Role and Objectives - General Information
Undergraduate Calendar 2012-2013
- The Royal Military College of Canada
- The Four Components of an RMCC Education
- Post Nominal
The Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) is a national university for educating and developing leaders committed to serving Canada. To achieve this goal, the demands of an RMCC education go beyond academic achievement.
For Officer Cadets of the Regular Officer Training Plan, the Reserve Entry Training Plan or the University Training Plan - Non-Commissioned Members, the RMCC degree consists of four interlocking components: Academics, Leadership, Athletics and Bilingualism, each of which is incorporated throughout the formal and informal elements of the RMCC programme.
For members of the Canadian Forces who undertake their undergraduate studies at RMCC through correspondence, on site at a distance or, at the RMCC Campus, the RMCC degree provides them with the same fundamental philosophical foundation as the Officer Cadets who complete their studies through one of the subsidized education programmes.
For non-military students, in addition to benefiting from the philosophy governing the four interlocking components, an RMCC education provides them with fundamental Canadian values and international values cherished by nations of the free world.
The primary role of the Royal Military College of Canada is to educate and develop Canadians into leaders committed to serving the Canadian Forces and Canada.
The objectives of the Royal Military College of Canada are:
- To prepare and motivate Canadians for effective service as commissioned
officers in the Canadian Forces by:
- Providing a university education in both official languages in appropriate disciplines designed on a broad base to meet the unique needs of the Forces,
- Developing qualities of leadership,
- Developing a high standard of personal physical fitness, and
- stimulating an awareness of the ethic of the military profession;
- To improve in appropriate fields the educational background of students who are commissioned officers in the Canadian Forces by providing undergraduate and post-graduate courses in both official languages; and
- To foster and encourage faculty participation in research in order to sustain academic excellence. Research with a defence focus is encouraged.
The goal is to produce military leaders dedicated to serving Canada, who are motivated, well educated, ethical, bilingual and physically fit.
The Academics Component fosters the critical intellectual skills required to understand the complexities of living in the 21st century. The academic programme emphasizes the practical applications of what has been learned to military settings and daily operational demands. All degree programmes offered at RMCC are designed to provide a sound, balanced, liberal, scientific and military education.
The demands of an officer in today's complex rapidly changing security environment are significant. Thus, the Leadership Component develops those personal skills and abilities that lead to success in most of life's endeavors. Leadership training provided by the RMCC experience will help students, as they begin their studies at RMCC and along with other experiences, prepare them to make difficult decisions under stressful conditions through deeper understanding of the factors affecting their role as a leader. The nature of military leadership and military operations necessitates an in-depth understanding of human behaviour. Therefore, studies in military psychology and leadership are part of the required academic curriculum. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of personal integrity, ethical behaviour, and professional responsibility.
Under the Athletics Component, RMCC teaches students the importance of fitness and developing a healthy lifestyle as a lifelong endeavour. Striving for a higher level of physical fitness can inspire those around them and has been shown to improve one's quality of life and learning. Officer Cadets are required to take part in the physical education program designed to achieve and maintain a high level of fitness and to learn the basic fundamentals in a wide variety of team and individual sports.
The Bilingualism Component reflects Canada's cultural heritage. As representatives of this heritage, Officers are expected to be fluent in both of Canada's official languages - English and French. Your responsibilities as an Officer in the Canadian Forces will require you to lead young Canadians that are primarily Anglophone or Francophone. RMCC has been training Officers to communicate effectively in both French and English for well over 30 years. RMCC helps make this learning process an interesting one with class time as well as integration into daily life at RMCC.
Students who successfully complete the four interlocking components of the RMCC Degree earn the "rmc" - post nominal.