Canada – Four cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada lose their lives on campus

Four 4th-Year cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada travelling in a single vehicle lost their lives when their car entered the waters on campus at Point Frederick on Friday April 29, 2022 at approximately 2 a.m. ET.

April 29, 2022 – Kingston – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Four 4th-Year cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada travelling in a single vehicle lost their lives when their car entered the waters on campus at Point Frederick on Friday April 29, 2022 at approximately 2 a.m. ET.

The members who lost their lives are:

Officer Cadet Jack Hogarth
Officer Cadet Andrei Honciu
Officer Cadet Broden Murphy
Officer Cadet Andrés Salek

RMC’s first priority is to ensure our students, staff, faculty, and families are cared for and supported. This loss is felt across the RMC community and we extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of our fallen cadets during this difficult time.

If anyone is struggling with this tragic incident, they are encouraged to reach out for support or available services at RMC and CFB Kingston.

An investigation into this incident by Canadian Forces National Investigation Service is ongoing. No further information about the incident will be provided until the investigation is complete.

“I am heartbroken that four officer cadets lost their lives far too soon at RMC Kingston this morning. I offer my deepest condolences to their families, classmates and loved ones as they grieve such a profound loss, which is felt across our Canadian Armed Forces and country.”

The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence

“I am devastated by today’s loss of four of our nation’s young leaders. My heart breaks for their families, friends, and all those touched by this deep loss, during this most difficult time. The entire Canadian Armed Forces family grieves with their loved ones and will support them in any way that they need during the challenging and emotional days ahead.”

General Wayne Eyre, Chief of the Defence Staff

“Today, we lost four promising young officers, who were just a few weeks away from convocation and commissioning in the Canadian Armed Forces. I offer my heartfelt condolences to their family, friends and colleagues and mourn their tragic loss.”

Major-General Lise Bourgon, Acting Commander Military Personnel Command

“The entire RMC Community is devastated by the tragic loss of four officer cadets earlier today. The Principal of RMC and I extend our deepest condolences to their loved ones, and we stand to support all our Naval and Officer Cadets, their families and friends, and our personnel, as we go through this difficult time together.”

Commodore Josée Kurtz, Commandant RMC

Department of National Defence

Media Relations Office

Phone: 613-904-3333

Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca

425 GENTLEMEN CADETS PASS OUT FROM INDIAN MILITARY ACADEMY ON 12 JUNE 2021

425 Gentlemen Cadets of 148 Regular Course and 131 Technical Graduate Course, including 84 Gentlemen Cadets from nine friendly foreign countries passed out from the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, observing strict protocols of COVID-19. The Gentlemen Cadets displayed inspiring enthusiasm and zeal, and put up an excellent parade which was reviewed by Lt Gen RP Singh, General Officer Commanding in Chief of Western Command.

The Western Army Commander complimented the Instructors and Gentlemen Cadets for the excellent parade, immaculate turnout as well as the crisp, synergised drill movements indicating high standards of training and discipline imbibed by the young leaders. The Army Commander complimented and thanked the parents of the passing out course who had motivated their wards for having chosen such a noble profession to serve the Nation.

The entire ceremony was conducted with due COVID precautions, including wearing of masks, gloves and drill formations adapted to maintain requisite distance between files and columns while executing the drill movements over the Drill Square against the impressive backdrop of Chetwode building.

The ‘Pipping Ceremony’, which is traditionally done by the parents of the Gentlemen Cadets, was this time carried out by the staff and instructors while observing strict social distancing and personal protection protocols.

The Reviewing Officer presented the following awards:-

  •  The coveted Sword of Honour was awarded to Battalion Under Officer Mukesh Kumar.
  •  Gold Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit was awarded to Academy Under Officer Deepak Singh.
  •  Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Second in the Order of Merit was awarded to Battalion Under Officer Mukesh Kumar.
  •  Bronze Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Third in the Order of Merit was awarded to Academy Cadet Adjutant Loveneet Singh.
  •  Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Technical Graduate Course was awarded to Junior Under Officer Daksh Kumar Pant.
  •  Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Foreign GCs was presented to Junior Under Officer Kinley Norbu.
  •  Chief of Army Staff Banner for standing Overall First amongst 16 Companies for the Spring Term 2021was awarded to Dograi Coy.

While being conducted in a scaled down format on account of prevailing COVID conditions, the Passing Out Parade retained its ceremonial grandeur. The Parade was earlier preceded by a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the Academy War Memorial in which the Academy remembered its 889 Bravehearts who made the supreme sacrifice in service of the Nation through the years. All trainees committed themselves to follow the same path of bravery and selfless courage. 

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