The Regimental Catechism is a series of questions and answers which are expected to be memorized by new recruits. At any time during training, a member of the staff may ask one of these questions to a trainee. If the proper response is not known, fatigues may be given. Fatigues include things such as being chosen for guard duty, cleaning pots or other minor duties. A physical activity may also be assigned, such as push-ups. In this case, the staff member who assigns the exercise will do them as well. This is to help prevent seeing exercise as a punishment, but rather as an extra element of training.
The following questions are a selection from the Catechism. The questions are selected to ensure the solider knows some of the more important traditions and accomplishments of the unit.
1) Where is
the headquarters of the first battalion?
Where is the headquarters of the second battalion?
Who is the present Colonel-in-Chief?
What are the two Regiments allied to the Royal Newfoundland
What was the first Regular unit recruited in Newfoundland?
What is the Regimental drink?
7) What is the
date of the proclamation which we take as the birthday of the
What is the Regimental toast?
Who invented the first gas mask?
How many persons answered the roll call after the battle of
For which battle was the unit re-instated with the title
“Royal” in World War I?
Who won the only Victory Cross awarded to the Regiment, the
What is the Regimental Quick March?
What is the Regimental Slow March?
Name the officer who captured the American Fort Prairie du
What is the battle honour flown by the Regiment which no
Which city, formerly known as York, has a monument to the
What were the two nicknames of the first contingent of the
Regiment in World War I?
Why did the Regiment have field pieces for a time, the only
What is the unofficial motto of the Regiment?
Source: Crowther, Dr. David Facey (editor). Better Than the Best: The Royal Newfoundland Regiment, 1795 – 1995.