Growing concerns about reports regarding sexual misconduct, infrastructure problems, stress amongst college staff and Officer Cadets as well as an increase in the number of suicide has led the Vice-Chief of the Defense Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Norman, to deploy a Special Staff Assistance Visit (SSAV) to the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC).
This multi-disciplinary team of eight persons is responsible to assess all aspects of the learning environment, culture and program-construct of the RMCC and its superior headquarters, the Canadian Defence Academy. As one of the highest echelons’ tools used by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to obtain a full picture of the state of a unit, without prejudice, it can interview any individual and examine any document owned by the unit under review.
“By enrolling in the Royal Military College of Canada, Officer Cadets have chosen to pursue a calling, and have joined a highly respected and valued national institution. They have entrusted us with their futures, and we have a responsibility to provide them with the best possible training environment,” explained Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, to justify the visit of the SSAV.
The SSAV is already hard at work, holding town halls with Officer Cadets and the staff of the College. They will pursue such work in the coming weeks and publish a report with its findings by the end of the year.
The RMCC is responsible for preparing the future leaders of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Graduates have pursued successful careers are distinguished officers. The CAF wants to ensure the healthiest environment possible to its future leaders so to give them a solid ground, both academically and militarily.