The Sea Cadet, No. 10, Vol. 2, June 1945

The Sea Cadet Corps What of the Future ?(*)By H.T. BISHOP (General Secretary oe the Navy League) of the Royal Navy, than in any other Let m e say at oncc that the Navy League is resolved to continue in every way possible to maintain and support the Sea Cadet Corps in the future as it has in the past. For the Corps is no new organiza­tion created to meet a war emergency. Its origins go avery long way back, but it did not become a national movement until the Navy League took an interest and founded the first Navy League Sea Cadet Corps at Windsor in 1900. Since then all the old independent units have become affiliated to the Navy League, and the Corps has grown steadily both in this country and in the Dominions until it has become as fine and as im­portant a voluntary organization as exists in the Empire. Besides the 420 units in the United Kingdom there are now strong bodies of Sea Cadets in Canada, South Africa and Rhodesia, Australia and New Zealand, all spon­sored by the Navy League, and it is one of our great hopes for the future that we maybe able to strengthen the ties between the Dominions and the Mother Country by organizing a regu­lar interchange of visits between these overseas Sea Cadets and ourselves. The war presented a great challenge to the Sea Cadet Corps and with the help of the Admiralty, who since the beginning of 1942 have given ever-in­ creasing assistance, that challenge was splendidly answered. The grand service given by those who have left the Corps and entered the Sea Services, as well as the enthusiasm and efficiency of you who are still serving have won for us avery high place in the esteem of the Admiralty, the Ministry of War Trans­port and the general public, and have set avery high standard for those who will follow you. And that standard must be main­tained. Because with peace will come anew challenge, anew opportunity of service, different but no less impera­tive than the challenge of war. Think of the tremendous jobs that have to be done in rebuilding the over­seas trade on which our own lives and prosperity depend in bringing help to the countries in Europe and the Far East devastated by the war, and in building up anew world in which men of goodwill may live safely and at peace together. These jobs will call for exactly the same qualities that have won the war —moral courage, initiative, self-reli­ ance, self-discipline and self-sacrifice. And remember that these jobs will have to be done largely by you and fellows of your age. And we in the Navy League believe that these qualities can be developed better in the Sea Cadet Corps, with its training and discipline based on those form of voluntary youth organization. That is why we are determined that the Sea Cadet Corps shall goon. No doubt many of you will eventu­ally make your careers at sea. On the other hand, many Sea Cadets of the future will pass on into shops, offices or industry. But wherever your future may lie you will be all the better for the training the Sea Cadet Corps has been able to give you. Listen for a moment to what Cmdr. Sir Charles Craven. Chairman of Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd., wrote just before his untimely death last year:“ 1 do not believe that there is any firm or business of repute which is not even now looking for future leaders of industry and is not prepared to recog­nize and reward leadership in what­ever rank of its employees it can be found. Now 1 believe that all these qualities are taught and developed in the course of the training given in the Sea Cadet Corps.” The Sea Cadet Corps will goon. The Navy League, with the co-operation of the Admiralty, is determined on that. We are hereto serve you. But our service to you will be vain unless you will yourselves take as your guiding star in life the ideal of service—in the words of the original motto of the Sea Cadet Corps—“ For God. forKing and for the Empire.” German U-M touts Cadets o f W eym outh unit were lucky enough to he allowed on board the two German sub­marines which surren­dered to the F.O.I.C., Portland
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