As tons of of first-yr Royal Military College (RMC) cadets have been put by a vigorous 12-station impediment course on Friday, maybe the College’s most recognizable graduate was readily available taking all of it in.
“That first month is such a departure from what your life used to be,” Canadian Astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield mentioned. “Today, the recruit obstacle course becomes, sort of the symbolic graduation of that time. It makes me laugh, it makes me smile.”
Col. Hadfield is in Kingston for RMC’s annual reunion weekend, the place he graduated from some 35 years in the past.
“The young officers of the military. I’m here to talk to them, learn a little bit from them,” Hadfield mentioned. “But also let them ask me about the things I’ve had the chance to do in my life.”
One of these folks was second-yr cadet, Bradley Ryslki, who described an impromptu assembly with Hadfield as ‘a dream come true’.
“I told him that I aspire to be what he did. I want to be an astronaut like he did,” Rylski mentioned. “I’m following the path he took as well, I’m doing mechanical engineering. Hopefully, that happens. It would be a dream come true.”
RMC Reunion weekend continues wraps up on Sunday, with the badging parade on Saturday and the ceremonial march by the Arch on Sunday. Something Cadets received’t do once more till they graduate in 2021.
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