Royal Military College of Canada

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© Department of National Defence

Motto:Truth, Duty, Valour!
Founded 1876
School type Public
Chancellor Minister of National Defence
(currently Bill Graham)
Principal John Scott Cowan, B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD (
Location Kingston, Ontario
Enrolment 1250 (approx.) full-time
Campus surroundings Waterfront
Sports teams Paladin

The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), located in Kingston, Ontario, is the military academy of the Canadian Forces.

RMC was established by an act of the Canadian Parliament in 1874 "for the purpose of providing a complete education in all branches of military tactics, fortification, engineering, and general scientific knowledge in subjects connected with and necessary to thorough knowledge of the military profession." On June 1, 1876, the Military College of Canada opened its doors to the first class of eighteen cadets. The names of these "Old Eighteen" are memorized by all cadets today. In 1878, Queen Victoria, granted the college the right to use the prefix "Royal." The college motto is "Truth, Duty, Valour".

Following World War II, the Canadian Military Colleges Circle (CMC) was formed with RMC, Le Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR) and the Royal Roads Military College (RRMC). CMC was established to train officers of the three services of the Canadian Forces. In 1995, following the end of the Cold War, the Department of National Defence closed CMR and RRMC. CMR is now part of ASU Saint-Jean and the government of British Columbia rents installations of RRMC from DND to run Royal Roads University.

The province of Ontario granted a university charter to RMC by passing "The Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act" in 1959 enabling RMC to offer degrees in Arts, Science, and Engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Today, courses are offered both on site and by distance learning in both official languages: English and French. There are approximately 1000 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students on campus. The Division of Continuing Studies, formed in 1996, now serves more than 3,000 additional students around the World. It offers more than 100 distance learning courses, many of them web-enabled. In addition to traditional university education, the Division of Continuing Studies also delivers the Officer Professional Military Education (OPME) programme to members of the Canadian Forces.

RMC is located on Point Frederick, a small peninsula at the point where the St. Lawrence River leaves Lake Ontario. The location has been an active military base since 1789 and was an important naval base during the War of 1812.

The school is represented in Canadian Interuniversity Sport by the RMC Paladins.

The Old Eighteen

The Old Eighteen

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  1. A.G.G. Wurtele
  2. H.C. Freer
  3. H.E. Wise
  4. W.M. Davis
  5. T.L. Reed
  6. S.J.A. Denison
  7. L.H. Irving
  8. F. Davis
  9. C.A. DesBrisay
  10. V.S. Rivers
  11. J. Spelman
  12. C.O. Fairbank
  13. A.B. Perry
  14. J.B. Cochrane
  15. F.J. Dixon
  16. G.E. Perley
  17. H.W. Keefer
  18. D. MacPherson

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