Over the past few Issues we have contacted some former Cadet Wing Headquarters from he past 50 years or so. The feedback has been interesting; we do hope to hear from many more over the next few weeks / months.
15907 Sylvain Sirois was a busy cadet during his IV Year. He was the CWTO first term, S/C 2nd term and DCWC for the graduation parade.
The Commandant on graduation day was BGen 3543 Walter Niemy and the Director of Cadets – 8389 Commander Brian (Bear) Brown.
During his 4 years at RMC and 1 at CMR, two individual on the leadership staff stick to his memory as he had
additional interactions later in his career:
Capt Walt Natynczyk (later to become CDS), was 8 Sqn Comd. While Sylvain was in 4 Sqn at the time. He used to walk the grounds with his dog.
PO1 JOGY Lemieux, Drill Staff. “He helped me quite a lot a few years later in Halifax for the funeral for one of my soldiers.”
We asked the Chief of Staff (Infrastructure and Environment) / Canadian Armed Forces Chief Military Engineer – what he would consider the highs and lows during his five years in the two military colleges system.
- Unarmed combat and recruiting trips across Ontario and Québec
- Old 18 Drill Team and our exhibitions at Halifax Tattoo while on SLT
- Tenor drum with the Pipes and Drums
- CWTO and having the role to run the recruit term
- Jump course
- Franco dinners – Francos got together to the same table for dinner and empty dish plates kept piling as those who were done were replaced at the table with others starting dinner
- Learning basic drill movements 4 time (Army Cadets, CMR, BOTC and RMC) – I became a band member to avoid any other drill relearning sessions…
- 2nd recruit term (one at CMR for Prep Yr and one at RMC for 1st Yr)
On the subject of the ‘buds’ factor; the now MGen had this to say:
“ Friendships and acquaintances created at RMC are still influencing my life today, especially those who are still in the military.”
The lifetime member of the RMC closed with this comment: “ I had a great time at RMC. Every year I had military responsibilities and challenges – Class Senior or leadership roles. Everyone one had a very different experience as I already knew then. I was very “militaristic” while others had a lot of parties to attend and survive…”