The Sea Cadet, No. 1, Vol. 3, September 1945

Flying at naval air stations was as popular as ever general seamanship was given avery real application and the gunnery enthusiasts were throughput their paces by R.N. instructors. Sports gear was in better supply this year and this important side of training camp life received popular support. Perhaps the most valuable factor of Sea Cadet training camps is the fact that not only do the cadets meet the Royal Navy but the Royal Navy meets the cadets, very often for the first time. Lasting impressions are made, and, although we slipped upon certain occasions, there is no doubt that the Royal Navy welcomed and accepted the Sea Cadet Corps as keen, enthusiastic, hard-working recruits for the Service. The holiday spirit— again at Dover! In fact, the men of one destroyer were so impressed by the seamanlike beha­ viour of the cadets at sea that they sent £10 from the ship’s canteen fund to be spent in camp to provide prizes.' Ex-Sea Cadets serving in many of His Majesty’s Ships gave the visiting cadets a particular welcome yarns were swopped and many small items of equipment, such as sailors’ knives and belts, were obtained as souvenirs. It must be confessed that grouses were plentiful. The holiday spirit was very much in evidence at certain camps, and there was a disinclination to settle down to periods of serious training and a tendency to expect impracticable re­laxations. After five years of war-time conditions, this was very understand­able and need not betaken too seriously. The pessimistic may regard such “kicking over the traces ”as a regret­table sign of the times, the more thoughtful among us—officers, commit­tees and cadets alike—will guide this impetuosity and divert this natural de­sire for relaxation into useful channels. The world is not going to bean easy place to live in, and the Sea Cadets will set an example to the youth of the nation by pulling their weight in the difficult times ahead. —and practice at splicing— also at Crail 3
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