There is no one event, no matter how traumatic, that can lessen your responsibility to LEAD others in uniform- Messages from the Class of 1983

You are a member of a special cohort of Canadians that have unselfishly decided to serve our county to bring peace and hope to others in the world. Know that you are members of Canadian Armed Forces and you are surrounded by caring and thoughtful brothers and sisters in arms who are, and will always be, there for you in your time of need.

As CAF officers we all expect to lose peers, colleagues and classmates but to prepare to march off the square and then have them absent is a wrenching blow- Messages from the Class of 1976

The truth is that this event cannot but hurt and my Class and the entire Royal Military Colleges alumni also feel the loss and join you in your grief. However, if you think about what those four comrades would have wanted, it would probably be for all of you to show your resilience, your courage and your sense of duty. They would want you to go on, to graduate and to honour their memory by displaying during your service to Canada the same valour shown by Canadian servicemen and women in all our past conflicts.

This letter, on the occasion of your graduation and the loss of four of your classmates is riven with both deep sadness and joy- Messages from the Class of 1962

I am now almost 82 years old and have created an exciting life for myself because of CMR and RMC. As graduates you have a great life ahead you, put the training and education you have received at RMC to good use. Your education and training are probably the best you can get anywhere in the world and you must always appreciate that blessing.

We share the loss, and we march together – Messages from the Class of 1982

Understand that many things are outside your direct control and the ‘reason’ may not always be clear, but the only option is to find and accept the pain – then, face it and process it. As leaders in the Forces, in society, as well as within your families and networks, you will be expected to provide direction, and this is the only way to manage grief and maintain personal ballast. When you wrap up the last big parade in scarlets, it is they who will even lead the cheer shouting “Gimme a beer!” Recognize they will stay with you always and cover “your Six” when you strap on that helicopter or fighter jet, when you propel that tank down-range toward the objective or when you navigate that warship through frigid dangerous waters.

As you approach your graduation day, focus on the positive. Hug your loved ones. Do your best to live your life to the fullest – Messages from the Class of 1980

Dear Members of the Graduating Class of 2022, So close to the finish line and you have lost four of your buds. This is a tough row to hoe by any measure, one made even more challenging as you confront the loss of your comrades in concert with the excitement and joy of graduation and…

20838 Alex Ruff, RMC Class of 1997, and MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, makes statement to the House of Commons on loss of RMC Cadets

Losing a member of the Canadian Armed Forces is never easy to accept for family and friends but losing someone in an accident just a few short weeks from graduation is even that much harder.
Mr Speaker, I don’t know the personal details of all four cadets; however, Officer Cadet Broden Murphy was the son of a fellow Class of 97 classmate, Major Dave Murphy and his wife Stephanie. I can’t imagine the pain and loss they and all the families are currently feeling.

Class of 1979 Remembers: Roads Memories – Another One Like the Other One

As we are more physically distanced in these circumstances, I am taken to thinking of past memories. Monika and I live at the west end of the lagoon in front of Royal Roads, and I even have a study nook in the Castle (in a fit of madness a few years ago I embarked on a PhD in Mech Eng through UBC) so I often think of the good times there … and they were, mostly, good times (often, great times!).

The Class of 1979 Remembers – The General and the Ditch

On a wet afternoon in the week before Ex-Cadet weekend, I found myself standing in a soggy Navy Bay sports field waiting for the Commandant to inspect the set of obstacles found there.  The first to be inspected was the infamous muddy ditch through which the recruits would have to leopard-crawl – it was early in the course to make sure they would be wet and muddy for the remainder.  To ensure they got the full experience of being in the mud, the ditch was crossed by 4×4 posts every six feet or so to ensure they maintained contact with the mud. 

The Class of 1979 Remembers – Skylarks

It was a dark and stormy night on the 13th of October 1977 … okay not really – it was actually quite a nice but cool late evening, as six intrepid III year members of 4 Squadron, under cover of darkness, gathered stealthily around the base of the Memorial Arch – 12249 Terry Wood, 12207 Kevin McCarthy, 12218 Wayne Murray, 12357 Steve Zuber, 12154 Mark Beaulieu, and 12114 Brian Pitman.

The Class of 1979 Remembers – How’d He Get In There?

A lot of things were different back in the 70s when we were going to RMC, but even in the four years that we were there, things had already started to change.  On one weekend “away” trip to play hockey against McMaster University and Ryerson, we found out…

Class of 1969 Updates

RMC Class of ’69 Updates Major Endowment 7715 Captain E.R. (Ted) Bade (RR/RMC 1969) Articles written by 7761 Mike Johnson, Class of 1969 The “In the Service of Canada” Book of Remembrance (page 157) commemorates Captain Edward Ronald (Ted) Bade’s passing and his obituary notes that he was lost on an air rescue mission on…

14067 Ted Parkinson Retires After 42 Years In Uniform / 14067 Ted Parkinson prend sa retraite après 42 ans en uniforme

Updated Monday, October 4, 2021: Due to COVID restrictions, Cdr Parkinson’s DWD has been once more postponed from 14 Oct 21 to 4 Nov 21. / Mis à jour le lundi 4 octobre 2021 : en raison des restrictions liées au COVID, le DWD du Cdr Parkinson a été à nouveau reporté du 14 octobre 21…