25249 Rebecca Fielding: quick learning curve in the army

Captain (25249) Rebecca Fielding, 13 Squadron, Class of 2012 discusses life after Graduation:

(Another in a series of articles coordinated by 26659 Danielle Andela – e-Veritas Sr. Correspondent)

Graduating from RMC in May 2012, I was posted to 2 Service Battalion in Petawawa. I spent 2.5 years performing various staff and line jobs, most notably as a Field Transport Platoon Commander for 12 months. It was in this position that I was challenged in all aspects of army life, and where I truly developed and tested my leadership skills.

Moving quickly from job to job, I deployed on Op IMPACT for 6 months as a Duty Officer in the Joint Task Force Support Component of Joint Task Force Iraq. The technical support skills that I learnt overseas have strengthened my ability to succeed as an Army Logistics Officer. I returned from tour and was posted to the 4th Canadian Division Support Group as Personal Assistant to the Commander, currently serving in this position until summer 2016.

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I am extremely fortunate to work with and learn from Senior Officers and NCOs, of all trades, on a daily basis to coordinate a multitude of tasks and events.

I look back on my time at RMC always with a smile. Attending RMC was a decision that challenged me continuously for 4 years but ultimately made me a better person. It taught me organization, time management, and interpersonal skills that I implement in all aspects of my life. The most valuable thing that I learned at RMC was the importance of being well-rounded.

Be humble as you embark out into the real world. Always listen to others experiences and work hard to discover what their insight means for you.

Many people will tell you that everything is different once you leave, but in reality life is very similar, perhaps just on a larger scale. RMC has taught you (sometimes inadvertently) skills that are both good and bad, whether you have realized it yet or not. Never stop learning or seeking knowledge. Best of all, take breaks – know when you need to rest and how best to achieve it.

Good luck!