A Day in the Life of an RCMP Cadet
It was a little before 5:30 am when I woke to begin my day in RCMP Boot Camp. My first thought was - I NEED coffee! My second thought was - what on earth have I signed up for? First things first, I needed to get some food into my stomach. I’m happy to report that our RCMP Cadets are definitely well fed and thank goodness I ate what I did because I needed the fuel. Right after breakfast we were off to marching lessons and then had a date with the fitness staff.
I like to think that I lead a fairly active lifestyle, but that active lifestyle doesn’t happen to include the gym. We hadn’t even tried out the Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation (PARE) and my legs already felt like jelly. Pretty sure if I was actually in training, not only would I not meet requirements, but my superiors would likely yell something like “Cadet Cunningham gimme ten!”, yikes!
Next it was onto some classroom time - here we worked on our interview skills and learnt more about the RCMP core values (honesty, integrity, professionalism, compassion, accountability and respect). We also had the chance to use our new marching skills in the Sergeant Majors Parade, learn how to shoot a gun in the Firearms Training Unit and yes, drive a cop car (well…to do simulated driving).
They took it easy on us at boot camp. We only saw a small part of what it takes to be an RCMP Cadet, but at the end of the day I walked away from the academy with a new respect for the RCMP. It’s a grueling process to get accepted into the academy and once you’re there some real character and determination to make it through to graduation.