Wrapped Up In Books

Becoming an RCMP [Canadiana epitomized]
May 4, 2009, 10:44 am
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I got an update this morning from a friend, T, who is in his first week of training to become an RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officer. He had quite the process in getting there; it took a year to process his application, and there are something like six different screenings to pass. His case is seriously special because the recruiting person quit, misfiled his application, then he had to retest for his physical fitness and a bunch of other stuff. However, he’s in Regina now and just thrilled to be there.

As far as getting into shape goes, they seem to seriously endorse physical activity. The only thing that T mentioned having covered thus far is the PARE (physical ability requirement evaluation) test, which puts your endurance, agility, and all-around fitness to the grindstone. You can read more about it here.

Also, he mentioned that apparently the ‘red serge’, which is the red coats the RCMP officers wear, are the most recognised symbol in the world, second only to Coca-Cola – interesting (Go Canada)!

After a year’s wait, you can imagine the sheer euphoria of being told you’re going to finally become an RCMP officer. To say I’m proud really doesn’t begin to cover how glad I am for him; everyone who knows him loves him. The only hindrance I think he’ll have to work past is not letting the nice guy shine through. To teach him to be mean will probably be the hardest lesson he’ll have this year. But I know he can do it.


Photo credit to flickr.

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