Officer Cadet Recruit Joining Instructions 2017 Welcome Letter

For the Cadets who successfully pass the first part of the Basic Military Officer Qualification course at Saint-Jean, there will be an Arch Ceremony on Saturday 26 August at 1400hrs. Families of the First Year Cadets are invited to attend the ceremony.

Welcome letter

1000-1 (DCdts)
May 2017

Dear Future Officer Cadet:

I wish to congratulate you on your acceptance into the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP). You have been further selected to pursue higher education and training at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC).

Canadian officers, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and airwomen are serving Canada and Canadians across the country and around the world. Your goal is to become a leader of these fine Canadians. Our goal is to train you to lead them. Your arrival at the RMC Kingston on 26 August 2017 will mark the start of your chosen career in the profession of arms.

RMC is proud of its 141 years of military service to Canada, and its academic and athletic excellence. Our graduates have distinguished themselves not only as military leaders but in every conceivable profession, from police officers to astronauts. You will find enclosed with this letter the RMC 2017 Joining Instructions which will help you prepare for your arrival at the College.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that you must successfully complete your final academic year at high school and remain physically and medically fit for service in the CAF. A high personal level of physical fitness will play a key role in your success at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS) in St-Jean, Quebec, where you will participate in the first phase (Module) of your Basic Military Officer Qualification (BMOQ) from 10 July to 25 August and will remain critical throughout the rest of your career.

Following BMOQ Module 1, you will begin your training at RMC with the First Year Orientation Period (FYOP). FYOP will not only test your leadership skills, but also your mental and physical stamina and fitness. You will need to learn to work as part of a team and be willing to challenge yourself to achieve success.

As you walk under the Memorial Arch, dedicated to those who have gone before you and given their lives in the service of Canada, I hope that you will be both happy and excited to be where you are; however, know and accept the challenge that is ahead of you. We are training you to lead that which this nation holds most dear: her daughters and sons. It is a heavy responsibility and one that we take very seriously, but it is a responsibility that we will help you prepare for through the four components of military, academic, athletic, and second language training delivered here at RMC.

I look forward to meeting you when you arrive here this summer.

Truth, Duty, Valor.

C.C. Renahan
Lieutenant-Colonel
Commanding Officer Training Wing
Director of Cadets RMC

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