Canadian Ranger Leadership Course - Video

Video / May 2, 2017 / Project number: 16-0141-01


(Music starts – soft tune)

(Fade in to scene of a Canadian Ranger briefing a group of other Canadian Rangers on a soccer field.)

Instructor : Rely on your people that are search technicians qualified to draw information from them.

(Cut to shot of Canadian Rangers flipping through their notes.)

(Cut to close up of Lieutenant-Colonel Bruno Plourde indoors.)

Lieutenant-Colonel Bruno Plourde, 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group Commanding Officer : The Canadian Rangers Patrol Leader Course was created to establish a national standard governing the operations and training of the Canadian Rangers in support of operations.

(Music stops.)

(Cut to scene of a Canadian Ranger searching a wooded area.)

Canadian Ranger (male) : Take your time.  If at any point we need to stop, you give the order to stop. We are looking for something small.

(Cut to shot of Canadian Rangers spread out in a line through the forest looking at the ground.)

Lieutenant-Colonel Bruno Plourde : The primary goals of the course were to expose future or current leaders of Ranger patrols to concepts of leadership, structuring your work and tasks, and accomplishing missions relevant to the Rangers’ environment.

(Canadian Rangers continue to search through the forest. They form a cluster and look on the ground.)

(Cut to close-up of Captain Christopher Leone standing on the edge of the woods looking out over an open field where Canadian Rangers are gathered.)

Captain Christopher Leone, Course Officer : We have been giving them tasks to teach them the orders process, and give them a logical sequence and a structure to when they have to give tasks to their subordinates.

(Cut to scene of Canadian Rangers gathered on the field in a circle surrounding an instructor. They are flipping through their notebooks listening to him.)

Instructor (male) : In the approaches at the approach angle, we’ve already discussed that when we put the two-metre tall person the required distance.

(Cut to close up of Corporal Christopher Cassia standing on the field in front of a tree)

Corporal Christopher Cassia, 1st Canadian Rangers Patrol Group – The Carcross Patrol, Yukon Territory : Throughout the course, I have been learning how to be a more effective leader, to delegate, to write all kinds of different reports, how to coach and mentor my Rangers better. . .  

(Cut back to scene of Canadian Rangers gathered on the field around an instructor. The instructor stands up and begins to direct the group.)

Instructor (male) : Okay Chris, I’m going to get you to walk, say, 20 paces.

(A Canadian Ranger walks out of the group and the instructor shows him where to go using hand signals.)

Corporal Christopher Cassia (Voiceover)  . . . to more effectively run the patrol on the back end, so that the guys in the field can really maximize what they’re doing.

(Cut to scene of four Canadian Rangers gathered around a map on a desk. They point as they speak.)

Canadian Ranger (male) : That’s the firing point, target point, and that’s the clearing.

(Scene zooms out to show groups of Canadian Rangers working in a classroom.)

(Cut to close up of Sergeant Vivian McDonald standing outside in front of a tree.)

Sergeant Vivian McDonald, 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group – The Grande Cache Patrol, Alberta : It’s given me more confidence, because the training that I have received so far hasn’t been this formal or as detailed. So, the training that I have gotten in the last four days so far, has kind of confirmed what I already know. So it’s telling me that I have been doing the right things, but now I know I’m doing the right things.

(Cut to scene of Canadian Rangers gathered around a map in a classroom. The scene zooms out to show multiple groups of Canadian Rangers working.)

Canadian Ranger (female) : What does it say on the map?

Canadian Ranger (male) : It’s not listed.

Canadian Ranger (female) : It’s not listed?

Sergeant Vivian McDonald (Voiceover) : It’s just aligning all the training with all the Canadian Ranger Patrol Groups across Canada and I think that is a good thing. Once you get people on the same page and they are speaking the same language, it eliminates the confusion, it saves time. You achieve a higher level of efficiency.

(Cut to scene of Canadian Rangers sitting on the grass in a field. They are circled around an instructor who is standing and giving direction.)

Canadian Ranger (male) : We got a little problem. We’ve got an airplane coming in for resupply. We need to build an airstrip.

(Cut to close up of Master Corporal Bond Ryan standing in front of camp barracks.)

Master Corporal Bond Ryan, 5th Canadian Rangers Patrol Group – The Springdale Patrol, Newfoundland and Labrador : It has given me the tools that I can take back to develop and learn to take other people’s skills and move it around the patrol.

(Cut to scene of Canadian Rangers sitting on the ground listening to an instructor.)

Canadian Ranger (male) : Team one, will be Anna and April.  They are going to do the corner markers and do the GPS locations for those four corner markers.

(Cut to shot of two Canadian Rangers looking at a notebook. They are standing with other Rangers on a field.)

Canadian Ranger (male) : What do you have now for your bearing?

(Cut to scene of a female Canadian Ranger carrying rucksacks across the field. She stands in front of other Canadian Rangers who assess her position.)

Master Corporal Bond Ryan (Voiceover) : It’s not that I need to know how to be a mechanic, but I know how to get a mechanic to do some work for me, or to show somebody else how to do the work. There are Rangers there that have been there for years and years before me. They’ve got good skills and to be able to pick those skills out and give it to the new Rangers is wonderful.

(Cut to scene of a Canadian Ranger learning how to use a compass from another Ranger.)

Canadian Ranger (male) : That’s good there? Okay, perfect.

Canadian Ranger (female) : Good.

(Music begins again – soft tones.)

(Cut to scene of an instructor kneeling in front of a gathered group of Canadian Rangers. Instructor picks up his rifle, gets up and stands to attention.)

Instructor (male) : Take up arms by number Squad Two!  Two! Too easy, right?  Oh ya!

(Cut to scene of Canadian Rangers as they listen and stand to attention. Scene zooms out to show the Canadian Rangers standing in a straight line at attention on the pavement in front of their barracks.)

Master Corporal Bond Ryan (Voiceover) : Moving forward I think this course should keep on going.  It’s going to unite our whole system into one unit, which is going to be massive and wonderful, I think.

(Music ends.)

(Fade to black with Canadian Army tagline “Strong. Proud. Ready.” in the centre of the screen.  The Canadian Army visual identifier is in the bottom right corner.)



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