By OCdt Jonathan Chan (II) 27254 1 Squadron
Going into the third week of the school year at the Royal Military College of Canada, the usual hustle and bustle becomes a buzz of excitement as the College prepares for the upcoming reunion weekend. During this week, first year Cadets push themselves to the best of their ability while training for the obstacle course that they will endeavour on Friday, September 25, marking the end of their First Year Orientation Program (FYOP). The obstacle course, a points-based competition between the 12 squadrons, tests the teamwork, leadership, and fitness that the first year cadets have been refining for the past four weeks. The first year Cadets will then receive their RMCC cap badge during the “Badging Parade” on Saturday, September 26, marking their official entry into the cadet wing and respective squadrons.
Throughout the College, Cadets at all levels are working tirelessly to stay on top of their schoolwork, while also committing to their military duties. This may include spending three hours a night practicing for the upcoming badging parade. In addition, students from each squadron are planning “skylarks” to surprise the rest of the Cadet wing. These good-natured pranks can reign anywhere from displaying small banners to complete campus make-overs showcasing their squadron pride and unit cohesion while at the same time raising morale.
Reunion weekend also offers opportunities for past and present students of the College to connect over various traditional events, starting with the 18th Legacy Dinner on Thursday, 24 September, and ending with the March to the Arch on Sunday, September 27. Throughout the weekend, current students are given a chance to peer into the life of past graduates, giving them an idea of what they can look forward to once they enter the alumni. While engaging with past graduates, they are also sure to hear stories of former antics.
There is much hard work and dedication that goes in to preparing for reunion weekend, but the time and effort the students put in is well worth the effort in the end. Their developed teamwork, leadership, and group cohesion will propel them towards further achievements and success at RMCC.