CAF Story: It’s the end of the beginning for Officer Cadet Pathinather at RMC!

Video / August 5, 2016


I’m also worried that I’m gonna get somewhere and I’m gonna have no idea what I’m actually doing and people are going to realize that. I also know that in our training we do learn a lot and they don’t just let anyone pass. My name is Officer Cadet Pathinather. I’m a fourth year student at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Well this week we have a lot going on at RMC, all the fourth year cadets are moving on after receiving our degrees as well as the Commissioning Parade. We also have the Sunset Ceremony. I have no military background in my family, I wasn’t in cadets, my family has no military experience, so I had no idea what to expect when I got here.

But RMC has been everything, it’s taught me a lot. I have friendships that will last me a lifetime. I have experiences that even if I left the military today, I could not have received anywhere else. And I can honestly tell you that, I couldn’t imagine myself going to university anywhere else.

I knew I always wanted to be in the military, I always wanted to be in the Army.  And it was just something I always wanted to do. And I never really mentioned it to anyone. And I got to high school, and I just kept on just seeing it in the back of my mind. And I knew I wanted to get a university education. RMC is not at all a typical university, there’s a lot going on here that’s very different. At RMC we have four pillars, four components that…we need to succeed in all these components, and that’s not just academics. We have physical fitness, bilingualism, as well as military leadership. This is in addition to what we’re actually doing in terms of our daily academic classes, which as an engineering student I found very demanding. I came here…and I knew I wanted to get my engineering degree and I came into first year and it wasn’t the easiest go at first. But I learned here that at RMC, it’s a team environment for sure. We work together; we help each other out no matter what. The professors are there for you day and night. It’s common for people to have no military background. You really have no idea what you’re getting into…but the military and RMC, it’s a great organization.

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