Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 03, 2010 17:22 ET

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

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2010) - Today, for the third time since opening in 2008, the Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean) held its traditional obstacle course marking the end of the orientation program for new officer cadets. Over 130 officer cadets took part in the obstacle course.

"The traditional obstacle course is the culmination of the orientation program and it marks the official welcoming of the new officer cadets into the Cadet Wing," explains Colonel Guy Maillet, Commandant of the Royal Military College Saint-Jean. "For many officer cadets, the obstacle course represents one of the most memorable events of their first year at the College." 

The course, which develops perseverance and teamwork, is composed of 12 obstacles that challenge every part of the body and test the stamina and team spirit of participants. 

"The obstacle course was more difficult than I anticipated," said Naval Cadet Michael Chen, a native of Châteauguay, Quebec. "It's only with teamwork and determination that we got through it. Now that the obstacle course is over, we are officially members of the Cadet Wing and I feel proud of what we accomplished."

More than a physical challenge, the obstacle course demands analysis and quick reactions, as well as efficient management of resources, time, and effort. The obstacle course develops teamwork, determination, endurance, and perseverance. 

Following the obstacle course, officer cadets received their College badge, officially becoming part of the Cadet Wing. 

The mission of RMC Saint-Jean is to train and develop leaders who possess excellent intellectual abilities, are physically fit, acquire thorough military knowledge and skills, and are capable of communicating effectively in both official languages. Academics, leadership, athletics and bilingualism are the four components on which RMC Saint-Jean's curriculum is based. The College helps officer cadets achieve a smooth transition from high school to university by providing college-level and first-year university programmes in science and social science in both official languages.

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