About specifics-re requirements for Q-Master
K. Wickward (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tue, 29 Apr 1997 08:55:49 -0700 (PDT)
The Army is still teaching its boat crew reserves visual signalling
Say, I didn't know that the requirements were so strict for the Q-Master
to take a cruise, especially helm commands in 50 knots of breeze. Is
there a guide out that is more specific about what is required for some of
these tests? A lot is open to interpretation, and I certainly wouldn't
fail a quartermaster if they took the wheel when an emergency situation
S.E.S. Propeller, Ship 62
On Mon, 28 Apr 1997 SEAWOLF410@aol.com wrote:
> The reason the morse code requirement was dropped from the advancement
> requirements was that it has little use now. The US Navy does not teach it
> any longer and the US Coast Guard stopped monitoring emergency frequencies
> that carried morse code signals. In this day of VHF radios and cell phone,
> there are better ways to communicate.
> However, there were requirements added. The new requirements are very
> practical and much harder than memorizing morse code. One such requirement
> requires a Quartermaster applicant to take a three day cruise, where he or
> she is incomplete command. He or she must plan the cruise, train the crew,
> supervise the cruise including conducting emergency drills. The Quartermaster
> applicant can not touch anything himself. He or she must do the entire
> operation by deligating and supervising. This is the ultimated test. Can you
> teach, supervise and command. There must be no errors. You find out how hard
> this is when you try and dock a 50 foot boat in the wind, by giving compass
> and helm commands. If you do not possess a high level of skill and leadership
> ability, you will not be able to perform this task.
> If the adult observer must step in, the Quartermaster applicant has failed.
> There are other requirements that were added, including knowledge of lights
> and day shapes. No vessels will signal you with morse code, but all
> commercial vessels show lights and day shapes that warn you of danger and
> various problems. Before the new requirements, Sea Scouts, were not required
> to know this information.
> However, before any of these decisions were made, A group of Sea Scouts
> were assembled from around the country and worked on the Sea Scout
> advancement for a year. THEY MADE THE DECISION, to drop certain
> requirements, because of lack of value, not because they were hard.
> I thought they did a great job. I know how hard they worked, because I was
> I believe you are on the right track, when you say, we should never lower
> requirements, because it would make things easier. I agree with you 100% in
> that area. But we must not remain stationary. Just because we always did it
> this way, does not mean that we should not change.
> I thought you might be interested in this information.
> Jim Elroy
> National Sea Exploring Committee
> Ship 410 Miami, Fl