Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 04, 2009 14:00 ET

117 Officer Cadets of the Royal Military College Saint-Jean Participate in the Traditional Obstacle Course

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 4, 2009) - The Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMCSJ) held this morning the traditional obstacle course which marks the end of the Orientation Programme for the new officer cadets.

"This is the official welcoming of the new officer cadets into the Cadet Wing," said Colonel Francois Pion, RMCSJ Commandant. "And for many of them, it will prove to be one of the most memorable experiences of their time at the College."

More than a physical challenge, the obstacle course demands analysis, quick reaction, and efficient management of energy and effort from these Canadian Forces (CF) personnel. Twelve obstacles challenge the body and test the team spirit of the participants.

"The obstacle course was more difficult than I had expected," said Officer Cadet Stephanie Clark, a native of Brownsburg, QC. "The only way we could get through it was with a lot of effort and helping each other. I'm tired - and proud of what I have accomplished."

Following the obstacle course, officer cadets received the College badge officially welcoming them into the Cadet Wing.

The RMCSJ reopened 24 May 2008. Its mission is to train and develop top leaders for the CF through academic, military, athletic and language programs.

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Video of the obstacle course and the "badging" ceremony will be available at, and photos will be retrievable using the key words "RMC Saint-Jean" and "obstacle course."

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