Since 1876, the RMC of Canada welcomes young Canadians of various cultural backgrounds, enabling them to become strong leaders for the Canadian Armed Forces and our nation. As you join RMCC, you will embark on an invigorating journey and become a part of a proud heritage.
An RMC of Canada education and military experience will provide you with the professional and intellectual skills necessary to assume the responsibilities and meet the demands of leadership in today’s rapidly changing world. A career as an officer in the CAF will offer you experiences and challenges that will enable you to maximize your contribution to Canada at home and abroad. Attending the RMC of Canada is the first step you will take on a path destined for success.
The RMC of Canada’s campus, rich in history, heritage, and tradition, is located on Point Frederick, a small peninsula just to the east of Kingston, Ontario. The RMC of Canada is situated midway between Toronto and Montreal, and only two hours from Ottawa, the nation’s capital. This scenic location, at the junction of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, is of great historic importance. It has been an active military site since 1789 and, during the War of 1812, it served as the major naval station in Upper Canada. Ships of the Royal Navy were built and based here. The RMC of Canada currently has two National Historic Sites of Canada; the Royal Naval Dockyard, and the Point Frederick buildings. In 1876 RMCC opened its doors to the first Cadets, making the College Ontario’s fifth oldest University.
“Where every day begins with a sense of purpose…. and every day ends with a sense of pride”
The Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) gives young Canadians an opportunity to obtain both an Officer’s commission in the Canadian Armed Forces and an undergraduate degree. Candidates who have been accepted at RMCC or at another Canadian university are enrolled in the CAF as Officer Cadets.
Under the ROTP, the Department of National Defence pays for all costs of tuition, uniforms, books, instruments, and other essential fees. Officer Cadets are also paid a monthly salary (from which mandatory room, board and mess dues are deducted), undergo military occupation training, and if required, second language training during the summer months, and receive full medical and dental care at no cost. Annual vacation with full pay is granted according to CAF regulations.
Officer Cadets are obliged to maintain satisfactory academic performance throughout the programme. Those who do not maintain a suitable level of academic performance may be permitted to repeat one year at their own expense and, if successful, be reinstated to full pay and allowances.
Upon successful completion of the ROTP, Officer Cadets are awarded a university degree, receive their commission, and become Officers in the Canadian Armed Forces. Normally, graduates are obliged to serve for a minimum of five years in the CAF.
Officer Cadets enrolled under the ROTP may apply to release from the CAF prior to the commencement of the second academic year without incurring any obligatory service or financial penalty. ROTP Officer Cadets seeking release after the commencement of their second academic year are required to reimburse the Crown for all expenses incurred while attending RMCC or another university.
A quality education is the foundation for your future no matter which career path you choose.
If you are looking for unique responsibilities, a meaningful career with excellent opportunities and the chance to develop your personal strengths, then your first step is the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP).
The aims of the ROTP are to develop selected young men and women as officers in the CAF in a variety of career occupations. Successful ROTP candidates enrol in the CAF as Officer Cadets and attend the RMC of Canada, or le Collège militaire royal de St-Jean, or an approved Canadian University. The key benefits of the ROTP are:
- Completion of a baccalaureate degree in Arts, Sciences or Engineering;
- Professional military training in a military occupation;
- Costs of tuition, uniforms, books, instruments and other essential fees are paid for by the Department of National Defence for the duration of a candidate's education;
- A monthly salary, less deductions for income tax, pension plan, and, room and meals;
- Free medical and dental care;
- Annual vacation leave with full pay; and on graduation,
- Guaranteed employment for at least 5 years as an officer in the CAF.
By submitting their application, applicants are applying for full-time employment with the CAF, and attendance at the RMC of Canada becomes part of their professional development as future officers in the CAF. The goal is to provide exceptional education while developing students to refine their leadership capabilities in a holistic approach to military education.
Eligibility and Selection
Since an application to the ROTP is also an application to the RMC of Canada and the CMR Saint-Jean, a candidate must:
- Be a Canadian citizen;
- Be 17 years of age, by the 1st of January of the year of enrollment;
- Possess the necessary academic prerequisites for admission to the RMC of Canada;
- an assessment of a candidate’s top six most recent marks related to the requirements of his or her chosen program; or,
- Gain unconditional admission at a Canadian university.
- An aptitude test
- A medical examination
- An interview
Applicants are evaluated on two fundamental criteria:
- Military Potential. The Military Potential score is based on the assessment of an applicants’ Aptitude Test, Personality Traits, and the choice of the proper occupation.
- Academic Performance. This will be assessed by the Admissions Office at the RMC of Canada. This is an assessment of a candidate’s top six most recent marks which adhere to the admission requirements for their programme of choice.
How to apply for enrolment in the CAF and admission to the RMC of Canada
All students interested in pursuing full-time undergraduate degree programmes offered at the RMC of Canada must apply online through the Canadian Armed Forces’ website www.forces.ca, by selecting ‘Apply Now’. Applicants are encouraged to start their application in September of their final year of high school. The deadline for applications is January 31st of the year of enrollment.
Information concerning the application process can be obtained from any Canadian Forces Recruiting Center (CFRC) at 1-800-856-8488 or at www.forces.ca by selecting the ‘Find a Recruiter’ tab.
- Applicants should indicate when they apply that they are interested in the ROTP.
- Applicants will receive an email from CAF Recruiting confirming the application has been received and is being processed. Candidates will receive further instructions with the next steps of their application process.
- Applicants are encouraged to check your spam folder on a regular basis.
- The deadline for application for ROTP is 31 January. For further information please contact Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting or call 1-800-856-8488.
Application Deadline - 31 January
What do I choose?
- Find an occupation that interests you – RMC of Canada students have 20 unique and exciting jobs available to them through the CAF after graduation.
- Find a degree program that interests you – The RMC of Canada offers 19 undergraduate degree programmes, some of which are required for specific occupations. To verify, contact your local CAF recruiting center at 1-800-856-8488
The mission of the RMC of Canada is to produce officers with the mental, ethical, physical, physical and linguistic capabilities required to lead with distinction in the CAF.
The primary role of the RMC of Canada is to educate and develop Canadians into leaders committed to serving the CAF and Canada.
The objectives of the RMC of Canada are:
- To prepare and motivate Canadians for effective service as commissioned officers in the CAF by:
- providing a university education in both official languages in appropriate disciplines designed on a broad base to meet the unique needs of the Forces,
- developing qualities of leadership,
- developing a high standard of personal physical fitness, and
- stimulating an awareness of the ethic of the military profession;
- To improve in appropriate fields the educational background of students who are commissioned officers in the CAF by providing undergraduate and post-graduate courses in both official languages; and
- To foster and encourage faculty participation in research in order to sustain academic excellence. Research with a defence focus is encouraged.
To earn an RMC of Canada university degree, Officer Cadets are required to develop their intellectual and practical abilities in four distinct areas: Leadership, Academics, Athletics, and Bilingualism
The Leadership Component develops personal skills that officers need to succeed in today’s complex and rapidly changing world. Basic Officer Training will provide you with the fundamental skills of an effective leader and resource manager. This leadership training will be expanded upon as you begin your studies at the RMC of Canada. Along with other experiences, it will prepare you to make difficult decisions under stress through deeper understanding of the factors affecting your role as a leader. The nature of military leadership and military operations necessitates an in-depth understanding of human behaviour; therefore, studies in military psychology and leadership are part of the required academic curriculum. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of personal integrity, ethical behaviour and professional responsibility.
Since the aim of the RMC of Canada is to prepare students for their roles as officers in the CAF, it is important for Officer Cadets to be exposed to and develop leadership traits during their academic studies.
Basic Officer Training
Officer Cadets accepted to the RMC of Canada begin their first year with Basic Officer Training in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This introductory programme consists of common military subjects such as general military knowledge, the principles of leadership, regulations and customs of the military, basic weapons handling, and first aid. Opportunities will also be provided to apply such newly acquired military skills in training exercises involving force protection, field training, navigation and leadership.
First Year Orientation Programme (FYOP)
Upon successful completion of Basic Officer Training, Officer Cadets begin their full-time studies at the RMC of Canada in addition to continuing with elements of basic training. Throughout the Fall Term, Officer Cadets are assessed on their ability to follow orders and work as members of a team. After successfully running the obstacle course, which marks the end of the First Year Orientation Programme, Officer Cadets are inducted into the RMC of Canada and issued their scarlet uniform.
Each year, Officer Cadets participate in a class project which involves organizing and running a community-based event. Past projects include collecting food for a local food bank, hosting support groups for a day of fun, cleaning up local parks, and staging a talent show.
After completing the first year at the RMC of Canada, Officer Cadets return to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC to complete their Basic Officer Training. After the second year, Officer Cadets complete 10 weeks of Second Official Language Education and Training if required, or they can receive up to 11 weeks of military training which may include military occupation training relevant to their chosen occupation. This training takes place at military bases across Canada.
Military Drills and Parades
The RMC of Canada is renowned for the quality and diversity of its ceremonial parades. Officer Cadets are expected to reach and maintain a high standard in drill with the service rifle, the ceremonial flag, and the sword. Throughout the year, the RMC of Canada is called upon to provide formations of Officer Cadets for ceremonial occasions. Usually, Officer Cadets prepare for these tasks after their duty hours.
The Academics Component develops critical intellectual skills required to understand the complexities of living in the 21st century. The RMC of Canada’s academic programmes apply theoretical knowledge to daily operations and military settings. All degree programmes offered at the RMC of Canada are designed to provide a balanced liberal arts, scientific and military education.
The RMC of Canada’s Academic Component consists of an undergraduate degree and the core curriculum. Officer Cadets with a secondary school diploma begin their university studies at the RMC of Canada. Officer Cadets with a Secondary V through the Ministry of Education of Quebec begin their studies by completing first year CEGEP at RMC Saint-Jean in Quebec, and then continue with university studies at the RMC of Canada.
The RMC of Canada offers 19 four-year Baccalaureate degrees in Arts, Science, and Engineering.
Officer Cadets should be aware that all programmes are four years in duration and are broadly based; Engineering and Science programmes include several courses in Arts, while Officer Cadets in Arts are required to successfully undertake university level courses in mathematics and science.
The Core Curriculum is central to the undergraduate degree requirements of the RMC of Canada and is designed to provide Officer Cadets with a sound balanced liberal, scientific and military education.
Divided into two themes, it represents the minimum content in the subject areas required for all RMC of Canada degrees:
- Arts Officer Cadets will study economics, mathematics, calculus, chemistry and physics in addition to the required courses of their Arts programme.
- Science and Engineering Officer Cadets will study Psychology, English, Canadian Military History, Canadian History and Civics in addition to the required courses of their Science or Engineering programme.
Officer Cadets pursuing an RMC of Canada Arts degree not only gain knowledge relevant to their field of specialization and exercise their communication and critical thinking skills, they also examine situations from a military perspective and become aware of current domestic and global issues. A key component of the programme is using examples based on real-life experiences of young officers on operational deployment. In their second year, Arts students select a major field of study consisting of compulsory and elective courses. In addition, students may also develop a minor programme in a subject that is not an integral part of their major concentration. To obtain an honours degree, Officers must complete additional courses and requirements as specified by their department.
Bachelor of Arts (General and Honours)
- Business Administration -
- The study of business administration involves a number of functional areas including accounting, information systems, finance, marketing, operations management and human resource management. The practice of business administration does not take place in a vacuum, and understanding the environmental context and its relationship with a functional area is essential to the development of effective decisions, policies and strategies. The programme will provide the Officer Cadet with a basic understanding of certain core disciplines such as quantitative methods, economics and psychology as well as providing the student with a basic understanding of each of the functional areas listed above. Finally, it will include courses which require integration of the functional areas. The overarching goal is to provide the Officer Cadet with a broad, well-grounded education in business administration.
- Economics -
- Economics is the social science that studies how individuals, firms, and governments make choices on allocating scarce resources to satisfy unlimited wants. Economics is everywhere: from students choosing how much time to allocate to studying versus going to the gym or going out, to governments choosing how to allocate resources to education, health care, or security; all these decisions involve a choice of one or more alternatives given limited resources, such as time and/or money. There are two main branches of economics- microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics studies the behaviour of individual decision makers such as firms and households. It deals with determination of prices and quantities in individual markets and with the relationship among markets. In contrast, macroeconomics is concerned with the behaviour of the economy as a whole, in particular, with factors such as unemployment, national income, and economic growth, inflation, and price levels.
- English -
- Designed to develop and refine basic communication skills and enhance problem-solving abilities, the English Studies programme introduces Officer Cadets to the importance of cultural and social values in the modern world. Through the consideration of various literary works, the programme explores both traditional and non-traditional values in contemporary societies and examines how these are often as relevant as economic, political and historical factors to an understanding of our world.
- French Studies -
- The programme is designed to improve the Officer Cadets’ communication skills, teach them to analyze information and problems thoroughly and provide them with a solid experience of francophone literature. By studying numerous literary works, Officer Cadets gain an understanding of the importance of cultural and social values in the development of societies and in today’s world, with particular emphasis on la Francophonie. The programme also shows that sociocultural standards may vary considerably from one society to another. Officer Cadets will develop their intellectual faculties, particularly the ability to think critically and analyze aptitudes which they will constantly draw upon in practicing their profession.
- History -
- Appreciating the origins and complexities of the society in which we live requires an understanding of history, the study of which has also been described as one of the best possible educations for military leaders, short of actual field experience. The programme places considerable emphasis on the study of international relations, civil military relations and the impact of war on society while providing a broad exposure to the study of the histories of Canada, the Commonwealth, Europe, the United States, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, China and Africa. Specialized thematic courses are also available. Emphasis is placed on the use of original documentary materials and secondary sources, on the development of skills in report writing and seminar presentations, and on the completion of a piece of original research as a final-year project
- Military Psychology and Leadership -
- The Military Psychology and Leadership department provides Officer Cadets at the RMC of Canada with the philosophical and psychological framework on which to build a sound understanding of the dynamics of leadership in the military. As much as possible using a military backdrop, this vision focuses on self-awareness and appreciation of human behaviour; ability to understand and apply influence in social situations; skill in adapting effective leadership approaches in a variety of circumstances; and an appreciation of the necessity for personal integrity, importance of human dignity, and need to reflect continually on one’s values and professional conduct. The goal is to develop an officer who is uniquely qualified to meet the complexities and challenges of leadership in a modern military.
- Military and Strategic Studies -
- This programme employs a multidisciplinary approach to the study of international relations, strategic thought and military history, through a combination of core courses in History, Political Science and Psychology. Officer Cadets may also take optional courses in other disciplines such as: Economics, English, French Studies, Geography, and Mathematics and Computing Science. This programme is organized to provide a solid foundation for those who intend to pursue careers in the areas of international relations, defence and security studies either inside or outside of the CAF.
- Politics -
- Courses in political science are multidisciplinary and focus on a broad spectrum of philosophical, social, political, strategic, and military and security issues, both domestic and international, and their political implications. The Politics programme is divided into six major fields of study:
- Canadian government
- International relations
- Comparative politics
- Political theory
- Public administration and policy
The Science programmes offered at the RMC of Canada are relevant to occupations in both the CAF and the civilian sector. For example, chemistry is fundamental to the study of propellants, chemical warfare, environment, pharmacology and forensics; physics and space science are used in satellite remote sensing, optics and optical fibre networks and material science; while mathematics and computer science are used in war games, operations research and financial computing. In their second year, Science students select one or two fields of study consisting of compulsory and elective courses. In addition, students may also develop a minor programme in a subject that is not an integral part of their major concentration. To obtain an honours degree, students must complete the course requirements of the major and write a thesis.
Bachelor of Science (General and Honours)
- Chemistry -
- Chemistry provides a basic building block for a broad understanding of the world around us. The principles and chemical properties learned will pervade every aspect of one’s personal and professional life. Chemistry graduates find employment in a wide range of areas including the petrochemical, pharmaceutical and food industries, in materials and environmental sciences, and in many areas of medicine.
- Computer Science -
- The importance of computers and their applications continues to grow in almost every sector of human endeavour. With a solid foundation in mathematics, algorithm analysis, computational complexity and programming fundamentals, graduates are well-equipped to cope with the complex systems employed throughout the CAF.
- Mathematics -
- Apart from being a subject of study in its own right, Mathematics provides practitioners in many fields with the tools to measure, analyze, and understand problems and phenomena within their respective disciplines. Mathematics graduates are often employed as consultants, as systems analysts or engineers, in operations research and in other roles.
- Physics -
- Physics provides the theoretical underpinnings for many branches of engineering. The broad theoretical background acquired by the RMC of Canada graduates is highly valuable in our rapidly changing technological world. Courses cover, but are not limited to, electrical magnetic theory, quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, statistical mechanics and applied mathematics. Graduates find employment in electrical, electronics, mechanical, and optics fields.
- Space Science -
- Space Science presents the fundamentals of science in the context of space. Applications explored at the RMC of Canada include Search and Research, Satellite Tracking, Remote Sensing and Space Communications. The RMC of Canada granted the first degrees in Space Science in Canada in 1991. Graduates are found in the CAF space-related activities, in industry, and in science and engineering programmes. The RMC of Canada is a founding member of the University Space Network, an innovative multi-media learning initiative.
The Faculty of Engineering is responsible for the education of future officers for professional careers in engineering in the CAF. Of primary concern is the development of professional competence in areas applicable to the military and society at large. The curriculum is a mixture of domain-specific engineering courses rounded out by knowledge-broadening courses in the humanities. All engineering programmes are based on a common first year with specialization commencing in the second year of study. The fourth year programme includes a realistic engineering project for which students must define the problem as well as find an appropriate engineering solution which will inevitably involve the interaction of several subject areas. The RMC of Canada Engineering programmes are highly regarded due to their practical application to military problems and the low student to professor ratio. This unique characteristic, along with a commitment for excellence in education, assures successful candidates of an Engineering degree with a difference.
Bachelor of Engineering
- Aeronautical -
- Aeronautical Engineering focuses on the design, construction and science of aircraft, spacecraft and airborne weapons technologies. Developing vehicles and systems for atmospheric and space environments, Aerospace Engineers have a thorough knowledge of aerodynamics, fluid dynamics, propulsion, aircraft performance, structures, flight dynamics, control and navigation systems, and avionics. Working with highly interrelated systems, Aerospace Engineers must understand all aspects of a complicated project. Venturing into state of the art technologies, Aerospace Engineers are at the forefront of exploring all possibilities to allow us to travel faster and farther, both in the atmosphere and into space.
- Chemical -
- The Chemical Engineering programme has a strong Materials Engineering component. Nuclear and Environmental Engineering are also included to reflect the spectrum of chemical engineering interests of value to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence. In addition to the basic Chemical Engineering core, the programme emphasizes the areas of corrosion, fuel cells, batteries, alloys, polymers, ceramics, composite development, explosives, combustion processes, nuclear energy applications and environmental stewardship. All of these areas highlight the unique nature of the Chemical Engineering degree at the RMC of Canada.
- Civil -
- Civil Engineering courses include Strength of Materials, Structural Theory, Engineering Survey, Engineering Economics, Soil Mechanics, Concrete and Steel Design, Foundation Design and Analysis, Highway Design, Environmental and Sanitary Engineering, and many other topics. In their Third Year, Officer Cadets complete a two week survey school, further developing their knowledge of surveying, report writing and presentation skills, and ability to manage projects. Upon completion of survey field school, Officer Cadets will gain practical engineering experience by travelling to a Canadian Forces Base and working on site
- Computer -
- Computer Engineers embed computers within complex systems, build computer networks, and solve other computer oriented problems. Computer Engineers work with and understand both the hardware and software of computer systems. They fuse together aspects of Electronics and Applied Computer Science. The Computer Engineering programme at RMC of Canada offers elective concentrations that allow Officer Cadets to focus on the Software Engineering aspects of computer system design or on the Electronic Systems Engineering aspects. Software Engineering is the application of Computer Science to the design of new computer based products and systems. The Electronic Systems Engineering concentration focuses more on the computer hardware aspects of system design, studying the application of electrical and electronic systems engineering to the design of computer based systems and the embedding of computer systems in more complex products.
- Electrical -
- This discipline involves knowledge of the theories and principles of mathematics, science, electronics and engineering to develop a deeper understanding of analog, digital, control and electromagnetic/optical design principles. Officer Cadets studying within the Electrical Engineering programme will take courses that build their knowledge within one of the following streams:
- Power and Control
- Communications and Electronics
- Mechanical -
- Mechanical Engineering is one of the oldest and broadest of the engineering fields. Mechanical Engineers are innovators, focusing on the analysis, design, manufacturing and maintenance of items of all size which extend humans physical abilities, from small nano-machines to large manufacturing plants. With a solid understanding of mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, materials science, control systems, and energy, Mechanical Engineers possess exceptional problem solving skills which are required to tackle today's most challenging technical problems. Mechanical Engineers work in a team environment, with solid leadership and communications skills, in all levels of industry, Public Service and Military organizations
Under the Athletics Component, the RMC of Canada teaches the importance of fitness and a healthy lifestyle. By striving to achieve a higher level of physical fitness, you can improve the quality of your life, learn more effectively, and inspire those around you. Officer Cadets are required to participate in the physical education programme designed to achieve and maintain a high level of fitness and to learn the basics of a wide variety of team and individual sports.
The physical education and athletics programme at the RMC of Canada is designed to help each Officer Cadet attain a high level of physical fitness and a satisfactory level of skills in a wide variety of sports. This programme is compulsory and Officer Cadets are tested periodically to ensure that they meet fitness standards in terms of stamina, agility and strength.
The four years of physical development at the RMC of Canada represent different levels of athletic achievement. Officer Cadets must attend a two hour physical fitness period each week during the academic year in order to help them stay in great physical shape.
During the first year of studies, the emphasis will be placed on proper training and conditioning techniques; in the second year, on team sports participation; in the third year, on military training which includes hand-to-hand combat techniques and rappelling; and in the fourth year, on specializing in a wide variety of activities and sports that students select.
The RMC of Canada is a member of Ontario University Athletics (OUA), one of the four intercollegiate associations that make up Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The RMC of Canada’s Varsity teams compete in the following OUA sports:
- Fencing Men & Women
- Hockey Men
- Rugby Men
- Soccer Men & Women
- Volleyball Men & Women Physical Education
Officer Cadets who are not on a varsity team or competitive club must participate in the intramural programme twice per week and may also be involved in organizing and running intramural events. The RMC of Canada currently offers;
- ice hockey,
- ball hockey,
- water polo,
- ultimate Frisbee,
- flag football, and
- many other sports.
The Competitive Clubs provide members an enhanced opportunity for training and competition that are otherwise not available as recreation clubs. Some of the RMC of Canada’s competitive clubs include:
- Running Men & Women
- Rowing Men & Women
- Rugby Women
- Sailing Men & Women
- Swimming Men & Women
- Taekwondo Men & Women
The RMC of Canada’s modern athletic facilities offer Officer Cadets the ability to participate in many different sports and activities. The Kingston Military Community Sports Center houses a 25-metre pool and hot tub, 200- metre track, a spin room, cardio room, squash courts, weight room and hardwood courts. On campus, there are also tennis courts, soccer fields, an ice rink, a beach volleyball court, and ample amount of equipment to allow students to participate in water sports, including windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking. The latest addition to the athletic facilities is the sports dome which contains an 85-metre by 120-metre turf field. Students are also able to utilize CFB Kingston’s golf and curling clubs, as well as the bowling alley. The athletic facilities are used on a regular basis by the Officer Cadets for intramural sports, physical education courses, and can also be booked for personal use throughout the day.
Recreational Clubs are created and organized by Officer Cadets with the primary intent of providing leadership opportunities for students. They also help to develop the social skills of those who choose to get involved and to introduce different leisure and athletic activities to the RMCC community that may not already be offered through the varsity and intramural programme. Some of RMCC’s Recreational Clubs include:
- Auto Hobby,
- Highland Dance,
- Paintball / Airsoft,
- Power Flying,
- Scuba Diving,
- Stage Band,
The Bilingualism Component reflects Canada’s cultural heritage. As representatives of this heritage, Officers are expected to be fluent in both of Canada’s official languages. Your responsibilities as an officer in the CAF will require you to lead Canadian men and women who are primarily Anglophone or Francophone. The RMC of Canada has been training officers to communicate effectively in both English and French for more than 30 years through in-class instruction and integration into daily life at RMCC
One of the RMC of Canada’s objectives is to ensure that Officer Cadets can communicate in both official languages and that they understand the principles of bilingualism. Second Official Language Education and Training (SOLET) is thus mandatory for all Officer Cadets who are not already highly proficient in their second language.
Upon arrival at the College, Officer Cadets complete a placement test that measures their abilities in their second official language. If an Officer Cadet does not reach the level required by the curriculum of the RMC of Canada, they must take SOLET classes.
Officer Cadets are grouped according to their proficiency and take classes for fifty minutes every weekday. Classrooms are small (can usually accommodate a maximum of ten students) and focus on reading comprehension, written expression and oral competency. Officer Cadets can also reserve an individual fifty minute tutorial when it is convenient for them with the instructor of their choice via an online registration system for one-on-one tutorials.
Typically, if after their second year at the RMC of Canada an Officer Cadet still has not reached the bilingualism level required by the curriculum, they will complete an intensive ten week immersion course. Officer Cadets are in class for five hours per day with small class sizes, either at the RMC of Canada or at the Canadian Forces Language School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.
Officer Cadets will eventually take exams supplied by the Canada School of Public Service. The RMC of Canada’s Language Center will allow the Officer Cadets to take these exams when the teachers believe the Officer Cadet has a good chance of being successful. To this effect, the Language Center has its own evaluation tools to determine if candidates are ready for the official exams, which consist of two written online tests, and one oral competency test that is administered on the phone.
English and French "Live"
Academic courses are offered in both English and French, which means that Officer Cadets may be able to attend classes instructed in either official language and write all papers and essays in their first official language.
For one half of each month on campus, all business is conducted in one official language. This means that orders and directives are given in the language of the day, and all activities and events outside of class are performed in that language. As well, every effort is made to board first year Officer Cadets of a different first official language together to encourage each to use both languages during First Year.