Royal Military College of Canada

Royal Military College of Canada
Royal Military College of Canada
Flag of the Royal Military College of Canada.svg
Motto Truth, Duty, Valour
Established 1876
Type Military college
Chancellor S157 Hon. Peter MacKay (ex-officio as Minister of National Defence)
Principal Dr. Joel Sokolsky [1]
Commandant Brigadier General J.G. Eric Tremblay (Jul 14, 2011)
Admin. staff 200
Undergraduates 1,032 full-time, 5,000 continuing education
Postgraduates 660
Location Kingston, Ontario, Canada
44°13′44″N 76°28′07″W / 44.22889°N 76.46861°W / 44.22889; -76.46861Coordinates: 44°13′44″N 76°28′07″W / 44.22889°N 76.46861°W / 44.22889; -76.46861
Campus Waterfront CFB Kingston
Tag line A University with a Difference
Colours Red and White          
Nickname RMC Paladins
Mascot RMC Paladin knight in scarlet uniform and shield (2009)
Affiliations AUCC, IAU, AUFC, COU, CIS, CVU, Fields Institute, PPC, UArctic, MAISA, CUSID, CMA, OUA, DRDC, Ontario Network of Women in engineering
Royal Military College of Canada fence.jpg

The Royal Military College of Canada, RMC, or RMCC (French: Collège militaire royal du Canada), is the military academy of the Canadian Forces, and is a degree-granting university. RMC was established in 1876. RMC is the only federal institution in Canada with degree granting powers. The Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act, 1959 empowers the College to confer degrees in Arts, Science, and Engineering. Programmes are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels on site through traditional studies and by distance learning through the Division of Continuing Studies. [1]

Located on Point Frederick, a 41-hectare (101-acre) peninsula in Kingston, Ontario, the college is a blend of older, historic buildings and modern academic, athletic, and dormitory facilities.[2] Officer Cadets are trained in the four pillars of academics, military, athletics, and bilingualism (French and English).


Mission statement

Aerial view of the Royal Military College of Canada
Royal Military College of Canada entrance

The Royal Military College of Canada, Canada’s Military University, prepares officer-cadets for a career in the profession of arms and continues the development of other Canadian Forces members and civilians with interest in defence issues. RMC provides programs and courses of higher education and professional development to meet the needs of the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence.[3]


RMC is responsible to:

  • Provide a university education in both official languages in appropriate disciplines designed on a broad base to meet the unique needs of the Canadian Forces
  • Develop qualities of leadership in officer cadets
  • Develop the ability to communicate in both official languages for officer cadets
  • Develop a high standard of physical fitness
  • Stimulate an awareness of the ethic of the military profession
  • Conduct research activities in support of RMC and to meet the needs of Defence Research Agencies[3]


The RMC priorities are:

  • To build high quality, world-class programs in areas of importance to the Canadian Forces and to Canada,
  • To promote national and international collaborations and partnerships, and
  • To promote interdisciplinary co-operation.


The RMC mission is to educate, train and develop Officer Cadets for leadership careers of effective service in the Canadian Forces- the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Army.

For most students under the ROTP (Regular Officer Training Plan), education is free and a monthly salary is paid which meets incidentals. The courses are offered both on site and by distance learning in both official languages: English and French. After graduation, Officers are to give two months of service for each subsidized month of education.

RMC offers 19 undergraduate programs[4] in Arts, Science and Engineering. RMC offers 34 graduate studies[5] opportunities, including 14 doctorates. In addition to the Faculty (university) of Arts, Engineering, and Science, the Division of Continuing Studies offers undergraduate and graduate level programs including the “Officer Professional Military Education Program” (OPME). The Department of Applied Military Science (AMS) offers a graduate level program - the Land Force Technical Staff Programme (LFTSP) and an undergraduate/community college level program - the Army Technical Warrant Officer's Programme.[6]

All undergraduate students are required to complete the core curriculum, which is designed to provide a balanced liberal arts, science, and military education. The Core Curriculum consists of Economics, Psychology, Mathematics, English, Calculus, Military history of Canada, Chemistry, Canadian History, Physics and Civics.

Cadets can choose to specialize in Aeronautical Engineering, Chemical Engineering 1965-1981, 2001-, Chemical and Materials Engineering: 1992-2001, Computer Engineering (Hardware or Software streams) 1983-, Civil Engineering 1965-, Electrical Engineering 1965- and Mechanical Engineering 1965-.[7] Engineering and Management was offered: 1972-1995. Engineering Physics was offered 1975-1995 and Fuels and Materials Engineering were offered 1982-1991. Engineers provide support to deployed operations and domestic installations. RMC was the first college in Canada to train engineers.[8]

Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Space Science are offered by the Faculty of Science. The Faculty of Science, in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts, also offers three joint honours degrees: Computer Science and Business Administration, Chemistry and Psychology, and Space Science and Military and Strategic Studies. The science programs are relevant to occupations in both the Canadian Forces and the civilian sector.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts gain practical communication and critical thinking skills as well as specialized, hands-on experience in their chosen field. English, French, Economics, Political Science, History, Business Administration, Military theory, Military strategy studies, Military Psychology and Leadership are offered by the Faculty of Arts.

Faculty of Engineering Faculty of Arts Faculty of Science


Applied Military Science Faculty of Continuing Studies
  • Land Force Technical Staff Programme (LFTSP)
  • Army Technical Warrant Officer's Programme[6]
  • Continuing Studies Division - RMC Saint-Jean
  • Graduate Studies and Research[28]


The Royal Military College of Canada university tuition fees in an arts and humanities program at the undergraduate level vary from $1,695 - $3,100 for Canadian Students and $8,000 for International Students in 2009-2010.[29]


Awards are granted to outstanding cadets:

Award Description Honours
J.W. Brown Memorial Medal Third Year cadet with highest academic standing in Arts programme. 7268 Jim W. Brown (RMC 1967)
M. Dawe Memorial Sword best ROTP infantry senior cadet to carry in fourth year. 22596 Captain Matt Dawe (RMC 2004)
Gibson Medal to be awarded annually to the cadet who graduates first in the Arts Division. 805 Honourable Colin W. G. Gibson PC, MC,VD, LL.D. (RMC 1911) and 2569 Major Desmond H. Gibson, ED
N. Goddard Memorial Sword to the best ROTP artillery cadet to carry in fourth year. 22458 Captain Nichola Goddard (RMC 2002) Memorial Swords
Greenwood Cup top female runner of the Annual Harrier Race -“for Annual Competition by Gentlemen Cadets” until 1954. 3252 EA “Ted” Tromanhauser (RMC ‘54)
Barry D. Hunt Memorial Prize and Memorial Fund War Studies prize and scholarships 4919 Professor Barry Dennis Hunt (RRMC RMC 1960)
Leinster Shield Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP), the Reserve Entry Training Plan (RETP) squadron amassing the most points in the Commandant's Competition, with events involving military, athletic and academic prowess. Leinster plate donated to RMC museum
MacArthur Leadership Award cadet who demonstrates outstanding leadership performance based on credo of Duty-Honour-Country and potential for future service in the profession of arms. General Douglas MacArthur
Jack C. Sargant Memorial Scholarship varsity athlete student who demonstrates proficiency in academic standing, sportsmanship, leadership, and athletic ability. 3091 Jack J.C. Sargant (RMC 1953)
Duncan Sayre MacInnes Memorial Scholarship Fourth Year cadet who is considered the most deserving of those who accept a regular commission in the military occupation of Aerospace Controller Brigadier-General Duncan Sayre MacInnes, (RMC 1897) CMG, DSO, Royal Engineers
W. Craig Moffatt Aeronautical Engineering Award class-selected outstanding Aeronautical Engineering graduate 3342 Professor Craig Moffatt (RMC 1955)
Pijper Cup overall winner of the Ex cadet vs Cadet sports challenge on ex cadet (Reunion) weekend 12609 Thomas A Pijper (RMC 1980)
Royal Canadian Naval College Class of '46 Scholarship awarded to a graduating student (3rd year and beyond) with excellent grades. Naval cadet
Sword of Distinction for Leadership graduating ROTP/RETP cadet who displays outstanding leadership through attaining the highest Cadet appointment of Cadet Wing Senior (CWS) in their graduating year.
Sword of Honour graduating ROTP/RETP cadet who best combines high standards of proficiency in each of the four components of the RMC programme.
Victor Van der Smissen-Ridout Memorial Award graduating ROTP/RETP cadet deemed to stand highest morally, intellectually, and physically at RMC. Captain William Henry Victor Van der Smissen (KIA 1916) and 2415 W.L. Ridout (RMC 1934) (KIA 1934)
Wheatley Challenge Cup overall winner of the annual Harrier Run 4252 MGen (Ret'd) Howard HR Wheatley (RRMC RMC 1958)
The Whitaker Cup awarded annually to the top Team Captain of a RMC varsity sports team. Brigadier-General Denis Whitaker
J. Douglas Young Sword of Excellence Cadet Squadron Leader (CSL) of the Squadron winning the Commandant's Competition. 2360 Major John Douglas (Doug) Young (RMC 1937) who was KIA on D-Day[30]
Corps of Guides (Canada) prize awarded from 1926-1941 (except 1940) to the top cadet in map reading and field sketching. Between 1941-1952, no awards were made. After 1953 to the top cadet for surveying and field sketching.[31]

Awards are granted to outstanding alumni

Air Commodore Leonard Birchall Leadership Award, at Royal Military College of Canada; bas-relief bronze by Colonel (ret’d) Andre Gauthier
Award Description Honours
Mike Allen Memorial Trophy annual alumni water polo game 15708 Capt Mike Allen Trophy (RMC 1987)
Tom Piper Memorial Challenge Cup annual alumni (7 sports) during reunion weekend. 12602 Tom Piper (RMC 1930)
Phil Cowie memorial trophy annual alumni rugby game 14944 Phil Cowie (RMC 1985)
Air Commodore Leonard Birchall Memorial Leadership Award alumni leadership award 2364 Air Commodore Leonard Birchall (RMC 1933)
Wall of Honour alumni lifetime achievement Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada

Centres and Institutes

Canadian Forces Language School Canadian Forces Leadership Institute at RMC
  • The Royal Language Center of Canada, a part of the Royal Military College of Canada, teaches cadets how to communicate in both of Canada's official languages, English and French. The program begins with 4 placement tests. Students are placed into small classes and undergo 5 periods of instruction per week during regular school hours.
  • Founded in 1958, the mission of the Language Schools at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, Quebec, Ottawa, Ontario and Borden, Ontario is to provide language training for military personnel.[32]^
  • Founded in September 1999, the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute (CFLI) on the grounds of the Royal Military College of Canada mission is to be the source from which radiates the philosophy of leadership and command that drives the Canadian Officer Corps. The Institute play a role in the overall development of all Canadian Forces officers and Non Commissioned Members.
  • The Institute (CFLI) is a centre for multi-disciplinary research, analysis and lessons learned on leadership and professionalism in the armed forces and civil society. The Institute's civilian and military faculty in the social sciences and humanities ensure that academic theories, models and concepts guide military doctrine and reforms and share Canadian military concepts, policies and programs with the academic community, other government departments and foreign counterparts.[33]
Centre for International Relations at Queens Centre for Space Research at RMC
  • Established in 1975, the mission is to conduct research in matters of national and international security and other aspects of international relations. The Centre has strong links with the RMC.[34]
  • The mission is to create an environment to promote active space research programs and thereby provide support for Space Science and other space-related degree programs and activities.[35]
Canadian Forces Management Development School (CFMDS) Centre for Manufacturing of Advanced Ceramics and Nanomaterials at Queens and RMC
  • The mission is to advance the knowledge base for addressing the key technology challenges to the commercialisation of fuel cell applications.[36]
  • The mission is to support and promote research and education in the field of advanced materials and manufacturing at Queen's University and at RMC[37]
' Fuel Cell Research Centre at Queens and RMC GeoEngineering Centre at Queens and RMC
  • The mission is to advance the knowledge base for addressing the key technology challenges to the commercialisation of fuel cell applications.[36]
  • Founded in 2001, the GeoEngineering Centre at Queens and the RMC mission is to innovate and advance knowledge in geotechnical, geohydrological, geochemical, geomechanical and geosynthetics engineering. The Centre has been housed on the first floor of Ellis Hall at Queen's University since July 2004.[38]
' High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory Institute for Defence Resources Management at the RMC
  • Led by Queen's University, the HPCVL mission is to provide supercomputer power to a number of universities in Eastern Ontario: Queen's University, RMC, the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.[39] Researchers are provided with the computational power needed to solve increasingly complex problems.[40]
  • The mission is to make available the most recent and relevant research results from the study of defence economics to Canadian defence policy analysis and decision-making.[41]
Defence and Security Research Institute (DSRI) at RMC Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) at Queens and RMC
  • The Defence and Security Research Institute (DSRI) was created on June 13, 2008 at RMC. The DSRI is designed to be an internationally recognized defence and security centre within both the academic and defence and security science research communities. The Research Areas of Pursuit are: communications, energy, environment, materials, and security policy.[42]
Centre for Security, Armed Forces and Society (CSAFS) at RMC

²The CSAFS was founded in 2006 as a think tank with offices in the Department of Politics and Economics. Political and strategic research is delivered to clients such as the CEFCOM, J2, J3 and DRDC with deliverables ranging from publication, presentations and symposiums, to briefing notes, round table discussions and conferences.


RMC refers to its students as "Fourth Year", "Third Year", "Second year", and "First year". Most cadets consider first year to be the most difficult because of the rules and restrictions developed to help students transition from civilian to officer cadet. However, the third year is generally considered to be the hardest academically.

Officer cadets are responsible for the discipline, progress, and efficiency of their wing, squadron or flight and carry out service duties such as duty officer. Within the years, cadets can hold positions of increasing responsibility with a cadet rank that may include:

From most to least senior[44]
Cadet Wing Commander
Cadet Squadron Leader
Cadet Flight Leader
Cadet Section Commander

Squadrons of the Cadet Wing

#1 squadron, stained glass spider, Stone Frigate, Royal Military College of Canada

The undergraduate student body, known as the Cadet Wing, is sub-divided into 14 smaller groupings called Squadrons, of approximately 70 officer cadets, under the guidance and supervision of senior cadets.[45] Squadrons are subdivided into flights and sections.

Squadron # Name Year
1 Hudson 1948
2 La Salle 1948
3 Pontiac 1955
4 Frontenac 1948
5 Brock 1950
6 Brant 1968
7 Wolfe 1968
8 Mackenzie 1973
9 Verchères 1995
10 Montcalm 1995
11 Cartier / Tecumseh (1996–1998) 2007
12 Fraser 2007
13 Jolliet 2007
Otter 1977

The dates given are for the current organization of the wing. For example 1 Squadron was the original squadron at RMC, residing in the same building, the Stone Frigate, as the Old Eighteen. This means that 1 squadron has been around since 1876, but has only been called Hudson Squadron since 1948.

Admission requirements

To be eligible to enter RMC, candidates must meet the course requirements for one of the undergraduate programs in Kingston, Ontario or the preparatory year or first year in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.[46]

In addition, they must meet the Canadian Forces' general admission conditions (officer):

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a Canadian Permanent resident (however, those in this category are only allowed to attend the military college when a proven specific need exists in the forces in which they feel the need to draw from non-Canadian citizens)
  • Be 16 years old on January 1 of the year of enrollment
  • Pass the medical
  • Pass the pre-enrollment tests
  • Pass the enhanced reliability check

The college recruits students who demonstrate promise in the areas which correspond to the four pillars of academics, military, athletics, and bilingualism (French and English). In addition, RMC gives extra weight to those applicants with second-language skills, although this is not a requirement.

The application process, which is independent from that of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre, uses a separate application form. The Selection Board informs applicants no later than mid-May. Applicants are accepted into the Science, Engineering or Arts Program.[47]

Training plans

There are several full-time admission options for an education at RMCC.[48]


The Regular Officer Training Plan is a conditional scholarship offered to selected applicants. In addition to a university education, Officer Cadets receive military training, occupation training and second language training and a career after graduation. The full-time salary includes full dental care, as well as vacation with full pay. Upon successful completion of ROTP, Officer Cadets are awarded a university degree and granted commissions as Officers in the Canadian Forces. Normally, graduates serve at least five years with the Canadian Forces. The application deadline to ROTP is in January for Basic Officer Training in July and admission the following September.

Typically, successful applicants enter the Canadian Military College (CMC) System as an Officer Cadet, where they receive an education that balances academics, leadership, bilingualism and athletics. If the choice of programme is not offered, such as Nursing, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy, or the candidate wishes to attend another university, successful applicants would be eligible to apply to any Canadian university where books, lab fees and student fees are covered, and students receive a monthly salary under the Civilian University ROTP.


The Reserve Entry Training Plan is an education the same as the ROTP but is paid for by the student (not a scholarship). The students also do not draw a salary, however they are not obligated to five years of service after completion. Reserve Entry cadets are, however, paid considerably more than the regular ROTP Officer Cadet salary during their summer training months. They are also entitled to this pay if they attend "Duty/Varsity" away trips (For example, an away game of women's soccer).


  • UTPNCM: University Training Plan - Non Commissioned Members for Non Commissioned members of the Canadian Forces to earn a degree and then serve as officers.
  • IBDP: Initial Baccalaureate Degree Program, a Baccalaureate program.
  • DCS: Division of Continuing Studies, also available part-time

Selection process

Since an application to ROTP is also an application to the Canadian Military College System, all candidates are assessed against an aptitude test, a medical examination, and an interview.

Military Potential is an assessment of Aptitudes, Personality Traits, and the choice of occupation. Academic Performance is rated based on a student's transcript. Unlike many universities, since a complete transcript is submitted to the selection board, grade 9-11 marks are heavily weighted in a student's application with consideration given to grade 12 (or the final year's) marks. Officer Cadets are obliged to maintain satisfactory academic and military performance throughout the programme.

Continuing studies

RMC started a graduate studies programme in 1965. The Division of Continuing Studies was established in 1997.[49]

The mandate of the RMC Division of Continuing Studies is to make university education available to all members of the Canadian Forces, spouses and DND civilian employees. Canadian Forces and other professional training is recognized for credit towards undergraduate or advanced degrees.

Unique degree programs, specially tailored for CF members, include:

Writer in Residence

The Royal Military College of Canada launched its writer in residence program in January, 2010 with Steven Heighton, a novelist and poet as the first to hold the post.


[51] The RMC was named 2nd best Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category by Research Infosource Inc., which produces Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List 2009. Half the points were awarded based on financial indicators and the other half based on research output and impact measures.[52] RMC ranked 25th in the overall rankings.[53]

Research and partnerships

In the Engineering and Science Divisions, RMC pursues the following principal thematic areas of research:

In the Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions, RMC pursues research and activities in:

  • The RMC Centre for Security, Armed Forces and Society (CSAS-CESFAS) provides a focal point for research conducted within the Faculty of Arts and facilitate the transfer of knowledge between the Department of National Defence, other research institutions, scholars and Canadian civil society.

In the Department of Applied Military Science (AMS), RMC pursues:

The Diploma in Military Arts and Sciences (DMASc) provides Non-Commissioned Members (NCMs) of the Canadian Forces an online program made possible by a partnership between OntarioLearn, the RMC, and the Canadian Defence Academy. Under RMC and Community College articulation agreements, all graduates of this diploma program who apply to the RMC will be admitted into the Bachelor of Military Arts and Sciences degree program with advanced standing.[56]

Military training

As an RMC cadet, military training begins with a three week military introduction held at RMC in the summer prior to first year. Phase I of training continues the following summer with the Basic Military Officer Qualification (BMOQ) at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School Saint-Jean. The cadets will complete between 8 and 11 weeks of training in that one summer if they are credited their 4 weeks of recruit camp. After the completion of BMOQ, those cadets who are not yet bilingual are usually enrolled in a seven-week period of Second Language Training (SLT) at Canadian Forces Language School Detachment Saint-Jean. The remaining summers are spent completing Phase II, which are environmental training courses (depending on whether the cadet is Army, Royal Canadian Navy or Royal Canadian Air Force).

On the job training courses are also available to a number of cadets during the summer periods. During Phases III and IV, students take trade specific training courses.

For the most part, military training occurs at locations other than RMC while the college itself focuses on military education.

First Year Orientation Period

First Year Orientation Period, (FYOP) is the most demanding experience for many cadets. FYOP takes place during the first month of the academic year following recruit camp. Recruit camp is a 2 week period of military training prior to entering the college done by all ROTP cadets. FYOP can be compared to Frosh week at civilian universities. FYOP begins with the Arch parade where the entire First Year class is marched onto College grounds by their FYOP staff consisting of Third and Fourth Years.[57]

During the course of FYOP, First Year cadets are required to keep an exceptionally high standard of dress and deportment. They are required to march at all times. Physical Training is conducted, with long runs up neighbouring Fort Henry, Ontario hill a frequent occurrence. Inspections of room standards and dress are conducted daily. For the duration of FYOP, First Years are not permitted to leave RMC or receive visitors. Mail and phone calls are allowed but are limited.

The culmination of the FYOP is the obstacle course. The obstacle course lasts over 2 hours and consists of thirteen obstacles built by each squadron located around the college grounds. Obstacles such as a 12-foot wall and rope bridge are designed to test teamwork and physical fitness of First Years. The First Year flights are judged on the time it takes to complete each obstacle. The completion of the obstacle course signals the end of FYOP. Afterwards, First Years are given a parade where they are officially welcomed into RMC and join the Cadet Wing. Cadets are then allowed to see their friends and relatives after 7 weeks, and allowed the freedom to leave college grounds under the condition that they wear their College uniform.

Second year cadets, in RMC's mentorship program, are paired with first year cadets to mentor, guide, and influence them.

Many of the aspects of the FYOP, including the obstacle course and mentorship program, were developed by the post-war Chesley committee, led by Brigadier Leonard McEwan Chelsey, O.B.E., E.D. The committee made recommendations about the education and training of officer candidates for the postwar active force. In addition, the committee made recommendations about the provision of French speaking officers and arrangements for promotion from the ranks.[58]


The Military Law Centre on the grounds of RMC, staffed with 12 military lawyers, oversees the education of officers and troops in legal matters ranging from the Forces' own code of conduct to the laws of war. It trains military lawyers and advises Ottawa on matters of policy and doctrine. The centre integrates legal education into the regular training that Forces members undergo and establishes its growing importance within the military hierarchy.[59] Selected RMC Canada cadets participate in Law Of Armed Conflict international Competitions each fall with cadets from USAFA, USMA, USNA, and USCGA. Each year, RMC cadets are selected to participate in a competition on the Law of Armed Conflict at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy.


Royal Military College of Canada Paladins
Royal Military College of Canada Cadets compete at Sandhurst Competition in 2009
Royal Military College of Canada Robotic Sailboat

One of the four Components of the Royal Military College of Canada, the mission of the Athletic component is to provide opportunities for all officer-cadets to participate in physical activities and sports that are mentally demanding in order to develop their overall physical capabilities, self-confidence and leadership.[60] The Physical education mission is “to establish a strong foundation of skills and knowledge in physical fitness, sports, and military-related activities through a progressive and diverse physical education program for RMC Officer Cadets” The Vision is “foster a passion for active living and leadership in physical activity.” To enhance their physical fitness and develop military and athletic skills necessary to lead their troops, Cadets must take physical education classes and play intramural sports every year - for a minimum of four hours per week. The first year program focusses on personal physical fitness: theory on exercise physiology, nutrition, training principles and injury prevention. The cadets complete the Basic Military Swim Standard test. The second year program focussed on collective sports: soccer, broomball, spinning, volleyball, basketball, squash, badminton, flag-football, handball, water polo and softball. Cadets acquire basic skills to organize a sport tournament. The third year program focusses on military skills: unarmed combat, different obstacle courses, waterborne training and military rappelling. The fourth year program focussed on individual sports: canoeing, rock climbing, weight training, swimming and life guarding, advanced unarmed combat, pressure points control tactics and spinning leadership.[60]


Every year, the ice hockey team faces the United States Military Academy (Army) Black Knights in the annual West Point Weekend hockey game.[61] This series, conceived in 1923, is the longest-running annual international sporting event in the world.[62]

Royal Military College of Canada Bands

Royal Military College of Canada bands include Pipes and Drums and Highland dancers

The Massed Band, consisting of the Brass and Reed, Pipes and Drums, and Highland Dancers, perform at parades, public relation trips and recruit shows. The Brass and Reed Band is a multi-purpose section, used primarily as a parade march and concert band. The Pipe Section and the Drum Section perform at mess dinners; parades; sporting events; ceremonies (official or squadron); weddings; funerals; public relations; wing events; Christmas and Graduation Balls; private events; and holidays. The Highland Dance Section perform at many of the same functions with the exception of parades and funerals. The Choir performs the Canadian national anthem; sings at mess dinners; and accompanies the Stage Band on selected pieces including: folk, jazz, traditional music, French music, show tunes, African music and Christmas songs. The Stage Band is versatile, performing dinner music followed by marches at college mess dinners. The Cheer Band, a subsidiary of the Brass and Reed, performs music for RMC sporting events, such as the Carr-Harris Cup and the Westpoint Weekend.[63]

The RMC cheer is:

"Call: Gimme a beer!


Beer! Esses! Emma! T-D-V!
Who can stop old RMC!
Shrapnel, Cordite, NCT!
R-M-C Hooah!"


MV Cordite, Royal Military College of Canada

RMC is located on Point Frederick (Kingston), a small peninsula at the point where the St. Lawrence River leaves Lake Ontario and where the Rideau Canal system starts. The location has been an active military base since 1789 and the Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard, located on the site, was an important dockyard during the War of 1812.

Point Frederick includes two sites with National Historic Site of Canada designations: the Royal Navy Dockyard and the Point Frederick Buildings[64]

RMC, the first officer training college in Canada, opened in 1876 with 18 cadets receiving military and academic instruction. It was granted university status in 1959.[65] The Stone Frigate,[66] a large stone building completed in 1820 by Sir Robert Barrie, was designed to hold gear and rigging from British warships dismantled in compliance with the Rush-Bagot Agreement.[67] It served as a barracks briefly in 1837-38, and was refitted as a dormitory and classrooms to house RMC by 1876.[68] During the Great Depression in Canada of the 1930s, an unemployment relief camp on Barriefield lower common was set up under the command of the RMC Commandant. Public works projects at the Royal Military College in Kingston relied on the labour of the 'Royal Twenty Centers' supplied by the under the Unemployment Relief Commission. The public works projects included rebuilding the dry stone wall and moat of Fort Frederick; the physics building extension, the connection from the Fort Frederick Dormitory to the new Yeo mess building, the new wing of the hospital, a new garage, road work, levelling the grounds at RMC for new football fields and a new running track.[69]

Honorary degrees

The nominations for honorary degrees by the Royal Military Colleges can be initiated by different organizations or individuals, including the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada through any member of the college senate. As with most of Canadian universities, the senate, which in the case of RMC is composed of the Chancellor (Minister of National Defence), the Vice Chancellor (The RMCC Commandant), Principal, Deans, DCadet, Registrar and the Directeur des Etudes du Royal Military College Saint-Jean, makes the final decision. The Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada (RMCCC) has no responsibility or authority in the process of granting honorary degrees.


Royal Military College of Canada uniforms

Cadets wear a variety of uniforms depending on the occasion and their environment: ceremonial dress (semi ceremonial); full dress (formal occasions); ceremonial dress (semi ceremonial); outside sports dress; service dress Air Force; service dress Navy; service dress Navy without jacket; Service dress Air Force without jacket; service dress Army without jacket; and combat dress. [70]In winter 2009, Royal Military College officer cadets returned to wearing a distinctive Dress of the Day (DOD) uniform which consists of a white shirt, black sweater/light jacket, as well as black trousers/skirt with a red stripe down the side. The headdress is a black wedge with red piping.[71] Mess dress is worn in the Senior Staff Mess for formal occasions such as mess dinners.

Student life

Coat of arms of Canada on Currie Hall, Mackenzie Building, Royal Military College of Canada
Bill & Alphie Bruce Bairnsfather's World War I characters @ Yeo Hall, Royal Military College of Canada
  • The RMC Cadet Mess in Yeo Hall has facilities for social and recreational activities. Staff and faculty have access to the Senior Staff Mess.
  • Both Royal Military College of Canada chapels serving Roman Catholic, Protestant and Moslem communities are located in Yeo Hall.
  • The Baronial Hall or Currie Hall, which was designed in 1922 by Percy Erskine Nobbs to honour the Canadian Expeditionary Force in World War I play a prominent role in the life of the University. During special events, invited speakers and dignitaries may address the University population or general public from the Great Hall. Many conferences held in Kingston, Ontario may book the halls for lectures or presentations.
  • The CANEX is a small retail store in Yeo Hall for personal articles, souvenirs, snacks and dry cleaning.
  • Bill & Alphie's, the on-campus cadet mess in Yeo Hall, is named after Bruce Bairnsfather's Great War cartoon characters. Old Bill & little Alphie, stone carvings based on two WW1 cartoon characters by Bruce Bairnsfather, appear at the entrance to RMC's Yeo Hall.
  • The campus is on the shore of Lake Ontario and has easy access to two lake-front parks, favourite locations for students to relax and unwind. The campus is also located approximately 10 minutes' walk from the city's downtown.
  • RMC cadets are obligated to perform community service. Every year there is a mandatory class project which is led by a member of each year. The first year class project has cadets conduct an event for the "underprivileged" youth of the city. The second year class project has cadets conduct a food drive for the city's food bank. The third year class project has cadets perform upkeep on the city's many parks. The fourth year class project has the class project leader raise money for a charity through the conduct of a fundraiser which usually takes the form of a baseball tournament.
  • The student clubs and organizations associated with the RMC include: Arts, Astronomy, Broomball, Cheerleading, Climbing, Cycling, Debating, drama, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Expedition, Fish & Game, Flying, golf, Judo, Juggling, Outdoors, Paintball, Photo, rowing, Social Dance, Stage Band, Triathlon/Running, Video Editing, War Games, Water Polo, Windsurfing, Women's Rugby and Yachting.[72]

Alumni giving

window donated by Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada

The Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada Foundation is a registered Canadian charity which was incorporated in 1966. As an element of the Canadian Forces, the college is unable to fund a conventional full time fundraising team in a development office. The foundation, consequently, works at arms length to assist the college financially. Capital Campaigns have included the 2364 Leonard Birchall Pavilion (2007); Memorial Arch Restoration (2001) and the New Library Campaign (2013).[73]


  • RMC cadets produce the campus newspaper, the Precision. The alumni association produces Veritas[74] and e-Veritas.[75]

Summer programs

The facilities are used during the summer for:

Features and buildings

A 260 degree photo of the Royal Military College of Canada in  Kingston, Ontario, on the 4th of May 2007.  Seen is a green landscape during the night, featuring  buildings made of white stone and red brick. The night sky is  dark blue and purple, with the moon shining bright on the right side of the image.  Photo credit: Martin St-Amant (User:S23678)
The Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario

The property includes elements of several National Historic Sites of Canada Point Frederick Buildings NHSC, Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard NHSC, the Fort Frederick (Kingston) component of Kingston Fortifications NHSC; Rideau Canal; and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Register of the Government of Canada Heritage Buildings lists five classified Federal Heritage Buildings and twenty-three recognized Federal Heritage Buildings on the Royal Military College of Canada grounds:[79]

Building (built) Recognition Image
Administration Building, former Hospital, Building R55 designed by Thomas Fuller (architect) (1887)[80] recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994 [81] Administration Building, former Hospital, Building R55 designed by Thomas Fuller (architect) (1887).jpg
Currie Building R15 (1918 to 1920) recognized Federal Heritage Building 1996 [81]

honours Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie [82]

Currie Hall, Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Commandant's Residence, former Royal Navy Hospital, Building 10 (1813 to 1814) recognized Federal Heritage Building 1996 [81][83] Commandant residence Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Commandant's Guest House Building R47 recognized Federal Heritage Building 1996 [81]
Fort Champlain Cadet Dormitory, Building R34 recognized Federal Heritage Building 2002 [84]

honours Samuel de Champlain

Fort Frederick Martello Tower, Building R30 (1846 to 1847) classified Federal Heritage Building 1996 [85]

honours Frederick, Prince of Wales

Royal Military College of Canada Museum, Point Frederick.jpg
Fort Frederick Magazine Building R30B Ammunition Storage Building (1846) recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994 [86]

honours Frederick, Prince of Wales

Fort Haldimand, Building R31 recognized Federal Heritage Building 1996 [81]

honours Sir Frederick Haldimand

Museum, Storage Facility, Fort Haldimand, Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Fort Lasalle Dormitory Building R33 (1912) recognized Federal Heritage Building 1990 [87]

honours René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle. The limestone carvings are of a crown, the initials GR (for George V), 'Dormitory', and 'RMC 1912'.

Fort Lasalle Dormitory Royal Military College of Canada 1912.jpg
Fort Sauvé Dormitory Building Building 81
Fort Brant Dormitory Building 86 2010 Fort Brant, Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Gatehouse 1, Building R2 recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994 [81] Royal Military College of Canada front gates.jpg
Gatehouse 2, Building R6 (1884) recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994 [88] Old Guardhouse, Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Gatehouse 3 Building R50 (1816 to 1819) recognized Federal Heritage Building 1991[89]
Guard House Building R14 (1816 to 1819) recognized Federal Heritage Building 1991 [90]
Gymnasium, Old Building R25 (1903) recognized Federal Heritage Building 1989 [81][91] Royal Military College of Canada Old gymnasium
Headquarters, Former RMC Riding Establishment, Building R5 recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994 [92] Royal Military College of Canada building 5 former riding academy.jpg
Hewett House Building R8 (1875 to 1876) recognized Federal Heritage Building 1990 [93]

honours Lieutenant-General Edward O. Hewett, First Commandant

Hewett House at Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Kingston Fortifications National Historic Site of Canada (1832 and 1840) National Historic Site of Canada 1989 [94] Fort Frederick plaque at Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Lunette and Guardhouse Building R30A (1846) recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994 [95]
MacKenzie Building R16 (1876 to 1878) Classified Federal Heritage Building 1993 [81][96]

honours Rt. Hon. Alexander Mackenzie

RMC Mackenzie building.JPG
Panet House, Building R27 (1903) recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994 [97]

honours Lt Col. Charles-Eugène Panet

Panet House Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Point Frederick Buildings (1790 to 1846) National Historic Site of Canada [98] Excavation Plaque, Fort Frederick Museum, Royal Military College of Canada
Private Married Quarters, Building R9 recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994 [81]
Private Married Quarters, Building R9A recognized 1994 [81]
Printing Workshop, former Riding Stables, Building R36 recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994 [81]
Ross Block Building FF07 recognized Federal Heritage Building 1990 [81]
Stone Frigate Building R23 recognized Federal Heritage Building 1996 by Archibald Fraser (Architect) 1819-24[81] Stone Frigate.jpg
Tailor Shop, former Gun Shed, Building R24 (1914) recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994 [99]
Workshop, former Riding School, Building R3 (1916) recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994 designed by Edgar Lewis Horwood [100]
Yeo Hall Building 32 (1935) recognized Federal Heritage Building 1990 [81][101]

honours Sir James Lucas Yeo

Royal Military College of Canada, Yeo Hall.jpg
Massey library at Royal Military College of Canada

The Massey Library collection consists of approximately 135,000 books, 1,800 audio-visual items and 1,200 periodicals in English and French. The library possesses RMC historical material including cadet photographs, scrapbooks, collections, diaries, and letters. The major collections follow:

Collection Year Significance
Leadership 2006–present donated by the class of 1956
John W. Spurr (former RMC chief librarian) post WWII Military science[102]
Reginald E. Watters 1980–present Canadian literature
General Harry Crerar (Commanding general of the First Canadian Army during WWII) 1939–1945 German language military and technical manuals


Sawyer Building, Royal Military College of Canada

RMC has five dormitories, which are similar to most universities and provide the basic necessities. Organized by squadron, dormitories are co-educational with separate washrooms for men and women. Officer Cadets share a room in first year, and sometimes in succeeding years depending on availability of space, if possible with someone who is proficient in the other official language.

The Oldest, the Stone Frigate was built in 1819-1820 and is a Canadian Heritage Site. The Stone Frigate, known within the college as "The Boat" houses 1 Squadron who in turn call themselves the Stone Frigate Military Academy. The next building built Fort Lasalle holds 2, 3, 4 and 13 squadron while the third building, Fort Haldimand hosts 11 and 12 Squadron. Fort Sauve houses 5, 6, 7 and 8 Squardons and the newest dormitory, Fort Brant aka "The Greenhouse" houses 9 and 10 squadron. Fort Brant was called such due the the overheating problems experienced by the massive glass facade which by facing south traps a large amount of solar heat which is then circulated throughout the building.

Memorials and traditions

e.g. Triumphal arch; Trophies, Commemorative and Memorial Trees, Monuments, Plaques, and Others. This includes a list of RMC Traditions and RMC Militaria & Collectibles

Environmental assessments

Having three national historical designations, environmental assessments (which also involve archaeological studies) are required before construction activities are implemented on the college grounds. While planning to build a new dormitory at RMC, a required environmental assessment revealed the remains of a naval dockyard. This dockyard was significant in the building of ships by the British during the War of 1812. Because of the site's significance, a full archaeological dig had to be implemented before construction of the new dormitory could begin.[103]


Royal Military College Club of Canada was organized in 1884
Royal Military College Club of Canada’s centennial gift (1976), the cadet statue now known as ‘Brucie.’

A plaque located at the college describes the college's history: "Following the withdrawal of British forces from Canada in 1870-71, the federal government recognized the need for an officer training college in Canada. In 1874, during the administration of the Hon. Alexander Mackenzie, enabling legislation was passed. Located on Point Frederick, the site of the former Royal Naval Dockyard, the new college opened on June 1, 1876, with 18 cadets under Lt.-Col. Edward O. Hewett, R.E. Named the Royal Military College of Canada in 1878, it offered academic and military training courses designed to prepare cadets for both military and civil careers. The college was reorganized in 1948 as a tri-service institution and, in 1959, it became the first military college in the British Commonwealth to achieve degree-granting status." [104]

The Royal Military College of Canada "was the first military college to be established in a colonial dependency and it had a double function, the preparation of cadets for civilian careers as well as for military commissions." Richard A Preston, Canada's RMC. The Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard was a Royal Navy yard from 1788 to 1853 at the site of the current Royal Military College of Canada.

Year Significance
May 26, 1874
  • Military College of Canada was established by “An Act to Establish a Military College”, an Act of the Canadian Parliament "for the purpose of providing a complete education in all branches of military tactics, fortification, engineering, and general scientific knowledge in subjects connected with and necessary to thorough knowledge of the military profession" in one of the Garrison Towns of Canada[105]
June 1, 1876
  • Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario opened its doors to the first class of eighteen officer cadets. [106] The names of these "Old Eighteen" are memorized by all cadets today.
  • A House of Commons report describes "Kingston Military College and other Educational Experiments...The Government of the Dominion have also established, at Kingston, an institution where young men may receive a training to fit them for the military profession--an institution something on the model of West Point--the practical benefits of which, however, are not as yet appreciable in a country like this, which has no regular army, and cannot afford employment suitable for the peculiar studies necessarily followed in the Academy."[108]
  • The first recorded First Aid class taught in Ontario was held at the RMC. A plaque commemorates the 125th anniversary of the completion of the inaugural St. John Ambulance Canada first aid course conducted in Ontario. St. John Ambulance Canada first aid course plaque
  • The RMC alumni association (RMC Club) was inaugurated
  • The first annual RMC alumni dinner was held in Ottawa
  • Hockey game played between students of Queen's University and the Royal Military College of Canada.
  • The RMC Club Proceedings, the predecessor of The Review, the Log of HMS Stone Frigate, the Club Newsletter, and current Veritas was published
  • 194 Major Edward Theodore Barclay Gillmore composed ‘The R.M.C. waltzes for piano [music]‘ dedicated to the Gentlemen Cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada, which was published by A. & S. Nordheimer in 1891.
  • Can You Tell Me The Reason Why?, a song about life at the Royal Military College of Canada, was written by #282 A.H.N. Kennedy (1888) & #287 B.H.O. Armstrong (1889)[109]
  • The RMC Club was incorporated under the Statutes of Ontario
  • The R.M.C. march & two step for piano dedicated to the Cadets of the Royal Military College, Kingston by Jessie Campbell Taylor published by the National Litho. Co., c. 1900 in Toronto.[110]
  • The tradition of the Roll Call, which continues today in the Old Brigade, began
  • 200 men undertook a seven-day, highly competitive examination for the 53 positions at the Royal Military College in the year following the outbreak of the Great War. Cadets completed an intensive wartime one-year course.
  • A white goat named `Nan`, the mascot of the Princess of Wales' Own Regiment during the Great War, retired to the College stables from 1918 until her death on September 22, 1924 at 12 years of age. She was buried in the Cataraqui Cemetery [111]
  • The RMC club decided to erect “a suitable memorial gateway” in memory of those ex cadets who have laid down their lives….”
July 31, 1920
  • George V of the United Kingdom granted and assigned the Armorial Ensigns for the Royal Military College of Canada at the Court at St. James.'
  • "Per pale Azure and Gules on the Dexter side a Scaling Ladder Argent ensigned by a Mural Crown Or and on the Sinister side two Swords in saltire of the third points upward, on a Chief of the fourth three grenades of the first fired proper, an Inescutcheon charged with the Union Badge and for the Crest on a Wreath of the Colours An Arm in armour embowed gauntletted and holding a Sprig of three Maple Leaves and ensigned by the Imperial Crown all proper, as the same are in the painting hereunto annexed more plainly depicted to be borne by our said Royal Military College of Canada on Seals, Shields, Banners, Flags or otherwise according to the Laws of Arms."[112]
  • During the Great Depression in Canada of the 1930s, a military-run and -styled relief camp on Barriefield lower common was set up under the command of the RMC Commandant. Extensive public works projects at the College relied on the labour of single unemployed men, the 'Royal Twenty Centers' supplied by the Unemployment Relief Commission.[113]

She was inspired by the sound of the cadets marching past married quarters. The march starts, “We are the gentlemen cadets of RMC. We have sworn to love and serve Her Majesty…”[116] The College March for bagpipe is Alexander Mackenzie[117]

  • The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association declared Kingston, Ontario the birthplace of ice hockey, based on a recorded 1886 game played between students of Queen's University and the Royal Military College of Canada.
  • The Chelsey committee, headed by Brigadier Leonard McEwan Chelsey (RMC 1917), made recommendations about the provision of officers for the active force, about the educational requiresments of candidates, and about the way they should be trained.
  • Plan A proposed to eliminate RMC as a source of officers and to use the site as a two year course for military training of university graduates. *Plan B proposed to enlarge RMC so it could provide the total annual requirements of the active force, to make it free and to impose an obligation on graduates to serve in the active force.
  • Plan C proposed to enlarge RMC to produce 50-70% of the officers needed and to have a parallel officer training system in universities to prepare the balance.[118]
1947 Emily Warren's two large canvasses 6'6" x 11'6", entitled "Canada's Tribute," which were initially hung in the Parliament Buildings are hung in the Sir Arthur Currie Hall at RMC.
  • RMC reopened with the "New One Hundred" cadets. The New One Hundred Opening Ceremonies were held (20 September 1948).
  • Since World War II, RMC has broadened to cover a wide range of disciplines however RMC was originally oriented very heavily towards science and engineering.
  • In the Post-War re-organisation of the Canadian Forces, the Canadian Military Colleges Circle (CMC) was formed with RMC, Royal Roads Military College (RRMC) and Le Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean(CMR)
  • The RMC Club commemorated the fallen from the Second World War on two bronze plaques located on the flanking plinths of the Arch. Names of cadets lost in Korea, through peacekeeping and other operations were added as required.
  • The Old Brigade, alumni celebrating 50 + years since they entered one of the military colleges, are inducted. At the time, RMC was the only military college with a four year course, the course was 15 percent military content. . He devised a new system of organization at RMC consisting of a vice-commandant as director of studies, to coordinate the military and academic training at RMC and to represent RMC at the National Conference of Canadian Universities as the equivalent of a vce-principal. The commandant personally commanded the cadet battalion. A staff-adjutant issued the routine orders.
  • The Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visit RMC on 12 October 1951.
  • The RMC MkI submarine, which was 20 feet long with a 6 foot beam, and weighed 7200 pounds, was launched. In 2000 divers found the sub, which had been sunk in Navy Bay.[119]
March 26, 1959
  • The province of Ontario granted a university charter to RMC by passing "The Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act, 1959" enabling RMC to offer degrees in Arts, Science, and Engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels. "The Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act, 1959" was passed by the 25th Ontario Legislature and given Royal Assent on March 26, 1959.
  • The Canadian historian, #4393 Doctor Desmond Morton O.C., was the first graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada to receive a degree from the military college.[120] Previously, cadets transferred for their final year to a civilian university, where they earned a degree.
  • The RMC Flag inspired Dr. George F.G. Stanley, in his design for the new Canadian flag which was adopted in 1965.[121]
  • RMC celebrates its centennial
  • Commemorative Centennial Canada Post stamps depict a Wing Parade in front of the Mackenzie Building and a Colour Party with the Memorial Arch in the background[123]
  • 490 Brigadier F. H. Maynard (RMC 1901) unveiled the RMC Club’s centennial gift, the statue now known as ‘Brucie.’ Maynard had served in France, Mesopotamia and India.
  • Commemorative Centennial coins made of .999 silver depict a cadet, College coat of arms Truth Duty Valour were minted.
  • Military colleges open their doors to women with the admission of UTPNCM female officer cadets and post graduate students.
  • In June 1991, the Regimental Colour of The Royal Military College of Canada was approved. Vol. IV, p. 181.[124]
  • following the end of the Cold War and massive government cutbacks on defence spending, the Department of National Defence closed Royal Roads Military College (RRMC) and Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR).
  • CMR now operates as part of ASU Saint-Jean as Campus Saint-Jean where preparatory year ("Prep year") cadets acquire the necessary academic standard needed to attend RMC.
  • RRMC Royal Roads Military College is no longer a military institution, and is now maintained by the Government of British Columbia as Royal Roads University.
  • The loss of CMR and RRMC along with their many traditions and history as military colleges still remains a bitter event for many cadets and alumni.
  • Canadian Defence Academy (CDA), which oversees RMC, was established
  • To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding of RMC, the RMC Foundation refurbished the Memorial Arch and the Royal Canadian Mint issued a 5-cent coin.
  • The Canadian War Museum exhibition "Truth, Duty, Valour: The Royal Military College of Canada, 1876–2000" celebrates the institution’s 125th anniversary.[125]
  • The RMC's Queen's Colour (flag) [126] and Regimental Colour (flag) [127] were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on June 1, 2001.
  • $100 Dollar Gold Royal Canadian Mint ice hockey coins commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the longest international hockey series - Royal Military College of Canada vs Westpoint hockey classic; the artist was Tony Bianco.
  • For every 2.5 undergraduate degrees, RMC now produces one graduate degree. The average civilian faculty member at RMC currently attracts over $121,000 annually in extramural research funding.
  • The RMC launches the Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY)
  • The RMC launches its writer in residence program.
  • 31 paintings of Canadian war memorials by F.A. (Tex) Dawson were unveiled outside Currie Hall in the Mackenzie Building on April 7, 2010.

The Royal Military College in fiction and popular culture

The Royal Military College's central place in Canadian military circles has made it the setting for novels, plays, films and other cultural works:

  • In Jetstream, a 2007 television series airing on Discovery Canada about pilots training to fly the CF-18 Hornet in the Canadian Forces, seven of the eight pilots are graduates of the RMC.
  • Timothy Findley’s fictional character Robert Ross in his World War I novel ‘the Wars’ (Penguin Canada 2005) studied military law and trajectory mathematics at the Royal Military College of Canada. His novel won the Governor General's Award for fiction and was adapted into a play. In 1985, Timothy Findlay was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
  • 1982 John-James Ford's protagonist in his coming-of-age novel Bonk on the Head studied at the Royal Military College of Canada. The novel won the 2006 Ottawa Book Award in the English fiction category.
  • Oscar Telgmann and George Cameron's "Leo the Royal Cadet" is an opera written in 1889 in which Leo leaves his sweetheart Nellie to serve in the Anglo-Zulu War. Songs about cadet life include 'The Bulldogs', and 'The Royal Cadet' [129]
  • "Till we meet again", is a musical set in Montreal, Quebec during World War II. Each act features an interview with an ex Royal Military College of Canada cadet who is a Canadian army officer: after Dunkirk, after Dieppe and after Juno Beach.
  • Sara Jeanette Duncan's "Cousin Cinderella: A Canadian Girl in London" by Macmillan in New York and Methuen in London (1908) features Graham, a Royal Military College of Canada graduate, and his sister Mary Trent. Graham and Mary's father, Senator Trent has earned a fortune in the family lumber business. After serving in South Africa and entering the family lumber business Graham Trent travels with his sister Mary from Minnebiac, a fictional small town in Ontario to England. There, Graham Trent becomes engaged to Barbara Pavisay, a member of a proud old English family whose line extends back to the Tudors. When Barbara Pavisay breaks off the engagement to Graham, his sister Mary becomes engaged to Barbara's brother Lord Pavisay. It is assumed that Graham Trent will return to Canada, continue in the family business and be elected to Parliament. Sara Jeanette Duncan's "A Voyage of Consolation" is a sequel to "Cousin Cinderella: A Canadian Girl in London."[130]
  • Dr. David Clark's Canadian Army Trilogy, The Ridge (1994), Lamone (2001) and Lucifer's Gate 2002 outlines the stories of two generations of the Warwick family and the Canadian Army in World War I. In Lucifer's Gate, Captain James Niles, a Royal Military College graduate, is posted temporarily to a recruit training battalion. He is a professional officer, all spit and polish, everything by the King's Regulations. After ordering the crowd to disperse, Niles accepts thanks from German proprietors of a tailor shop, Hans and Analise Holzhauer and falls for their daughter, Rosamund. The lovely Rosamund is unfortunately, an unsuitable match since they are worlds apart in social position. Niles, who is practically engaged to the Colonel's daughter Roselyn, comes to realize while serving under General Arthur Currie in France, that Roselyn never has a serious thought, caring only about tennis and garden parties.

Notable faculty, alumni, and senior officers

See also

Other nations:


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  • 2141 Thomas Leigh Brock (RMC 1930) "Fight the good fight: Looking in on the recruit class at the Royal Military College of Canada during a week in February 1931" (private printing), Victoria, 1964
  • 2141 Thomas Leigh Brock (RMC 1930) "The R.M.C. Vintage Class of 1934" (private printing, Victoria, 1983)
  • Peter J.S. Dunnett “Royal Roads Military College 1940-1990, A Pictorial Retrospective” (Royal Roads Military College, Victoria, BC 1990)
  • 8662 Dr. Allan D. English (RMC 1971), Ed "The Changing Face of War" written by military professionals engaged in war studies at Royal Military College of Canada McGill Queens Univ Press
  • 19828 John-James Ford, (RMC 1995) wrote Bonk on the head, a novel that describes a fictional officer-cadet's life at RMC
  • 6647 Major (Ret) Mitchell Kryzanowski (RMC 1965), wrote Currie Hall: Memorial to the Canadian Corps (Kingston: Hewson and White, 1989), a description of the decoration of Currie Hall
  • S125 Major (Ret) William WJ Oliver, and S134 Mrs Rolande Oliver, "RMC Hockey History Digest" Eds. Red & White Books, Kingston, 2003
  • 4237 Dr. Adrian Preston & Peter Dennis (Edited) "Swords and Covenants: essays in honour of the centennial of the Royal Military College of Canada 1876‑1976" Rowman And Littlefield, London. Croom Helm. 1976. ’
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC - A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Preston "R.M.C. and Kingston: The effect of imperial and military influences on a Canadian community" 1968
  • H1877 R. Guy C. Smith (editor) "As You Were! Ex-Cadets Remember". In 2 Volumes. Volume I: 1876-1918. Volume II: 1919-1984. Royal Military College. [Kingston]. The R.M.C. Club of Canada. 1984
  • Alfred George Godfrey Würtele "Not In Cooke. - Account of a tour by the first graduating class of the Royal Military College", Kingston, 1880.
  • Alfred George Godfrey Würtele "The non-professional notes of the cadets' tour of instruction to Montreal, Quebec, Halifax, and minor places: A work written for the information of the Canadian public, and forming an interesting supplement to the published official reports" Royal Military College of Canada, "Morning chronicle" Office, 1881
  • Ernest F. Würtele Royal Military College Club of Canada. Reference book containing information respecting the graduates, ex-cadets and gentleman cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada: Privately printed, 1892. Reproduced in microform CIHM microfiche no. 14751
  • "To Serve Canada: A History of the Royal Military College since the Second World War", Ottawa, University of Ottawa Press, 1991.
  • 4669 Toivo Roht, (CMR RMC 1960) "Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, Royal Roads Military College and Royal Military College 1955-2006" 2007
  • Yves Tremblay "L'education et les militaires canadiens" Outremont, Quebec Athena Editions, 2002.
  • "RMC Cadet Handbook" Kingston, ON: RMC, 2004
  • "Royal Military College of Canada: The Canadian Services Colleges" 1962
  • "The Royal Military College of Canada 1876 to 1919"
  • "A university with a difference: Royal Military College of Canada" Ottawa: Canada Department of National Defence, 1994.
  • “The Story of the Class of 1927 Since Graduation" (Kingston, Ontario Royal Military College of Canada 1952)
  • The Stone Frigate, 1914 Royal Military College of Canada Publisher: Kingston, Whig
  • Royal Military College of Canada, Fort Frederick: Facts brochure, (Kingston, 2000).
  • Royal Military College of Canada, Visit Fort Frederick and the Royal Military College of Canada Museum brochure, (Kingston, 2000).
  • The Royal Military College of Canada: A University with a difference video written and directed by Raymond Charette; produced by Carleton Productions Inc. for the Department of National Defence Canada. Dept. of National Defence: 1989]. The video provides insight to life at the three military colleges - The Royal Military College of Canada, Royal Roads Military College and "le College militaire royal de Saint-Jean" NBD24988670
  • A video representation of ROC '91 Royal Military College of Canada by RMC Video Productions was directed by Douglas Campbell and written by Bill Travis. This video provides insight as recruits are followed while they attend ROC'91 (recruit orientation camp of 1991) at the Royal Military College of Canada. The video includes dialogue in English and French. NBD24988090

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