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Welcome to the Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY). You are about to enter one of Canada's national military universities and you can feel justifiably proud of your accomplishment. Graduates of ALOY have established a reputation of service and achievement. ALOY will expose you to a rich and very proud military tradition at RMCC, to Aboriginal traditions and heritage as well as and preparing you for leadership roles.
The Royal Military College is situated on Point Frederick, just east of Kingston on the northeast shore of Lake Ontario. Point Frederick is a site of considerable historic importance. In 1789, a naval depot and dockyard were established on the Point and it became the headquarters for the Provincial Marine. During the War of 1812, the Provincial Marine was absorbed by the Royal Navy and Point Frederick became the main military base in Upper Canada. The dockyard built and maintained the Lake Ontario fleet, which by the conclusion of hostilities in 1815 included the H.M.S. ST. LAWRENCE (112 guns) and the H.M.S. PRINCE REGENT (58 guns). The naval presence continued until the 1850s and in that post-war period, the Rideau Canal, Fort Henry and four Martello Towers were built to augment Point Frederick dockyard.
The creation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867 and the withdrawal of the British garrison in 1870 brought the Canadian government to address the problem of Canadian defence. Two batteries of artillery were established in 1871 to help fill the gap left by the withdrawal of the Imperial regulars. These troops marked the beginning of the regular Armed Forces of Canada. Given the long military history of Kingston, it is not surprising that the new Military College, as it was originally designated, was located in the city. The College opened on 1 June 1876 with the class of 18 cadets. The right to use the prefix 'Royal' was granted by Queen Victoria in 1878. Since 1876 the College has undergone many changes. RMC became a degree-granting university by virtue of an Act of the Ontario Legislature in 1959. The College now grants degrees in Arts, Science and Engineering.
ALOY will be constantly evolving; however the aim will be to offer opportunities for all Aboriginal peoples.
Terms of Service
Staff at the recruiting centre will explain to you your "terms of service" including pay entitlements. They will give you an information package to read, sign and retain. You are embarking on a possible career, should you choose to do so, in the Canadian Forces (CF) that will be full of opportunities, challenges and rewarding experiences. However, it is important to start with realistic expectations, so make sure that you understand your terms of service and retain the information package for later reference.
ALOY Orientation Camp
When you arrive at RMCC, you will be required to participate in a ALOY Orientation Camp from 15 August until 2 September. During these training days, there will be administrative in-clearances as well as some basic military instruction You will also have an academic program developed to suit your needs and to prepare you to commence studies at the College.
Arrival at RMC
You are required to arrive on Sunday, 14 August 2016 between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Report to Security Control Centre on Campus, for which there will be prominent signs directing you to this location. Should you arrive earlier or later than these hours, you will report directly to the Security Control Centre. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and guided to your dormitory where you can bring your belongings. Your family may accompany you to your room, but are only allowed a 30 minute visit as you will be busy with other activities soon following arrival.
You are required to bring a number of documents with you; the list is at Annex A. These documents will be used to process you administratively as members of the CF.
When you arrive at RMC, you must wear appropriate and comfortable clothes to be able to walk long distances when conducting your arrival procedures. Jeans are not allowed. The following types of clothing are recommended:
- Male Cadets. Shirt and/or polo shirt, clean pants and comfortable shoes.
- Female Cadets. Blouse and pants and comfortable shoes. High heels and platform-styled shoes are not permitted for conducting arrival procedures.
Life at the College
Your first weeks at the college will be the ALOY Orientation Program followed by, the ALOY Program. ALOY will be an intense period of academic studies and training designed to prepare you for your acceptance into a recognized post secondary institution at year's end. In addition to the demands of academic studies, you will also learn traditions, history, rules and regulations of the College. You will also become involved in fitness activities which will increase your level of physical fitness and to develop your ability to work effectively within a team. You will be permitted to leave the college grounds with permission, using a sign-out registry but only after completion of the three-week Orientation Camp.
Beginning 6 September 2016, most of your time will be spent on academic studies with the majority of your military activities conducted during Wednesday mornings and on selected weekends. The following schedule shows a typical weekday during your first year:
|6:00 a.m.||Reveille, wash, dress and breakfast|
|7:00 a.m.||Cadet Wing Parade / Squadron Activities|
|4:45 p.m.||Varsity or Intramural Sports|
|7:30 p.m.||Study / Quiet Hours|
Weekends at the College are divided into two categories: leave weekends and training weekends. Leave weekends are opportunities for you to take time away from the College, to both tour the region or visit family and friends. Training weekends are times when you will remain on College grounds to participate in parades, sporting events, attend briefings, or engage in other military training. During training weekends, officer cadets are restricted to the greater Kingston area. A schedule of major dates for the coming year is included at Annex B.
Academic classes will begin on 6 September 2016 following Orientation Camp. During your year at RMC, you will be following a set of courses specifically designed to prepare you for acceptance into a post secondary institution that you must apply for. The courses that will be tailored to fit your needs will require you to put a great deal of personal effort into accomplishing your goals. This will lead towards the ultimate goal of successfully achieving the ability to enroll into a post secondary institution with the aim of obtaining a post secondary degree.
At times it may seem that the academic workload is overwhelming. However, the organizational and time management skills that you are taught during your College orientation, combined with hard work and the extensive help network of the College, plus Aboriginal cultural supports, normally allow you to meet and overcome all challenges - while at RMC and later in your career.
The Physical Fitness Component
Physical fitness is an important aspect of your life at RMC. RMC has several programs to assist you to continuously improve your fitness.
You are requested to participate in physical education classes once per week for 110 minutes. These classes are designed to teach you the training principles and methods, how to plan training sessions and the rules and regulations of various sports, while at the same time improving your physical fitness. RMC Physical Education teachers who have extensive training in their fields lead these classes.
Your fitness level is tested throughout the using the CF FORCE Test. You will be tested soon after your arrival at RMCC. The test is explained in Annex C.
There is an excellent sports programme at RMC. All students shall participate in either the Intramural or varsity programs. The list of sports is in Annex D.
Professional Military Component
The objective of ALOY is to provide a highly positive, productive and preparatory education and leadership experience. This includes all aspects of military socialization, discipline, team building, and leadership development and is also a central feature of your time at RMC
Training is accomplished through formal sessions during your year at RMC. There are leadership opportunities within the academic program, various briefings, activities and through practical experience in positions of responsibility. All of this training takes place under the instruction and supervision of experienced Canadian Forces officers and senior non-commissioned members (NCMs).
The RMC Band was formed in 1953. Starting as a Pipe and Drum Band, it has since grown to include a Brass & Reed Band, a Choir and a Highland Dance team.
The RMC Band plays a very active and important role in College life by providing music for all parades and military functions. The Band has gained wide popularity through its participation in various public shows in the Kingston area such as charity concerts, performances for veterans' groups and retirement homes.
Experience is not required to join the band, as there are three military professional musicians who provide instruction and training.
Extra Curricular Activities
RMC also offers a wide range of clubs and recreational activities. These clubs, which are normally organized and administered by OCdts, provide an opportunity to participate in numerous military and civilian activities. A list of these clubs and activities is at Annex E.
Things to Bring With You
Much of the time during first year is spent wearing issued uniforms, however you should bring as a minimum the following items: (please note that there are some exceptions for civilian university candidates, these items have been identified in the table below)
|Shower thongs||1 pair|
|Iron (RMC only)||1|
|Jacket and tie/ladies suit (jacket w/ trousers or skirt) (RMC only)||1|
|Overcoat (RMC only)||as required|
|Casual shirts w/ a collar||2|
|Court shoes||as required|
|Sports clothing (shorts, shirts, socks, etc)
(you will be issued PT gear; these items are for your use to train on your own time)
You may also bring the following items if you choose:
- Sports equipment (hockey equipment, skates, tennis or squash racket, etc) (RMC only);
- Musical instruments;
- Radio/CD/MP3 player (something small, no component stereos);
- Cultural regalia such as feathers, smudge and medicines
- Alarm clock;
- Briefcase; and
- Personal computer
Personal computers may be brought for use in the dorm rooms. These computers should have a minimum capability of a Windows operating system with Pentium 4 capability in order to function well within the College network. You are not required to have a personal computer as there are computer labs for students on the campus that will allow you access to your email accounts and complete academic assignments. Internet connections are available in each room and the costs are included in your monthly accommodation fees.
The military has specific rules regarding the use of computers both in the dorms and the workplace. Each candidate must carefully follow these rules to avoid disciplinary and/or administrative sanctions.
Do not bring any of the following items with you:
- Firearms or edged weapons (switch-blade knives, knives with blades longer than six inches)
- Food stuff (fruits, chips, candy, etc) and drink
- Alcoholic beverages
- Illegal substances (including caffeine concentrate "wake up")
- Materials with sexual connotation (magazines, photos, DVD, accessories, etc)
Here is a list of articles on which there are particular restrictions:
- Cellular Phones. Permitted only after 6:00 p.m. at the discretion of the instructors until 30 September.
- Any other electronic equipment for entertainment (iPod, DVD player), at the discretion of the instructors until 30 September.
- Personal Vehicle. You may have access to your personal vehicle; however such access will be limited following 30 September. Prior to this, you will not have access to your vehicle.
It is recommended that OCdts have $150 cash with them to cover incidentals. Rooms are relatively small and you will have a roommate. Most of the time you will be wearing uniforms which will be issued to you. A good rule of thumb is that if you cannot keep your personal item(s) in your room, then leave it (them) at home, as storage space is limited.
Stores and Services
There is a small retail store (Canex), located in the basement of Yeo Hall, capable of meeting most personal needs as well as providing crested clothing and gear. The hours are:
|Monday thru Thursday||8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.|
|Friday||8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday & Sunday||Closed|
The RMC barbershop, also at the same location, provides military haircuts at a reasonable price ($9.00). Appointments can, and should be booked. The hours are:
|Monday thru Friday||8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
|Saturday & Sunday||Closed|
A Bank of Montreal (BMO) Automated Teller Machine (ATM) is located outside the Canex. BMO is currently the service provider of the Canadian Defence Community Banking program.
The administration staff at the Recruiting Centres will organize all your transportation to Kingston. If you are arriving at the airport, bus or train station a taxi will be able to take you to RMCC. Remember to keep the receipt because you will be reimbursed for this expense. If you arrive by car, directions to the College are found at Annex F
While at RMC your mailing address will be:
Officer Cadet (name & initials)
# ____ Squadron
Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston ON K7K 7B4
Upon arrival, you will be provided the Squadron Cultural NCM's telephone number. It may be difficult for people to phone you directly, but you are encouraged to phone home regularly using the pay phones that are available. You will be given a College e-mail address, which you can use in the computer labs. In case of emergency, your family can contact the Adjutant at 613-541-6000 extension 6503, during normal hours or the Cadet Duty Officer at 613-541-6000 extension 6270. The Duty Field Officer can also be reached after hours by cell phone at 613-453-5007
If you require any further information related to academics prior to your arrival at RMC, you may contact the RMC Liaison office at RMC or write to:
Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario CANADA
If you would like to speak with liaison personnel, please call 1-866-762-2672
Work hard and enjoy your summer. Use the Checklist provided at Annex G to ensure that you are prepared for your arrival at RMC. We look forward to seeing you in August.
Annex A Documents to Bring
Annex B Dates of Major Events at RMC
Annex C Physical Fitness Standards
Annex D College Sports
Annex E Recreation Clubs
Annex F Directions to RMC
Annex G Checklist for RMC First Year Cadets