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Article submitted by 12352 Chris Willmes 

This fall, the Class of 1979, a.k.a. the TDV79ers — the only class in history to provide the CAF with two Chiefs of the Defence Staff! — will join the Old Brigade. To mark this momentous and historical event in a truly unique fashion, the class is producing a book, If I Knew Then What I Know Now…: Class of 1979 Memories.

The centrepiece of the book is a chapter comprising 79 anecdotes on life as a cadet, written by members of the class. These anecdotes are drawn from the class‘s website,,  a focal point of communication and source of information for all those who at some time were in the class that graduated in 1979 from one of the then-extant Canadian Military Colleges — the Royal Military College (RMC), the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR), or Royal Roads Military College (RRMC).

Also included in the book are Then and Now photos of the TDV79ers, and a chapter dedicated to the members of the Class of 1979 who are no longer with us.

The intended audience are the TDV79ers, however, any other college alumni (or their family members, or friends) who are interested in purchasing a copy of this sure-to-be-a-Governor-General’s-Literary-Award-winning book ($50 plus $20 shipping) are invited to contact Class Secretary Dr Richard Gimblett at

Deadline for placing orders is 15 March, and books will be available for in-person pick-up at RMC Kingston on Reunion Weekend 13-15 September ($50 price option) or mailed the following week ($50 + $20 = $70 option).


  1. 10950 David Hall on February 26, 2024 at 2:42 pm

    Your title is a line from a Rod Stewart and the Faces song in 1973. And it rings true the older (and more arthritis) one gets, LOL.

    Poor young grandson, there’s nothing I can say
    You’ll have to learn, just like me
    And that’s the hardest way

    I wish that I knew what I know now
    When I was younger
    I wish that I knew what I know now
    When I was stronger

    • RMC Alumni on February 26, 2024 at 2:51 pm

      I was singing along as I was reading 🙂

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