Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 02, 2011 16:18 ET

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

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2011) - Today, 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 150 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 while testing the stamina, and team spirit of participants. More than a physical challenge, the Obstacle Course develops determination, endurance, and demands analysis, quick reactions, as well as efficient management of resources, time, and effort.

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 prepare officer cadets for successful careers as commissioned officers in the Canadian Forces by means of its academic, leadership, sports and bilingualism programmes. These 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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