Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 13, 2012 10:30 ET

Canadian Forces Newest Recruits Enrolled

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 13, 2012) - Today, 40 men and women from the National Capital Region became the newest officers in the Canadian Forces (CF) during an enrolment ceremony, presided by Rear-Admiral Andrew Smith, Chief of Military Personnel, and held at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum.

The new Officer Cadets, enrolled through the Regular Officer Training Program (ROTP), will spend the next four years studying at university and learning the precepts of leadership while undergoing military training during the summer.

"This is a significant milestone in the lives of these Canadians and the Canadian Forces," said Rear-Admiral Smith. "They have been selected from amongst 2,000 applicants due to their strong academic and athletic achievements and their leadership potential to attend Canadian university programs through a rigorous selection process. We expect these individuals, the most outstanding of their peer group, to be the leaders of tomorrow. These men and women and their families have every reason to be proud of their commitment as they begin their service to Canada."

The 40 new Officer Cadets, who represent the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force, will be attending orientation training in early August before beginning their post-secondary education in September. In summer 2013, the Officer Cadets will undergo their Basic Military Officer Qualification training in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

The ROTP combines a first-class university education with opportunities to overcome personal and physical challenges, and further develop leadership skills, preparing for a career as a commissioned officer in the CF. The Officer Cadets will be attending either the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, or the Royal Military College Saint-Jean in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec. In cases where a specific academic program is not available at the military colleges, the Officer Cadets may attend a Canadian civilian university.

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