In This Issue 29

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Lundy’s Lane 200th Anniversary – The event was very successful, and a wonderful tribute to Canadian history, as so excellently expounded by Major John Grodzinski (positioned right) at this commemoration. And wonderfully organized on behalf of ex-cadets by the Hamilton Branch. More elsewhere in this edition.

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A tip of the hat to the following members who just recently updated their Club membership status: Chapeau aux membres suivants qui ont tout récemment mis à jour leur adhésion au Club:

3068 Sidney A Lundell; 3111 Richard H Bohne – Lifetime Membership; 3789 Reg Paterson; 4286 Edward H de Caux;  4381 Robert Moulton; 4586 R.A.L. Carter; 7653 Randolph C. Dudding; 10603 Frederick Munn; 21206 Jason R Boyd.


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In This Issue 29:

The Battle of Lundy’s Lane Bi-Centennial Commemoration

Ex-Cadets & More in the News

13789 Cdr Darren Rich assumes command at Nanoose Bay

2013 Grad returns home to Calgary – looking to kick-start her civilian career in Engineering…

Claude Scilley In Conversation: 10080 Bob Booth

Class Notes

Keeping Tabs…

’57 – ’59 Roadents Getting Together for RRU Homecoming 12 – 14 Sep

Meet the Class of ’65 Chair…

Silent Auction for the RMC Club (e-Veritas)? Yes or NO?

We Remember

International Conference on Welsh Studies draws a multidisciplinary

and international group of scholars to RMCC

Opinion: Recruitment Woes and Officer Attrition in the Canadian Forces

An Interesting Document: Article from the 1953 RMC Review

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ENCORE:

Help needed to locate a number of “buds” & others / Nécessaire

Thank you to those who have posted our notice on Facebook, LinkedIn etc. The feedback has been steady. Some of you have wondered why couldn’t track down the Provost Marshal and other “low hanging fruit”. The reality is unless Ex Cadets & former students contact us, and provide their coordinates, we’re obliged to respect their privacy. The “buds” talking to “buds” is the best method that we are aware of to date for updating our data base. Thank you again; and we are hoping to receive more updates to flow into Panet House for days to come.

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Jobs – Careers / Carrières

Meet Some of Our 212 Partners

e-Veritas: Reality

CMR SAINT-JEAN – 5/7 SEPT 2014 – FIN DE SEMAINE DES RETROUVAILLES – HOMECOMING WEEK-END

The 2014 Class of 1965 Teaching Excellence Award / Le Prix d’excellence en enseignement de la Promotion 1965

Royal Roads Paverstone Project

17th Annual Legacy Dinner

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QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK

Morale building quotes from General H. Norman Schwarzkopf:

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”

“As young West Point cadets, our motto was “Duty, Honor, Country”. But it was in the field, from the rice paddies of Southeast Asia to the sands of the Middle East, that I learned that motto’s fullest meaning. There I saw gallant young Americans of every race, creed, and background fight and sometimes die for “duty” “honor” and their country.”

“Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still, there are some things that are worth fighting for.”

“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”

H. Norman Schwarzkopf KCB (/ˈʃwɔrtskɒf/; 22 August 1934 – 27 December 2012), also known as Norman Schwarzkopf, was a United States Army general. While serving as Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command, he led all coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Schwarzkopf grew up in the United States and later in Iran. He was accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army in 1956. After a number of initial training programs, Schwarzkopf interrupted a stint as an academy teacher, and served in the Vietnam War first as an adviser to the South Vietnamese Army and later as a battalion commander. Schwarzkopf was highly decorated in Vietnam, being awarded three Silver Star Medals, two Purple Hearts, and the Legion of Merit. Rising through the ranks after the conflict, he later commanded the U.S. 24th Infantry Division and was one of the commanders of the Invasion of Grenada in 1983.

Assuming command of United States Central Command in 1988, Schwarzkopf was called on to respond to the Invasion of Kuwait in 1990 by the forces of Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Initially tasked with defending Saudi Arabia from Iraqi aggression, Schwarzkopf’s command eventually grew to an international force of over 750,000 troops. After diplomatic relations broke down, he planned and led Operation Desert Storm—an extended air campaign followed by a highly successful 100-hour ground offensive—which destroyed the Iraqi Army and liberated Kuwait in early 1991. Highly regarded for these exploits, Schwarzkopf became a national hero and was presented with many military honors for what historians termed one of the most successful campaigns in U.S. military history.

Schwarzkopf retired shortly after the end of the war and undertook a number of philanthropic ventures, only occasionally stepping into the political spotlight before his death from complications of pneumonia in late 2012. Leaving a legacy as a hard-driving military commander with a strong temper, Schwarzkopf was nonetheless considered an exceptional leader by biographers and was noted for his abilities as a military diplomat and in dealing with the press.

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The Battle of Lundy’s Lane Bi-Centennial Commemoration

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The Battle of Lundy’s Lane Bi-Centennial Commemoration

Submitted by: #5552 Ernie Dueck, # 6296 Dave Renshaw and #5337 Bob Carr

The bi-centennial commemoration of the 25th of July, 1814 Battle of Lundy’s Lane was held in Niagara Falls on the 25th of July, 2014 in and around the actual battle site, which was not only the bloodiest battle of the War of 1812, but also seen as the defining point of this war.

A gathering of ex-cadets from the Niagara region and from Ottawa, Brockville, Kingston, Toronto and other Ontario cities, took place in Niagara Falls at noon on July 25th. A luncheon event, hosted by the Hamilton Branch, and organized by #5337 Bob Carr and #11356 Paul Downie, ably assisted by a number of others, including #5178 Gary Hodgson and #20456 Adam McInnis, was held at a hotel just 2 blocks removed from the main battle site which includes a cemetery where a number of the fallen, including the heroine of the War of 1812, Laura Secord are buried. The luncheon attracted 18 ex-cadets and 15 special invited guests (a serendipitous confluence of numbers, ie 1815 also being the official end of this war) including the Minister of National Defense, Rob Nicholson, MP for Niagara Falls, and Major John Grodzinski from RMC, Department of Military History, and an important author of a number of books on the War of 1812. John held us spell-bound in an after lunch speech on the many and varied details of this pivotal battle, and then led guests on a tour of the Battle Site, all of which was done without notes, attesting to John’s in depth knowledge of the war and this battle.

John was preceded by the MND, Rob Nicholson who recognized the sacrifices and contributions of Canadian men and women who have fought in these and succeeding wars in defence of Canada and defence of freedom and democratic values around the world.

Nyla Jean de Boer (wife of ex-cadet #16420 John de Boer), whose Great-great- great- great- great Grandfather was James Forsythe, owner of land on which this great battle took place, provided poignant context to the battle and the enduring impacts on settlers of the region. Ex-cadet #11356 Paul Downie, another speaker and presenter, brother of Phil Downie and John Downie, all in attendance, who had become friends with a collector of battle site memorabilia, including cannon balls and musket shots and an avid history buff, presented some of these to guests that he recognized for their various contributions.

All ex-cadets present answered the “roll-call” from the oldest #2831 Cam Crowe, to the youngest #20456 Adam McInnis, with their college number, year of graduation and a short personal biography.

The luncheon was followed by a tour of the battle site, led by Dr John Grodzinski who described the desperate battles that ensued on the evening of the 25th of July, 1814, including 3 charges by British Lt Gen Gordon Drummond through the night in attempts to recapture artillery guns captured earlier by the Americans. The charges did not succeed in recapturing the guns, but did inflict many casualties on both sides, and to such an extent on the Americans that forced them to withdraw from the battle field and led directly to the end of the war.

An interesting side-light from the American position occurred earlier in the evening when the American Commanding Officer, Major Gen Jacob Brown ordered Lt Col James Miller of the 21st US Infantry Regiment to “capture” the British guns that were inflicting significant losses on the American units. Miller’s famous reply was “I’ll try, Sir”. Under cover of darkness and the British distracted by another attack from the American right side, Miller attacked the British guns from the left, killing most of the gunners and taking the guns. This 21st US Infantry Regiment has today become the 5th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed the “Bobcats” and whose motto understandably is “I’ll try sir”. This 5th Infantry Division was strongly represented in the American commemoration of this famous battle on this afternoon of the 25th July, 2014.

Later in the evening (7:30pm) while the more robust amongst us participated in the 2.5 km re-enactment walk to the battlefield site, there took place a Bicentennial Commemoration Service including anthems, prayers, another battle history presentation and speeches from both Canadian and US representatives, including the MND Rob Nicholson, followed by Taps, Last Post, Minute of Silence, Piper’s Lament and Reveille and ending with God Save the Queen, all poignant points of remembrance.

Many of the speakers both at the ex-cadet luncheon and in subsequent ceremonies lauded the fact that this bloody war led to 200 years of peace between two neighbours with the longest unprotected border anywhere in the world. Noteworthy indeed!

The final event of this commemoration, ending around 10:15pm was a near full re-enactment of the battle, with loudspeaker commentaries from representative actors, and again memorable.

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

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CBIE to Expand Education Partnerships with Government of Canada Support

On Tuesday of this past week, at Western University, 19894 Erin O’Toole (photo centre), Parliamentary Secretary, International Trade, announced funding to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) through the Government of Canada’s Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) program. Entire article here

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CF-18 struck by lightning landed in Whitecourt, Alta.

“It was probably just a split second, we’re talking not even half a second I’m guessing, that it hit the aircraft around the cockpit area,” he said. “It was just a short tingle.”

23821 Adam Runge - Article

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Canadians shouldn’t be allowed to fight for other countries, no matter the cause, historian argues

“If they’re going off to serve somewhere else, in some other army, they’re switching their allegiance,” he said. “That is, in my view, improper.”

5105 J.L. (Jack)  Granatstein Article

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The Only One Card You Need

“The one million strong community; when you add up the reserves, Regular force, our dependents and the veterans there are over one million people out there that we can support. When we say support that does not mean everything for everyone but it does mean something for everyone,”

16158 Commodore Mark Watson, Director General of Morale and Welfare Services - Article

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Canada’s defence diplomacy hurt by tight budget, report says

“The military co-operation program does essential work in training and educating officers from abroad, particularly in peace operations,” he told CBC News. “Canada is no longer the prolific peacekeeper it once was. For the cost of one fighter jet, Canada can run its defence diplomacy program for years. The government is showing short-term thinking to the detriment of the country’s long-term contributions and reputation.”

Walter Dorn, a professor at the Royal Military College of Canada – Article

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Military’s aboriginal programs do little to bolster recruitment:

report – Article

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Plaques will mark memory of “enemy aliens”

“I don’t think it would be fair for me to come to you and say you should pay me money today as a taxpayer because of what your grandfather did to my grandfather,” said Luciuk. “This isn’t a negative kind of crusade. It’s about affirming the importance of human rights and civil liberties by learning about the past.”

Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk – Professor at the Royal Military College of CanadaArticle

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13789 Cdr Darren Rich assumes command at Nanoose Bay

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Richer for it

13789 Cdr Darren Rich assumes command at Nanoose Bay

Canada’s only underwater testing range has a new commander.

After a remarkable career of more than 37 years in the CAF, the last five of them as the commanding officer of the Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental and Test Ranges (CFMETR) in Nanoose Bay B.C., Cdr Gerry Powell is retiring.

“We have all had to overcome serious challenges in funding and staffing levels over the last several years,” Powell said to an audience of more than 100 as he handed over the reins at a change of command ceremony July 17 at Nanoose Bay. “But what we have accomplished over those years is nothing short of amazing. This facility continues to represent the depth, the strength and the endurance of the alliance between our two great nations.”

His replacement, Cdr Darren Rich, is no stranger to the unique bilateral relationship underpinning CFMETR, which since 1965 has been jointly financed and operated by both the Canadian Forces and the Unites States Navy. Rich is transferring from Colorado Springs, where he served as The Canadian Joint Operation Command’s inaugural liaison officer to US NORTHCOM and NORAD.

“Over the past week Cdr Powell and his team have demonstrated just how complex and intertwined the Canada-U.S. relationship is on these 600-plus acres of paradise,” said Rich to an audience of more than 100. “The full CFMETR team, which comprises a diverse group of people from ADM(Mat), CFB Esquimalt and the US Navy, does truly amazing work here. It’s absolutely vital to the shared defense interests of both our countries.”

Underlining the importance of that relationship, U.S. members of CFMETR’s ‘sister’ base were out in force to observe the ceremony, including the commanding officer of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport, Capt David Kohnke, USN. With ties that go back nearly 50 years and an almost constant return flow of personnel and material, the northeast Washington State facility is affectionately known as CFMETR’s ‘sister base’.

Commodore Marcel Hallé, Director General Maritime Equipment Program Management (DGMEPM) presided at the changeover. After acknowledging Powell’s “noteworthy” tenure and “tremendous leadership”, Hallé welcomed the new CO and his wife of 28 years, Valerie.

“Darren, congratulations on assuming command. I look forward to working with you as CFMETR continues to do great things. Under your leadership and the MEPM leadership team, I know the unit remains in good hands.”

As an aside, a few other Ex Cadets are on staff at CFMETR: 12279 – Ian Ferguson, RRMC 79 – Project Officer, Weapons Systems; 13711 – Terry Berkley, RMC 82 – Range Engineer; 13739 – Rick Hearn, RMC 82 – Range Technician; 13796 – Ron Slemko, RMC 82 – Sgt I/C CFMETR Commissionaire Det; and MO191 – Ted Hix, RRMC 82 – Project Officer, Acoustic Systems.

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Note from the Editor:

Darren Rich arrived at RMCC in the fall of 2003 and was posted out eight years later. From the start he made a big positive impact not only in and around the college but the entire Kingston & area community, as well.

At the college, he was the Special Assistant to the Commandant (BGens Leclerc & Lacroix) until 2007. Was DDCdts for Col Ouellette and BGen Lawson until summer of 2008 when he became COS for BGen Lawson and Cmdre Truelove until he left in 2011.

Darren officiated with the Kingston District Hockey Referee’s Association and worked intersection and intramural hockey throughout his stay in Kingston.

The former airforce brat (we knew his Dad at Penhold during the 1970s) played Trombone with the C&E Garrison (Vimy) Band for the full period and played in the RMCC Concert and Stage Bands from 2003 – 2007. He occasionally played with the Frontenac Community Band and was a familiar face during summer outdoor concerts downtown Kingston.

The Royal Roads Military College grad (Class of 1982) was the President of the Kingston Flying Club for three of those years and Darren is a a multi-engine instrument-rated commercial pilot,

For those who attended Reunion Weekend, badging parade will be sure to remember the flypast of Hawk One which he did considerable staff-work to make it happen.

Indeed, Nanoose Bay is in good hands.

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2013 Grad returns home to Calgary – looking to kick-start her civilian career in Engineering…

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2013 Grad returns home to Calgary – looking to kick-start her civilian career in Engineering…

By: WJO

25282 Justine Deveau graduated from Chemical Engineering in 2013 and remained in the military until her medical release later that year. She returned to her home town of Calgary with her husband Edward (RMC class of ’11) just in time to enjoy the Calgary winter.

To occupy her time Justine recently started a company with Edward that will help junior engineers maintain the skills they learned in school while they search for full-time employment.

Talking to other junior engineers and hiring managers in the Calgary area they came to the realization that there are a number of applicants for any one position at times outnumbering the position at a ratio of 400:1.

The ratio of applicants to positions is such that some junior engineers are spending months between their graduation and their first jobs that they are experiencing a loss of skills.

When not working on her company or looking for the elusive entry-level engineering position, Justine can be found in the garden.

Justine enjoys staying active both physically and the community. In general these two are related as her knee restricts the scope of physical activity she can undertake. Fortunately the bicycle community is vibrant as ever following the announcement of a new (controversial) cycle track system. Volunteering her time with a Calgary-based non-profit, she can frequently be found helping set up community bicycle racks for events around the city or rediscovering the city on her bike. The pinnacle of her volunteer efforts through Alberta Bike Swap are the days of the “bike swap” where over 2000 Albertans were assisted in buying and selling their bike over the course of 8 hours. A taste of the madness can be found in this time-lapse of the event: http://www.pinkbike.com/video/362599/.

Ex Cadets out there who are in a position to point a keen “bud” towards an entry level position where she can put her degree to work, are requested to contact Justine directly justine.deveau@gmail.com

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Claude Scilley In Conversation: 10080 Bob Booth

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Many memories of West Point remain vivid for Bob Booth

By CLAUDE SCILLEY

Any Royal Military College cadet who was ever a part of the annual exchange with the U.S. Military Academy has a story to tell about that weekend. Typically it’s a momentous tidbit from one of the spirited athletic competitions, tinged often with humour, pride or sadness.

Often, though, the cultural differences between the two military academies are sufficiently striking to create an impression of their own.

That was the case for 10080 Bob Booth.

A varsity hockey player in the early 1970s, Booth scored a goal in the last minute of the game at West Point, N.Y., in 1973, giving the Redmen a 4-4 tie, but beyond the satisfaction that endures to this day, something caught his eye that had perhaps an even greater impact.

“They had such a different culture than we had in Kingston,” Booth said on the telephone from Calgary, where he’s a partner in the law firm Bennett Jones.

Foremost among those differences was the routine in the massive dining hall, where the distinct hierarchy among the Army cadets became apparent for the visiting Canadians. Positioned in the room where everyone could see it, Booth said, was a curious set of lights, much like what you see at the start of a drag race, the purpose of which was to indicate the time cadets had remaining to finish their meal.

“The plebes were required to consume their meal and be gone from the dining hall first and within a relatively short period of time. Progressively they ramped that up to the point where their seniors were given an unlimited time to linger at their meal.

“That, to me, seemed strange.”

Later, when Booth was in fourth year and a squadron leader at RMC, he noticed a similar, though less formal, phenomenon among the first-year cadets. He discussed it with Bob Edwards, a rugby fullback who, as the cadet flight leader, was Booth’s boss when it came to turning civilians into functioning cadets, with all the requisite military and social etiquette.

“I remember talking to Edwards about the bad habits of recruits, in terms of dining, in the sense they were compelled to gulp their meal down and take off from the dining hall as fast as they could in order to get back to do stuff that they didn’t otherwise have time to do,” Booth said, allowing there’s always a shortage of time and too many things to do, such as polishing shoes or pressing clothes, or organizing or cleaning one’s room, all things about which first-years are carefully scrutinized.

Edwards and Booth concluded that if the objective is to educate cadets in the British tradition of officers in the Canadian Forces, they weren’t doing themselves any favours in terms of their table manners or their camaraderie — or their digestion — to allow them to be carrying on this way.

“Life in the Forces, as would be experienced in a ward room on a ship or in an officers mess, was quite the contrary,” Booth said. “It was all about collegiality and courtesy and fine dining in the sense that you were expected, as a junior officer in Her Majesty’s Canadian Forces, to be able to be sent anywhere and dine with anyone and carry on in a respectable fashion.”

Edwards took this to heart, Booth said, and he soon compelled the recruits from their squadron not to be so hasty. “They could eat at the pace they were eating, but they had to sit and engage in good social conversation after the meal,” Booth said. “I’m sure it seemed like a long time to them, but it was probably only 10 minutes or something, and that meant having coffee, maybe an extra dessert. Just engage in conversation and then leave as a group, after at least 10 minutes of social discourse.”

The doctrine wasn’t immediately embraced. “This drove them crazy,” Booth said. “They were like ants in the sun, bouncing around. While every other recruit squadron had cleared out of the dining hall long ago, they were left at the one table in this now otherwise empty dining hall, supposedly carrying on discussion when they’d really rather be somewhere else.

‘That did not go over well, but after a couple of days it did catch on and it became the highlight of their day, because they were ordered, effectively, to put all their worries and stresses aside, because there wasn’t anything they could do about it anyway, and enjoy themselves and their colleagues. It didn’t take too long before we observed others in the dining hall wondering what the heck this was all about, and it did catch on, not exclusively, but to enough of a degree that it seemed like the right thing to do at the time.”

In Booth’s time, the Redmen were competitive against West Point, winning once and tying twice in four games. It was in his third year that Booth scored his memorable goal in the dying moments of the game to salvage a tie. “As a result, it felt like a win,” he said.

“I was not a big goal scorer, for sure, on that team or most teams. I was a utility, checking centre. I got my share of goals but I was not in the league with the natural hands guys.”

A turnover at the RMC blue line ended up on Booth’s stick with no Army players around him. “I don’t remember if it was a blocked shot or whatever,” he recalled, “but the puck came out and it was fairly clean. I don’t remember having anybody hacking me (on the way).

“I don’t remember being very smart about (my shot). When you are in those circumstances it’s all instinct. I think I roofed it and it managed to stay below the crossbar.”

There was one other element of that trip that, 40 years later, remains vivid in Booth’s memory.

“West Point is dry,” he said, “and we would always make sure we had something to imbibe in case we were fortunate enough to win.” After some celebratory indulgence, the players hastily changed, showered and donned their dress scarlets to leave to meet their companions for the formal ball that was the social highlight of the weekend.

“It was quite a production because in those days they had to import women from a girls school to be our blind dates,” Booth said. “They’d bus them to some point and bus us to some point and then we’d be thrown together and injected into this event. It was all fun, it was great.”

That year, a CBC TV crew was at West Point to tape a documentary. When he saw the show, Booth was mortified.

“They had this very long receiving line of scarleted RMC cadets on one side, with the ladies in their pale gowns on their arms on the other side, walking in to be received by the dignitaries,” he said. “There was a constant line of red-coated cadets and one out of whack, on the girls side, with the girl on the other side, and sure enough, that was me.

“I guess I was carrying on and talking too much and not paying attention.”

Born in Winnipeg and raised in Calgary, Booth was “a jack of all sports” as a teen, skiing and playing soccer, baseball and lacrosse, but mostly he was a hockey player. Playing in a juvenile AA league that he says today would be the equivalent of Tier II junior, Booth was good enough to be recruited by Harvard.

RMC didn’t do a lot of recruiting in western Canada, Booth recalled, so it wasn’t an easy place about which to find information. His father had served in the RCAF as an airborne radar specialist but he got out of the service in the Second World War. Booth had encountered a couple of ex-cadets in Calgary, “just by fluke,” but through them, but other than that he felt no connectivity to the military. Still, what he was able to discover about RMC intrigued him.

“My options came down to hockey at Harvard or RMC,” Booth said. “I knew I wanted to go into law but in this country you need an undergraduate degree before entering law school. It was a matter of deciding what you were going to study as an undergraduate and my strengths in high school were math and physics and stuff, definitely not social sciences or arts.”

Having worked in the oil industry for a couple of summers, Booth said he saw what the combination of degrees might mean, so he wanted to study engineering as a prequisite to law school. “RMC, being a great engineering school, was an obvious choice for me on the academic side.”

Booth attended RMC in the Reserve Entry Training Plan, meaning he paid “a very nominal amount for tuition, room and board,” and at the end there was no obligation to serve in the regular force. “All the training is identical,” he said. “Upon graduation you got a commission, and you have the choice to serve or not.”

A teenager who had never been east of Winnipeg — save for a school trip to Expo 67 when he was in junior high — arrived in Kingston “in the depths of muggy August.” One bit of culture shock out of the way, some weeks later Booth encountered another when he reported as a walkon to tryouts for the varsity team.

He met The Major, coach Danny McLeod.

“He was an icon and a towering presence, not withstanding his stature,” Booth said. “At least I had one year of exposure to The Major. I wish I had a more memories of him than just one year.”

As a rookie on the varsity hockey team, McLeod could be intimidating.

“I was not a big point getter,” Booth said. “I remember vividly one of the very first practices with that team, and The Major screaming out so that all could hear, ‘Booth, your shot couldn’t break the skin of a rice pudding.’ That stuck with me for a long time.”

If nothing else, Booth said, McLeod brought passion to everything he did.

“He was a taskmaster but he was a great educator, and he was a tactician before his time. The Major kept it pretty simple. He knew that the talent with which he was working was on a different level than other university talent, but he put together tactics and strategies that actually had a chance of working. It was all about team, it was all about conditioning, and it was all about the types of things that gave a team a chance to succeed against opponents, who were perhaps of different levels of capability than we were.”

When speaking of his time on the hockey team, Booth also recalled the team’s chairman, a faculty advisor who would travel with the team and serve as an unofficial counsellor to the players. In Booth’s time it was Alf Bake, the head librarian. (Alf  Bake is pictured in the photo above in military uniform – just to the right of Bob Booth (cadet will all the hair) who is holding a bottle of champagne with Commandant of the day, 2530 BGen WK Lye.

“He was a fantastic man who would open his house and bring players in for Sunday dinner throughout the year and went on every road trip with us,” Booth said. “He brought a measure of maturity, experience, levity — just a different perspective. It made for a very different environment than I’m guessing what other civvy universities had. Army had the same thing. They had a colonel who would travel with the team, maybe attend practices … just be around the team and give them a grounding that they would not otherwise have.

“I always thought that was a brilliant thing the college supported.”

When he left RMC, Booth attended law school at Dalhousie in Halifax and then articled with the firm where he still practises. His specialty is energy and corporate law, a field in which he maintains connections to the military.

He’s done a lot of project work in areas of energy and resource law, mining work for Japanese clients in the uranium business, power work for independent power generators in Australia and the U.K., pipeline projects in the U.S. Northeast and California, and he serves on the board of ATCO, a utility company based in Calgary that grew from manufacturing trailers into workforce housing in remote locations. ATCO, for instance, provided the fire and rescue, water and security services for NATO at Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan.

Booth is also a director of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, a Calgary-based think tank that produces research in matters of security and defence; he’s honorary counsel for the Conference of Defence Associations based in Ottawa, and he’s involved through his practice with NATO Training Flying Canada, a public-private partnership that involves Bombardier that runs the jet-training programs in Moose Jaw and Cold Lake.

Active in the RMC Club of Canada and its charitable and fundraising arm, the RMC Club Foundation, Booth served the alumni organization as president, 2005-06. He was a member of the Calgary branch when 10 years ago it established the Birchall Leadership Award in honour of former commandant Leonard Birchall. This year’s recipient, Romeo Dallaire, will receive the award at a function in St-Jean, Que., in September.

“It’s been an interesting ride,” Booth said, “out of which I’ve had the pleasure of meeting all sorts of fascinating people.”

 Previous Bob Booth Article in the Financial Post -  Top Energy Lawyers In Canada

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Class Notes

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5868 Scott Clements (Class of 1963) has served in the position of President and CEO of the Fort McMurray Airport Authority since January, 2010. In this challenge he has the task of implementing the bold vision of the Authority to meet the very strong growth requirements for aviation facilities and services and to become the Premier Regional Airport in Canada

Scott was semi-retired after 10 years as CEO of the Edmonton Regional Airports Authority and has formed a personal services company called Leadership Works Canada. As on 1 January 2007, Scott had taken on the position of President and CEO of Aviation Alberta for a two year period. He also does consulting work in the Transportation and Aerospace sectors.

Scott is scheduled to be the keynote speaker: Economic Club of Canada – 29 September – 11:45am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Palliser – 133 – 9th Avenue SW, Calgary, Calgary. His topic: Challenges and Economic Benefits of Growth in Aviation in the Oil Sands.

Much more here

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The start of a most historic and promising beginning. left to right are: Mark Emmons of Emmons and Mitchell Construction Kingston ON the contractor; CWO Réne Gilbert RCEME Corps SM; Col Sebastien Bouchard RCEME; Maj (Retd) Mike DeNoble Military Communications and Electronics (MC&E) Museum Director; Maj Craig Coish Acting CO MC&E Museum; Col Francois Chagnon Base Commander CFB Kingston; BGen (Retd) Pep Fraser President MC&E Museum Foundation; Col (Retd) Andrew Nellestyn Co-chair RCEME Heritage Committee; and BGen (Retd) Peter Holt RCEME Colonel Commandant

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: RCEME MUSEUM SOD TURNING

By – 6560 Colonel (Retd) Andrew Nellestyn OStJ KStG PhD PEng – (Class of 1965)

Co-Chair RCEME Heritage Committee

CFB Kingston. 17 June 2014. On a bright sunny day, the sky cobalt blue, RCEME and CELE flags fluttering in a gentle breeze, eighty plus RCEME personnel and guests gathered to witness history in the making as the sod was turned to start the construction of the RCEME Museum Phase I which will open to the public in the fall of 2015. The museum marks the return of the Corps of RCEME to its founding home at Camp Barriefield now known as CFB Kingston. The museum will be a notable and complimentary companion edifice to the nearby RCEME Memorial Gates.

Phase I, a shared expansion to the Military Communications and Electronics Museum (MC&E Museum), constitutes the first step in the creation of a military technology museum anchored by a stand-alone RCEME Museum (Phase II) and the MC&E Museum anticipated to open on the Corps’ 75th Anniversary in 2019 or shortly thereafter.

Phase I will also include the construction of a pad in front of the existing MC&E Museum on which will be placed equipment, yet to be selected, typically supported by the Corps.

The sod turning ceremony was preceded by a town hall meeting held by the Corps of RCEME’s Director Colonel Sebastien Bouchard which was attended by RCEME personnel stationed at CFB Kingston and surrounding units.

The sod turning ceremony also celebrated the expansion of the MC&E Museum with which the RCEME Museum Phase I will share space. The sod was turned jointly by BGen (Retd) Pep Fraser representing the MC&E Museum and Colonel (Retd) Andrew Nellestyn representing the RCEME Museum. Congratulatory speeches were made by both of these gentlemen as well as the Colonel Commandant BGen (Retd) Peter Holt, the Corps Director Colonel Sebastien Bouchard, the Corps SM CWO René Gilbert, Colonel Francois Chagnon CFB Kingston Base Commander and the MC&E Museum Director Maj (Retd) Mike DeNoble. Erl Kish and Larry Aubrey were present on behalf of RCEMEA and Tom Temple on behalf of EMEA. Tex Leugner sent a congratulatory message on behalf of RCEMEA Western Canada.

All attested to the historical significance of the occasion and the outstanding cooperation and team effort by the Corps of RCEME and the CELE Branch which made this project possible.

Maj (Retd) Don Chisholm, the Corps Padre, blessed the event and offered prayers for its success and in remembrance of all RCEME personnel who gave their lives in the preservation of peace.

The event was capped off by a well-attended and fine reception in the conference room of the MC&E Museum: a fitting gathering to mark the start of a most historic and promising beginning.

Arte et Marte

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8662 Allan English (Class of 1971) served in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for 25 years in various operational and instructional positions as an air navigator. He completed his MA in War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in 1987 and taught in the Military Psychology and Leadership Department there until he retired from the CAF in 1991.

He completed his PhD in history at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario in 1993. His book, The Cream of the Crop: Canadian Aircrew 1939-45 examines the RCAF’s selection and training procedures and its policies governing aviators who were judged to have a “lack of moral fibre” (LMF).

More bio – http://www.queensu.ca/history/people/facultyinstructorsalpha/english.html

Whatever Happened to Mission Command in the CAF?

by 8662 Allan English

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has arguably the best leadership and profession of arms doctrine in the world. Unlike the sterile doctrine manuals and turgid theoretical tomes that proliferate in this field, Duty with Honour and Leadership in the Canadian Forces: Conceptual Foundations deftly combine theory and the experience of the Canadian military to provide essential guidance on professional practice for leaders in the CAF.1

Why then have so many CAF members complained that this guidance is not being followed? Over the past year, I have heard an increasing number of complaints, from corporals to brigadier generals, that they are being constantly ‘micromanaged,’ and that their superiors are not following the tenets of mission command and distributed leadership, two key concepts in CAF leadership doctrine. Not all leaders are acting this way, but the situation now seems to be more acute than in the recent past. Therefore, I offer the following thoughts, based upon my 25 years of experience in the CAF and on my 25 years teaching subjects related to leadership, command, and ethics and the military profession at both Royal Military College of Canada and the Canadian Forces College.

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’09 grad proud to serve with RCAF at World’s Premier Military Exercise

Article: By Captain Jeff Noel – RCAF Air Task Force RIMPAC Public Affairs

Centennial & RMCC grad 24490  Captain (Capt.) Sean Hill is one of a dedicated team of personnel assigned to the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Air Task Force at Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, the world’s premier combined and joint maritime exercise taking place around the Hawaiian Islands and in San Diego from June 26 to August 1.

The Brampton native is a 10-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces who graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston in 2009 and following flight training was posted to 437 Transport Squadron, nicknamed ‘The Huskies’, based normally at 8 Wing in Trenton who recently deployed with a detachment from the squadron to Hickam Field, Hawaii.

“As a pilot serving aboard a CC-150 Polaris we get to travel to many places at home and overseas, “said the son of John and Leslie Hill.

An extremely hard worker, his drive and determination assisted him greatly during his deployment to RIMPAC, and earned him great respect both within his squadron and among the RIMPAC aviation community.

“During one afternoon mission at RIMPAC, we refueled a variety of aircraft including US Navy ‘Super Hornet’ fighters, our own CF-18 Hornet’s and a very unique aircraft for us, a US Navy FA-18F which is modified to serve as an air-to-air tanker,” said Capt. Hill.

This year’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the 24th in the series that began in 1971 includes twenty-two nations, 49 surface ships, 6 submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participate. More than 1,000 Canadian airmen and airwomen, sailors, and soldiers are participating in the exercise.

 

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Canada was one of approximately 73 countries invited by the French government to participate in the 2014 Bastille Day Military Parade. Also known as “Grand Défilé militaire”, this annual French military parade has been held in Paris on the morning of July 14 since 1880, almost without exception.

The parade’s theme for 2014 was the First World War.

Among Canada’s youth who were represented was Ex Cadet 25602  Lieutenant Marie-Ève Bernier.

Lieutenant Marie-Ève Bernier (Class of 2013) is originally from Laval, Quebec. She completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston. During college, she completed internships at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton and Canadian Forces Station Alert, in Nunavut. She also took part in a 6-month student exchange program with the United States Military Academy (West Point). Lieutenant Bernier is currently stationed in Bagotville, Québec, where she works as a Human Resources Officer. She enjoys travelling, volunteering, history and outdoor activities.

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14 juillet – Mon premier défilé – lieutenant Marie-Eve Bernier …

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Former e-Veritas Team Member – Tops Phase 3 Logistics Officer Common Course

25936 Sarah Labrecque (Class of 2014) finished her Phase 3 Logistics Officer Common Course  at Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics in Borden, Ontario last week.

Sarah was the mainstay contributor to e-Veritas during the most recent winter term at RMCC. Her day-in and day – out efforts ensured our readers had a real taste of what was going on with the Cadets and their military training, in particular. Her regular articles on “Training for the “M” were especially well received by staff, cadets and family & friends.

Not only did Sarah complete the course; she finished as the Top Candidate in her class and was recognized on graduation parade with an award. – See photo above.

When we asked her how she has been doing, she replied. “I have been learning lots since leaving RMCC and enjoying it!”

Second Lieutenant Labrecque now moves on to Compagnie de transport | Transport Company 5e Bataillon des services du Canada | 5 Canadian Service Battalion which is located at CFB Valcartier, Quebec.

 Well done, Sarah all of us at e-Veritas are very proud of you!

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Keeping Tabs…

Posted by rmcclub on July 27th, 2014


Landing Gear – Repair & Overhaul Engineer at UTC Aerospace Systems

Executive recruiter and owner / Recruteur et fondateur

Co-Founder at IFLOAT water devices

Director Engineering Support Services at BMT Fleet Technology Ltd.

Broker/Owner at Dominion Lending Centres Synergy Financial

Program manager at Bell Helicopter

President – Treble Victor Group

Manager – Process and Mechanical Engineering at AECL

Senior Project Director at General Electric Singapore Pte Ltd

Senior Consultant at Leader Quest Inc.

Chair at KubasPrimedia

Writer, Mentor and Traveller

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’57 – ’59 Roadents Getting Together for RRU Homecoming 12 – 14 Sep

Posted by rmcclub on July 27th, 2014

We are inviting all of the class of 57 – 59 to get together as part of the RRU Homecoming 12 – 14 Sept at Royal Roads. We will be participating in all of the activities including the paver stone dedication, Flag ceremony and the ceremonial circle parade

Contact person:

5260 Wayne Hammond - Vdansk@aol.com   phone:  425 577-1093

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We are always on the lookout to increase our revenue stream.  In this regard, we post local and national Ads. The following is an example.  Those interested in placeing an Ad – contact Bill Oliver for details william.oliver@rmc.ca

 James Braden Ford Lincoln

We would like to offer all members of the RMC Community 1% over factory invoice pricing.

James Braden Ford Lincoln has arranged exclusive pricing for members of RMC. We are able to offer you special pricing over and above the factory incentives on most new Ford and Lincoln vehicles. To redeem please contact: Mark Hegarty and mention you’re from RMC.

Need financing? Our dealership has financing services with partnership at all the major banks and other lenders to help secure you the best possible terms and rates.

James Braden Ford Lincoln is also is one of Fords top Service dealership, stop by and let us assist you with all your service needs

Mark Hegarty

505 Canatara Court Kingston ON. K7M 7L1

613 384-3673

mark@bradenford.com

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Meet the Class of ’65 Chair…

Posted by rmcclub on July 27th, 2014

Dr. Nikolas Gardner arrived at RMC in July 2011 to become the first Class of 1965 Chair in Leadership at RMC. After completing his Ph.D. in History at the University of Calgary in 2000, Dr. Gardner’s academic career had taken him to the UK, where he taught at the University of Salford in Manchester from 2002-2006, and to the United States, where he taught in the Department of Strategy at the USAF Air War College in Montgomery Alabama from 2006-2011. A return to Canada not only offered him an opportunity to contribute to RMC, but also to expose his children to exotic Canadian pursuits like ice skating, tobogganing and last winter in particular, shoveling snow. Since arriving at RMC Dr. Gardner has been busy with two major research projects, the first of which will culminate with the publication of his book The Siege of Kut-al-Amara: At War in Mesopotamia, 1915-1916, by Indiana University Press in September. The book sheds new light on an aspect of the First World War that has been largely overlooked by historians, but had consequences that continue to reverberate throughout the Middle East today. As a historian of the First World War, Dr. Gardner has also been increasingly preoccupied with the centenary of the conflict, speaking at a variety of conferences and appearing on television programs such as TVO’s The Agenda, and PBS’s Citizen Soldier. Along with Dr. Doug Delaney, he is also organizing an international conference entitled “Turning Point Year: The British Empire at War in 1917”. To be held at RMC on 6-7 November 1917, the conference is funded by the SSHRC and the Class of 1965 Chair in Leadership.

Dr. Gardner’s next major research project examines the role of British companies and contractors in the Middle East, as Britain retreated from its imperial outposts in the region in the 1960s and 1970s. This project has considerable contemporary resonance, given the use of private contractors to fill the void left by the departure of uniformed western military personnel from countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years. In addition to conducting research and publishing, Dr. Gardner teaches a diverse range of courses on the world wars, classical warfare and strategy, the role of mercenaries in military history. He has been invited to lecture at a variety of professional military education institutions, including the Canadian Forces College, the USAF Air War College, and the National Defense College of the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Gardner also plays a key role in the administration of graduate studies at RMC, serving as Co-Chair of the War Studies Graduate Program since July 2013.

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Silent Auction for the RMC Club (e-Veritas)? Yes or NO?

Posted by rmcclub on July 27th, 2014

Silent Auction for the RMC Club (e-Veritas)? Yes or NO?

By: WJO

The idea to run a silent auction leading up to Reunion Weekend 14 (RWE 14) sponsored by the RMC Club, in general, e-Veritas specifically is being tossed around in Panet House with no final decision at this time.

Club president, Jacques Gagne has been advised and has given the green light to continue the thought but with no final approval from the Club Executive until more details are available.

The first question we need to ask is: is a silent auction right for the RMC Club? Keeping in mind that in order to raise a significant amount of money, the silent auction will either need to have a large number of items to auction off, or a few high-end items that are attractive to people.

Either way, a silent auction is hard work: either we have to spend lots of time digging up a few large items, or we have to find a lot of small items and track them throughout the process. No matter how we cut it, silent auctions are time and manpower intensive. Before planning the auction, we have to decide if the return is worth the investment of time, people, and resources for the RMC Club.

In this regard, we are asking for feedback from e-Veritas readers.

Would you support the Silent Auction by “sponsoring’ a gift value minimum of $120? Ideally, the gift would come in the form of a gift certificate from a reputable business anywhere in Canada, USA and even further abroad. Included would be restaurant and other hospitality type gift certificates – NHL hockey tickets (pair); hotels; time shares; and other popular events from almost virtually any place. We are confident we can contact potential ‘buyers’ from coast to coast to coast and most major cities in the World.

As e-Veritas is widely read by a very diverse group, it is our belief a bona fide gift card from almost anywhere would not be a hard item to auction off.  Further if we receive gift cards -  display & logistics etc are eased tremendously.

We have set the $120 minimum per item, for a reason. Silent auctions are run for one reason – to raise money. By setting this limit we feel we will best achieve a good return for the effort and time invested to run this event.

Of course, we are open to more high-ended items and welcome readers to contact us with their offers.

We are well aware that silent auction events generally take a few years to hit full stride. In that vein we are prepared for “growing pains”. If we do go ahead this year we should be ready to commit holding a similar event each year for a few years until it hits full steam.

One of the most important things we can do to ensure the success of the silent auction is to put together a strong auction team. The team is tasked with one thing and one thing only: sponsor an item and helping the OPI find items to auction off at the event.

In short, we are searching for people who are willing to join the team and solicit auction items from their friends, family, colleagues, vendors, and more.

Please contact Bill Oliver if you are up to the challenge of joining this team.

william.oliver@rmc.ca

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We Remember

Posted by rmcclub on July 27th, 2014

Salute To The Canadian Army – The Big Picture

“Salute to the Canadian Army – The Big Picture” is a documentary on the pre-unification Canadian Army, which was produced by the U.S. Army public affairs division. It is about 28 minutes long, in black and white. It was produced sometime in the early 1960’s.

It includes great footage – including RMC, various army units from all across Canada, Germany and the Middle East and many more.

The documentary is narrated by a U.S. Army Sergeant Major, and among other things, you will see RSM McManus (photo above) of the Canadian Guards, who as many Ex Cadets from the 1960s will know later became RSM at RMC. View

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International Conference on Welsh Studies draws a multidisciplinary and international group of scholars to RMCC

Posted by rmcclub on July 27th, 2014

International Conference on Welsh Studies draws a multidisciplinary and international group of scholars to RMCC

On July 23-25 2014, RMCC hosted the three day conference of the North American Association of Welsh Studies. The International Conference on Welsh Studies was organized by the Association President, Dr. Huw Osborne of the RMCC Department of English, and it drew a multidisciplinary and international group of scholars to the college. The conference included historians, literary scholars, musicologists, experts in film and media, and other areas, from the UK, the US, Canada, and Malaysia.

The three featured speakers addressed two centenary themes: The Great War and the birth of the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas. Professor Chris Williams (Cardiff University) presented a lecture on the First World War cartoons of Joseph Staniforth and the ways in which these powerful and ambiguous images represented and shaped the public perception of the war in Wales and England. Professor Thomas Dilworth (University of Windsor) discussed the poet, David Jones, through his painting and poetry, identifying his conflicted relationship to his Welsh identity and placing Jones in the context of his traumatic experiences in the trenches of the First World War. Kurt Heinzelman (University of Texas at Austin) (photo left) spoke on Dylan Thomas, detailing the nature of his influence in America.

The diverse topics of this conference included panels on Wales and war literature, travel writing and Wales, and Welsh literature ranging from medieval period to the twenty-first century. Several panels examined Welsh history, culture, and identity in terms of various international and national perspectives, including Canadian film, American print culture, Irish nationalism, and German prisoners of war. The conference at RMCC was a great success. Upcoming conferences of the association will be hosted by Bangor University (2015) and Harvard University (2016).

The organizers wish to thank the RMCC Principal and Commandant for their generous and enthusiastic support of this conference. They also thank Tourism Kingston for a Conference Incentive Grant, the RMCC Office of VP research for an internal SSHRC grant, the Dean of Arts and its staff their contributions, and the Department of English, especially Viviane Pelletier, for its commitment of time and resources. Thanks also to the staff at the SSM, RMCC conference and event support, RMCC IT services, base transport, and e-Veritas for their excellent work throughout the three days of the event. A special thanks is also extended to Novel Idea, Kingston’s independent bookstore, for running the conference bookshop.

More photos from the conference by Curtis Maynard Here

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Opinion: Recruitment Woes and Officer Attrition in the Canadian Forces

Posted by rmcclub on July 27th, 2014

In recent decades the Canadian Forces have historically suffered from low recruitment and high rates of attrition, damaging both the image and relative strength of the Forces as a whole. Progress has been made, however, and the last several years have seen a boost in political attention towards both the Primary Reserve and the Regular Force. Backed by positive legislation, work has been done to improve the condition of Canada’s military via concerted recruitment efforts; yet despite these gains there is still a great deal of room for improvement when is comes to revitalizing the Canadian Forces.

It is no secret that the recruitment process is already slow and cumbersome, which serves to highlight how Canada cannot afford to continually lose the men and women it has gone to considerable lengths and cost to train to other careers. Officer training and recruitment already comes at a high cost for the Forces, financially in time spent as well as manpower.  This cost of doing business is considered a worthwhile investment and ever increasing targets for recruitment reflect this as the Reserves are legislated to increase in size. Yet despite this investment the Reserve Forces are shrinking.

Combined with the barrier of a slow and often frustrating recruitment process is a lack of retention of all members once their training and initial contract is completed. This compounds the issue as the recruitment process is further stifled by a lack of qualified officers and non-commissioned members able to train new recruits. The unfortunate intersection of these factors is leading to a reduction in strength that if not addressed could prove dangerous for Canada’s international aspirations.

Previous attempts to alleviate critically low retention rates have seen some success, however the CF’s large, experienced long-service demographic cohort is approaching retirement, leaving a void which will ultimately threaten our military’s strategic capabilities. The Canadian Forces needs to focus on addressing this issue now rather than later by dedicating resources to training the next generation of military leaders and holding onto these leaders who are already on active duty.

Research has shown that when Canadian Forces personnel leave service early in their career, their reasons include the requirement to maintain high physical fitness standards, personal and family issues and quite notably, dissatisfaction with their chosen military occupation.  Armed with this knowledge we can better understand some of the retention and attrition issues that have plagued the Forces.

One could argue that the methods which have been used in the past to keep recruitment numbers at an acceptable level have contributed or perhaps caused the lack of retention from which the Forces are now suffering.  The Regular Officer Training Plan, or ROTP for short, often allows prospective members to have their education paid for while attending a regular, non-military university program, referred to within the forces as a ‘Civvie U’, which is contrasted with a military education program from the Royal Military College of Canada located in Kingston, ON.  While ROTP’s function is primarily to fund the education of Canada’s new officers at the Royal Military College, enrolment at RMC is limited and the operational requirements of the Canadian Forces necessitates the training of additional Officer Cadets at alternate locations.

The crux of the argument that past recruitment policies have negatively contributed to the Forces’ staffing levels is that ‘Civvie U’ Officers are much less invested in the Forces by virtue of the fact that they are not engrossed in a military lifestyle during their educational years and therefore are less invested into the military as a long-term career choice. While this is certainly not a hard and fast rule, the fact that the Forces are experiencing a dearth of renewed contracts after the initial mandatory service period almost certainly reflects the lack of commitment that forms the basis of the ‘Civvie U’ argument.

It is a long known fact that the internalization of values and culture in the Canadian Forces is a main factor contributing to retention of officers past the end of their initial contract obligations. This supports the contention that training large numbers of officers at civilian institutions may constitute part of the problem.

Nonetheless, civilian institutions of learning should not be discounted entirely in the preparation of future officers for a life of military service; for many years the Canadian Forces has enjoyed partnership with civilian universities through various other programs in the training of specialized occupations that RMC is not equipped to offer such as Doctors, Dentists and even Pilots.

When it comes to the education and training of the next generation of Canada’s fighting men and women the alternative to bridging the recruitment gap with a civilian ROTP option is troubling. Military purists would suggest that all officer candidates in ROTP should have to attend the Royal Military College in Kingston.  Given the other existing issues derailing the recruiting process, this is not a realistic solution as it would serve as another barrier to entry to a military career, potentially pushing away a number of candidates.

The Canadian Forces Recruiting Group is faced with a difficult choice to temper the need for diehard officers with need for fresh recruits.  Difficult as it may be to discern the answers to Canada’s Military recruitment struggles, nonetheless these troubles must be solved quickly. A formidable military presence both abroad and at home is the key to ensuring Canada remains secure in its position as a contributing member of NATO, the most powerful alliance in history, as well as maintaining a position of strength when it comes to future negotiations over the sovereignty of Canada’s Arctic.

About the Author

Craig Moorhead is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Western Ontario completing a Double Major in Political Science and Criminology. A Toronto-native, Craig has worked for a number of years with the Toronto Police Marine Unit as an emergency responder performing Beach and Boat Rescue. His research interests include International Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism, as well as Defence Policy and Foreign Policy. Craig plans to study Government and Security Studies at the graduate level and later enter a career in the federal public service or in law enforcement.

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Disclaimer:

Any views or opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the authors and the news agencies and do not necessarily represent those of the NATO Council of Canada. This article is published for information purposes only.

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An Interesting Document: Article from the 1953 RMC Review

Posted by rmcclub on July 27th, 2014

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