In This Issue 49

Posted by rmcclub on December 14th, 2014

Caption: Brigadier General Al Meinzinger places the star on the Christmas tree at the Royal Military College of Canada. Le général de brigade Al Meinzinger met l’étoile sur le sapin de Noël au Collège militaire royal du Canada.


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: 2982 Eric Chappell; 5414 Kim McGowan; 7278 Peter Fosbery; 10460 Gary Nason.

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In This Issue 49:

Geoff Molson, premier colonel honoraire du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean – Welcomes Honorary Colonel

Qu’est-ce qui se passe au CMR

Ex Cadets & More in the News

Former RMC rugby player returns NAVY banner – 27 Years later

Keeping Tabs…

Claude Scilley: Marc Granlund found a career to combine both elements of his years at RMC

Cadets Meet Up With the College Mom

No Life like it! 8 OCdts off to Peru / Aucune vie comme ça!

The Week That Was & More…

IV Year Faces Reality Head On

A 1965 ADDRESS BY Air Commodore L. J. Birchall

“Bill & Alfie”: An Unusual War Memorial at the RMC

Meet the 2014 e-Veritas team




H2612 BGen (Ret) Mike Webber, Adjutant Emeritus the Old Brigade – Hospitalized

Momentous Event: Dec. 6, 1989

Hamilton, Halifax & Vancouver Island Branch: Christmas Receptions – 19 Dec (Hamilton); 27 Dec (Halifax); 29 Dec (VI)

Vote on Club Governance restructure and constitutional amendment / Voter sur la restructuration du Club et la modification de la constitution

A note from 25281 Dana Batho – Class of 2011 – Wounded Warriors Battlefield Bike Ride

2015 Celebrations for 75 Years of Excellence at Royal Roads


A big thank you to: 9143 Bruce McAlpine – FULCRUM SEARCH SCIENCE INC.   for his recent e-Veritas 212 Business partnership support.

Full 101 sponsorship list Here


UPDATE: The early discount deadline for the upcoming Spring trip to Myanmar and Indonesia: 5 Jan 2015.  For more info and the full brochure – contact:

Testimony from a couple who recently did the cruise:

Captain (Ret) Charlie Cann and his wife Cheryl did our Myanmar Tour and Cruise in September.

Here’s what they had to say about it:

“The trip was absolutely wonderful. We saw very interesting places and people on the tour. The ship was new and beautifully finished in teakwood. Everything was 5 star. The cabins were big, the food was incredibly good, the service was exceptional and the shipboard guide was outstanding. Cruise highlights were sunrise over the temples at Bagan and sunset on the river by the teak bridge in Mandalay. We have urged friends to take a tour and cruise in Myanmar.”

Charlie and Cheryl have travelled with KNOW THE WORLD Since 1995.

“We still have some good cabin space available for the cruise, and of course 5* hotels!”


Morale Building Quotes from Thor Heyerdahl (1914 – 2002):

“I was in uniform for four years, and I know that heroism doesn’t occur from taking orders, but rather from people who through their own willpower and strength are willing to sacrifice their lives for an idea.”

“Circumstances cause us to act the way we do. We should always bear this in mind before judging the actions of others. I realized this from the start during World War II.”

“A civilized nation can have no enemies, and one cannot draw a line across a map, a line that doesn’t even exist in nature, and say that the ugly enemy lives on one side, and good friends live on the other.”

“Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity.”

Born on October 6, 1914, in Larvik, Norway, Thor Heyerdahl was an important adventurer and archaeologist. He was the only child of a brewery and mineral water plant president and a museum director. According to the Los Angeles Times, Heyerdahl rebelled against his overprotective parents. He went out “on treks with a Greenland dog, braving storms and sleeping in the snow just to prove that I could do things alone.”

Heyerdahl’s interest in science may have been planted by his mother during his early years. “My mother brought me up on Darwin and evolution instead of Norwegian fairy tales,” he once explained, according to the Washington Post. He later studied zoology at Oslo University. In 1936, Heyerdahl traveled to the island of Fatu Hiva, part of the Marquesan archipelago, in the Pacific. He was accompanied by his first wife, and the couple spent a year living off the land and studying the indigenous plants and animals. While there, he began more interested in cultural anthropology than zoology.

Voyage of Kon-Tiki

During World War II, Heyerdahl served in the Free Norwegian military group as a parachutist. He served to cultural anthropology after the war, seeking to prove that people of Polynesia had ancestral ties to the ancient Peruvians. This theory went against all prevailing scientific thought at the time, which held that the islands were populated by people from South Asia.

To prove his theory, Heyerdahl enlisted five friends to join him on an amazing journey. He built Kon-Tiki, a roughly 40-foot log raft out of balsa wood, similar to those used in ancient times. On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and his crew departed Callao, Peru. They spent 101 days at sea, eventually crashing onto the shore of an uninhabited atoll near Tahiti. During their dangerous voyage, Heyerdahl and his crew faced rough seas, sharks and even curious whales while covering approximately 4,300 miles.

A skilled storyteller, Heyerdahl wrote about his experiences in the best-selling book Kon-Tiki. The work was a global hit and was translated into 65 languages. A documentary about the voyage also won an Academy Award in 1951. While hugely popular with the public, Heyerdahl found himself under fire from the scientific community for his journey. It was widely felt that Heyerdahl’s aquatic adventure did little to substantiate his claims regarding the cultural ancestry of Polynesia.

Later Expeditions

In 1953, Heyerdahl led an archaeological expedition to the Galapagos Islands. There, he found pottery that linked the islands to early Ecuadorian and Peruvian Indian cultures. Two years later, Heyerdahl led one of the first scientific explorations of Easter Island, where he would discover evidence of possible South American ties. This trip became the basis for the 1958 book The Secret of Easter Island.

Returning to the sea, Heyerdahl tried to prove that the ancient Egyptians could have sailed to the Americas. He built the boat Ra—named after the Egyptian sun god—out of papyrus reed for his first attempt in 1969. While that effort failed, he managed to make it from Morocco to the Bahamas in Ra II the following year.

In the late 1980s, Heyerdahl focused his attention on the Tucume pyramid complex. He again tackled pyramid excavation in the 1990s on the Spanish island of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. The step pyramids he uncovered now make up the Chacona Pyramid Ethnological Park there.

 QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK Courtesy of 12570 Mike Kennedy

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Geoff Molson, premier colonel honoraire du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean – Welcomes Honorary Colonel

Posted by rmcclub on December 14th, 2014

(Mario Poirier/CMRSJ)

Geoff Molson, premier colonel honoraire du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean

par Nicolas Laffont - 45eNord

Pour la première fois de son histoire, le Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean accueille son premier colonel honoraire, Geoff Molson!

Le colonel honoraire Molson a été présenté aux élèves-officiers ainsi qu’au personnel du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean par le colonel Jennie Carignan, lors du traditionnel dîner de Noël de la troupe lors duquel il a reconnu que pour sa «première journée avec vous, je vois que vous êtes une grande famille qui avait tissé des liens».

«C’est un honneur et une belle preuve de confiance qui est placée en moi en étant fait le tout premier Colonel honoraire du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean», a déclaré M. Molson.

Rappelons que Geoff Molson est le propriétaire, président et chef de la direction du Club de hockey Canadien, du Centre Bell et d’Evenko et il s’implique dans les nombreuses initiatives communautaires de l’équipe et de la Fondation des Canadiens pour l’enfance.

Le service militaire n’est pas nouveau au sein de la famille Molson.

L’un des ancêtres les plus connus de la famille, mis à part le fondateur de la brasserie Molson (John), est le capitaine Percival Molson, qui s’est vu décerner la Croix militaire pour son courage et son leadership durant la Première Guerre mondiale.

Par ailleurs, l’un des deux autres frères de Geoff Molson, Andrew Molson, est en ce moment le colonel honoraire du Royal Montreal Régiment.

La tradition canadienne que constituent les nominations honorifiques au sein des unités est issue de la tradition militaire britannique et est instaurée au Canada depuis un peu plus d’un siècle. Le premier à être nommé au poste de colonel honoraire au Canada fut l’honorable lieutenant-colonel J.M. Gibson, un secrétaire provincial du gouvernement de l’Ontario. Il est devenu colonel honorifique du 13e Bataillon de l’Infanterie en 1895.

«Les colonels honoraires c’est un réseau et d’avoir M. Molson ça nous permet d’être en lien avec les gens de notre communauté», a précisé le colonel Jennie Carignan, commandante du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, en entrevue avec «Son leadership et son engagement au sein de la communauté représentent bien certaines des valeurs sur lesquelles sont basées le service militaire et les programmes offerts au Collège militaire royal de St-Jean», a-t-elle également dit par voie de communiqué.  Article


Royal Military College Saint-Jean Welcomes Honorary Colonel

The Royal Military College Saint-Jean is proud to announce that Mr. Geoff Molson has been appointed as its first honorary colonel (HCol) by the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence.

Colonel Carignan, Commandant of Royal Military College Saint-Jean, introduced HCol Molson to Royal Military College Saint-Jean officer cadets and staff at the traditional Troop Christmas Dinner.

Quick Facts

HCol Molson is the owner, President and CEO of the Club de hockey Canadien, Bell Centre and Evenko and is involved in the numerous community initiatives of the team and the Montréal Canadiens Children’s Foundation.

HCol Molson sits on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations, including St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation.

Military service is not new to the Molson family. HCol Geoff Molson’s ancestor, Captain Percival Molson, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant leadership during the First World War and currently his brother, Andrew Molson, is the Honorary Colonel of the Royal Montréal Regiment.

Stemming from British military tradition, the Canadian tradition of honorary nominations at the unit level dates back a little more than a century. The very first person to be nominated as Honorary Colonel in Canada was Ontario government Secretary, the Honourable Lieutenant-Colonel J.M. Gibson. He was nominated Honorary Colonel of 13 Infantry Battalion in 1895.


“We are honoured to welcome Honorary Colonel Geoff Molson into the Defence team family. He is a highly respected member of the community, who will foster esprit de corps for our future leaders within the Royal Military College Saint-Jean.”

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence

“We are very happy about Mr. Geoff Molson’s nomination as the first Honorary Colonel at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean. His leadership and engagement in the community are demonstrative of the values on which military service and the Royal Military College’s programs are founded.”

Colonel Jennie Carignan, Commandant Royal Military College Saint-Jean

“I am honoured by the confidence that has been placed upon me in naming me as the first Honorary Colonel of the Royal Military College Saint-Jean. In this role, I commit to serve as an example for young officer cadets in preserving and honouring the traditions that are common to all and in promoting this prestigious institution’s motto: Truth – Duty – Valour.”

Mr. Geoff Molson, Honorary Colonel Royal Military College Saint-Jean

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Qu’est-ce qui se passe au CMR

Posted by rmcclub on December 14th, 2014

Compétition d’escrime au CMR Saint-Jean

Par l’élof Jeff Allan

Le 1er décembre, l’équipe d’escrime du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR Saint-Jean) tenait sa compétition semi-annuelle d’escrime. Les amis escrimeurs de l’équipe du collège étaient invités à concourir dans un tournoi amical dans les disciplines du fleuret et de l’épée. La journée a débuté dès 7 h avec la préparation de la salle par les membres de l’équipe d’escrime. La compétition a ensuite commencé à 9 h avec le groupe de fleurets où 31 concurrents se sont affrontés tour à tour jusqu’à l’heure du diner.

Aux environs de 11 h, la phase de groupe étant complétée, on a procédé aux rondes éliminatoires. Après une courte pause pour le repas du midi, le rythme de la compétition s’est accéléré avec l’arrivée de nouveaux concurrents. L’après-midi était consacré à l’épée, et une fois de plus, on a procédé à une phase de groupe qui, cette fois, comptait 42 concurrents. Cette plus longue partie du tournoi s’est poursuivie jusqu’à tard en après-midi avec un match exténuant qui s’est terminé 15 à 13.

Les membres de l’équipe d’escrime du CMR Saint-Jean étaient heureux d’avoir une fois de plus la chance de rivaliser avec des escrimeurs de différents styles et niveaux, de rencontrer de nouveaux visages et de développer leurs compétences dans leur discipline. L’équipe d’escrime envisage le retour à l’entraînement au prochain semestre ainsi que le prochain tournoi qui aura lieu en février avec beaucoup d’enthousiasme

Crédit photo : OCdt Park Jung Eun


RMC Saint Jean Fencing Competition

By Ocdt Jeff Allan

On1 December, the Fencing Team of Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC saint-Jean) hosted its semi-annual fencing competition. This competition invites friends of the Fencing Team to compete in a friendly tournament in the disciplines of foil and epee. The day began at 7:00 a.m. with the cadets of the Fencing Team setting up fencing strips in the Drill Hall. The competition started at 9:00 a.m. with the group state for the foil competition. There were 31 competitors disputing matches until lunch time. At around 11:00 a.m., the group stage was complete and the elimination rounds began and OCdt Neron finished third in the foil competition. After a short lunch break, the competition changed gears with the new competitors arriving. The afternoon was dedicated to epee. Once again there was a group stage, this time including 42 competitors. This larger part of the tournament finished late in the afternoon with a gruelling match that ended 15-13. The members of the RMC Saint-Jean Fencing Team were glad to have a chance to compete with fencers of different skill levels and styles, meet new faces and develop their skills as fencers. The Fencing Team is looking forward to returning to training next semester and to the next tournament that will be held in February.

Une fin de semaine enrichissante à Rigaud

Par l’Aspm Marie-Frédérick Grégoire

Un des nombreux avantages d’étudier au Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean est que nous avons l’opportunité d’être membre d’une équipe sportive. Lors de la fin de semaine du 28 novembre, l’équipe mixte de ballon sur glace a participé aux qualifications provinciales à Rigaud.

L’équipe des Remparts a disputé trois parties le vendredi et le samedi soir, avec une fiche finale de deux victoires et une défaite. « L’expérience a été enrichissante puisque nous avons eu à jouer contre des équipes de plus haut calibre », souligne l’Aspirant de marine Mélody Schonfelder. « En tant que gardienne de but, j’ai eu la chance d’observer les techniques des autres équipes et je sais que ce tournoi fut bénéfique pour les autres joueurs de l’équipe également ». En effet, les élèves-officiers ont pleinement profité de l’occasion pour enrichir leur technique de jeu et revenir au Collège fins prêts à affronter leurs pairs.

Ce tournoi s’inscrit dans le cadre du programme de sports du CMR Saint-Jean qui a pour objectif de favoriser le perfectionnement du leadership, l’amélioration de la condition physique et l’acquisition d’un style de vie sain. Pour les élèves-officiers, ce fut une occasion de plus pour développer leur potentiel tout en s’amusant. Deux semaines avant les examens, le tournoi leur a permis de prendre une pause afin d’être mieux préparés pour le prochain défi à venir.

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Ex Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on December 14th, 2014

Blackwell & Beddoe Lawrence: The maple leaf has symbolized Canada for 50 years, but its origins are still misunderstood

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Caption: 20936 Lieutenant-Colonel David Pletz, Air Task Force Lithuania commander, speaks to Canadian Armed Forces, Lithuanian Air Force, and Portuguese Air Force Detachment personnel during the dedication ceremony of Canada’s cross for NATO Baltic Air Policing Block 36 at the Hill of Crosses in Šiauliai, Lithuania. PHOTO: Air Task Force – Operation Reassurance, DND

Canadian Air Task Force in Lithuania dedicates cross at the Hill of Crosses

“The ATF is proud to leave behind a cross to commemorate Canada’s efforts in protecting the Baltic skies and its commitment to NATO,” said 20936 Lieutenant-Colonel David Pletz, commander ATF Lithuania. “We’re honoured to be part of this mission and demonstrate our solidarity with our Allies.”

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Caption: 15137 Major General Charles Lamarre answers questions from members of Canadian Air Task Force-Iraq during Operation IMPACT. (Photo: OP Impact, DND)

Canadian Joint Operations Command Deputy Commander Expeditionary pays visit to Kuwait

“It was great to see so many of our hard-working task force members in Kuwait,” said 15137 MGen Charles Lamarre. “Every ‘Roto 0’ is made up of long days and this task force sets a high bar in reaching its operational capability in a very short timeframe. It speaks well to the professionalism of our men and women.”

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Canadian Armed Forces conclude Operation Caribbe 2014

“I commend the work of our men and women and their successes during Operation Caribbe 2014,” said 15696 Lieutenant-General Jonathan Vance, Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command. “Such operational excellence emphasizes the Canadian Armed Forces’ commitment to working with our allies and partners in providing safety and security in the region. Operation Caribbe remains a powerful force in deterring transnational criminal organizations from using shipping lanes for smuggling illicit cargo.”


Les Forces armées canadiennes terminent l’opération Caribbe 2014

« Je salue le travail de nos hommes et femmes et leurs succès durant l’opération Caribbe 2014, a dit  15696 le lieutenant-général Jonathan Vance, commandant, Commandement des opérations interarmées du Canada. Une telle excellence opérationnelle met l’accent sur l’engagement qu’ont pris les Forces armées canadiennes de collaborer avec nos alliés et partenaires pour assurer la sécurité et la protection dans la région. L’opération Caribbe demeure un outil puissant pour dissuader les organisations criminelles transnationales d’utiliser les voies navigables pour faire du trafic illicite. »



Canadian navy orders alcohol ban after San Diego misconduct investigation

“Most misconduct unfortunately involves the misuse of alcohol,” Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, head of the Royal Canadian Navy, told reporters Friday.



CPSX providing rock-solid training for the final frontier

“I’m probably never going to go to the moon or Mars myself, but I’ll probably be involved in designing those missions or training the crews who will go. All astronauts get basic geology training, and we understand the language, requirements and the logic,”



Units and Fallen Players Honored with Patches at Army-Navy Game


Manitoba Branch – Annual Christmas Cocktail

The Manitoba Branch held its annual Christmas cocktail at the University Women’s Club on Friday evening 12 December 2014. The Branch President, Jacques Gagné was present to greet guests. Jacques also gave the members an update on the Club’s initiatives and current priorities.

Thirteen (13) people attended; including Ed Bergener and his wife Donna-Mae, 9276 Claude Michon and his partner Marilyn Albrecht; 8866 Bruce and Patti Rutherford; 4140 the Reverend Peter Flynn and his spouse Judy, Dick and Doreen Girling; Ed deCaux, H3062 Allen Kear; and 12059 Jacques Gagne.

Groups photos:

Gents -

(L to R) back row: Ed Bergener; Claude Michon, Bruce Rutherford

front row: Ed deCaux; Dick Girling; Allen Kear; Peter Flynn, Jacques Gagné

Ladies -

(L to R) : Patti Rutherford; Marilyn Albrecht, Judy Flynn, Doreen Girling; Donna-Mae Bergener


Great news! The Juno Beach Centre is expanding the team in Canada with a full-time Program and Development Coordinator based out of the Burlington office.

Please pass along this opportunity to your contacts and encourage those interested to apply.

All the best and happy holidays!



Le Centre Juno Beach agrandit son équipe canadienne, grâce à la création d’un poste à temps plein de coordonnateur des programmes et du développement, située au bureau à Burlington.

SVP partager cette opportunité avec vos contacts et encourager ceux qui sont intéressées de poser leur candidature.

Bonne journée et meilleurs voeux !

Jenna Zuschlag Misener

Executive Manager | Directrice exécutive

L’Association Centre Juno Beach
Bureau: +1 877-828-5866
Mobile: +1 416-576-4052
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Former RMC rugby player returns NAVY banner – 27 Years later

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Former RMC rugby player returns NAVY banner – 27 Years later

By: WJO with some help from the Class of ’87 FB page

Back in the Spring of 1987, the RMC Redmen XV paid a visit to the United Sates Naval Academy to play a friendly rugby match.

As was the custom in those days following rugby matches; a great deal of partying took place.

In the course of the post-game frolicking – two cadets from RMC thought it would be a good skylark to liberate an elaborate banner from the Navy Rugby Club House.

All in good fun, of course.

After several failed attempts to ransom it back to the USNA, it was finally packed away by one of the culprits – always with the intention of returning it – ransom or no ransom.

Fast forward to 2014 – the high profile annual Army vs Navy football game.

16115 DS (Pal) Mann – Class of ’87 (photo, right with glasses) who happened to be a part of the rugby trip 27 years ago returns to watch the classic football game. His partner in crime that day 16110 Rod MacIntosh could only wish that he was there too.

What a great opportunity to return the banner.

27 years later, like a long lost relic unearthed by Indiana Jones, Pal handed it over to his compadre in the hope that it will finally make its way back to the Mothership after almost 3 decades.

Rod was still interested, “What was the final ransom?” Not an unexpected reply, “Not sure what will come from it. …. my man Butch will negotiate it out on his next visit! I’m imagining it might be Navy bling and something beer-ish!”

For those interested in the result of the 115th Army-Navy Football Game – 17 – 10 Navy for their 13th consecutive victory.

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Keeping Tabs…

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Treasurer and Heritage Projects Officer – RMC Club Kingston Branch

Former team captain RMCC hockey redmen

Recently moved from Montreal to Kingston

Former Director of Cadets RMCC


RMCC Division of Graduate Studies and Research

Former RMCC Director of Cadets; former CMR Commandant

Has competed and completed 10 marathons in the past 2 years

Criminal Defense Lawyer

CF National Swimming Champion

President NS Branch – RMC Club

RMCC Adjutant Training Wing

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Claude Scilley: Marc Granlund found a career to combine both elements of his years at RMC

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21974 Marc Granlund found a career to combine both elements of his years at RMC


It’s strange, sometimes, how things work out.

After a few years of searching for the right vocation, Marc Granlund today finds himself in a position that combines the chemistry he studied at Royal Military College with a competitive milieu that mirrors the one in which he thrived as a varsity hockey player.

“It’s funny how that came about,” Granlund said from Mississauga, where he is the general manager of the Toronto branch of Inx International, a company that makes commercial printing ink.

“It seems very coincidental but you’re right. It’s a very close match and it works out quite well.”

When Granlund left RMC with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2001, he drifted for a while. An RETP candidate, he didn’t stay in the Forces. He did a number of things, first taking a contract position with his brother’s company in Cambridge, a firm that makes parts for space satellites.

“The whole reason behind chemistry is I really wanted to go into the medical field,” he said, “but RMC really didn’t have biology or anything like that. The closest they had was chemistry, so that’s what I did. I also took courses over at Queen’s during my time at RMC in anatomy and biology with the intent to move into (medicine) when I graduated.”

Granlund, however, didn’t pursue that path. “I was kind of schooled out after four years, and I really didn’t feel like going (to medical school) right away. I figured I’d get into the workforce and my brother helped me out with an opportunity.”

When that contract ended, Granlund moved to Toronto and did some supply teaching. He deferred acceptance into teachers college, and contemplated a career in physiotherapy. “It was a point in my life where I was a little bit lost,” he said.

That was until he reached out to another ex-cadet—who also just so happened to be a former varsity hockey player. At the time, 15950 Brian Collict was president of Sun Chemical. “He was kind enough to sit down with me and I got my foot in the door there,” Granlund said. “It really was a ground-floor position, where I was mixing ink, all manual labour, but it was an opportunity and I ran with it.”

In a year and a half there, Granlund rose to be an in-plant supervisor, a position that required him to work with customers remotely. One day, a conversation with another supplier at a job site led him to leave Sun Chemical for Inx International, where he has been now for almost 11 years.

The Illinois-based firm is the fourth-largest supplier of commercial ink in the world, and its specialty is metal-can printing. “Coke can, Pepsi can, beer can—you touch a can and that’s generally our ink on it,” Granlund said. That’s just one market in which Inx is engaged, some of which are growing rapidly and while other traditonal ones—print publications, for instance—are in serious decline.

“It is a very competitive field,” Granlund said. “I actually enjoy the sales side of things. Every day is different.”

That he enjoys the competitive aspect of his job would not surprise anyone who ever watched Granlund play hockey. He played two years of junior B hockey with the hometown Sarnia Steeplejacks, during which time he suffered a serious knee injury that put into doubt whether he’d ever play the game again.

Hockey, however, was too deeply ingrained to be sidetracked by a few surgical pins in his leg. “I didn’t know if it was going to happen or what was going to come of it, but I certainly was keen on doing something in hockey,” Granlund said. “It was always a dream (but) I had to come to the realization that school was probably the best route for me at that stage of my life. The fact that I could do university and continue to play hockey was really appealing.”

To that end, in his senior high school year Granlund attended a prospects camp in Leamington for college recruiters. It was there that he met Redmen coach 14080 Andy Scott. Photo left caption: Marc Granlund and coach, Andy Scott. Marc was chosen the Danny MacLeod trophy winner in IV year.

RMC had not been on Granlund’s mind. “My brother was in Air Cadets so I’d heard of it but didn’t know a lot about it.” He had other options, including an offer to attend a school in Albany, N.Y., but coming to Kingston was somehow intriguing.

“My dad, sitting and chatting with him, kind of put it in perspective. (He said), ‘Are you going to make it to the NHL? Probably not.’ I wanted to stay in Canada and wanted to have a good education. I knew the military thing was going to be a challenge. I didn’t really know what to expect of it.”

It was, Granlund said, “very much a rude awakening for me.”

“Don’t get me wrong,” he said. “I was raised with pretty good values about being responsible; you work hard, you’re rewarded. That being said, the whole military structure was brand new to me. I never did Air Cadets, like my brother did, and my sister did Sea Cadets, but I was never exposed to that.

“For me, being told what to do and how to do it was very much an awakening.”

It took a while for Granlund to adjust, and he admits to entertaining second thoughts. “I absolutely did,” he said. “I was thinking, “Geez, did I do the right thing here?’ but as time went on you realize you don’t take everything wholeheartedly. It’s a bit of a training process but not having any experience with it before, you just have to read it as you go.”

Granlund played hockey all four of his years at RMC, during which time the team won one and tied one of its games with West Point. “We had a pretty good team through the four years I was there, that’s for sure. We had 22409 Tom Connerty as our goalie starting my second year, and he was a big part of the team. He was a phenomenal goaltender.”

Of the games with Army, Granlund recalls the intensity foremost.

“It was such a thrill to get out on the ice,” he said. “Playing university hockey you don’t normally have 2,500 or 3,000 fans watching you, so when that game did roll around, you had a ton of adrenaline pumping through you. There’s so much excitement around the game itself, just for the history that goes along with it. It’s such an old rivalry. The depth of that was amazing, so to be part of it was such a cool experience.”

Granlund scored a goal in his final game, but mostly he recalls the games as rough, physical affairs, which suited him just fine. “Yeah, I certainly liked the rough stuff,” he said. “There were a couple of years I got in a fight. That was fun.”

It was a style Granlund embraced.

“Everybody’s got a role,” he said. “That’s why it’s called a team, right? Not everybody’s going to be a goal scorer, or the goalie. I didn’t mind being the grinder. It’s what I enjoyed doing … be tough, play physically and if I pop in a goal here and there, great.”

Granlund recalls his time at the college fondly.

“It was an awesome experience. I wouldn’t change it for the world,” he said. “To be honest with you, I always thought, ‘I don’t want to be committed full-time to the military. What if I want to have a family? I don’t want to be forced to move around and all that other stuff.’ I don’t think I made a wrong decision, but now I’m at the stage now where I look back and (think) that would have been all right. In another three years it would have been 20 years in the military.

“I didn’t know at the time if I wanted to commit to five years (of service) after university. I think if I knew what I know now, it probably would have been a different story. I still talk to a lot of friends in the military and they’re doing phenomenal and they have families.

“I do sometimes look back and think, ‘Yeah, I could have done that.’”


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IV Year Faces Reality Head On

Posted by rmcclub on December 14th, 2014

A personal reflection for the holiday season

IV 26549 Kai Zhao

‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la-la la la, la-la-la! While the Christmas holiday is always a time of relaxation and enjoyment, this year it is especially important. Leave is always an opportunity to catch up with friends, tease my sister for her youth (10 years my junior), and gorge myself on as much of mother’s cooking as I can before I must return to school again. For the most part, however, I don’t think that I have appropriately prioritized family time in the past. I realize that I want to shift my focus more towards myself and my family than anything else in the world. For this holiday season, I have three goals; to spend more time with my family, to relax and re-energize for next semester, and to reflect on my past, present and future set out some realistic goals to work towards.

On paper, I had an easy semester as I only had four courses. But in my experience, there has never been an easy semester at the college due to many opportunities to become involved and self-develop. Since September, most of my spare time has been taken up with the goal of securing a career for myself after graduation. Unlike most of my colleagues, my future as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces is at risk. Last summer, I failed Phase 1 of Pilot training in Portage-La-Prairie in Manitoba. I have been facing a Compulsory Occupation Transfer (COT) since coming back to the College. After completing an almost endless amount of paperwork and the agonizing slow routine of checking off all the required boxes, I found out with a shock that of the only occupation currently open to me for COT has only one position available. Applicants like me from all over Canada are competing for this one position – in Kingston alone, there are three others. If I am not selected, then I could be facing release from the Forces.

My future, that has been so certain for so long, is starting to fade away. In a couple months from now, I may be putting my uniform on for the last time, and then become another unemployed university graduate looking for a job. It’s a cruel reality, but in the current age of budget cuts, what else could I really expect? This wave of depression could not have hit me at a worse time – the exam period. I realized that throughout the semester with the threat of an uncertain future ahead, I had lost my passion for success, and my usual habit of reaching out for opportunities for further self-development. Everything became a chore, and to be honest, I was scared of losing myself.

Photography has long been one of my passions, but in the thick of studies and training, I had let it fall to the wayside. To alleviate my distress, I picked up my camera again. Through my viewfinder, I saw the world in entirely different perspective. I always believed that each frame should tell its own story. Through these stories, I hope to inspire my audience. In these last two weeks of restarting my photographic passion, I realized that my pictures are also inspiring hope in myself.

By photography, I’m not referring to the various events such as Remembrance Day or Reunion Weekend that I take for e-Veritas and the school’s Public Affairs Officer. Instead, I’m referring to photos that take for personal pleasure. Last week, my friend Bill Oliver was kind enough to share my first creative photo of this semester, the Mackenzie Building under a full moon. This week, it’s a snapshot of the daily ceremony of raising the flag on the parade square at 0730hrs. Both shots have very different meanings.

In the first shot, as the moonlight brightens the night sky around the clock-tower, the college seems to be at peace. It reminds me that no matter how difficult or harsh the College life may be, there is still beauty that constantly surrounding us. The situation that I’m facing may seem dire, but then I realized that I’d be one of the only university grads of my generation who will have completed a university degree debt-free. The experiences that I had the privilege to collect here at RMC may in fact give me a leg-up against my would-be competitors in the civilian job market. How many other university grads have served as the leader of an expedition to Ecuador? How many of them have had the privilege to serve as an intern to the recently retired Senator Romeo Dallaire? If I were to release, it could only mean the opening of another set of windows of opportunities for me in life. Who knows where they might take me?

The second shot, released in today’s update of e-Veritas, reminds me of one of the key qualities expected of any military personnel: perseverance. Despite the harsh December winds, despite the blowing snow, the lady and gentlemen cadets of the morning flag party still carries out their duty without hesitation. I may be facing the possibility of releasing in the near future, but that does not mean that I will forget the lessons learned during my short military career.

No matter what the outcome, I must carry on. Starting January, I will be a Cadet Flight Leader (CFL), responsible for around 16 third and fourth years. I will have six courses including a thesis and I must pass my French oral proficiency test. So, for this holiday season, I’ll be readying myself for the on-coming challenges. I’ll be continuing my daily workout and spending time with my family. I’ll also try to get out onto the slopes with my snowboard as often as I can. Of course, I will always have my camera by my side.

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Cadets Meet Up With the College Mom

Posted by rmcclub on December 14th, 2014

IV Years Hobnobbing with College Royalty


Over the Fall Term, IV Year cadets from 1- 5 squadrons have been hosted to a home-cooked lunch by the commandant, BGen & Mrs Joy Meinzinger assisted by the College principal, Dr. Harry Kowal and Mrs Cheryl Kowal. The plan for the second term is to have the remaining squadrons (6 – 12) attend similar luncheons.

At the beginning of the year Joy and Cheryl put a plan together to ensure that each squadron (IV Years) eventually have the opportunity to visit the commandant’s residence in an informal atmosphere.

These type of lunches are a win-win. Cadets have the opportunity to speak with senior leadership in small groups. Discussions have been wide ranging; More than one cadet has mentioned to this writer that they learned more on how senior leaders think and why, at these lunches, than in any formal class they have ever attended. Interesting!

The win for the hosts is that they put names to faces. Joy put it this way; “I really just wanted to get to know some of the cadets so when they graduate I am not starting at blank faces.” The mother of two added, I want to shed a tear like the rest of the mom’s out there.”

Funding for these events are covered through funds donated to the Foundation.


More from the IV Year lunches:

Article submitted by OCdt. Sarabjot Anand, 26288, 2 Sqn CSL is typical of the comments we have received from cadets from  the other four squadrons.

On the 9th of October, the 2 Squadron fourth years were invited to attend lunch at the Commandant’s house. As we entered the house, OCdt. Kingsbury (Aide-de-Camp) was waiting to escort us inside. B.Gen Meinzinger and his wife, Joy personally greeted us and gave us a tour of the house.

Lunch was already prepared for us as we arrived.

After sitting, we discussed various topics including college life, careers in the CF, and the future of the college. It was nice to have a relaxed discussion with the Commandant of the school and see how much he, and his Mrs Meinzinger genuinely care about the cadets at RMC.

It was a great learning experience for all of us, and reminds us how much we will miss this place, that has become our home, when we graduate in May of 2015.

Thanks B.Gen Meinzinger and Mrs Meinzinger for the invite.

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No Life like it! 8 OCdts off to Peru / Aucune vie comme ça!

Posted by rmcclub on December 14th, 2014

Club d’exépdition: Pérou 2014

Par Élof Alexia Croizer, 26091

L’équipe du club d’expédition du CMRC n’est plus qu’à quelques jours du départ qui se fera dès la fin de la période d’examen, le samedi 13 décembre, pour leur voyage de randonnée dans les montagnes du Pérou. L’excitation est à son comble chez les 8 élofs qui se préparent mentalement et physiquement depuis la fin du mois d’octobre à relever ce défi de taille qui les mènera jusqu’à une altitude de 16,000 pieds à travers les montagnes de l’Amérique du Sud. Ces intrépides élofs sont dans le sprint final des préparatifs pour l’expédition qui sera d’une durée totale de 11 jours, expédition qu’ils ont d’ailleurs entièrement planifiée et qu’ils complèteront ensemble le 23 décembre à leur retour au Canada.

Au cours des prochains jours, les derniers avant le départ, les membres de l’expédition se réuniront pour finaliser les derniers détails du voyage: séparation du matériel de groupe (tentes, outils de cuisine, matériel de premiers soins, etc.) parmi les membres, révision de l’itinéraire de vol et de l’horaire journalier du voyage, et finalement la vérification et l’empaquetage du matériel personnel de chaque élof. C’est enfin prêts, que ceux-ci se dirigeront vers l’aéroport de Toronto pour prendre le vol qui marquera le début de leur aventure de 11 jours.

Ce sera sans conteste une expérience inoubliable pour ces 8 étudiants qui auront la chance de voir certains des plus beaux paysages naturels du Pérou, en plus d’être exposés à la culture péruvienne et la langue espagnole durant leurs quelques jours dans la ville de Lima, capitale du pays, et Huaraz, point de rendez-vous des randonneurs au pied des montagnes où se rendront les élofs. Les membres de l’expédition Pérou 2014, à l’aube de cette aventure sur le point de se réaliser, aimeraient remercier la Fondation du CMRC pour son support généreux, sans lequel cette expédition n’aurait pu voir le jour. Merci.

Souhaitons bonne chance à ces élofs qui sont sur le point d’entreprendre un voyage qui n’est pas dépourvu de risques.



Expedition club: Peru 2014

By: Alexia Croizer, 26091

The RMC expedition club Peru team is but a few days away from departing on their great adventure! They will be leaving Saturday December 13th, right after the fall exam session, for the Peruvian Andes. These 8 OCdts taking part in the expedition are all excited to begin and they have been training since late October in order to be mentally and physically prepared to take on the challenge of the Santa Cruz trek that will bring them up to altitudes of 16,000 feet. The Ocdts are in the final sprint of preparations for the expedition that will be 11 days long. This expedition, which was entirely planned by them, will end on December 23rd with the 8 OCdts back in Canada.

In the next few days before leaving for Peru, the expedition team members will meet one last time to do a final check up of the equipment, as well as go over travel details that will involve some planes, some buses, and a few taxis. Once in Peru, the team will travel to Huaraz; the starting point of their 11 days long journey.

It is without a doubt going to be an unforgettable experience for these 8 cadets who will have the chance to see some of the most beautiful landscapes of South America and be exposed to the Peruvian culture and Spanish langage that they will be able to enjoy during their stay. The team members would like to thank the RMC Foundation for its generous contribution to the expedition, without it there would be no trip. Thank you.

We wish good luck to the Peru 2014 expedition team.


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The Week That Was & More…

Posted by rmcclub on December 14th, 2014

Caption: A quarter-guard was on hand to welcome  LGen Yang, Commandant of the Korean Military College when he recently paid a visit to RMCC.

Last Thursday (11 Dec) a senior delegation from the Republic of Korea, headed by LGen Yang, Commandant of the Korean Military College paid a visit to the college. The Commandant, BGen Al Meinzinger with his senior staff were able to converse with the visitors about RMCC and their experiences with Military Education. A number of ideas were exchanged common and unique to both institutions.


PAG Does it Rigt. Again!

By: 26898 NCdt. Grimshaw, II

At the head of the exam period this past Wednesday, December 4th, the Peer Assistance Group (PAG) held its last pizza night of the semester in the cadet drinking mess. Spirits were high, and hungers (evidently) were higher, as over 40 extra-large pizzas were quickly eaten by the mass of cadets who had stopped by to grab a free bite to eat.

The pizza night served to offer the members of the Cadet Wing a chance to relax despite the academic stressors that stood between them and the Christmas holidays. Undeterred, over 70 cadets came and mingled, with the pleasant bonus of enjoying free pizza and having a few drinks with their classmates. The event was warmly received by members of the Cadet Wing, who ate up this opportunity like a box of pizza!

GAP a bien fait ça.  Encore une fois !

Par: 26898 Aspm. Grimshaw, II

Au début de la période d’examen ce mercredi 4 décembre, le Groupe d’assistance aux pairs (GAP) a tenu sa dernière soirée pizza du semestre au Mess des cadets. Le moral était élevé et la faim (évidemment) était encore plus élevée… Plus de 40 pizzas extra-grandes ont été rapidement mangées par la masse des cadets qui se sont arrêtés pour prendre une bouchée à manger gratuitement.

La soirée pizza a offert aux membres de l’escadre une chance de se détendre malgré les facteurs de stress universitaires et ce, juste avant les vacances de Noël. Plus de 70 cadets sont venus participer à cet évènement, avec le bonus agréable de profiter de pizza gratuite et boire quelques verres avec leurs camarades de classe. L’événement a été chaleureusement accueilli par les membres de l’escadre, qui ont englouti cette opportunité comme une boîte de pizza!


ALOY cadets visit Meinzinger residence !

Ten ALOY cadets recently paid a visit to the Meinzinger residence, aka the Commandant’s house. It was not your typical social visit. Along with the usual abundance of holiday cheer & treats – the cadets decorated the two house Christmas trees.

All involved had fun as reflected on their broad smiles in the photos. Hard to judge; who did the best job? The ladies or the gentlemen?

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A 1965 ADDRESS BY Air Commodore L. J. Birchall

Posted by rmcclub on December 14th, 2014

AN ADDRESS BY Air Commodore L. J. Birchall, O.B.E., D.F.C., C.D.,


The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 25 Nov 1965

CHAIRMAN The President, Lt. Col. E. A. Royce, E.D.


Mr. Moderator, Mr. Controller, Honoured guests, gentlemen:

A proud mother once wrote to James I of England asking him to make her son a gentleman. King James was essentially a practical man and he replied, “My dear Madam, I could make your son a nobleman but God himself could not make him a gentleman.” This rather pessimistic view is not shared by R.M.C. for with complete optimism, each student on arrival becomes a gentleman cadet automatically–happily the end result usually justifies this hopeful approach.

Our speaker today is, of course, a schoolmaster and one of his colleagues in replying to the enquiries of a fond parent as to the progress and safety of her son wrote “Dear Madam, such time as your son does not devote to self-adornment is spent in the neglect of his studies.” Since both the studies and the adornment are supervised with some care at R.M.C., it seems likely some other institution was involved!

On the first of June, 1876, the Canadian Military College–it was not yet known as Royal-opened its doors to a class of eighteen cadets. The first Commandant was an engineer, Lieutenant-Colonel E. O. Ewart of the Royal Engineers, and the enabling Act of Parliament stated, “This institution is set up for the purpose of imparting a complete education in all branches of military tactics, fortification, engineering and general scientific knowledge in subjects connected with and necessary to a thorough knowledge of the military profession and for qualifying officers for command and for staff appointments.” Ten years later, Sir Charles Tupper wrote to the Minister of Militia: “I regard the Canadian Military College as one of the best of its class in the world. The training and results are in every way of a high order and the Americans themselves, I understand, say better than at West Point.” It might be well to mention that a military college was first suggested in 1816 so that a mere sixty years lapsed between the suggestion and the realization and I hope you will pardon me if I mention that, meanwhile, Royal Schools of Gunnery were established at Quebec and Kingston to antedate the Military College by five years. These batteries still exist as units of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. One additional comment may be interesting in this regardwhen Sir John French as Inspector General of the Imperial Forces carried out a thorough investigation of the Canadian Militia at the request of our government in 1910, he was highly critical of almost everything. There were two exceptions–the Royal Military College and Petawawa Camp!

The Royal Military College has had its problems but apart from one isolated bad patch in the 1890′s, its record has been one of excellence and its Commandants able, dedicated men to whom Canada owes a great debt of gratitude. Those of us who learned our soldiering in the old pre-war Militia may well regard ourselves as stepchildren of the College for our minute Regular Army was officered almost entirely by a tiny band of graduates from the College. These were the men who worked with us at Royal Schools and Provisional Schools and Summer Camps and week-end exercises to give us some idea of soldiering. Without these men Canada could never have made the effort she did in 1914 and again in 1939. May I suggest that no expenditure of public funds in our history has yielded greater benefits to Canada than those devoted to the maintenance of the Royal Military College for without its graduates and their Militia proteges, we would have been entirely dependent on other countries for the training of our staff officers and commanders in two great wars.

Our speaker today requires little introduction. He is a career soldier, educated at the Royal Military College. He has represented Canada in Washington, Paris, and Japan where he was a member of the prosecution team in the Japanese war trials. The great opportunity of his service career came on that momentous day in 1942 over the Indian Ocean when he saw the Japanese fleet spread out below him -a fleet fresh from an unbroken series of victories and on its way to what it confidently believed to be the conquest of Ceylon as a first step to seizing India. Commodore Birchall passed his message of warning and was immediately shot down; it must have been weeks and months before he learned in his Japanese prison camp that his action had resulted in the first serious reversal to Japanese arms and the salvation of Ceylon. However, there is more to the story–Hemingway, that great writer, described courage as grace under pressure and there is no doubt it takes a special sort of courage to maintain not only one’s own morale but those of one’s associates and subordinates in the atmosphere of a prison camp where news is non-existent, conditions wretched and punishment severe. Our speaker had greatness thrust upon him when he saved Ceylon but he achieved another sort of greatness as a prisoner-of-war–his devotion and example earned him the O.B.E.

The motto of the Royal Military College and its sister colleges is “Truth, Duty, Valour”. I am sure no one in the long and glorious history of the College has better epitomized these qualities than our speaker today. It is my privilege to introduce Air Commodore Birchall, O.B.E., D.F.C., C.D.


Mr. Chairman, honoured guests, members of the Empire Club: It is a pleasure and a privilege for me to be here today as your guest speaker. I had the honour of speaking to your Club shortly after my return to Canada in late 1945 and at that time I tried to give a description of my experiences during 31/a years as a prisoner-of-war in Japan. Since my topic today is to describe the purpose and operation of the Canadian Services or Military Colleges, my trend in topics is in direct opposition to that of television where horror programmes are on the increase. Nevertheless, I trust that you will bear with me in my role as Dr. Jekyll rather than Mr. Hyde.

No one will deny the fact that it is essential to have, within the officer cadre, a hard core of well educated, highly trained officers from which to draw our commanders and senior staff, and the purpose of the Military Colleges is to produce junior officers for the base of this core. It is necessary, therefore, to have a look at this type of officer for a moment.

Today, not only must the junior officer be able to train and lead his men, he must also have a very intimate knowledge of government, politics, national and international affairs, economics and science if he is to give sound advice to his superiors. This is only part of the problem. The Services must compete with the professions, as well as with big business for the best brains in the country and only by offering a career of comparable challenge can the Services attract applicants of high standard. Again, to maintain a high standard of physical fitness in the Services, an officer retires at a relatively young age, and he must be adequately equipped to change to civil life at the end of his service. The final factor is that he is likely to spend much of his career in the prevention of, and preparation for war, but while he may not actually have to fight a war, he must be ready at all times to do so. During the time he is not fighting, he must play his part in the social, professional and intellectual life in his community, and must therefore have an education standard equivalent to the leaders in that community.

Such education is also essential to keep the officer’s mind alert, exercised and fit to absorb, as well as to use, experience effectively. In essence, the Service officer’s mind must be disciplined, enquiring, and above all, creative.

This is the junior officer of today, but the recruits entering the Colleges this year could still be under retirement age by the year 2000 A.D., and who knows what the future may hold. With this rather sobering thought, I shall now describe what the Military Colleges have done and are doing about this very important task.

After the achievement of Confederation, the British regular units were gradually withdrawn from Canada, thereby making it necessary to create a Canadian Permanent Armed Force. The most imperative need was a source of professionally trained officers, and the government took steps to remedy the situation by establishing the Royal Military College in 1876.

From the beginning until the College was closed during World War II, cadets entered the College and paid their own way. The curriculum had a heavy emphasis on military training in all three Services and at the same time gave the academic equivalent of about three university years in Arts, Science and Engineering. There was no commitment to join the Permanent Force upon graduation and all graduates who joined the Permanent Force did so voluntarily. There were 41 % who did so and many more would have joined but were prevented by the limited number of commissions offered by the Services.

Then came the Soviet nuclear threat and the Korean war. It now became evident that because of the nature of modern strategy and weapons, a future war would be so immediately overwhelming and devastating that there would be no time to mobilize and train Reserves. It would be necessary to fight with forces in being and so our defence policy became one of having a much larger Permanent Force. Another and perhaps more important consequence was that with modern complex weapon systems and strategy, a larger number of officers educated to university degree standard were required.

As you know, universities, industry and many branches of government are all providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships, bursaries, gifts and loans to further the university education of outstanding students. This competition made it necessary for the Services to inaugurate the Regular Officer Training Plan, or ROTP, under which cadets are given a university education with the government paying all costs for tuition, uniform, books, board and lodging, either at a Military College or a university. The cadet is also given about $65 monthly take-home pay. For this the cadet, upon graduation, undertakes to serve a minimum of four years in the Permanent Force. The only subsequent change in this Plan is that now up to 15% of the intake can be what is known as “Reserve Entry”; these cadets pay their way as before and have no obligation to serve in the Permanent Force after graduation. They must, however, attend summer training with their Service at which time they are paid as officer cadets.

There is good reason for the Reserve Entry. Many young lads today would like to take advantage of the excellent education and training in the Military Colleges but are not certain enough about making the Service a career to commit themselves so early. Under the Reserve Entry they can give it a try and if they like it they can transfer at any time to the Regular Plan with all its benefits.

As an indication of the value placed on this Plan, the Ex-Cadet Club, or alumni, have started a Foundation Fund and one of its aims is to provide three $1,000 scholarships each year for Reserve cadets. The first scholarship was awarded this year, very shortly after the start of the Foundation Fund, and the recipient was a lad from Toronto. He is an outstanding cadet in all respects and gives every indication that he will be one of our superior graduates.

The selection procedures and standards are the same for all candidates, either Regular or Reserve Entry. A candidate must be a Canadian or a British subject; have reached his sixteenth but not his twenty-first birthday on the first day of January preceding entrance; be single and remain single until graduation, and have passed his junior matriculation for College militaire royal de Saint-Jean or senior matriculation for RMC and Royal Roads with a minimum average of 64%. Following these more or less mechanical screens, he is processed through selection teams whose task is to identify those with the intellectual and emotional ability to meet the demands of the officer role. The selection is divided roughly into two parts, firstly, a joint medical-psychological examination designed to eliminate candidates unsuitable on physical, emotional and intellectual grounds; and secondly, by a series of interviews and test banks to assess military and leadership potential. Since an officer spends his entire career working in close association with others, one of the most important factors is how well the candidate gets on with and influences other people. The tests are therefore aimed at determining how well he can use his verbal, practical and planning skills in contributing to the solution of a group problem; and how well he can co-operate with other members of the group, persuade them to work together, and above all, persuade them to accept him in the role of leader.

There are two approximately equal streams of cadets in the ROTP; one through the civilian universities and one through the Military Colleges. There are about 40 Canadian universities involved in the ROTP and three Military Colleges: Royal Roads on the West Coast, College militaire royal de Saint-Jean in Saint-Jean, Quebec, and Royal Military College in Kingston. Royal Roads accommodates about 200 cadets, with a yearly intake of about 130. Entrance qualification is senior matriculation and it has a two year university course. CMR accommodates about 400 cadets, with a yearly intake of about 175 (60% French and 40% English-speaking). Entrance qualification is junior matriculation because there are many places in Quebec and other Provinces where a student cannot obtain a senior matriculation locally. CMR has, therefore, a Prep Year to bring the recruits up to senior matriculation standard, followed by a further two years of university studies, making a three year course in all. RMC accommodates 550 cadets, has a yearly intake of about 75 cadets, an entrance requirement of senior matriculation, and gives a four year university course. The reason for the small intake is that all cadets, upon graduation from Royal Roads and CMR, come to RMC for their last two years, making a third year class at RMC of over 200 cadets.

The main difference academically between the universities and Military Colleges is that in the universities the curriculum and standards are at the discretion of the university, whereas in the Military Colleges the curriculum can be adjusted to meet Services requirements, provided the basic standards for a university degree are met. For example, in the Military Colleges, all Arts students are given 865 hours of mathematics and science as against the civilian Arts student who takes very little, if any, of these courses. All Military College engineering students take approximately 500 hours of humanities compared with approximately 200 hours given in a Canadian university. French language instruction is mandatory for all cadets during the first 3 years in the Military Colleges, bringing all cadets to a fair level of bilingualism. In addition, four years of military studies are an important part of the curriculum.

There are, however, many advantages in maintaining ROTP cadets in the universities. For one thing, it keeps the military in the eyes of the civilian students while at the same time the cadets establish a very close relationship with future leaders in Canadian industry, the professions and government.

The Military Colleges have a double aim, to educate and train, that is, to provide cadets with a mental, moral and physical stamina. Regarding education, in addition to those differences I have already discussed, 15% of the curriculum is devoted to military studies, drill and PT. The military studies encompass a wide range of subjects, dealing with Service customs, roles and organization of the Services, military history, the employment of forces, leadership and man-management. Apart from this formal training and living in a military atmosphere at the College, the cadet looks to the ten-week summer period spent with his Service each year as the primary source of specialized Service training.

I would now like to discuss the training aspect which is perhaps the most important task of the Military Colleges. There is one quality which can be identified as fundamental to any successful enterprise: namely the willingness of each member to subordinate his own desires to the best interests of the organization. In the Services this quality reaches its maximum during war when the military demands the ultimate in subordination of self-the surrender of life. A leader can only get his men to do this if they can identify themselves with a higher loyalty such as to country, Service, ship, station or unit. That is why, as leaders in training, the cadets start as men in the ranks, live a restricted life and are under strict discipline. This system subjects them to ways and means of developing the ability to forego personal pleasures and desires through the creation of a higher sense of achievement in promoting the greater well-being of the whole unit.

Thomas Huxley, one of the greatest scientists, lecturers and educationalists, once wrote: “Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.” Our system is aimed at the acquiring of this ability.

Training is given by daily routine and athletics. The daily routine starts from the second the cadet puts his foot into the College as a recruit. Reveille is at 6:15 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. there are sports on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and tutorials and non-athletic activities on Tuesday and Thursday. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Friday is reserved for private study with lights out every night at 11 p.m. Saturday, they can sleep till 7:15; sports and drill in the morning, with the afternoon and evening free. Sunday they sleep till 7:30 a.m., church parade at 10 a.m. and the afternoon is free. A very full schedule, but necessary in order to get everything done. Perhaps many of the things they do find time to do would be better left undone. Last year a visiting Royal Navy Frigate which anchored in the harbour had the College letters painted on its side during the night in three-foot letters of red paint and a Greek freighter suffered the same fate this year. At our last Convocation, I arrived on the parade square with the Minister of National Defence to be confronted by a large sign on one of our dormitories which was undergoing repairs, saying: “Demolition for Coeducational Purposes-Condemned”. I suppose if you are going to raise tigers, there is no sense in having them tame.

From recruits on through the four years, it is a progressive system in which responsibilities are added and commensurate privileges granted, such as passes, week-end leave and lights out when desired. The seniors, or fourth year cadets, have responsibility for command and control of the Cadet Wing and they have a command structure the same as at a normal unit. There is a Wing Commander with his headquarters staff and each of the five squadrons has its Squadron Commander and staff. They are responsible for discipline through proper orderly room procedures, standards of dress, deportment and drill, management and supervision of all sports, dances, entertainment and other College activities. This, of course, is under the regulations as laid down and the immediate supervision of the College staff. In this way the cadets get invaluable training in discipline, leadership and man-management. The two main guide lines are:

He who will not accept orders has no right to give them.

He who will not serve has no right to command.

The second part of training is athletics. Cadets do PT, aquatics to Red Cross standards, sports fundamentals and skills. In the sports programme there are 24 intramural sports in which all cadets are taught the basic skills, rules and organization. During the afternoon sports periods, four of the squadrons play against each other while the fifth organizes and officiates. Each cadet must play at least one body-contact and one individual sport. In the extramural programme we have teams in 17 sports and this past year we won 8 firsts, 5 seconds and 2 thirds, giving us top rating in 15 out of the 17 sports. Over 200 of our 500 cadets participated in these sports, mainly in the Ottawa-St. Lawrence League of 10 universities such as Ottawa, Loyola and Carleton, whose registrations are in the thousands.

Perhaps you are wondering just how the new policy of integration will affect the Colleges. Unlike Military Colleges in the United States, the Commonwealth and other countries, RMC and its sister colleges have always been operated on an integrated basis. It is really only when the cadets graduated and were sent to their respective Services that they became Service oriented. Clearly then, the integration of the forces is a welcome boon to both staff and cadets. The common training, experience, background and friendship developed during the College years make the cadets ideally suited to the new concept of integration. The cadets themselves are enthusiastic and excited about the challenges presented by this modern approach to defence organization and are proud that Canada is the world leader in this field.

One immediate result of the present integration which is of importance to us, is integrated recruiting. This, as you know, has just been inaugurated the past year, but already its effects are being felt and will provide a sounder basis for selection of recruits. As experience is gained in this field and integration progresses, efficiency can be further improved. The integrated Training Command is another advantage as it will enable the Colleges to deal with one agency, on training matters, not only in the Colleges but during the summer, instead of three as in former years. These and many more advantages will be attained under integration.

How successful are the Military Colleges? The proof of the pudding is in the eating. In the Military Colleges, over and above academics, cadets are failed for lack of physical fitness, for lack of officer-like qualities, and in military studies. Yet, for every 100 students who enter RMC, 66% graduate, whereas at the Canadian universities approximately 48% graduate. In the past two years we had three Rhodes Scholarships and this is all the more remarkable when you consider that out of over 25,000 graduates annually in Canada eligible to compete for 11 of these scholarships, only 190 are from RMC. We have also had three Athlone Fellowships and 19 other top Canadian and United States scholarships in the same period of time. This high level of academic success is possible through being a small residential College with a first-class faculty dedicated to “The Pursuit of Excellence”.

The next important question is “How many remain after their Service commitment?” The latest figures are that approximately 54% of the university graduates remain, and approximately 70% of the Military College graduates remain. Considering for a moment those who do return to civilian life, it is interesting to note that many have been highly successful and made valuable contributions in all walks of life. Many are, or have been, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, or held other high positions in government. Several of our largest industries today have graduates as directors or presidents.

Gentlemen, I hope I have been able to give you an insight into the production of junior officers for the Canadian Armed Forces by the Military Colleges. History records that the graduates of the Military Colleges have played important roles not only in the history of Canada but of the Empire and the Commonwealth. I am certain that this will continue and that you, as Canadians, can be proud of those who will in the future be the leaders of our Armed Forces and the defenders of our way of life.


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“Bill & Alfie”: An Unusual War Memorial at the RMC

Posted by rmcclub on December 14th, 2014

“Bill & Alfie”: An Unusual War Memorial at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC)

By: 8057 Ross McKenzie

For Canadians the First World War (or The Great War as it was known) began in August 1914. The heaviest fighting ended November 11th, 1918, with the Armistice with Germany, but for Canada, the War itself didn’t actually end until mid-1919 when the Canadian troops serving with the Allied Intervention Force in Russia were withdrawn.

In all, the Great War claimed millions of dead and millions more wounded or missing, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in human history. Canada suffered near 61,000 dead and 172,000 wounded. This brutal and hard fought conflict left not only men broken in mind and body but it also inflicted deep psychological wounds on the psyche of the Nation. In the immediate post-war period, all across Canada, this angst and grief found expression, in part, by the creation of thousands of memorials to honour the fallen. Along with the grief there was also a great sense of pride in the accomplishments of the Canadian soldier. The battlefield at Vimy Ridge may not have been the literal, “birthplace of the Canadian Nation,” but pride in Canada’s wartime accomplishments certainly increased Canadian patriotism and spurred our political evolution to independence within the British Empire.

Ex-cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada played a prominent role in the Great War, serving with both Canadian and other British Empire forces in every theatre-of-war. Although the pre-war output of the College was relatively small (RMC output was geared to the needs of the tiny, pre-war Regular army and militia: a conflict on the scale of the Great War was inconceivable) ex-cadets played a prominent role in the War. When the First Canadian Division went overseas, 22 % of its commanders and staff officers were ex-cadets, and by the Armistice, the percentage of RMC ex-cadets among the whole CEF was 23 %. Some 147, or just over 10% of ex-cadets serving, were Killed-in-Action.

In the immediate post-war era RMC built memorials to the fallen and established other commemorative sites. Street names and geographical features on the College grounds were renamed for significant battles; the Class of 1910 planted eight birch trees in memory of eight classmates killed; the new auditorium, dedicated in 1922 as the Sir Arthur Currie Hall, was decorated to commemorate the service of the Canadian Corps and the College War Memorial – the Memorial Arch, was officially unveiled in 1924.

A decade later, the last, and the most unusual, Great War memorial was added to the College. Two bosses (i.e. gargoyle-like) heads depicting the cartoon characters Old Bill and Alfie were placed over the side door of Yeo Hall, the newly constructed Cadet Dining Hall. Old Bill and Alfie were two of the several cartoon characters created during the War by Captain Bruce Bairnsfather, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. These characters represented ‘everyman’ –the scruffy, but rock solid, front-line soldiers who, “coped with everything the enemy, their NCO’s, their officers or the Staff could throw at them.” They were universally known and beloved (except perhaps by senior staff officers whom Bairnsfather often satirized).


Popular with both troops at the front and civilians at home, Bairnsfather’s drawings were an important factor in maintaining morale. The caption of his most famous cartoon, “Well, if you knows a better ‘ole go to it,” became the catch phrase of a generation.

Why Old Bill and Alfie found their way to RMC is unknown, but presumably the Commandant of the day was a fan (every RMC Commandant from 1919 to 1944 was a veteran of the Great War). A small officers’ mess was tucked into a back corner of the second floor of this newly built Cadet Dining Hall. The stairs leading up to the Mess were accessed by the side entrance decorated with the two famous heads and the bar was called, “Bill and Alfie’s”. The RMC Officers’ Mess was relocated long ago, but the original bar area, now incorporated into a greatly expanded Cadet Mess and Recreation Centre, is still known as ‘Bill and Alfie’s”.

The Great War, the world’s first industrial mass-war, was a global catastrophe that has given rise to a century of change, conflict and revolution. The title of Margaret MacMillan’s recent book, The War That Ended Peace, says it all. We are still struggling with the War’s consequences. Despite all the horrors of war it is perhaps fitting that one of the enduring Great War memorials to be found at the Royal Military College consists of two cartoon figures- symbols not of loss and grief but of the indomitable human spirit, the spirit that can triumph over adversity and that gives us hope for a better world.

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Meet the 2014 e-Veritas team

Posted by rmcclub on December 14th, 2014

Bill & Rolande Oliver

 Click on photos for better viewing – especially the last one of Curtis

2014 has been another exciting and fulfilling year for e-Veritas. This is Issue #49 for the past 12 months; we expect to wrap up with #50 before 2015  officially becomes a reality.

We wish to recognize the outstanding support that we have received from the volunteers (above).

Mike Kennedy, Victoria Edwards, Claude Scilley, Sarah Labrecque,

Chantel Fortier, Danielle Andela, Kai Zhao, Melissa Sanfacon,

Denice Zoretich, Erik St-Gelais, Cloe Baillargeon, Catherine Silins

Mike Shewfelt, Jen Ochej, Steph Ochej, & Curtis Maynard.

Some are still on the scene while others have moved on to other challenges in their professional careers. Without these  combined significant contributions e-Veritas would have been unable to provide our readers with a constant high quality e-newsletter during 2014.

Thank you one and all.

Bill & Rolande Oliver

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Posted by rmcclub on December 14th, 2014

Following is a list of obituaries that we compiled from the past 48 Issues of e-Veritas. It includes: Ex Cadets; former military & civilian staffs; & family members. If we missed anyone, let us know and send along the link of the particular obituary.


 H25197 William John “Danny” McLeod; 3075 Henry W. Morewood; 4999 Jean-Louis Houle;

MURRAY, Arthur William ‘Bill’;

H 17417 Col The Hon J.R. Matheson; 3912 George Lake Logan; E4613 NEADOW, Arthur Joseph R.H; 2583 LANE, Robert L; 22729 WEBSTER, Andrew F; 2738 Allan John Cameron;


 23463 Heywood, Harley Bruce; 6239 DICK, Lawrence Kent; 4109 FRASER, Donald;

4999 HOULE, Jean-Louis; 4651 Gordon C. Andrews;


3036 DOWSLEY, Brian; 2915 John Oswald Ward; 5555 ELLIS, John Stanley;

RCNC 004 KILPATRICK, John Ross McLennan; Ken Harvey;

Commissionaire MWO Brown; 2704 Marcel Richard; 4750 McGOWAN, Stewart (Stu) Edwin;

4637 Ken Stefanson;


3222 James Alfred Jennings; 2687 HOPKINS, NIGEL JOHN; “Ken” Mayhew


RCNC 300 H. Hugh Plant; 3222 James A. Jennings; 3187 Irving ATKINS;

7396 LEGAARDEN, John Thomas; 2635 GREGG, James ‘Milton’;


3137 Ralph Darby Keen; 3816 Howard William Causier;

2797 Pragnell, Herbert Francis; M0959 Riel Bisson; Dorothy Luke; 5986 CARSCADDEN, Neil John; 3024 Peter Chisholm;


CHAUDHRY, Professor Mahinder Datt; 3129 Bob Gross;

3137 Ralph Keen;

TETLEY, William Aubrey; 3695 Louis-Hébert Couillard;


M0402 Richard Kelderman; 

ALBERTSON, Irvin J. “Pic”; BAYNE, David Grant ‘Dave’; RCNC 340 William George Welbourn; BAUMGARTEN, PHILIP; 5872 Coppin , James “Al”; Donna Diane Niemy ( Wife of 3543 Walter Niemy;

RCNC 321 James Lewis Creech; 3478 ROCHESTER, Ian;


JONES, DR. Richard Edward; 5295 MICHAEL SULLIVAN; 3604 Karl M. FERGUSON;

5518 Roland Selby;

2769 Ralph Ernest Hyde; M264 Frank (Francesco) Anthony Vellone;


Kingstonians pay respects to fallen soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo; 3932 Don GOODWIN; Lynda Baynton wife of 8613 Bill Baynton (Class of 1971) & Robert Smart (brother of Lynda);12154 Mark Beaulieu;

13291 TOMAS, David; 3707 David Earle Stothers;

13362 Gaétan “Nounours” Brosseau; 14200 Stephan Carignan; 5220 TURCOTTE, John Gerald “Gerry”;

6513 John Bart; 2932 Garry  Hammond; 3782 Rayner Jobson; 22814 CUTLER, Aaron Leigh;


4446 Boggs, George David (“Dave”); 3159 PEARSON, Donald F; 2618 BAYLAY, Norman Burke; 3568 Ron McKinnon; Lindsey Kathryn Cousineau  –  Daughter of 13855  Medric and Jocelyn (Burgess) Cousineau; James Terence (Terry)  Terry Rogers;

6226 Steven R.G.W. Burridge; 3789 Reg Paterson; HALVOR E. Bjornestad; Gianni GIOSEFFINI; 5699 Claude Besner;

5021 William Carleton Lee;

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