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Universities with a difference

Both Canadian Military Colleges (CMCs); Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean) in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, and the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in Kingston, Ontario, are both Canadian military universities — they truly are Universities with a difference. The CMC environment cultivates self-discipline, self-motivation and mutual respect, and the Colleges Motto: Truth, Duty, Valour guides staff and students in everything they do.

As an officer cadet or naval cadet at RMC Saint-Jean, you will embark on an invigorating journey to become a part of a proud heritage. The college and university studies as well as the military training offered will allow you to acquire the professional and intellectual skills required to meet the challenges posed by the constantly changing world, as well as to assume various responsibilities within the Canadian Armed Forces.

The College offers a unique programme based on four distinct pillars that are integrated to learning activities. These are the academic pillar, the military pillar, the physical fitness pillar and the bilingualism pillar. They provide officer cadets and naval cadets with the opportunity to evolve in an environment that values excellence not only in academics, but also in leadership, physical fitness and sport, and second language proficiency.

The Four Pillars Of Achievement

Studies are at the heart of officer training. They are, of course, aimed at the acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills in a specific discipline, but in a deeper way, common to all officer cadets and naval cadets who pass through RMC Saint-Jean. They aim to develop critical thinking rooted in a vast general culture at the service of the profession of arms.


The Military pillar develops personal skills needed by officers to succeed in today’s complex and rapidly changing world. The Basic Military Officer Qualification (BMOQ) will provide the fundamental skills of an effective leader and resource manager.


The CMC teach the importance of fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Striving to achieve a higher level of physical fitness improves the quality of life, enables more effective learning, and inspires others.


Bilingualism reflects Canada’s cultural heritage. As representatives of this heritage, officers are expected to be fluent in both of Canada’s official languages. Responsibilities as an officer of the CAF require to lead Canadian men and women who speak both official languages.

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