2019 Officer Cadet Recruit Joining Instructions

The Royal Military College of Canada

1. The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) is located in Kingston, Ontario, on the site of one of the most strategically important sites of the War of 1812, the Kingston Naval Dockyard. Here, as they have since 1876, Naval/Officer Cadets receive military, academic, physical fitness and bilingualism training over four years, leading to a commission as a Second Lieutenant/Acting Sub-Lieutenant in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and an undergraduate degree in one of the three academic fields of study: Arts, Science, or Engineering.

Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS)

2. Unless you are a serving member of the CAF who has been granted a Prior Learning Assessment waiver, you will be required to attend Module One of the Basic Military Officer Qualification (BMOQ) Course at CFLRS in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, south of Montreal. Details will be provided to you by your Recruiting Centre or Detachment. Please see the CFLRS Joining Instructions which compliment these instructions. The requirements for your arrival at RMC after BMOQ are detailed below.

The Memorial Arch Parade

3. Training at RMC commences with the Memorial Arch Parade on Saturday, 24 August 2019 at 1430 hrs, when cadets march through the Memorial Arch to ceremonially mark their entrance into RMC. Upon successful completion of the ROTP program, the graduating Fourth Year Cadets will march out through the Memorial Arch, signifying their completion of ROTP and their entrance into the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army or Royal Canadian Air Force. Your family and friends are welcomed and encouraged to attend. You will have the opportunity to meet with your family and friends prior to the Arch parade, however, there will be no time to see them or hand off personal items after the parade. There is an invitation attached to these joining instructions for you to share with your family and friends. (See Annex B for Map of the grounds).

4. All transfers from Collège Militaire Royale de Saint-Jean (CMR), Component Transfer (CT) and RMC Officer Candidates will participate in this parade and will report properly dressed in CADPAT or NCDs to the Thompson Drill Hall Canadian Forces Base Kingston at 0900 hrs on the day of the parade, Saturday, 24 August 2019. 

5. All of your kit and personal equipment must be brought to the Thompson Drill Hall with you. Cadets coming from BMOQ at CFLRS will be transported directly to the Thompson Drill Hall, arriving at 0900 hrs, 24 August 2019. You shall have your Travel Order and Claim with you at this time.

First Year Orientation Program (FYOP)

6. FYOP is your introduction to life as a Cadet at RMC and is a demanding, memorable experience. You will learn everything that you need to know to function as a Cadet while at RMC, from how to lay out your kit for inspection to the significance of Brucie and the Old Eighteen.

7. If you are married and joining RMC as a First Year Cadet keep in mind that living off the campus is not an option. As an OCdt at RMC you will be required to live on campus. You will be required to reside 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the RMC Campus. You must have any personal or administrative issues dealt with and a Family Care Plan in place before you depart for training at CFLRS.

College Militaire Royal (CMR) St.-Jean Cadets

8. CMR Saint-Jean Cadets who are joining RMC following their Preparatory Year, will report to Thompson Drill Hall at 0900 hours 24 August 2019 in order to participate in the traditional Memorial Arch parade at 1430 hrs 24 August 2019. The dress will be CADPAT or NCDs. You shall have your Travel Order and Claim with you at this time.

9. CMR Saint-Jean Students who have completed the two year program will report to their Squadrons as Second Year Cadets and will not participate in FYOP, but will participate in the Memorial Arch Parade.  Please present yourself to the Thompson Drill Hall between 0900 on 24 August 2019. You shall have your Travel Order and Claim with you at this time.

Component Transfers (CT)/Previous Military Service

10. If you are a Cadet with previous CAF Regular or Primary Reserve Force service and have been granted a waiver to exempt you from Module One of the BMOQ Course at CFLRS, you will be posted by Enrolment or Transfer Posting (ETP) Instruction to RMC. You will report to RMC directly between 0800-1200 hrs Thursday, 22 August 2019. You shall have your Travel Order and Claim with you at this time. As a reminder, as a new OCdt, you have not reached an Operational Function Point and therefore are not permitted to wear a beard unless for religious or medical reasons.

11. You will conduct in-clearance and be kitted during the FYOP Schedule with your classmates and participate in both the Memorial Arch and FYOP parades on 25 August 2018. It is imperative that you clear both your Reserve unit as soon as possible and well in advance of arriving at RMC 

12. You are advised to order anything you need from your Logistik account as soon as possible to ensure that you have it in hand prior to your arrival, in particular Dress number 3B. Dress number 5 will be provided for you when you arrive to RMC

Required Documentation

13. The following documents must be brought with you to both CFLRS and RMC. Please note that this list may not be exhaustive and that you must bring both the original documents as well as photocopies of all documentation to expedite the in-clearance process. Please ensure that both sides of cards and papers are copied:

  • Leave Request Authorization.  You will be given a Leave Request Authorization (form CF 100, known as a “leave pass”) from your Recruiting Centre or Detachment or your Reserve unit Orderly Room. There are important instructions on the back of the CF 100 form telling you what to do in the event you get sick or are injured on the way to your training.
  • Personal Emergency Notification (PEN) Form.  You will be required to fill out a PEN form upon your arrival at both CFLRS and RMC. In the event of an emergency, these are the first people you wish to have contacted. Ensure you bring with you the full names, complete addresses and telephone numbers for both your primary and secondary Next of Kin.
  • Social Insurance Card;
  • Birth Certificate.  If you were born outside of Canada, bring your Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization instead.
  • Provincial Health Care Card.  For Cadets coming from the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, you must bring your provincial health care card in order to have your policy and premiums cancelled.
  • Vaccination Booklet or records;
  • Prescription Glasses/Contact Lenses.  You must bring your eyeglass and/or contact lens prescription. It is also strongly recommended to bring a second pair of eyeglasses.
  • Security Clearance Form.  All Cadets must complete a Security Clearance Request form before reporting to CFLRS or RMC. You will be given form by your Recruiting Centre or Detachment or your Reserve unit, as applicable. To fill out this form, you must have the following information available to you:
    • Names, dates and places of birth of natural or adoptive parents of your parents and those of your spouse/common-law partner (as applicable), as well as their employers’ names, addresses and phone numbers.
    • Your home address(es), list of employment and employers for the past 10 years. You must account for all periods of 30 days or more.
    • Names, addresses, and home and office telephone numbers of three individuals (not family members) who can serve as references.
    • All the addresses you provide for the last 10 years must include, with precision, the apartment number, street number, street name, civic number, city, province or state, postal code, country, telephone number and the dates of residence for each places. If you need help with the form, consult your Recruiting Centre or Detachment or your Reserve unit Orderly Room.
  • Certified Copies of Diplomas.  Cadets must bring a final official transcript of marks, for high school, college, CEGEP, or university studies completed up to the end of June 2018. For high school students, the transcript MUST indicate that they have graduated from high school. Cadets who fail to provide proof of meeting the academic admission requirements for admission to RMC may be released from the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • Copy of Lease (if applicable).  Candidates who are married or in a recognized common-law relationship and who either own or rent a residence must show proof of their mortgage or lease and/or provide copies of your most recent utility bills. 
  • birth certificates (originals) for your children, dependents and spouse (if applicable). 
  • your original marriage certificate or original affidavit respecting your common-law relationship (if applicable). 
  • original certificate of separation or divorce (if applicable);
  • original proof of name change (if applicable); and
  • reimbursement of moving expenses (DND 1654), provided by your recruiting center (if applicable), and;
  • Driver`s licence, Vehicle Registration and Proof of Insurance.

Kit, Equipment, Clothing and Effects

14. Recruits attending BMOQ must review the CFLRS Joining Instructions for specific civilian clothing and equipment you are required to bring with you. You will require the same items at RMC and CMR Saint-Jean.

15. First Year Officer Cadets do not require an extensive civilian wardrobe during their first semester at RMC. It is best to minimize the clothing and belongings that you bring.

16. During duty hours, cadets will be in the military dress of the day. Outside of duty hours, walk out dress for all years will be smart casual which is detailed as follows:   

  1. females must wear blouse of modest design, long sleeve non-athletic shirt.  Slacks, non-athletic shorts, and skirts must not be shorter than just above the knee.  Casual (non-athletic) shoes may be worn; and
  2. males must wear collared shirt, polo, long sleeve non-athletic shirt, or sweater (without hood).  Slacks, khakis, or non-athletic shorts.  Casual (non-athletic) shoes may be worn.

17. You may be moving across the country and will need to bring additional clothing, possessions, etc. You will be provided non-secure storage for your belongings when you arrive at RMC. Ensure boxes and bags that you wish to be stored are labelled clearly with your full name. Be advised that CFB Kingston Military Police no longer store personal Firearms. Therefore, please make arrangements for Restricted and Non-Restricted Firearms to be stored IAW the Canadian Firearms act at a location as described on your Possessions and Acquisition Licence.

18. You are required to purchase “Renters” or “Content” insurance to cover your personal effects in the event they are lost, stolen or damaged beyond repair as the Crown will not cover such losses. This type of insurance can be purchased through an insurance company of your choosing and is available through the Canadian Forces Base Exchange System, CANEX.


19. RMC First Year Officer Cadets are not permitted vehicles until 21 September 2019. First Years will not be issued a parking permit until that time. Any vehicle found illegally parked on DND Property will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense and the owner may be subject to disciplinary or administrative action. Following the Thanksgiving weekend 2019, First Year Officers are permitted to register a Personalized Motor Vehicle and park in the RMC Cadet Parking Lot. 

Banking Information

20. You will be paid bi-monthly on the 15th and the last day of each month. Your pay will be deposited into an account of your choice, so you must have a bank account and provide a voided cheque from that account or ask the teller at your bank for the information for direct deposit information including the bank transit number, institution number, and account number.

21. Kingston is served by all major Canadian banks as well as credit unions. There is a BMO ATM on the RMC Campus for those who may need cash. Be advised that additional bank charges will apply if you do not use BMO. Make the necessary arrangements with your bank prior to leaving home for training.


22. We recommend that you bring at least $200 to cover unforeseen expenses during the arrival procedures.

RMC Emergency Contacts

23. In the event of an emergency while en-route to RMC, please contact the RMC OOD at 1-(613)-453-5007.

School Address

24. Please direct any mail to the following address:

Officer Cadet (insert first and last name)
Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario Canada
K7K 7B4


It is important that you follow these instructions in order to have an easier transition into the military.  I look forward to meeting you in August.

C. A. Heilman
Director of Cadets

Additional Information

Annex A 
Checklist for RMC Officer Cadets (produced by Training Wing)
Annex B
Map of RMC (produced by Training Wing)
Annex C
Dates of Major Events
Annex D
Schedule of Events
Annex F
Four Pillars of RMC
Annex G
Physical Performance Test (produced by RMC PSP Staff and Coaches) 
Annex H
Push-up Program 
Annex I
Video of Force Test
Annex J
The RMC Physical Fitness plan (Produced by RMC PSP Staff)
Annex K
Varsity Sports, Intramurals, and Recreation Clubs (Produced by the RMC PSP Staff)
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