Joining Instructions for Officer cadets

Introduction

1. This document provides instructions and advice to prepare for the Regular Force Officer Training Plan (ROTP) that you will begin at Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean).

2. As a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member, you will first report to the Canadian Forces Leadership & Recruit School (CFLRS) for five weeks of basic training before starting the ROTP at RMC Saint-Jean. You can travel using your personal vehicle or use commercial transport (your commercial transportation will be arranged by the CAF). Further travel instructions will be communicated to you by the Canadian Forces Recruiting Center.

3. You can expect to do basic training from 4 July 2022, to 5 August 2022. Following basic training, you will be transported to RMC Saint-Jean. If you are arriving by personal vehicle, there will be parking available at CFLRS. Parking at RMC Saint-Jean will be assigned after your arrival at the College.

4. Dress code and appearance. As a member of RMC Saint-Jean, you must wear adequate clothing when travelling long distances. A collared sweater and comfortable pants are recommended.

5. Military values and expected behaviour: During your training, you will have to adhere to the core military values of duty, loyalty, integrity and courage. You will need to demonstrate these values at all times. In addition, you will have to adhere to the core values of RMC Saint-Jean: truth, duty and valour.

Harassment and sexist, racist or discriminatory behaviour are contrary to CAF values and will not be tolerated. Offenders will be subject to disciplinary and/or administrative action, up to and including release from the CAF.

6. Food and accommodation: During your stay at RMC Saint-Jean, we will be automatically deducting an amount from your pay for your food and accommodation, depending on your military status and marital status. You will usually reside in a double occupancy room (non-mixed). Learning to live and work as a team is an essential part of your education. You will be responsible for the cleanliness of your area, with each person being responsible for their individual room and personal equipment as well as the maintenance of common areas.

7. Policy on alcohol, cannabis and illicit drugs: Possession and consumption of alcohol and cannabis are prohibited. Any activity related to illicit drugs (possession, consumption, trade, etc.) is not tolerated. Offenders are subject to disciplinary and/or administrative action, up to and including release from the CAF. More details on the acceptable use of alcohol and cannabis will be provided in the first few days of your training.

8. Prohibited items and restricted material:

  • firearms or knives;
  • food and beverages (in quarters), including supplements and caffeine tablets;
  • sexual articles (magazine, photo, DVD, accessories, etc.).

9. Equipment and documents: You must bring these items and documents with you to RMC Saint-Jean. Upon your arrival, you will also have the opportunity to purchase certain additional items from the local CANEX (CAF retail shop). You will not have access to any civilian retailers during the first few weeks of your training.

Civilian clothing:

  • 1 x seasonal jacket
  • 2 x casual dress pants or clean jeans without holes (no leggings)
  • 3 x casual dress shirts or polo shirts
  • 2 x casual sweaters
  • 1 x pair of casual dress shoes (comfortable)
  • 6 x underwear
  • 4 x sport socks
  • 1-2 x pairs of running shoes
  • 2 x athletic t-shirts
  • 2 x athletic shorts
  • 2 x bath towels
  • 1 x swimsuit
  • 3 x sports bras (if applicable)
  • 1 x 2-piece suit or evening dress (suggested)

Other items:

  • 1 x backpack (plain coloured)
  • 1 x water-resistant watch
  • 2 x blue pens
  • 1 x pair of shower sandals
  • 1 x soap case (white)
  • 1 x toothbrush case (white)
  • 1 x toothbrush
  • 1 x toothpaste tube
  • 1 x soap bar
  • 1 x dental floss
  • 1 x shaving cream (if applicable)
  • 1 x non-disposable razor with blades (if applicable)
  • 1 x nail clippers
  • 1 x deodorant
  • 1 x shampoo (max 750 ml)
  • 1 x water bottle
  • 1 x laundry detergent
  • 1 x hair brush (if required)
  • personal medication (if prescribed)
  • hair nets and pins (if applicable)
  • hygiene products (tampons and/or pads, etc.) in sufficient quantity (if applicable)
  • nicotine replacement products (smokers only)
  • a computer with an up-to-date operating system:
    • you can bring your personal computer. All officer cadets' rooms are equipped with an Internet connection; or:
    • CANEX offers you the opportunity of buying a desktop or laptop on a 12, 24 or 36 month credit plan without interest. Officer cadets under 18 years of age wishing to purchase a computer with a credit plan will be required to provide a credit authorization form.

Documents:

  • Birth Certificate. Birth certificate cards issued by some provincial authorities are not accepted; you must provide our staff with the full version that includes your parents’ names
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship if you were born outside of Canada
  • Last official academic transcript
  • Last diploma with the credits obtained
  • Canadian Passport (if you have it)
  • Vaccination booklet
  • Completed Security clearance form (obtain from Recruiting Center)
  • CF 100 – Leave Request Authorization provided by Recruiting Center
  • CF 742 – Emergency Contact Notification and DND 2587 – Next of Kin Identification from Recruiting Center
  • Social Insurance (SIN) card
  • Void cheque (for pay purposes)
  • Your lease with a recent proof of ongoing payment or proof of mortgage

Documents required only if applicable:

  • Medical prescriptions
  • Eyeglass prescriptions (prescribed within the last year). It is strongly recommended to bring two (2) pairs of glasses
  • Birth certificates for any dependents (certified true copy)
  • Marriage certificate (certified true copy)
  • Affidavit of your common-law relationship (original)
  • Certificate of divorce (certified true copy)
  • Proof of name change (certified true copy)
  • Proof of change in medical status
  • CF-100 for post-course leave from your home unit
  • Route Letter (Reservist)

10.Luggage : If you travel by a commercial flight, please keep your receipts as some excess baggage is permitted under the Canadian Forces Temporary Duty Travel Instructions.

Training at RMC Saint-Jean

11. First Year Orientation Program (FYOP). FYOP will begin on Monday the 8th of August at 6:00 a.m. and end on Saturday the 27th of August at approximately 5:00 p.m. The goal of this program is to provide you with the basic knowledge that will enable you to progress effectively within RMC Saint-Jean.

12. The school year begins on the 19th of August 2022 and is divided into two semesters; the first semester ends in December, followed by exams. The second semester begins in January 2023 and ends in May, also followed by exams. A spring break is planned for March 2023.

General information

13. RMC Saint-Jean is located on the west bank of the Richelieu River, about 35 km south of Montreal. You will be staying on the site with your peers.

14. The weather in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu fluctuates with the seasons. Temperatures range from -30 degrees Celsius in the winter to 30 degrees Celsius in the summer.

Addresses and phone numbers

15. The following addresses can be used to receive mail after you arrive at RMC Saint-Jean.

Addresses and phone numbers

Packages and courier services:

Rank, name and surname (example: Officer cadet Beau Jean)
Officer Cadet Wing
Royal Military College Saint-Jean
De Léry Pavilion, Wing E, room 1071
15 Jacques-Cartier N
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec J3B 8R8

Lettres :

Rank, name and surname (example: Officer cadet Beau Jean)
Officer Cadet Wing
Royal Military College Saint-Jean
Saint-Jean Garrison
C.P. 100, Succ Bureau-chef
Richelain, Quebec J0J 1R0

16. The phone number of the administrative staff of the Officer Cadet Wing during business hours is (450) 358-6777 x 5767 or 5772. Outside business hours, a person on duty can be reached at (514) 912-3022.

Facilities

17. At RMC Saint-Jean, you will have the following amenities.

  • Officer Cadet’s Mess, Le Saint-Maurice
  • Sports complex (arena, swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room and dumbbells);
  • Library;
  • Academic complex;
  • Accommodation units;
  • Sports fields;
  • A small store (CANEX) including a barber service and an ATM.

Other facilities

18. There are also other military facilities located at the Saint-Jean Garrison located about four kilometres from RMC Saint-Jean, where you can find:

  • A chapel (Protestant and Roman Catholic with shared schedule);
  • A snack bar;
  • A CANEX store with dry cleaning service;
  • A barber;
  • Banking (Desjardins and a BMO ATM);
  • A library;
  • A movie theatre;
  • A medical clinic;
  • An outdoor and indoor pool;
  • Many sports fields.

19. In the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, there are shopping malls, pharmacies, restaurants, a cinema (close to RMC Saint-Jean) and several other small businesses.

Bank Information

20. We will deposit your pay in a bank account in the financial institution of your choice. For this purpose, it is essential that you provide us with a void cheque so that we can deposit your pay.

Fitness

21. Your fitness will be assessed several times during the year, as you will need to meet the CAF standards in addition to the RMC Saint-Jean standards (see Appendix A). It should be noted that those who do not meet the level required will not be able to join the representative sports teams and could be released from the CAF.

The RMC Saint-Jean physical fitness test is administered twice a year. It includes: a timed race of 2.4 km, weight throwing, a long jump without momentum, a mid-thigh pull, an agility race and a bar suspension. Standards and expectations are high. This is why it is essential to start training now. It is strongly suggested that you follow the Physical fitness guide - Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean) (forces.gc.ca) in order to meet the minimum standard for the ROTP Physical Aptitude Test.

If you would like to receive additional information about the sports program, please contact Grace Quinn, Sports and Recreation Manager, at Grace.Quinn@cmrsj-rmcsj.ca.

Activities

22. During the school year, many extracurricular activities such as military exercises, sports events and cultural outings will be added to the various aspects of your training. These activities are an integral part of the four pillars of RMC Saint-Jean’s program, which are academics, physical fitness, bilingualism and leadership.

Sports

23. Available teams will be announced during the orientation program. Those who wish to practise a sport other than those offered can apply in writing. They will, however, have to remember that the Ocdt Wing's schedule will take precedence over such sports.

Leave

24. You should be able to take leave during the following periods (a presentation of the Canadian Armed Forces' leave policy will be given during the indoctrination period next summer):

  • Labour Day;
  • Thanksgiving;
  • Holiday period;
  • Spring break;
  • Easter;
  • Summer leave (depending on your training and your trade).

Miscellaneous

26. We recommend that you have general insurance against theft and damage, especially if you own a computer or other valuables. RMC Saint-Jean will be offering information sessions on 25th May and 15th June from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in French. We will have representatives from the Military, Academic and Sports wings to answer any of your questions. The Zoom ID and password will be sent to you in your welcome letter.

Annex A - Minimum Standards for the RMC Saint-Jean Physical Performance Test (PPT)

Physical Minimum Standards
Evaluation (Day 1) Men Women
2.4 km Run (mm:ss) < 10:34 < 12:40
Physical Minimum Standards
Evaluation (Day 2) Men Women
Long Jump (cm) 195 155
Agility Run Illinois on 10m (seconds) 18.3 19.98
Suspension at the bar with bent arms (seconds) 54.7 33.5
Throw Medicinal Ball in Sitting Position (Watts) 246.5 105.8
Isometric mid-thigh tirade (Newtons) 1314.8 959.2
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