Re: "Quasi-military" units
Tue, 16 Sep 1997 19:27:41 -0400 (EDT)
I have spent the 22 years of my Sea Scout career in and around units that
were run along "military" lines. I think there are very good reasons for
this. First it allows us to speak the same language as the Navy and Coast
Guard. If you have ever been boarded, as I have, having easily identifiable
uniforms is a very big plus. Keeping logs and other records in a "military"
format is also a big plus. Second, keeping a "military" standard allows
members to transfer from one unit to another for cruising purposes with a
minimum of retraining. Each of the large, ocean going, ships in our council
is run pretty much the same. This allows us to trade personnel back and
forth fairly easily. I would not want to "civilianize" my ship for that
reason. By the way, other than scouts I have no military experience.
Yours in Scouting
Douglas D. Love
SSS Albatross Ship 72