The Class of ’79 Roads Memories: “Mad Dog” Pickett

With Thanks to 12323 “Dave “Mad Dog” Pickett and the Class of ’79  One of my most vivid memories of first year at RRMC was the Wing Wrestling Tournament.  The tournament included cadets of all years (1st through 3rd at the time).  Each flight had to submit the names of its entries in each weight…

The Class of ’79 Remembers: Fond Memories of Football at CMR and RMC

With thanks to 12044 Rick Doull and the Class of ’79  Pete Avis reached out to me a while back and asked me to spend a moment and provide some thoughts on the CMR and RMC football experience.  Fond memories to say the least.  It was not all dodging parades and trying to purvey a…

The Class of ’79 Remembers: The [Not So] Wild Ones

With thanks to the Class of ’79, 12352 Chris Willmes and 12149 Pete Avis  After graduation, and after a lazy, hazy summer of French language training at RMC, we newly-minted naval officers of the MARS persuasion were dispatched to the Naval Officer Training Centre, VENTURE, at CFB Esquimalt. There we began Phase IV of MARS…

From 12570 Mike Kennedy: RMC – Forty Years On (Part 4)

Above: Photo of #290 John Edwards Leckie taken sometime during his service with the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 1914 – 1918. RMC – Forty Years On By 290 J.E. Leckie Originally written in 1933 Transcribed by 12570 Mike Kennedy  Part IV There were always the sports in the autumn. As a recruit I had to rub…

The Class of ’79 Remembers: Yeates Runs a Circle

With thanks to 12353 Ian Yeates and the Class of ’79 We all recall, no doubt with mixed feelings, the summary punishment known as ‘circles’.  These were awarded for minor infractions of a trivial nature that all recruits were (and no doubt remain) inclined to commit on a regular basis.  Most during the Recruit Term…

From 12570 Mike Kennedy: RMC – Forty Years On (Part 3)

Above: Photo of #290 John Edwards Leckie taken sometime during his service with the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 1914 – 1918. RMC – Forty Years On By 290 J.E. Leckie Originally written in 1933 Transcribed by 12570 Mike Kennedy  Part III We had great appetites and could go to the Mess Room during morning and get…

The Class of ’79 Remembers: Mutiny on Mount Benson

With thanks to M0137 Larry Richardson and the Class of 1979  At RRMC, during our first year, the second year cadets came up with the bone head idea that a “Pre-BOTC” adventure was just what the first year cadets needed to properly prepare them for BOTC at Borden in the following summer of 1976. One of…

From 12570 Mike Kennedy: RMC – Forty Years On (Part 2)

Above: Photo of #290 John Edwards Leckie taken sometime during his service with the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 1914 – 1918. RMC – Forty Years On By 290 J.E. Leckie Originally written in 1933 Transcribed by 12570 Mike Kennedy  Part II We had to spend one hour every evening in the gym, must roll the tennis…

From 12570 Mike Kennedy: RMC – Forty Years On (Part 1)

Above: Photo of #290 John Edwards Leckie taken sometime during his service with the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 1914 – 1918. RMC – Forty Years On By 290 J.E. Leckie Originally written in 1933 Transcribed by 12570 Mike Kennedy  Introduction by 12570 Mike Kennedy I have always been a believer in the notion that you…

The Class of ’79 Remembers: Thelma and Louise

With thanks to 12352 Chris Willmes and the Class of ’79 Once the MARS and MARE Phase II course was done and dusted, it was time for some well-earned leave. But there was one minor logistical detail to be dealt with, i.e., shifting my HG&E from Royal Roads to RMC. Granted, your typical second-year cadet…

The Class of ’79 Remembers: Roads Memories – Pit Drill

With thanks to 12289 Richard Groves and the Class of ’79  It was a Monday night in the middle of August, 1975, one week into our recruit term. One of the myriad things we had learned that first week was how to make our beds, commonly referred to as ‘pits’. Every evening we would improve…

The Class of ’79 Remembers: Bats and Irish Pennants

With thanks to 12289 Richard Groves and the Class of ’79  I was pleased to have been chosen to serve as a recruit term Section Commander in Six Squadron, with Ritchie Smendziuk as Flight Leader and Steve McPherson and Marc Fraser as the other two Section Commanders. I had become acquainted with the other three…

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