Royal Military College of Canada: Maclean's Profile

Royal Military College of Canada

Royal Military College of Canada | Kingston, Ont. | Founded 1876


Royal Military College of Canada, sailing Club action in Navy Bay and Lake Ontario. Oct 19 2016, Kingston, Ontario. (Steven McQuaid/RMC)

RMC trains officer cadets for all branches of the military. In the summer before school starts, first-year cadets start their basic military occupational qualification training—which includes drills, first aid and field training—followed in September by an orientation program that culminates in a challenging two-hour-long, team-based obstacle course. The campus is set on a 41-hectare peninsula on the shores of Lake Ontario just east of downtown Kingston, Ont., and features limestone buildings and a giant parade square dating back to 1876. Students are required to complete a core curriculum of courses in the arts, science and military studies. As members of the Canadian Armed Forces, officer cadets also take part in up to 11 weeks of military training in the summers at locations across Canada, where some participate in military exercises, including weapons training and leadership training. Tuition and books are covered by the government, and officer cadets are paid an annual salary of approximately $18,000, which, after covering room and board and some other costs, still leaves about $500 of spending money each month. But the funding isn’t for nothing. After graduation, officer cadets must serve up to five years as commissioned officers in the Canadian Armed Forces. Says Brig.-Gen. Sébastien Bouchard, RMC’s commandant: “Officer cadets benefit from taking on leadership roles and receiving mentorship from our experienced senior leaders, which enables [them] to move forward in their careers after graduation.”

READ: An insider look at Canada’s military school

Standout Programs
• Engineering: A popular offering available in six disciplines—chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical and aeronautical.
• Military and Strategic Studies: This multidisciplinary program explores the diplomatic, social, cultural, political, military, psychological and historical dimensions of human conflict both past and present.
Space Science: Under the umbrella of the physics department, space-science students study surveillance, satellite tracking and mission design.

Cool Courses
Terrorism and Political Violence: Learn about the causes, key players and strategies of terror and political violence, focusing on governments’ policy and strategic responses to them.
Spacecraft Mission Analysis and Design: Student teams design a spacecraft for a proposed space mission, covering orbital mechanics and propulsion, and spacecraft subsystems—power, thermal, communications, altitude, risk management and reliability.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Number of students Residence spaces
75% (Acceptance criteria are also based on suitability to become an officer) Tuition for students enrolled in ROTP is paid by the Department of National Defence Undergraduates: 1,897
Graduates: 558
Residence space provided for all ROTP students

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