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FROM RRMC TO RMC. RMC as seen by an ex-Roads cadet. 1961-1963. 03 June 1961. After graduation From Royal Roads, We donned our Summer uniforms And headed off for Summer training in Our chosen element. The scene we left Is a stark contrast To what lay ahead. Barracks.

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From rrmc to rmc

FROMRRMC TO RMC

RMC as seen by an ex-Roads cadet.

1961-1963


03 june 1961
03 June 1961

After graduation

From Royal Roads,

We donned our

Summer uniforms

And headed off for

Summer training in

Our chosen element.

The scene we left

Is a stark contrast

To what lay ahead.


Barracks
Barracks

Accommodation was more

Spartan than at Royal Roads,

perhaps because they were

constructed at an earlier time.

Note the radiator (steam heat).

We missed the spectacular

views which we had from our

rooms at Royal Roads.

The big bonus in year 4 was: no more room mates!


Dress
Dress

Dress at the 3 CSCs was all the same. They were numbered from 1 to 5.

Battledress and the Blazer and Flannels dress are shown elsewhere on this web site.

These were the two dress up uniforms,

#1 on left and #2 on right.


The grounds
The Grounds

The grounds at RMC were neither as extensive as the grounds were

at Royal Roads nor as picturesque. Kingston was known as the

limestone city, and limestone was the main building material. The

Cadet barracks were built of limestone. Although they had a natural

beauty that manifested itself on a sunny fall day, as seen in the photos

that follow, winter was another story.

The proximity of Kingston to Lake Ontario meant that the winter months

brought a lot of overcast, grey weather. The combination of grey limestone

buildings with grey, overcast winter sky left a dismal feeling.

Royal Roads suffered from its proverbial 40 days and nights of rain

In the late fall. However, this usually ended with Christmas break, and

winters were quite pleasant in comparison.


Martello tower
Martello Tower

RMC was undoubtedly an old army town! (Fort Fredrick)


Rmc october 1962
RMC October 1962

Home of 2, 3, 4 and 5 Squadrons, plus our mess hall.


More october 1962
More October 1962

The newest building is on the right (Massey Library)


Mckenzie building
McKenzie Building

Most sports events took place on this field.


The stone frigate 1963
The Stone Frigate 1963

This was the scene witnessed by most of us for four months.


Cadets

Were

Not

Permitted

To Own

Personal

Automobiles.

But the

Gals most

Definitely

Were

Attracted to

Guys who

Had them!

RMC – SPRING 1963 – from Fort Henry


Rebel at rmc 1963
Rebel at RMC (1963)?

Who was the protestor in

2 Squadron?

15 years after WW II ended,

souvenirs collected by

veterans were easily obtained.

Some were tolerated. But, would

they be in today’s politically

correct environment?

How times have changed over

the past 50 years!


Hmcs bonaventure
HMCS BONAVENTURE

For some Arts and Science cadets, the highlight of RMC was a visit to various military bases. After breaking some Centurion tanks in Gagetown, an invitation to go to sea on board Canada’s last aircraft carrier was a real delight.

RCN Banshee jet on approach for landing on “The Bonnie”


AFTER GRADUATION FROM RMC

COMES OBLIGATORY MILITARY SERVICE.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The Old Brigade?



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