who attended RMC:

    • 179 BGen A.E. Panet, CB, CMG, DSO;
    • 255 MGen H.A. Panet, CB, CMG, DSO;
    • 499 MGen Edouard de Bellefeuille Panet, CMG, DSO, ED, LLD, D.Sc. Mil;
    • 985 Brigader Henri de Lotbiniere Panet, CBE; and
    • 1474 LCol de Lotbiniere Harwood Macdonald Panet.
  • Lt Col. Charles-Eugène Panet (1829-98), Senator (1875), Deputy Minister of Militia (1875-98).
  • Parade square centre of college and site of all formal parades
    Playing fields There are 2 football fields, 5 hard surface tennis courts, 2 softball diamonds, 3 soccer fields. In addition, the aquatic sports are played in Navy Bay and the St. Lawrence River.
    Rideout Row or Hogans Alley 1908

    • early 20th century row housing (2 terraces each with 8 4 roomed cottages, built as servants quarters, later private married staff housing, built for $107,152)
    • 100th anniversary celebrated on May 30th
    • In 2003, renovated 2 row houses into office space for the Canadian Defence Academy.
    • RMC honoured by Frontenac Heritage Foundation in 2005 for the restoration.

    Capt J B Ridout, Capt of Cadets at RMC 1876
    Sawyer complex 1977

    • Academic buildings containing offices, classrooms, and science and engineering labs.

    1557 Colonel William Reginald Sawyer, PhD (RMC 1924), Chemistry Professor (1935-41), Vice Commandant & director of studies (1948-1967)
    Sir Archie Macdonell Athletic Centre

    • Athletic centre

    1518 Sir Archie Macdonell (RMC 1919) former commandant
    Stone Frigate 1819-20

    • Registry of Historic Places of Canada
    • designed by architect Archibald Fraser as Royal Dockyard naval supply storehouse
    • Currently Dormitory-housing 1 Squadron, located to East of Parade Square.

    Beach Volleyball courts 2004

    • designed and build by 23090 Kevin Maarse (RMC ‘05) 23170 Maciej Hatta (RMC ‘05)

    Yeo Hall Mess Building, Building No. 32 1936

    • Registry of Historic Places of Canada
    • A multifunctional mess and recreation building built from 1934-36
    • Houses the Cadet Dining Hall and the Cadet Mess.
    • RMC barber and Canadian Forces Exchange System (CANEX) are located in the basement.

    Sir James Lucas Yeo,commander of Royal Navy forces in Canada during War of 1812

    The Massey Library collection consists of approximately 135,000 books, 1,800 audio-visual items and 1,200 periodicals in English and French. The library possesses RMC historical materiel including cadet photographs, scrapbooks, collections, diaries, and letters. The major collections follow:

    Collection Year Significance
    Leadership 2006-present donated by the class of 1956
    John W. Spurr (former RMC chief librarian) post WWII Military science
    Reginald E. Watters 1980-present Canadian literature
    General Harry Crerar (Commanding general of the First Canadian Army during WWII) 1939-1945 German language military and technical manuals

    Dormitories

    RMC has five dormitories, which are similar to most universities and provide the basic necessities. Organized by squadron, dormitories are co-educational with separate washrooms for men and women. Officer Cadets share a room in first year with someone who is proficient in the other official language.

    Memorials and traditions

    e.g. Triumphal arch; Trophies, Commemorative and Memorial Trees, Monuments, Plaques, and Others. This includes a list of RMC Traditions and RMC Militaria & Collectibles

    Royal Military College of Canada Museum

    The museum, established in 1962, is located in Fort Frederick on the campus of the Royal Military College of Canada in the Fort Frederick Martello Tower. Between 1922 and 1946, the RMC collections consisted merely of arms and military artefacts collections raised, built and maintained by individuals or very small groups of veterans. Although these items were interesting, there was no overall, coordinated story.

    The museum's mandate is to collect, conserve, research and display material relating to the history of the RMC, its former cadets and its site, the Point Frederick Dockyard. The museum contains collections of military memorabilia and artefacts, including a collection of 16th through 20th century arms, uniforms, flags, military art and trophies. It holds, for example, the Douglas Arms Collection which was presented to RMC by Walter Douglas (RMC 1890) and the Leinster Plate of the Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment A model of the 112-gun HMC St. Lawrence was donated in 2008. The Royal Military College of Canada Museum Colouring Book features the RMC mascot, a white bear with RMC pillbox hat and scarlett tunic. The lower floor of the Martello Tower contains exhibits on the War of 1812 and the fort’s dockyard. The main floor contains exhibits on the history of the college, and personal mementos of the Old Eighteen, the first class that enrolled in 1876. A gun platform displays the original cannons at the top of the tower. The museum is a member of the Canadian Museums Association and the Organization of Military Museums of Canada Inc. It is also accredited within the Canadian Forces Museum System. A cooperating association of friends of the museum has been formed to assist with projects.

    Year Significance
    1918

    • Brigadier Charles N. Perreau, RMC Commandant 1915-19, indicated that he wanted to establish a museum at RMC. RMC started to collect artefacts in a piecemeal way.
    • In 1918, Col. Charles N. Perreau requested a propeller on behalf of the RMC to the Commission on War Records and Trophies. “as a memoria of the many cadets we have sent to the RAF.”

    1920

    • 151 Major-General Sir Archibald Macdonell, RMC commandant 1919-25 gathered trophies he had addressed to RMC from the battlefields, and a few items from different sources.
    • Maj.-Gen. Macdonell requested various War Trophies captured by the Canadian Corps be dispatched to RMC for disposal about the grounds and buildings in recognition of the record of the ex-cadets.

    September 1922

    • A special army board met at RMC to look at the possibility of creating a museum in Fort Frederick, on RMC grounds. The conclusion was positive.

    January 1926

    • Quartermaster General wrote to 621 Brigadier C. F. Constantine, DSO, RMC Commandant 1925-30 “It is the desire of National Defence Headquarters to make the museum at the Royal Military College the principal storehouse for military relics of all natures...”
    • Although the army opened many museums from 1946 to 1964, the RMC Museum did not materialize.

    February 1926

    • An inventory of RMC’s holdings, 12 pages of items, many of the 1914-1918 vintage, had been captured from the Germans.

    1938

    • Walter Douglas (RMC 1890) donated the 430-piece collection of arms of the late General Profirio Diaz, former President of Mexico to RMC.
    • Most of these firearms, had little to do with RMC’s history.

    1946

    • The packing cases left by Douglas had not yet been opened.

    July 1946

    • RMC authorities decided to close the RMC museum.
    • Today we would classify the first version of the RMC Museum as a mere historical collection. *Many artifacts contained in Fort Henry, a 19th Century citadel overlooking the RMC grounds were given to other military museums.

    1957

    • The army published the Military Museums order which presented the parameters within which corps or unit army museums could be created, and described when and how these museums could access equipment or war trophies.
    • Many army museums started to be officially recognized.

    1960

    • The idea of reopening the RMC museum resurfaced.
    • Douglas’s cases were finally opened, along with others containing the material that had been set aside in 1946.

    25 June 1962

    • The new RMC Museum opened at its present location in the Martello Tower at Fort Frederick.

    History

    The Royal Military College of Canada "was the first military college to be established in a colonial dependency and it had a double function, the preparation of cadets for civilian careers as well as for military commissions." Richard A Preston, Canada's RMC. The Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard was a Royal Navy yard from 1788 to 1853 at the site of the current Royal Military College of Canada.

    Year Significance
    May 26 1874

    June 1 1876

    • Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario opened its doors to the first class of eighteen officer cadets. The names of these "Old Eighteen" are memorized by all cadets today.

    1878

    1878

    1878

    1881

    • A House of Commons report describes "Kingston Military College and other Educational Experiments...The Government of the Dominion have also established, at Kingston, an institution where young men may receive a training to fit them for the military profession--an institution something on the model of West Point--the practical benefits of which, however, are not as yet appreciable in a country like this, which has no regular army, and cannot afford employment suitable for the peculiar studies necessarily followed in the Academy.

    1884

    1885

    • The RMC alumni association (RMC Club) was inaugurated

    1886

    • The first annual RMC alumni dinner was held in Ottawa

    1889

    1891

    • The RMC Club Proceedings, the predecessor of The Review, the Log of HMS Stone Frigate, the Club Newsletter, and current Veritas was published

    1894

    • Can You Tell Me The Reason Why?, a song about life at the Royal Military College of Canada, was written by #282 A.H.N. Kennedy (1888) & #287 B.H.O. Armstrong (1889)

    1898

    • The RMC Club was incorporated under the Statutes of Ontario

    1906

    • The tradition of the Roll Call, which continues today in the Old Brigade, began

    1919

    • The RMC club decided to erect “a suitable memorial gateway” in memory of those ex cadets who have laid down their lives….”

    July 31, 1920

    • George V of the United Kingdom granted and assigned the Armorial Ensigns for the Royal Military College of Canada at the Court at St. James.'
    • "Per pale Azure and Gules on the Dexter side a Scaling Ladder Argent ensigned by a Mural Crown Or and on the Sinister side two Swords in saltire of the third points upward, on a Chief of the fourth three grenades of the first fired proper, an Inescutcheon charged with the Union Badge and for the Crest on a Wreath of the Colours An Arm in armour embowed gauntletted and holding a Sprig of three Maple Leaves and ensigned by the Imperial Crown all proper, as the same are in the painting hereunto annexed more plainly depicted to be borne by our said Royal Military College of Canada on Seals, Shields, Banners, Flags or otherwise according to the Laws of Arms.

    1932

    • The RMC March (music), Precision (march) was composed by Madame Denise Chabot, the wife of an RMC staff member, Major C.A. Chabot. She was inspired by the sound of the cadets marching past married quarters. The march starts, “We are the gentlemen cadets of RMC. We have sworn to love and serve Her Majesty…” The College March for bagpipe is Alexander Mackenzie

    1942

    • The last class at RMC for the duration of hostilities graduated, a final parade was held and the college colours were laid up in Saint George's Cathedral in Kingston, Ontario. For the remainder of the war the College served as a wartime training area, offering courses such as the Company Commanders Course, Military Intelligence Course, and the War Staff Course.

    1948

    1949

    • The RMC Club commemorated the fallen from the Second World War on two bronze plaques located on the flanking plinths of the Arch. Names of cadets lost in Korea, through peacekeeping and other operations were added as required.

    1950

    • The Old Brigade, alumni celebrating 50 + years since they entered one of the military colleges, are inducted. At the time, RMC was the only military college with a four year course, the course was 15 percent military content. . He devised a new system of organization at RMC consisting of a vice-commandant as director of studies, to coordinate the military and academic training at RMC and to represent RMC at the National Conference of Canadian Universities as the equivalent of a vce-principal. The commandant personally commanded the cadet battalion. A staff-adjutant issued the routine orders.

    1951

    • The Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visit RMC on 12 October 1951.

    1952

    • CMR was established in order to conduct tri-service cadet training within the Canadian Forces.

    1953

    March 26, 1959

    • The province of Ontario granted a university charter to RMC by passing "The Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act, 1959" enabling RMC to offer degrees in Arts, Science, and Engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels. "The Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act, 1959" was passed by the 25th Ontario Legislature and given Royal Assent on March 26, 1959.

    1959

    1965

    1966

    1974

    1976

    • Commemorative Centennial Canada Post stamps depict a Wing Parade in front of the Mackenzie Building and a Colour Party with the Memorial Arch in the background
    • 490 Brigadier F. H. Maynard, (RMC 1901) unveiled the RMC Club’s centennial gift, the statue now known as ‘Brucie.’ Maynard had served in France, Mesopotamia and India.

    1979

    • Military colleges open their doors to women.

    1980

    • In September, the first 32 female cadets are accepted into first year at RMC

    1995

    2000

    • Canadian Defence Academy (CDA), which oversees RMC, was established

    2001

    2003

    2007

    • For every 2.5 undergraduate degrees, RMC now produces one graduate degree. The average civilian faculty member at RMC currently attracts over $121,000 annually in extramural research funding.

    2008

    • The RMC launches the Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY)

    The Royal Military College in fiction and popular culture

    The Royal Military College's central place in Canadian military circles has made it the setting for novels, plays, films and other cultural works.

    • In Jetstream (TV series), a 2007 television series airing on Discovery Canada about pilots training to fly the CF-18 Hornet in the Canadian Forces, seven of the eight pilots are graduates of the RMC.
    • Timothy Findley’s fictional character Robert Ross in his World War I novel ‘the Wars’ (Penguin Canada 2005) studied military law and trajectory mathematics at the Royal Military College of Canada. His novel won the Governor General's Award for fiction and was adapted into a play. In 1985, Timothy Findlay was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
    • 19828 John-James Ford's protagonist in his coming-of-age novel 'Bonk on the Head' studied at the Royal Military College of Canada. The novel won the 2006 Ottawa Book Award in the English fiction category.
    • Oscar Telgmann and George Cameron's "Leo the Royal Cadet" is an opera written in 1889 in which Leo leaves his sweetheart Nellie to fight the Zulus in Natal.
    • "Till we meet again", is a musical set in Montreal, Quebec during World War II. Each act features an interview with an ex Royal Military College of Canada cadet who is a Canadian army officer: after Dunkirk, after Dieppe and after Juno.
    • Sara Jeanette Duncan's "Cousin Cinderella: A Canadian Girl in London" by Macmillan in New York and Methuen in London (1908) features Graham, a Royal Military College of Canada graduate, and his sister Mary Trent. Graham and Mary's father, Senator Trent has earned a fortune in the family lumber business. After serving in South Africa and entering the family lumber business Graham Trent travels with his sister Mary from Minnebiac, a fictional small town in Ontario to England. There, Graham Trent becomes engaged to Barbara Pavisay, a member of a proud old English family whose line extends back to the Tudors. When Barbara Pavisay breaks off the engagement to Graham, his sister Mary becomes engaged to Barbara's brother Lord Pavisay. It is assumed that Graham Trent will return to Canada, continue in the family business and be elected to Parliament. Sara Jeanette Duncan's "A Voyage of Consolation" is a sequel to "Cousin Cinderella: A Canadian Girl in London.
    • Dr. David Clark's Canadian Army Trilogy, The Ridge (1994), Lamone (2001) and Lucifer's Gate 2002 outlines the stories of two generations of the Warwick family and the Canadian Army in the Great War. In Lucifer's Gate, Captain James Niles, a Royal Military College graduate, is posted temporarily to a recruit training battalion. He is a professional officer, all spit and polish, everything by the King's Regulations. After ordering the crowd to disperse, Niles accepts thanks from German proprietors of a tailor shop, Hans and Analise Holzhauer and falls for their daughter, Rosamund. The lovely Rosamund is unfortunately, an unsuitable match since they are worlds apart in social position. Niles, who is practically engaged to the Colonel's daughter Roselyn, comes to realize while serving under Commander Arthur Currie in France, that Roselyn never has a serious thought, caring only about tennis and garden parties.

    Notable faculty, alumni, and senior officers

    Old Eighteen

    The term "Old Eighteen" refers to the first class of cadets accepted into the Royal Military College of Canada.

    Alfred George Godfrey Wurtele Harry Cortlandt Freer Henry Ellison Wise
    William Mahlon Davis Thomas Laurence Reed Septimus Julius Augustus Denison
    Lukin Homphrey Irving Frederick Davis Charles Albert DesBrisay
    Victor Brereton Rivers James Spelman Charles Oliver Fairbank
    Aylesworth Bowen Perry John Bray Cochrane Francis Joseph Dixon
    George Edwin Perley Harold Waldruf Keefer Duncan MacPherson

    Quotes

    # Name Quote
    General Maurice Baril (RMC 2007)

    • "Thousands of young officers have marched off its [RMC's] parade square and gone on to great achievements in politics, business and most importantly, on the battlefield"

    7269 Robert E. Brown (RMC 1968) interviewed by Konrad Yakabuski

    • "A well-aged dankness in the Stone Frigate, the oldest dormitory at Kingston's Royal Military College, is reputed to be ideally suited to the cultivation of spiders, the common cold and a strong character. Residents of the 180-year-old former naval warehouse, which is separated from the other dorms by Parade Square, have long seen the ability to endure their barracks' inhospitable clime as a mark of fortitude.

    Sir Andrew Clarke, British inspector-general of fortifications, deceased

    • [RMC is] "one of the best of its class in the world . . . And the Americans themselves, I understand, say better than at West Point.” In 1893 Clarke commented that RMC graduates were better than those from the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.

    H22982 Twenty-sixth Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.

    • "You will be called upon to take your place in modern Canada and in the modern world.... You will also be called upon to lead...and a leader must stand for something. You must not only be aware of who you are. You must also be defined by what you do."

    Brooke Claxton, former Defence Minister, deceased

    • "The role of the officer in modern war can only be properly discharged if they have education and standing in the community comparable to that of any of the other professions as well as high qualities of character and physique.” In 1947, Claxton reopened RMC as a 3-service cadet college offering a 4-year academic degree.

    H24263 Dr. John Scott Cowan

    • "[T]his is an exercise in Nation Building: In the way that water transforms into ice by building around a single crystal, perhaps the new Canada could do worse than to build around the experiences and values of the new RMC."..."We educate those who pass through this place Royal Military College of Canada exactly so that they will fully understand and be a part of the culture they are called upon to defend.

    749 General Harry Crerar CH, CB, DSO, KStJ, CD, deceased

    • "I am confident that The RMC Battalion of Gentlemen Cadets, which will be re-born after this war is over will typify in the future all the best College tradition we have known in the past"

    Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie, deceased

    • the "spirit" of the Royal Military College of Canada's graduates, "no less than their military attainments, exercised a potent influence in fashioning a force which, in fighting efficiency, has never been excelled."

    Captain A.G. Douglas, deceased

    • Suggested, in 1816, the establishment of a Canadian military college in Trois Rivieres, Ontario to unify the population, "to begin to work upon young minds of different... parties and persuasions" so "old prejudices would vanish not only among the students, but even among their relations, and a common interest would ensue"

    Henry Charles Fletcherdeceased

    S140 Robert J. Giroux C.M., M.Sc.

    • "A degree from the Royal Military College is a living testament to the value of service and dedication."

    S147 Hon. Bill Graham, Defence Minister

    • “RMC has a proud history of excellence and is fundamental in training future leaders of the Canadian Forces,”

    19033 Major Nick Grimshaw (RMC’93)

    • "Overall, the training that I was involved in since graduating from RMC prepared me very well for my tour in Afghanistan. I found myself constantly relying on the basic principles of leadership. Leading by example was by far the most important aspect."

    Hon Albina Guarnieri, P.C., (MP, Minister of Veterans Affairs

    • "...the Royal Military College where the Veterans of the future are being schooled in our military history and are being prepared to make history themselves." Oct. 17, 2005

    Hon. Laurie Hawn (MP Edmonton Centre, Conservative Party of Canada)

    • "The professionalism of the Canadian Forces is, in large part, founded on learning and knowledge. The Canadian Defence Academy, the Military and Staff Colleges and the Royal Military College of Canada, all play a critical role in creating and ensuring knowledge in the defence community.

    S148 General Rick Hillier, Chief of the Defence Staff (Canada)

    • "[At] the Royal Military College where a bulk of our new officers start their career, start their education, we have 200 spots open for August [2007]. We have 1,500 people who have applied and completed the application process to go to those 200 spots. That is a 7½ to one ratio and we get the opportunity to select the very best from it. As a result, our quality of applicants and the quality of the recruits, the level of fitness and the imagination and the success in completing the courses has skyrocketed in a way that we couldn't even dream about before." 2007 Speech at the National Managers' Forum

    22862 Captain Jeremy A. Hiltz (RMC ‘04)

    • "…RMC never taught me how to lead a platoon attack or conduct a Shurah with local Afghan elders, but it has taught me three vital ideas that all officers should adhere to. Truth means leading soldiers from the front and being honest to them at all times. Duty means being there at the front when the bullets start flying because the private soldier that I have just told to assault an enemy position needs to know that I am committed to achieving the mission with him. Valour means taking the difficult orders and making them my own, in spite of the fear of the unknown or the chances that we are taking." Veritas article July 2007, p38

    Sir John Keegan OBE, *[Canada's Royal Military College of Canada at] Kingston, ..., is pure British imperial. ... Watching cadets parade there, I saw them perform a drill movement I knew only from sepia Victorian photographs - it has long been abolished in Britain - while I listened to a running stream of criticism from a sergeant in bottleglass-brilliant boots of their minor imperfections in marching. He hated, he told me after the parade, the adoption by Canada's army of the naval salute - 'the wave, I call it' - he hated the universal green uniform, he hated the use of common ranks - 'How can the captain of a ship be a colonel?' - he hated the disappearance of polished brass - the metal of his pacestick glittered with burnishing - he hated rubber soles, non-iron shirts, nylon uniforms and being mistaken by civilians for an airman. Kipling and he would have got on like a house on fire: 'Ship me somewheres east of Suez, where ... a man can raise a thirst' were almost the next words I expected to hear at the crescendo of his relentless tirade. Spiritually he belonged with the Royal Canadians who had gone to fight the Boers for Queen Victoria; his cadets were unlikely to be allowed to forget that her great-great-granddaughter was Queen of Canada or that he had learnt his drill at the depot of her Foot Guards.' -
    Lt. Col. John McCrae (RMC 1893)

    • "...I have a manservant .. Quite a nobby place it is, in fact .. My windows look right out across the bay, and are just near the water’s edge; there is a good deal of shipping at present in the port; and the river looks very pretty.’ letter while on an Artilleryman course

    Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie, deceased

    • Wrote Governor-General Dufferin, in 1878 "This belief led me to propose the establishment of a Military College modelled on existing similar institutions in England and the United States, with the expectation that when the first batch of Graduates were leaving the College. Means would be found to employ the Graduates in the Canadian Military Service"

    490 Brigadier F. H. Maynard (RMC 1901), deceased

    • "I have always remembered with pride that I was a graduate of the RMC. What I learned there carried me through many dangers and difficulties and I wish to record here my gratitude to all who taught me and with whom I served at the RMC, Canada."

    Hon. Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence

    • "The Royal Military College is a higher education institution that plays an essential role for the Canadian Forces and for our country...Throughout the ranks, the leadership of the Canadian Forces is smart, flexible and adaptive. And a good deal of the credit for this should go to the Royal Military College... This is a vital national institution. Here, today, much of tomorrow’s military leadership is being forged... RMC will continue to provide the professional development that the CF needs to successfully face the challenges that surely lay ahead.

    Twentieth Governor-General Roland Michener, P.C., C.C., C.M.M., C.D., LL.D. deceased

    • "RMC, which is only nine years younger than Confederation, has been a powerful factor in the growth and security of the country"

    Colonel Sir Frederick Dobson Middleton deceased

    • “there are very few institutions of a similar character equal to it [Royal Military College of Canada at Kingston] in Europe and none that are better.”

    S149 Hon Peter Milliken, Member of Parliament 2001

    • The motto of the Royal Military College is (as you well know), "Truth, Duty, Valour". Your admission to the ranks of this institution, whether it occurred this year or two decades ago, as cadets or as staff, presupposes that you are already possessed of these qualities. That having been said, there is always room for improvement, and the College's role in this regard is to inculcate in its cadets a sense of integrity, responsibility, self-discipline, teamwork, and leadership.

    8850 RAdm (Ret'd) David C Morse (RMC 1971)

    • "We have a lot to be proud of and the graduates are making a tremendous contribution to Canadian society. We need to tell this story again and again. We need to make sure the graduates who have reached levels of prestige are recognized."

    S157 Honourable Gordon O'Connor

    • "RMC is one of the best military colleges in the world, and it takes motivation and discipline to succeed here."

    13511 Bernard JG Ouellette (CMR ‘78), RMC’s Director of Cadets

    • "I’m very proud of these young men and women. They put in months of rigorous training on top of an already demanding schedule, and today, their dedication, fitness and teamwork paid off"

    H16511 Dr. Richard A. Preston (former professor), deceased

    • "The supreme test of a military college is the success of its graduates in war...There were some who believed that the stronger academic program must inevitably have weakened the old military spirit and efficiency. But the success of the graduates who went directly to Korea quickly disabused them."

    Dr. Michael Sullivan (former Kingston mayor), deceased

    • 1872 petition recommended the military college for Kingston "remarkable healthfulness...not without historical fame in the annals of the country which would render it the more proper site for a military college"

    Kevin Sylvester, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio, Sounds Like Canada 2007/07/26

    • "Like its counterparts Sandhurst in the U.K, West Point in the U.S. and l'École militaire in France, Canada's Royal Military College is the school of choice for many of this country's future military leaders."

    Rt. Hon. Sir Charles Tupper (1886), deceased

    • "I regard the Canadian Military College as one of the best of its class in the world. The training and results are in every way of a high order, and the Americans themselves, I understand, say better than at West Point."

    2951 General (Ret'd) Ramsey Muir Withers

    • "...The College must also promote a common vision of the profession of arms, the common military ethos underpinning leadership in the CF and the increasingly joint nature of all foreseeable operations."

    Unknown

    • By 1900, hardly a Canadian "bridge, road, or railway line was built without the assistance of an engineering graduate of RMC.

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