Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 25, 2012 10:00 ET

Canadian Forces Newest Recruits Enrolled

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 25, 2012) - Today, 50 men and women from the region of Montreal became the newest officers in the Canadian Forces (CF) during an enrolment ceremony held at the Royal Canadian Hussars Regiment. Colonel Guy Maillet, Commandant of Royal Military College St-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean), was the guest of honor.

The new officer cadets, enrolled through the Regular Officer Training Program (ROTP) and Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY), will spend the next four or five years studying at university. Moreover, they will learn the precepts of leadership while undergoing military training during the summer.

"This morning's Swearing-in is an important step in the lives of these individuals and their families," said Colonel Maillet. "By means of a rigorous selection process, they have been selected from amongst 2,000 applicants due to their leadership potential, their strong academic background and their athletic achievements. These men and women and their families have every reason to be proud of their commitment as they begin their service to Canada. I look forward to seeing those that will study at RMC Saint-Jean upon their arrival on 29 July."

The 52 new Officer Cadets, who represent the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force, will be attending orientation training before beginning their post-secondary education. 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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