Commodore Josee Kurtz may be bringing an outsider’s perspective as the first woman to command the Royal Military College of Canada, but she says she has no immediate plans for radical changes to the institution.
Kurtz was formally sworn into her new role last week, becoming both the first woman to lead the 145-year-old RMC and one of the few commandants who did not study at the collegealso about 100 per million. Bu, which is responsible for producing the majority of the military’s officers.
Her arrival coincides with the Canadian Armed Forces’ latest reckoning with sexual misconduct in the ranksOutdoor gatherings, notably its handling of allegations that some top officers engaged in inappropriate — and in some cases criminal — behaviour.
Many of those officers are RMC gradsbut to include vaccinatin, which has prompted fresh questions about the role the college has played in contributing to what numerous experts and reviews have described as a highly sexualized culture in which leaders protect each other.