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The Recruit, illustrates the beginnings within a new career. Where we look to the oldermembers for guidance and support, as we begin our new adventure towards a greenerpath.With any new career we are filled with excitement and awe at the path we are startingon. Whether it is literal or symbolic the new recruit will walk on a different surface, thanthose that have been there before them. This difference in path is illustrated with thegreen earth that the younger bison is walking on. The older bison is no longer on thegreen path, as it has begun to move off of the wonder and on to experience. This is alsorooted in tradition with the new recruits at the training academy. The recruit is onlypermitted to walk on the sidewalks of the academy after they have attained a certainlevel of marching experience, that is put to the test at the drill hall. Once they leave theacademy the recruit will work under the guidance and support of a senior memberthrough their field training, until they are ready to “step off” on their own. The twobison help to tell this story by the older bison standing behind the younger one, as if tosay, I have your back.With every new beginning we will have times where we are unsure of ourselves. If wecould only look ahead of path we have begun, we might see that our shadows will castdifferent than we expected them to. This is where we are going and what we will be, itwill be our success. To the rest of society, we will see the member for what they standfor; for how they handle themselves in public; for how they create a safer place for us.This piece is framed in oak, as it is believed that oak wood is the symbol of strength,courage, integrity. The RCMP stand up to protect the people and their communities,and they stand up against those that do not believe in law and justice. The frame choiceis in a circle type formation as to show that with all things there are no beginnings orends with protection, beliefs, healing, etc; as the cycle continues with your self or withothers following in the path you left.
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