Undergraduate Calendar 2012-2013
ROTP and RETP
Civilian students wishing to pursue full time undergraduate studies and a career as an officer in the Canadian Forces may do so under the auspices of the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) or the Reserve Entry Training Plan (RETP). The purpose of either program is to develop selected civilian candidates for service in the Regular and Reserve Forces. Students therefore apply for enrolment into the Canadian Forces at a Canadian Forces Recruiting Center and apply for the ROTP or RETP as part of the enrolment process.
Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP)
The ROTP gives young Canadians the opportunity to obtain both a commission as an officer in the Canadian Forces and a university degree. Applicants who have been accepted for entry at RMC enrol as officer cadets in the Canadian Forces.
Under ROTP, the costs of tuition, uniforms, books, instruments and other essential fees are born by the Department of National Defence for the duration of a candidate's education at RMC. In addition, an officer cadet is paid a monthly salary, less deductions for income tax, pension plan, supplementary death benefit, and, room and board. Medical and dental care are provided free of charge throughout the entire academic year including summer training periods. Annual vacation leave with full pay is granted according to CF regulations and policies.
An Officer Cadet is obliged to maintain a satisfactory academic and military standard throughout the entire programme. Officer Cadets who fail to meet these standards may be permitted to "repeat" one year of studies at their own expense and, if successful, be reinstated to full pay and allowances.
Upon successful completion of their undergraduate studies, ROTP Officer Cadets are awarded a university degree and granted a commission as officers in the Canadian Forces. Graduates of the ROTP are obliged to serve three to five years (depending on the number of years of subsidized education) in a regular component of the Canadian Forces.
An Officer Cadet who is enrolled under the ROTP may apply for release without any obligation after the 1st of November of the first academic year and prior to the commencement of classes in their second year of studies. Thereafter, an Officer Cadet who seeks release shall undertake to reimburse the Crown for all expenses incurred by reason of attendance at RMC.
Reserve Entry Training Plan (RETP)
The purpose of the Reserve Entry Training Plan is to educate and train selected Primary Reserve candidates at the Royal Military College of Canada. Successful candidates will become officers in the Reserve Force or may be considered for transfer into the Regular Force. Up to 15 students may be accepted each year as "Reserve Entry" cadets. Reserve Entry cadets receive the same education and training as ROTP cadets. However, RETP academic training is not subsidized and candidates are required to pay tuition and other academic fees and room and board. RETP candidates are required to take summer training for which they receive pay and allowances at the same rate as a Second Lieutenant on "Class B" reserve service. (refer to any Canadian Forces Recruiting Center for the current rate of pay and allowances)
ROTP and RETP Eligibility Requirements
The eligibility requirements for students pursuing admission to RMC under the ROTP or RETP are as follows:
- Must be a Canadian citizen at the time of application;
- Must be 16 years of age on or before 1 Jan of the year of enrolment;
- Must meet the medical standards for the Canadian Forces;
- Must obtain an acceptable standard in a series of tests as prescribed the National Defence Headquarters; and,
- Must possess the necessary academic qualifications for RMC as specified in the admission pre-requisites outlined further below.
Tuition and Fees (RETP Candidates)
- an annual tuition
- Room and board and;
- Annual Mess and other recreational fee;
Information concerning these fees can be found at: Fees Table
Payment of fees and costs can be arranged in two instalments, the first upon registration and the second by the following 31 January.
University Training Plan NCMs (UTPNCM)
The University Training Plan Non-Commissioned Members (UTPNCM) is a CF sponsored subsidization plan open to non-commissioned members of the Canadian Forces who meet the academic requirements for admission to RMC as candidates for a baccalaureate degree. Depending on their level of academic standing UTPNCM candidates may enter at the First Year level or with advanced standing. Except for certain allowances made for age, service experience, and marital status, these Officer Cadets must meet substantially the same academic and military-training requirements as those in the ROTP and RETP. On graduation, both groups of Officer Candidates are commissioned and promoted. The conditions governing, eligibility, application, selection procedures are set forth in Canadian Forces Administrative Orders 9-13 and may be amended or modified by subsequent orders.
Initial Baccalaureate Degree Progam (IBDP)
The IBDP is a CF sponsored subsidization plan open to commissioned officers serving the Canadian Forces who are within two years of meeting the course requirements for a baccalaureate degree at RMC. Thus, all students admitted under this plan must enter as candidates with advanced standing. The conditions governing eligibility, application and selection procedures are set forth in Canadian Forces Administrative Order 9-40, and may be amended or modified by subsequent orders.
Individuals who wish to be considered for admission into an Undergraduate Programme of Study must complete and submit an Application for Admission, along with supporting documentation, to the Associate Registrar - Admissions.
Every applicant must include the following documentation:
- Official transcripts of all high school, college, CEGEP, or university courses completed;
- If a Regular CF member, a Military Personnel Record Resume (MPRR) (formerly CF490A);
- If a Reserve CF member, a CF 1007 Record of Service;
- If a spouse of a Regular CF member, a copy of your spouse's MPRR;
- If a full time civilian employee of DND, a copy of the letter of offer; and
- Payment of the administrative fee for the processing of an application for admission.
Students already enrolled in another university programme may apply for admission and register for courses at RMC as 'Visiting Students'. Application for Admission and Course Registration must be submitted prior to the course registration deadline.
Visiting students must ensure that they get permission from their home institution so that credits earned from RMC can be transferred to their home institution.
Interest only student
Interest Only Students are students who enrol in a course without being admitted into a Programme of Study at RMC. Interest Only Students must meet the academic prerequisites specified for the courses they wish to study at RMC.
Interest Only students must apply for admission to RMC and submit the required documentation (i.e., application for admission form, college and university transcripts) and fee payment to RMC.
The current RMC academic regulations limit to three in any given term the number of courses an Interest Only Student may enrol in, and to six in total the number of undergraduate credits an Interest Only Student may obtain at RMC. If an Interest Only Student has obtained the maximum of six credits at RMC, the student will be required to seek admission into a programme of study before being allowed to register in another course at RMC.
Individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements for admission to RMC as specified above and who wish to pursue RMC's Certificate Programmes or specific individual courses offered by RMC may apply as 'interest only' students and may be accepted, on an exceptional basis, provided there is space available and their admission serves the aims established for RMC, the CF and the Governement of Canada.
Individuals of 21 years of age and who have been out of formal schooling for a minimum of 2 years and who do not meet the normal academic prerequisites for admission may qualify for admission as 'mature' students.
Admission of mature students is limited to the Faculty of Arts. Mature students who intend to eventually pursue baccalaureate degrees in Science or Engineering, may only be admitted to these faculties once they have successfully completed 2 full university courses or, have been accredited with the equivalent of 2 full university courses, and meet the academic pre-requisites of the programme of interest.