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|Royal Military College of Canada|
|Motto||Truth, Duty, Valour|
|Chancellor||S157 Hon. Peter MacKay (ex-officio as Minister of National Defence)|
|Principal||Dr. Joel Sokolsky|
|Commandant||Brigadier General J.G. Eric Tremblay (Jul 14, 2011)|
|Undergraduates||1,032 full-time, 5,000 continuing education|
|Location||Kingston, Ontario, Canada
|Campus||Waterfront CFB Kingston|
|Call signs||VE3RMC; VE3RMC-9; VE3RMC-11|
|Colours||Red and White|
|Mascot||RMC Paladin knight in scarlet uniform and shield (2009)|
|Affiliations||ISMS; AUFC, COU, CIS, CVU, Fields Institute, PPC, UArctic, MAISA, CUSID, CMA, OUA, DRDC, Ontario Network of Women in engineering|
The Royal Military College of Canada, RMC, or RMCC (French: Collège militaire royal du Canada), is the military academy of the Canadian Forces, and is a degree-granting university creating Officers, well educated. RMC was established in 1876. RMC is the only federal institution in Canada with degree granting powers. The Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act, 1959 empowers the College to confer degrees in Arts, Science, and Engineering. Programmes are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels on site through traditional studies and by distance learning through the Division of Continuing Studies.
Located on Point Frederick, a 41-hectare (101-acre) peninsula in Kingston, Ontario, the college is a blend of older, historic buildings and modern academic, athletic, and dormitory facilities. Officer Cadets are trained in the four pillars of academics, officership, athletics, and bilingualism (French and English).
The Royal Military College of Canada, Canada’s Military University, prepares officer-cadets for a career in the profession of arms and continues the development of other Canadian Forces members and civilians with interest in defence issues. RMC provides programs and courses of higher education and professional development to meet the needs of the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence.
RMC is an elite institution with a reputation for producing well-rounded graduates versed in bilingualism, academia, athletics and Canadian history. Those able to gain admission to this institution will belong to a tight-knit community of peers that encourages alumni prosperity and enrichment.
RMC is responsible to:
The RMC priorities are:
The RMC mission is to educate, train and develop Officer Cadets for leadership careers of effective service in the Canadian Forces- the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Army.
For most students under the ROTP (Regular Officer Training Plan), education is free and a monthly salary is paid which meets incidentals. The courses are offered both on site and by distance learning in both official languages: English and French. After graduation, Officers are to give two months of service for each subsidized month of education.
RMC offers 19 undergraduate programs in Arts, Science and Engineering. RMC offers 34 graduate studies opportunities, including 14 doctorates. In addition to the Faculty (university) of Arts, Engineering, and Science, the Division of Continuing Studies offers undergraduate and graduate level programs including the “Officer Professional Military Education Program” (OPME). The Department of Applied Military Science (AMS) offers a graduate level program - the Land Force Technical Staff Programme (LFTSP) and an undergraduate/community college level program - the Army Technical Warrant Officer's Programme.
All undergraduate students are required to complete the core curriculum, which is designed to provide a balanced liberal arts, science, and military education. The Core Curriculum consists of Economics, Psychology, Mathematics, English, Calculus, Military history of Canada, Chemistry, Canadian History, Physics and Civics.
Cadets can choose to specialize in Aeronautical Engineering, Chemical Engineering 1965-1981, 2001-, Chemical and Materials Engineering: 1992-2001, Computer Engineering (hardware or software streams) 1983-, Civil Engineering 1965-, Electrical Engineering 1965- and Mechanical Engineering 1965-. Engineering and Management was offered: 1972-1995. Engineering Physics was offered 1975-1995 and Fuels and Materials Engineering were offered 1982-1991. Engineers provide support to deployed operations and domestic installations. RMC was the first college in Canada to train engineers.
Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Space Science are offered by the Faculty of Science. The Faculty of Science, in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts, also offers three joint honours degrees: Computer Science and Business Administration, Chemistry and Psychology, and Space Science and Military and Strategic Studies. The science programs are relevant to occupations in both the Canadian Forces and the civilian sector.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts gain practical communication and critical thinking skills as well as specialized, hands-on experience in their chosen field. English, French, Economics, Political Science, History, Business Administration, Military theory, Military strategy studies, Military Psychology and Leadership are offered by the Faculty of Arts.
|Faculty of Engineering||Faculty of Arts||Faculty of Science|
|Applied Military Science||Faculty of Continuing Studies|
Tuition fees in an arts and humanities program at the undergraduate level vary from $1,695 - $3,100 for Canadian Students and $8,000 for International Students in 2009-2010.
Awards are granted to outstanding cadets:
|John Bart obstacle course leadership award||First year from each team who displays outstanding leadership during the annual Obstacle Course Competition||6513 Captain (Ret'd) John Bart (RMC 1965)|
|John Bart obstacle course team award||winning team (1st year) during the annual Obstacle Course Competition||6513 Captain (Ret'd) John Bart (RMC 1965)|
|J.W. Brown Memorial Medal||Third Year cadet with highest academic standing in Arts programme.||7268 Jim W. Brown (RMC 1967)|
|James Carruthers RETP scholarships||4 RETP recipients||6604 Capt(N) (ret) James Carruthers (RMC 1965)|
|Commandant’s Cup (good-hearted competition between cadets)||
||Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada|
|M. Dawe Memorial Sword||best ROTP infantry senior cadet to carry in fourth year.||22596 Captain Matt Dawe (RMC 2004)|
|Gibson Medal||to be awarded annually to the cadet who graduates first in the Arts Division.||805 Honourable Colin W. G. Gibson PC, MC,VD, LL.D. (RMC 1911) and 2569 Major Desmond H. Gibson, ED|
|N. Goddard Memorial Sword||to the best ROTP artillery cadet to carry in fourth year.||22458 Captain Nichola Goddard (RMC 2002) Memorial Swords|
|Greenwood Cup||top female runner of the Annual Harrier Race -“for Annual Competition by Gentlemen Cadets” until 1954.||3252 EA “Ted” Tromanhauser (RMC ‘54)|
|Barry D. Hunt Memorial Prize and Memorial Fund||War Studies prize and scholarships||4919 Professor Barry Dennis Hunt (RRMC RMC 1960)|
|Leinster Shield||Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP), the Reserve Entry Training Plan (RETP) squadron amassing the most points in the Commandant's Competition, with events involving military, athletic and academic prowess.||Leinster plate donated to RMC museum|
|MacArthur Leadership Award||cadet who demonstrates outstanding leadership performance based on credo of Duty-Honour-Country and potential for future service in the profession of arms.||General Douglas MacArthur|
|Jack C. Sargant Memorial Scholarship||varsity athlete student who demonstrates proficiency in academic standing, sportsmanship, leadership, and athletic ability.||3091 Jack J.C. Sargant (RMC 1953)|
|Duncan Sayre MacInnes Memorial Scholarship||Fourth Year cadet who is considered the most deserving of those who accept a regular commission in the military occupation of Aerospace Controller||Brigadier-General Duncan Sayre MacInnes, (RMC 1897) CMG, DSO, Royal Engineers|
|W. Craig Moffatt Aeronautical Engineering Award||class-selected outstanding Aeronautical Engineering graduate||3342 Professor Craig Moffatt (RMC 1955)|
|Pijper Cup||overall winner of the Ex cadet vs Cadet sports challenge on ex cadet (Reunion) weekend||12609 Thomas A Pijper (RMC 1980)|
|Royal Canadian Naval College Class of '46 Scholarship||awarded to a graduating student (3rd year and beyond) with excellent grades.||Naval cadet|
|Sword of Distinction for Leadership||graduating ROTP/RETP cadet who displays outstanding leadership through attaining the highest Cadet appointment of Cadet Wing Senior (CWS) in their graduating year.|
|Sword of Honour||graduating ROTP/RETP cadet who best combines high standards of proficiency in each of the four components of the RMC programme.|
|Victor Vander Smissen-Ridout Memorial Award||graduating ROTP/RETP cadet deemed to stand highest morally, intellectually, and physically at RMC.||924 Captain William Henry Victor Vander Smissen (RMC 1914) (KIA 1916) and his nephew 2415 William Lawton Ridout (RMC 1938) (KIA 1941)|
|Wheatley Challenge Cup||overall winner of the annual Harrier Run||4252 MGen (Ret'd) Howard HR Wheatley (RRMC RMC 1958)|
|The Whitaker Cup||awarded annually to the top Team Captain of a RMC varsity sports team.||Brigadier-General Denis Whitaker|
|J. Douglas Young Sword of Excellence||Cadet Squadron Leader (CSL) of the Squadron winning the Commandant's Competition.||2360 Major John Douglas (Doug) Young (RMC 1937) who was KIA on D-Day|
|Corps of Guides (Canada) prize||awarded from 1926-1941 (except 1940) to the top cadet in map reading and field sketching. Between 1941-1952, no awards were made. After 1953 to the top cadet for surveying and field sketching.|
Awards are granted to outstanding alumni
|Mike Allen Memorial Trophy||annual alumni water polo game||15708 Capt Mike Allen Trophy (RMC 1987)|
|Tom Piper Memorial Challenge Cup||annual alumni (7 sports) during reunion weekend.||12602 Tom Piper (RMC 1930)|
|Phil Cowie memorial trophy||annual alumni rugby game||14944 Phil Cowie (RMC 1985)|
|Air Commodore Leonard Birchall Memorial Leadership Award||alumni leadership award||2364 Air Commodore Leonard Birchall (RMC 1933)|
|Wall of Honour||alumni lifetime achievement||Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada|
|Canadian Forces Language School||Canadian Forces Leadership Institute at RMC|
|Centre for International Relations at Queens||Centre for Space Research at RMC|
|Canadian Forces Management Development School (CFMDS)||Centre for Manufacturing of Advanced Ceramics and Nanomaterials at Queens and RMC|
|' Fuel Cell Research Centre at Queens and RMC||GeoEngineering Centre at Queens and RMC|
|' High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory||Institute for Defence Resources Management at the RMC|
|Defence and Security Research Institute (DSRI) at RMC||Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) at Queens and RMC|
|Centre for Security, Armed Forces and Society (CSAFS) at RMC|
2The CSAFS was founded in 2006 as a think tank with offices in the Department of Politics and Economics. Political and strategic research is delivered to clients such as the CEFCOM, J2, J3 and DRDC with deliverables ranging from publication, presentations and symposiums, to briefing notes, round table discussions and conferences.
RMC refers to its students as "Fourth Year", "Third Year", "Second year", and "First year". Most cadets consider first year to be the most difficult because of the rules and restrictions developed to help students transition from civilian to officer cadet. However, the third year is generally considered to be the hardest academically.
Officer cadets are responsible for the discipline, progress, and efficiency of their wing, squadron or flight and carry out service duties such as duty officer. Within the years, cadets can hold positions of increasing responsibility with a cadet rank that may include:
|Cadet Wing Commander|
|Cadet Division Leader|
|Cadet Squadron Leader|
|Cadet Flight Leader|
|Cadet Section Commander|
The undergraduate student body, known as the Cadet Wing, is sub-divided into 13 (12 ROTP, 1 UTPNCM) smaller groupings called Squadrons, of approximately 70 officer cadets, under the guidance and supervision of senior cadets. Squadrons are subdivided into flights and sections.
|2||La Salle||1948||Fighter Flight|
|11||Cartier / Tecumseh (1996–1998)||2007||Victory Flight|
|Otter||1977||Jolliet Flight (disbanded May 2012)|
The dates given are for the current organization of the wing. For example 1 Squadron was the original squadron at RMC, residing in the same building, the Stone Frigate, as the Old Eighteen. This means that 1 squadron has been around since 1876, but has only been called Hudson Squadron since 1948.
In May 2012, the former 13th squadron, named in the honour of Louis Jolliet, was disbanded.
To be eligible to enter RMC, candidates must meet the course requirements for one of the undergraduate programs in Kingston, or the preparatory year or first year in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.
In addition, they must meet the Canadian Forces' general admission conditions (officer):
The college recruits students who demonstrate promise in the areas which correspond to the four pillars of academics, military, athletics, and bilingualism (French and English). In addition, RMC gives extra weight to those applicants with second-language skills, although this is not a requirement.
The application process, which is independent from that of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre, uses a separate application form. The Selection Board informs applicants no later than mid-May. Applicants are accepted into the Science, Engineering or Arts Program.
There are several full-time admission options for an education at RMCC.
The Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) is a conditional scholarship offered to selected applicants. In addition to a university education, Officer Cadets receive military training, occupation training and second language training and a career after graduation. The full-time salary includes full dental care, as well as vacation with full pay. Upon successful completion of ROTP, Officer Cadets are awarded a university degree and granted commissions as Officers in the Canadian Forces. Normally, graduates serve at least five years with the Canadian Forces. The application deadline to ROTP is in January for Basic Officer Training in July and admission the following September.
Typically, successful applicants enter the Canadian Military College (CMC) System as an Officer Cadet, where they receive an education that balances academics, leadership, bilingualism and athletics. If the choice of program is not offered, such as Nursing, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy, or the candidate wishes to attend another university, successful applicants would be eligible to apply to any Canadian university where books, lab fees and student fees are covered, and students receive a monthly salary under the Civilian University ROTP.
The Reserve Entry Training Plan is an education the same as the ROTP but is paid for by the student (not a scholarship). The students also do not draw a salary, however they are not obligated to five years of service after completion. Reserve Entry cadets are, however, paid considerably more than the regular ROTP Officer Cadet salary during their summer training months. They are also entitled to this pay if they attend "Duty/Varsity" away trips (For example, an away game of women's soccer).
Military Potential is an assessment of Aptitudes, Personality Traits, and the choice of occupation. Academic Performance is rated based on a student's transcript. Unlike many universities, since a complete transcript is submitted to the selection board, grade 9-11 marks are heavily weighted in a student's application with consideration given to grade 12 (or the final year's) marks. Officer Cadets are obliged to maintain satisfactory academic and military performance throughout the programme.
The mandate of the RMC Division of Continuing Studies is to make university education available to all members of the Canadian Forces, spouses and DND civilian employees. Canadian Forces and other professional training is recognized for credit towards undergraduate or advanced degrees.
Unique degree programs, specially tailored for CF members, include:
The Royal Military College of Canada launched its writer in residence program in January 2010 with Steven Heighton, a novelist and poet as the first to hold the post. The third person to hold the position of writer-in-residence, Dr. Julie Salverson presented “Drama, Imagination, and RMC” on 3 April 2012 in Currie Hall. Dr. Julie Salverson, who has presented drama workshops to cadets since the early 1990s, helped facilitate a play about RMC, “Shakespeare in Scarlets” in 2012.
The RMC was named 2nd best Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category by Research Infosource Inc., which produced Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List in the year 2009. Half of the points were awarded based on financial indicators and the other half was based on research output and impact measures. RMC ranked 25th in the overall rankings.
In the Engineering and Science Divisions, RMC pursues the following principal thematic areas of research:
In the Department of Applied Military Science (AMS), RMC pursues:
The Diploma in Military Arts and Sciences (DMASc) provides Non-Commissioned Members (NCMs) of the Canadian Forces an online program made possible by a partnership between OntarioLearn, the RMC, and the Canadian Defence Academy. Under RMC and Community College articulation agreements, all graduates of this diploma program who apply to the RMC will be admitted into the Bachelor of Military Arts and Sciences degree program with advanced standing.
As an RMC cadet, military training begins with a three-week military introduction held at RMC in the summer prior to first year. Phase I of training continues the following summer with the Basic Military Officer Qualification (BMOQ) at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School Saint-Jean. The cadets will complete between 8 and 11 weeks of training in that one summer if they are credited their 4 weeks of recruit camp. After the completion of BMOQ, those cadets who are not yet bilingual are usually enrolled in a seven-week period of Second Language Training (SLT) at Canadian Forces Language School Detachment Saint-Jean. The remaining summers are spent completing Phase II, which are environmental training courses (depending on whether the cadet is Army, Royal Canadian Navy or Royal Canadian Air Force).
On the job training courses are also available to a number of cadets during the summer periods. During Phases III and IV, students take trade specific training courses.
For the most part, military training occurs at locations other than RMC while the college itself focuses on military education.
First Year Orientation Period, (FYOP) is the most demanding experience for many cadets. FYOP takes place during the first month of the academic year following recruit camp. Recruit camp is a 2 week period of military training prior to entering the college done by all ROTP cadets. FYOP can be compared to Frosh week at civilian universities. FYOP begins with the Arch parade where the entire First Year class is marched onto College grounds by their FYOP staff consisting of Third and Fourth Years.
During the course of FYOP, First Year cadets are required to keep an exceptionally high standard of dress and deportment. They are required to march at all times. Physical Training is conducted, with long runs up neighbouring Fort Henry, Ontario hill a frequent occurrence. Inspections of room standards and dress are conducted daily. For the duration of FYOP, First Years are not permitted to leave RMC or receive visitors. Mail and phone calls are allowed but are limited.
The culmination of the FYOP is the obstacle course. The obstacle course lasts over 2 hours and consists of thirteen obstacles built by each squadron located around the college grounds. Obstacles such as a 12-foot wall and rope bridge are designed to test teamwork and physical fitness of First Years. The First Year flights are judged on the time it takes to complete each obstacle. The completion of the obstacle course signals the end of FYOP. Afterwards, First Years are given a parade where they are officially welcomed into RMC and join the Cadet Wing. Cadets are then allowed to see their friends and relatives after 7 weeks, and allowed the freedom to leave college grounds under the condition that they wear their College uniform. When leaving the college grounds, the college uniform worn by the First Years is the number 4s. This form of dress consists of dark blue pants with a red stripe down the side and a dark blue tunic. Badges can be put on both arms once earned. The year is also represented on the lower arms by red string. However, First Years have zero red string until their second year.
Second year cadets, in RMC's mentorship program, are paired with first year cadets to mentor, guide, and influence them.
Many of the aspects of the FYOP, including the obstacle course and mentorship program, were developed by the post-war Chesley committee, led by Brigadier Leonard McEwan Chelsey, O.B.E., E.D. The committee made recommendations about the education and training of officer candidates for the postwar active force. In addition, the committee made recommendations about the provision of French speaking officers and arrangements for promotion from the ranks.
The Military Law Centre on the grounds of RMC, staffed with 12 military lawyers, oversees the education of officers and troops in legal matters ranging from the Forces' own code of conduct to the laws of war. It trains military lawyers and advises Ottawa on matters of policy and doctrine. The centre integrates legal education into the regular training that Forces members undergo and establishes its growing importance within the military hierarchy. Selected RMC Canada cadets participate in Law of Armed Conflict international Competitions each fall with cadets from USAFA, USMA, USNA, and USCGA. Each year, RMC cadets are selected to participate in a competition on the Law of Armed Conflict at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy.
One of the four components of the Royal Military College of Canada, the Athletic component provides opportunities for officer cadets to participate in physical activities and sports that are mentally demanding to develop their physical capabilities, confidence and leadership. Physical education is meant “to establish a strong foundation of skills and knowledge in physical fitness, sports, and military-related activities through a progressive and diverse physical education program for RMC Officer Cadets” The Vision is “foster a passion for active living and leadership in physical activity.” To enhance their physical fitness and develop military and athletic skills necessary to lead their troops, Cadets must take physical education classes and play intramural sports every year - for a minimum of four hours per week.
The first year program focuses on personal physical fitness: theory of exercise physiology, nutrition, training principles and injury prevention. The cadets complete the Basic Military Swim Standard test. The second year program focuses on team sports: soccer, broomball, spinning, volleyball, basketball, squash, badminton, flag-football, handball, water polo and softball. Cadets acquire basic skills to organize a sport tournament. The third year program focuses on military skills: unarmed combat, different obstacle courses, waterborne training and military rappelling. The fourth year program focused on individual sports: canoeing, rock climbing, weight training, swimming and life guarding, advanced unarmed combat, pressure points control tactics and spinning leadership.
Every year, the ice hockey team faces the United States Military Academy (Army) Black Knights in the annual West Point Weekend hockey game. This series, conceived in 1923, is the longest-running annual international sporting event in the world.
The Massed Band, consisting of the Brass and Reed, Pipes and Drums, and Highland Dancers, perform at parades, public relation trips and recruit shows. The Brass and Reed Band is a multi-purpose section, used primarily as a parade march and concert band. The Pipe Section and the Drum Section perform at mess dinners; parades; sporting events; ceremonies (official or squadron); weddings; funerals; public relations; wing events; Christmas Ball (RMC) & Graduation Balls; private events; and holidays. The Highland Dance Section perform at many of the same functions with the exception of parades and funerals. The Choir performs the Canadian national anthem; sings at mess dinners; and accompanies the Stage Band on selected pieces including: folk, jazz, traditional music, French music, show tunes, African music and Christmas songs. The Stage Band is versatile, performing dinner music followed by marches at college mess dinners. The Cheer Band, a subsidiary of the Brass and Reed, performs music for RMC sporting events, such as the Carr-Harris Cup and the Westpoint Weekend.
The RMC cheer is:
RMC is located on Point Frederick (Kingston, Ontario), a small peninsula at the point where the St. Lawrence River leaves Lake Ontario and where the Rideau Canal system starts. The location has been an active military base since 1789 and the Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard, located on the site, was an important dockyard during the War of 1812.
RMC, the first officer training college in Canada, opened in 1876 with 18 cadets receiving military and academic instruction. It was granted university status in 1959. The Stone Frigate, a large stone building completed in 1820 by Sir Robert Barrie, was designed to hold gear and rigging from British warships dismantled in compliance with the Rush-Bagot Agreement. It served as a barracks briefly in 1837-38, and was refitted as a dormitory and classrooms to house RMC by 1876. During the Great Depression in Canada of the 1930s, an unemployment relief camp on Barriefield lower common was set up under the command of the RMC Commandant. Public works projects relied on the labour of the 'Royal Twenty Centers' supplied by the under the Unemployment Relief Commission. The public works projects included rebuilding the dry stone wall and moat of Fort Frederick; the physics building extension, the connection from the Fort Frederick dormitory to the new Yeo mess building, the new wing of the hospital, a new garage, road work, levelling the grounds at RMC for new football fields and a new running track.
The nominations for honorary degrees by the Royal Military Colleges can be initiated by different organizations or individuals, including the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada through any member of the college senate. As with most of Canadian universities, the senate, which in the case of RMC is composed of the Chancellor (Minister of National Defence), the Vice Chancellor (The RMCC Commandant), Principal, Deans, DCadet, Registrar and the Directeur des Etudes du Royal Military College Saint-Jean, makes the final decision. The Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada (RMCCC) has no responsibility or authority in the process of granting honorary degrees.
Officer Cadets can relinquish their status as Officer Cadets, leave the College behind, and receive the epaulets of their new Ranks as Non Commissioned Members from the Commandant in a ceremony held in Mackenzie Building’s Memorial Staircase.
Cadets wear a variety of uniforms depending on the occasion and their environment: ceremonial dress (semi ceremonial); full dress (formal occasions); outside sports dress; service dress Air Force; service dress Navy; service dress Navy without jacket; Service dress Air Force without jacket; service dress Army without jacket; and combat dress. In winter 2009, Royal Military College officer cadets returned to wearing a distinctive Dress of the Day (DOD) uniform which consists of a white shirt, black sweater/light jacket, as well as black trousers/skirt with a red stripe down the side. The headdress is a black wedge with red piping. Mess dress is worn in the Senior Staff Mess for formal occasions such as mess dinners.
The Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada Foundation is a registered Canadian charity which was incorporated in 1966. As an element of the Canadian Forces, the college is unable to fund a conventional full-time fundraising team in a development office. The foundation, consequently, works at arms length to assist the college financially. Capital Campaigns have included the 2364 Leonard Birchall Pavilion (2007); Memorial Arch Restoration (2001) and the New Library Campaign (2013).
The facilities are used during the summer for:
The property includes elements of several National Historic Sites of Canada Point Frederick Buildings NHSC, Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard NHSC, the Fort Frederick (Kingston, Ontario) component of Kingston Fortifications NHSC; Rideau Canal; and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Register of the Government of Canada Heritage Buildings lists five classified Federal Heritage Buildings and twenty-three recognized Federal Heritage Buildings on the Royal Military College of Canada grounds:
The Chief Dominion Architect(s) designed a number of prominent public buildings at the College: Thomas Seaton Scott (1872-1881); Thomas Fuller (architect) (1881-1896); David Ewart (1896-1914); Edgar Lewis Horwood (1914-1917); Richard Cotsman Wright (1918-1927); Thomas W. Fuller (1927-1936), Charles D. Sutherland (1936-1947) and Joseph Charles Gustave Brault (1947-1952). Thomas Seaton Scott and Thomas Fuller adopted the Neo-Gothic style. David Ewart embraced the Baronial style. Richard Cotsman Wright (1918-1927) adopted the Collegiate Gothic style.
|Royal Military College of Canada Building 2 Gatehouse 1 (1884);||Neo-Gothic style by Thomas Fuller||Kingston||11224|
|Royal Military College of Canada Building 3 Workshop, former Riding School (1916)||designed by Edgar Lewis Horwood; recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994||Kingston||11327|
|Royal Military College of Canada Building 5, Headquarters, Former RMC Riding Establishment (1908)||Arts and Crafts style by H.B. Smith; recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994||Kingston||11197|
|Royal Military College of Canada Building 6 Gatehouse 2 (1884)||Neo-Gothic style by Thomas Fuller; recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994||Kingston||11244|
|Royal Military College of Canada Hewett House, Building 8 (1875 to 1876)||architect Thomas Seaton Scott; recognized Federal Heritage Building 1990||Kingston||11244|
|Royal Military College of Canada Building 9 Rideout Row (1908)||Baronial style by David Ewart recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994||Kingston||11166|
|Royal Military College of Canada Rideout Row Building 9a (1908)||Baronial style by David Ewart (1908) recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994||Kingston||11168|
|Royal Military College of Canada Commandants Residence, former Royal Navy Hospital, Building 10 (1813 to 1814)||recognized Federal Heritage Building 1996||Kingston||4391|
|Royal Military College of Canada Currie Building, Building No. 15 (1918 to 1920)||designed by Richard Cotsman Wright Collegiate Gothic style. recognized Federal Heritage Building 1996 honours Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie||Kingston||4389|
|Royal Military College of Canada, MacKenzie Building, Building 16 (1876 to 1878)||Thomas Seaton Scott Classified Federal Heritage Building 1993||Kingston||4382|
|Royal Military College of Canada Stone Frigate (No. 23) (1819–1824)||by Archibald Fraser;Recognized Federal Heritage Building 1996||Kingston||4388|
|Royal Military College of Canada Building 24 Tailor Shop, former Gun Shed (1914)||Baronial style by David Ewart recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994||Kingston||11184|
|Royal Military College of Canada Building 27 Panet House (1903)||Baronial style by David Ewart; recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994||Kingston||11113|
|Royal Military College of Canada Building 30a Lunette and Guardhouse Building (1846)||recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994||Kingston||11132|
|Museum, Royal Military College of Canada Fort Frederick Martello Tower Building R30A (1846-1847)||classified Federal Heritage Building (1996)||Kingston||10895|
|Royal Military College of Canada Fort Frederick Magazine Building R30B (1846)||recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994 honours Frederick, Prince of Wales||Kingston||11099|
|Royal Military College of Canada Building 31 Fort Haldimand Cadet Dormitory (1950)||recognized Federal Heritage Building 1996||Kingston||11332|
|Royal Military College, Yeo Hall Mess Building 32 (1935)||Thomas W. Fuller; honours Sir James Lucas Yeo; recognized Federal Heritage Building 1990||Kingston||10649|
|Royal Military College of Canada Building 33 Fort Lasalle Dormitory Building (1912)||Baronial style by David Ewart; recognized Federal Heritage Building 1996||Kingston|
|Royal Military College of Canada Building 34 Fort Champlain Cadet Dormitory (1965)||recognized Federal Heritage Building 2002||Kingston|
|Royal Military College of Canada Building 36 former Riding Stables now Printing Workshop (1905)||David Ewart (1905) recognized Federal Heritage Building 1994||Kingston||11101|
|Royal Military College of Canada Commandants Guest House Building R47||recognized Federal Heritage Building 1996||Kingston||4391|
|Royal Military College, Old Gymnasium, Building 25 (1900-3)||Baronial style by David Ewart recognized Federal Heritage Building 1989||Kingston||4753|
|Royal Military College of Canada Building 55 Administration Building, former Hospital (1887)||Neo-Gothic style designed by Henry James under Thomas Fuller (architect) (1887)||Kingston||11325|
|Ross Block Building FF07||recognized Federal Heritage Building 1990|
|Sawyer building (1977)||engineering building honours 1557 Col WR Sawyer (RMC 1920), Vice Commandant & Director of Studies, RMC 1948-67|
|Senior Staff Mess (1960-2)||
two large landscape paintings of the Rocky Mountains in the lounge have plaques indicating that they were presented by ex-cadets in memory of the times spent with their former drawing instructor, Forshaw Day. One is entitled "On the Bow" whilst the other is untitled.
|Massey Library (1960)||honours Rt Hon Vincent Massey|
|Fort Sauvé Dormitory Building Building 81 (2001)||honours Rt Hon Jeanne Sauvé|
|Fort Brant Dormitory Building 86 (2010)||honours Chief Joseph Brant|
The Massey Library collection consists of approximately 250,000 books, 1,800 audio-visual items and 1,200 periodicals in English and French. The library possesses RMC historical material including cadet photographs, scrapbooks, collections, diaries, and letters. The major collections follow:
|Leadership||2006–present||donated by the class of 1956|
|John W. Spurr (former RMC chief librarian)||post WWII||Military science|
|Reginald E. Watters||1980–present||Canadian literature|
|General Harry Crerar (Commanding general of the First Canadian Army during Second World War)||1939–1945||German language military and technical manuals|
RMC has five dormitories, which are similar to most universities and provide the basic necessities. Organized by squadron, dormitories are co-educational with separate washrooms for men and women. Officer Cadets share a room in first year, and sometimes in succeeding years depending on availability of space, if possible with someone who is proficient in the other official language.
The Oldest, the Stone Frigate was built in 1819–1820 and is a Canadian Heritage Site. The Stone Frigate, known within the college as "The Boat" houses 1 Squadron who in turn call themselves the Stone Frigate Military Academy. The next building built Fort Lasalle holds 2, 3, 4 and 13 squadron while the third building, Fort Haldimand hosts 11 and 12 Squadron. Fort Sauve (1960) houses 5, 6, 7 and 8 Squardons and the newest dormitory, Fort Brant (2011) aka "The Greenhouse" houses 9 and 10 squadron. Fort Brant was called such due the overheating problems experienced by the massive glass facade which by facing south traps a large amount of solar heat which is then circulated throughout the building.
e.g. Triumphal arch; Trophies, Commemorative and Memorial Trees, Monuments, Plaques, and Others. This includes a list of RMC Traditions and RMC Militaria & Collectibles
In honour of Remembrance Day, 2012 students in Dr Erika Behrisch Elce’s first-year English for science and engineering students wrote a sonnet on behalf of one of those connected with Royal Military College of Canada who died doing his or her duty. A printed collection will also soon be available through the College Library for general distribution.
Having three national historical designations, environmental assessments (which also involve archaeological studies) are required before construction activities are implemented on the college grounds. While planning to build a new dormitory at RMC, a required environmental assessment revealed the remains of a naval dockyard. This dockyard was significant in the building of ships by the British during the War of 1812. Because of the site's significance, a full archaeological dig had to be implemented before construction of the new dormitory could begin.
Long before the Royal Military College was established in 1876, there were proposals for military colleges in Canada. Although the Assembly of Lower Canada decided to establish a military college in 1815, agreement upon its organization was blocked by religious and racial conflicts. Captain A.G. Douglas, a former adjutant at the British military college at Great Marlow, recommended in 1816 the establishment of a military college open to Catholic and Protestant boys at Three Rivers in a disused government house with himself as superintendent. Douglas' college was intended as a boarding school to educate the young sons of officers, amongst others, in Latin, English language, French Language, History, Geography, Drawing and Mathematics. In 1826, retired British navy and army officers who had settled in March township, near Ottawa, Ontario proposed a military college boarding school for boys on the Great Lakes on naval and military lines.
During the US Civil War, military schools staffed by British Regulars were established for adult male students to undergo a 3 month long military course in Toronto, Ontario and Quebec, Quebec in 1864, and at Montreal, Quebec Kingston, Ontario London, Ontario and Hamilton, Ontario in 1865. Although the military colleges in London and Hamilton had disbanded in 1865, the schools at Quebec, Montreal, Kingston and Toronto were retained at Confederation, in 1867. In 1868, schools of Calvalry and Artillery were formed in Toronto and a school of artillery was formed in Montreal. Since these were not Boarding schools, students lived in the communities.
At a pre-Confederation of Canada military school in Halifax, Nova Scotia, adult male students drilled and attended lectures on drill commands, military records, court-martial, the Articles of War, discipline and punishments, promotion of non commissioned officers, military accounts and pay and messing. After Confederation, military schools were opened in Halifax and Saint John.
In 1870-1, Canadian militia staff replaced the British regulars who were recalled from overseas station. From December to May, six schools conducted officer training for calvalry, infantry and artillery. The British Garrisons operated the schools at Halifax, Saint John, New Brunswick and Quebec. Canadian militia staff and former British army drill sergeants operated the schools at Montreal, Kingston and Toronto.
The first full-time units of the Canadian militia, A and B Batteries at Kingston and Quebec, organized gunnery schools on a year round basis in which artillery courses lasted from 3–12 months with the possibility of extension. Colonel P Robertson-Ross, adjutant general of the militia (1870-3) recommended the schools be organized as tactical brigades of three arms and that infantry and calvalry schools should also be put on a permanent basis. The Canadian government did not accept his advice.
A plaque located at the college describes the college's history: "Following the withdrawal of British forces from Canada in 1870-71, the federal government recognized the need for an officer training college in Canada. In 1874, during the administration of the Hon. Alexander Mackenzie, enabling legislation was passed. Located on Point Frederick, the site of the former Royal Naval Dockyard, the new college opened on June 1, 1876, with 18 cadets under Lt.-Col. Edward O. Hewett, R.E. Named the Royal Military College of Canada in 1878, it offered academic and military training courses designed to prepare cadets for both military and civil careers. The college was reorganized in 1948 as a tri-service institution and, in 1959, it became the first military college in the British Commonwealth to achieve degree-granting status."
The Royal Military College of Canada "was the first military college to be established in a colonial dependency and it had a double function, the preparation of cadets for civilian careers as well as for military commissions." Richard A Preston, Canada's RMC. The Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard was a Royal Navy yard from 1788 to 1853 at the site of the current Royal Military College of Canada.
The first College Commandant, Lieut. Colonel Hewett, made the first public announcement of the College motto and ‘device’ (badge) during a prize presentation held at the Kingston Military College on 11 February 1878. “I now have to tell you Gentlemen Cadets, that a device and motto has been selected for the Military College. The device, a mailed arm bearing a maple leaf; symbolical of the position you, as the future officers of Canada, should hold towards your country as represented by the maple leaf. The motto, “Truth, Duty, and Valour,”- three simple words in plain English -that all who run may read." 
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|June 1, 1876|
|July 31, 1920||
She was inspired by the sound of the cadets marching past married quarters. The march starts, “We are the gentlemen cadets of RMC. We have sworn to love and serve Her Majesty…” The College March for bagpipe is Alexander Mackenzie
|1947||Emily Warren's two large canvasses 6′6″ x 11′6″, entitled "Canada's Tribute," which were initially hung in the Parliament Buildings are hung in the Sir Arthur Currie Hall at RMC.|
|March 26, 1959||
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The Royal Military College's central place in Canadian military circles has made it the setting for novels, plays, films and other cultural works:
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