Auditor General reviews training at Royal Military College: costly!

November 21, 2017. The Auditor General published its  2017 annual fall reportl  in which he flags serious problems with the Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston as well as the behavior of some of  its senior cadets. The AG says it costs twice as much to educate RMC cadets as it would to send them to a civilian university, without any noticeable benefit.

The AG key findings are:

1.    Cost per RMC student is significantly higher that other universities and other officer entry plans

RMC could not demonstrate that it produced officers at a reasonable cost. For most of their careers, there was no significant difference in career progression between graduates of the RMC  and officers who entered the military through other entry plans. RMC emphasized academic education over military training, and the academic environment did not consistently support military training objectives. s



2.  It costs twice as much to train a RMC cadet than other officer entry plans

The AG found that the operating cost per student to provide education at RMC  was about twice as much as at other universities. The cost of educating and preparing Officer Cadets at the RMC was  almost twice as high as using other officer entry plans.


3.  Inadequate leadership training

RMC did not provide Officer Cadets with adequate training in leadership and in the proper conduct expected of future officers. While RMC took action when incidents were reported, the AG found that the number of misconduct incidents that involved senior Officer Cadets showed that the RMC had not prepared them to serve as role models for their peers.

  • BOIs. National Defence convened two Boards of Inquiry to make findings and recommendations on the suspected suicides of four Officer Cadets in 2015 and 2016. One BOI completed in December 2015 recommended that RMC review its standard operating procedure on suicide prevention. RMC updated the procedure in April 2017, but it had not yet been fully implemented.
  • MPs. Military police services completed 138 investigations involving Officer Cadets between September 2013 and December 2016 in response to incidents that occurred in this time period. 35 of completed investigations involved serious military misconduct as the principal incident. These serious military misconducts included sexual or physical assault, alcohol and drug misuse, break and enter, harassment, theft, absence without leave, and conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline.

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