The Sea Cadet, No. 8, Vol. 2, April 1945

VOL. 2 NO. 8 APRIL 1945 THE SEA CADET OFFICIAL ORGAN O F THESE A CADET CORPS PRICE 6 d Published Monthly EDITORIAL OFFICES, cc THE SEA CADET,” GRAND BUILDINGS, TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON WC2 About Ourselves A book has just been published which is all about ourselves. It has been specially written for the guid­ance of committees, officers and senior members of the Sea Cadet Corps, and is entitled “Ship’s Company." It is outpointed in the foreword that a good ship’s com­pany provides the finest example of teamwork that the world has to offer. It is something far wider and far greater than the teamwork manifest in games and sports. The ship’s company is a team both in w'ork and in play. We are accustomed to speak of “the ship of State,” and in doing so we should remember that the vessel in question needs a good ship’s company if it is to abe good ship. A good seaman who has been a member of a good ship’s com­pany has acquired all the essential qualities of a good citizen. Herein lies the prime value of the Sea Cadet Corps. In the opening section, full particulars are given of the aims and policy of the Sea Cadet movement, with something about its history, general organization and responsibilities. Three simple plans of typical Sea Cadet headquarters com­plete this portion of the book. Part II is concerned with the appointment and duties of officers and with unit training, including notes on uniform, drill and equipment. Here is a quotation which should be kept in mind by all who have the welfare of the Sea Cadet Corps at heart: “It is one of the most vital factors in a boy’ straining that he should from the beginning appre­ciate that he person­ally has something to contribute to the unit and must con­tribute it. It is not only the contribu­tion of any particu­lar aptitude or qual­ity which he may possess, but the need to remember that whenever he is by himself in uniform he is in fact the per­sonal walking repre­sentative of his unit, and that everyone who sees him will judge his unit by him.” This is unquestion­ably true, for who has not unconsciously formed his judgment of some organiza­tion or other by observing the behaviour of its members? Amongst the seventy illustrations will be found the marks of rank worn on the uniforms of officers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines as well as seventy-two of the principal badges worn by naval ratings. A couple of pages are devoted to life and prospects in various branches of the Merchant Navy, which a certain proportion of Sea Cadets are likely to join. In the third section clubs, sports and games are dealt therewith are also hints on hygiene and first aid. It is essential that as far as possible cadets should run their own clubs. A club is a business, and must be run on business lines. So far as can be managed, it must be self-supporting, which means that its members must pay for it. Where units do not already ask for a subscription they should do so. No boy should be allowed to feel that he can get what he wants without any personal sacrifice or effort of his own. Concise and inexpensive (copies can be obtained from Headquarters at 37-41 Gracechurch Street, E.C.3, at Is. each), this little book should prove an invaluable guide to those for whom it is intended. Not only does it tell every­body all about ourselves, but it brings home the fact that the object of Sea Cadet training is to develop self-confidence and self-discipline, combined with a fit and healthy body, an alert and nimble mind and an appreciation of the value of knowledge. II.M .S. "Implacable ”being towed down the Clyde from the shipyard 225
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