In recent years, Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean) has experienced a phase of rapid growth driven by its optimization plan initiated in November 2013 by the Commander Canadian Defence Academy (CDA), and by its return to university status announced by the Minister of National Defence on May 17, 2016. This important transition period is in line with the vision expressed in Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secured, Engaged, which was officialized in June 2017. It allows the College to optimize its human, material and infrastructure resources, in order to prepare for the full reintegration of its university status among Quebec’s universities. This restoration of RMC Saint-Jean as a degree-granting institution is an important asset that adds to its unique, diverse and international character. The College can now move ahead and become the innovative university it aspires to be to confidently train future leaders of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

The organization responsible for the professional development of NCMs in development periods three to five began its activities in 2003 and existed under many different names until it was renamed the Chief Warrant Officer Robert Osside Profession of Arms Institute in the summer of 2014, in honour of the first Chief Warrant Officer of the CAF. The Osside Institute's mission is to educate CAF NCMs and instill in them the competencies required to maintain excellence in the profession of arms. The Intermediate Leadership Programme (ILP) was the first course offered by the Osside Institute. Long before the creation of the Osside Institute, CAF NCMs received leadership and management training. The Junior Leadership and Senior Leadership courses are examples of previous courses. The added value of the ILP lies in the addition of educational elements found disciplines related to the profession of arms such as military history and ethics. This emphasis on the educational aspect of professional development also led to the development of a strong cross-specialty team of civilian and military instructors. From 2005 to 2006, the Osside Institute saw two programmes added to its curriculum: The Advanced Leadership Programme (ALP) and the Senior Leadership Programme (SLP). The development of these programmes is also in line with the need to better integrate elements of doctrine, particularly those pertaining to leadership and the military profession, which were included in the institution’s offering during this period. In 2011, the Osside Institute also became responsible for the Senior Appointments Programme (SAP).

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