Category Archives: Cadets

News pertaining to 2736 “Batoche Company” and 3045 “Canada Company” Royal Canadian Army Cadets

Happy 155TH Birthday Royals

Hello Association Members,

FYI…

Birthday wishes from the CO & RSM.

Happy Birthday to all members of The Royal Regiment of Canada – past and
present!!
And best wishes to all Regimental family and friends on this very special
day!
Celebrating 155 years of service to community and country : 1862-2017
Ready Aye Ready
Tom Payne Vishnu Persaud
Lieutenant-Colonel Chief Warrant Officer
Commanding Officer Regimental Sergeant-Major

We should all feel proud to have served and continue to serve in many ways.

Your hard work work and efforts are been noticed and recognized.

Keep up the good work.

Regards.

Glen

Update: Dieppe Memorial & Change of Hon LCol Parade – Sun Sept 20 2015 – 13:30 hrs – FYA

Hello Association Members,

See below:

Date:  Sun Sept 20 2015
Time: 13:30 hrs
Location:  FYA Parade Square
Dress:  Association #1’s – Red Beret\Cap Badge\Regiment Blazer\Crest\Tie\With Medals, Grey Slacks\Black Walking Shoes.
We’ll probably fall in as an Association to do the March Past.
 
Ready Aye Ready.
See link below to view the official invitation.
Please reply to my email [email protected] regarding this and\or the invitation to RSVP asap. (I need to provide numbers preferably by Fri Sept 4 2015).

Change_HLCOL_20Sep15

 

“I was a soldier once” by Former Royal Regiment of Canada Cadet Corp Member in the late 50’s Robert Prichard

Former Royal Regiment of Canada Cadet Corp member in the late 50’s Robert Prichard sent this to us:

I was a soldier once

I liked the idea that as the commercial said; we did more by 0700 than most people did all day. I loved as range safety officer getting shots down range by 0800.  I loved the brutality of route marches because they set us apart from my civilian friends, as most of them could never have hacked the pace.  I liked standing in a United Nations observation post just before dawn in a far away land, realizing that I and other soldiers in my unit were doing something very special by representing Canada and the Canadian people, undergoing physical and mental strains that many could not or would not face to keep our country safe and ready. I loved climbing up cargo nets in full battle order and repelling down cliffs. I loved running the assault course. I liked the early morning runs and the late night polishing before a parade.
I liked the smell of the quartermaster stores, an odd mixture of gun oil, canvas preservative, leather, hemp rope and cigarette smoke. I liked the racks of rifles and sub machine guns and I loved the gun sheds and tank hangers where the vehicles and weapons of war gleamed dully and exuded strength and capability and the power to  “git ‘er done” if need be. I loved the name of the equipment when I started off, Sherman, Fabrique Nationale, Sten and Bren because they spoke to me of the proud days when our Fathers used them successfully in WW2.  Our #36 Grenade was the same as our grandfathers used in WW1 for God’s sake! I also loved when the 105 mm and the M 109 gave way to the M 777 and the guns could shoot accurately over 30 kilometres. I loved it when the old lady “the duce and a half” was finally replaced by the modern MLVW. The Centurion tank gave way to the Leopard and within weeks our tankers showed NATO they were the best.
I liked our soldiers, from all parts of the land, from cities of upper Canada, small towns of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. They came from the mountains and from the prairies from all walks of life. I trusted and depended on them as they trusted and depended on me for professional competence, for comradeship, for strength and courage. In a word we were “soldiers”, then, and forever. I liked the surge in my heart when word was passed that a unit was deploying, and I loved the infectious thrill of riding homeward in convoy waving at the cars we passed and at pedestrians who I was sure looked at us with envy as we rolled through their villages on our way back to Base. I loved waving from the back of a truck at the kids in cars that would trail us for a while before finally passing.
The work was hard and dangerous; the going rough at times; and the parting from family painful, but the companionship of robust army laughter, the “all for one and one for all” philosophy of the military was ever present. I once enjoyed the best 2 hours sleep in my life laying on the ground at a rest halt while doing a patrol. The weather was overcast but warm and a slight drizzle did not deter my snoring, which could be heard 4 men down the line. Another 4 or 5 hours would have been nice, but there was work to be done.
I liked the fierce and dangerous activity of the Infantry Rifle Coy as we began an advance to contact. I liked doing the recce for a harbour where I had to hide up to 40 pieces of wheeled and tracked equipment from the enemy.  I hated having to run ahead of our vehicles in complete darkness and trying to be quiet as the drivers and co-drivers tried to back vehicles and trailers into a black hole as quickly as possible so others in line could pass and find me and also be  properly positioned and put away. One could hear cursing and unmeant bitching as crews stumbled in the dark to erect cam nets and digging in for protection from an enemy attack, we cut and poked branches holding up the nets to break the vehicle outline so as not to be recognised. The lucky ones had a relatively small vehicle, others, a two and a half or a 5 ton to cover that even in day light would take an hour or more. At night it was dangerous, demanding and extremely hard work. In the rain or freezing snow this necessary chore was brutal.
Watching my fellow soldiers as they took down the cam nets, loaded fuel, ammunition and rations for yet another long day, feeling truly exhausted and knowing it was going to get a lot worse before it got better, actually added value to the experience. We were soldiers and this is what it was like.
I loved the name and the history of my Regiments;
“The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada”
“The Royal Canadian Regiment”
“The Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers”
“The Royal Canadian Engineers”.
“The Queen’s Own Rifles”.
“The ‘Royals’- The Royal Regiment of Canada”.

I loved the parades, the colours on parade and the guidon presentation, the march past, the roll past, the advance in review order and the sound of my hand slapping the stock of my rifle during the Present Arms. I could feel the National Anthem inside me while the band played it. Some liked “The Queen” or “O Canada”. I loved “The Maple Leaf Forever”.
I loved walking through our position in complete darkness checking the welfare of my men and NCO’s and ensuring them that they were not alone, as we stood in our trench at first light, on stand to. I liked the weight of my steel helmet on my head and the embrace of my webbing. It made you feel like superman though in your heart you surely knew you were not. I loved the weight of my rifle or pistol and knowing I could outshoot a lot of my men. It was an ongoing competition during range practice to out do your friends as well as your superiors. There was pride in self and country; and growing mastery of the soldier’s trade. An adolescent could find adulthood. A man could find fulfilment and an old man finds great joy. I will never forget that I was once a soldier. There is no higher calling. I would do it again in a heart beat. I liked the traditions of the Army and those who made them.

I was a soldier once………….

Update from the CO LT C. F. (Frank) May RRCACC 3045 Arctic Bay, Nunavut

I recently reached out to the RRCACC 3045 Arctic Bay, Nunavut CO LT C.F. (Frank) May.

After a few exchanges of emails he advised us of the organization, some kit shortages which we’ll help coordinate and ensure that they’re properly outfitted and marksmanship results.

They don’t have a website but they can be found on Facebook.

I just joined there Facebook group and saw this post on Mon April 21 2014.

Wednesday, 23 April, 2014 will be the Annual Cadet Review for 3045 RRCACC. All Cadets should be at Qaggvik Hall by 1800 hrs. You should be in uniform at that time. This year we are very pleased to have the Hon. Eva Aariak as our Reviewing Officer. Parents and other members of the community should arrive by 1900 hrs. We will be giving out some awards, promotions and badges. Please come out and support your Cadets. They have worked very hard during this training year and your support will be appreciated. Coffee and tea will be served.

Here’s some brief information from the CO LT C.F. (Frank) May RRCACC Arctic Bay, Nunavut’s report:

We are a Cadet Corps of about 20 Cadets operating in Arctic Bay, Nunavut.  That makes us
Canada’s northernmost Cadet Corps.

Also, just to report that our Marksmanship Team recently competed against teams from across the 3 Territories with the following results:

Open Prone Bronze went to MCpl Carlton Allurut-Reid

Junior Prone Bronze went to Cdt Colin Tilley

Junior Prone Gold went to LCpl Jessie Olayuk

Three of our team members competed in the National Level IV competition but we have not heard the results yet.

C. F. (Frank) May
Lt
CO
3045 RRCACC, Arctic Bay

 

 

Scholarships to be Awarded

Depending on the number of donations, most, or all of the following Scholarships will be available for presentation to Students in the Regiment & the Cadet Corps. This program started more than ten years ago with just one Scholarship sponsored in memory of Maj The Rev Homfray Clifford,  by Nancy-Helen Clifford.  Now there are more than forty! Continue reading