25832 Kyle Nielsen (Class of ’14) 5 Sqn – Made his ‘share’ of mistakes at RMC and learned from them
(Another in a series of articles coordinated by 26659 Danielle Andela – e-Veritas Sr. Correspondent)
Immediately following graduation I was posted to the Artillery School in Gagetown where I spent 6 months awaiting my DP1.2. Upon completion of DP1.2 I was posted to the First Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Shilo Manitoba. I spent 7 months as a Troop Commander in B Bty before I moved to my current job as Gun Position Officer responsible of the defence and movement of 6 M777 howitzers. Throughout my time at the Regiment I have had the opportunity to take part in numerous exercises in Manitoba and Alberta.
My most fond memories of RMC are the friendships I have made with my peers in other trades. RMC is unique in the sense that I got to know people at school who are now posted to almost every base in the country. RMC provides an amazing network of colleagues that civilian universities do not have.
The most valuable thing I learned at RMC was how to make mistakes and learn from them. RMC provides a unique training environment to enjoy university as a student and put into practice some of your leadership and administrative skills that you will use in your career. The time to learn is when you are there so you do not make those mistakes when you are responsible for soldiers’ lives.
If I were to offer advice to those graduating I would say be fit, know your job, and be ready when it is your turn to lead. When opportunities pop up to go on operations or be involved in unique training if you are not fit and ready to take on the challenge it will pass you by. Lastly enjoy your time at RMC, it goes fast and when you get to your units be prepared to hit the ground running.