Re: The REAL problems aboard ship
Sun Jun 14 16:49:57 1998
Aloha from the FAR West:
Be thankful that Sea (Scouting) Exploring is NOT like the Naval Sea Cadet
Corps. In my experience, the NSCC is mostly a recruiting tool for the USN.
Youngsters have to pass a physical much like an enlistment physical. I've
seen kids turned down because of allergies! Persons with disabilities would
never be allowed to become Sea Cadets. And the command is from top down, just
like the navy, with the adults running the program and the cadets just
following orders. The object of NSCC is to train young people in navy ways
and prepare them for enlistment. Our program is by far superior as we allow
youngsters the opportunity to participate in maritime sports, to learn
maritime history and traditions, and to explore maritime careers. That's
especially important here in Hawaii. I spent five years as a CO of a Sea
Cadet division in Kona. My daughter was Chief Petty Officer. When my Command
Tenure ran out, my replacement folded the outfit within two years. Our Sea
Scouting/Exploring program, no matter how or why it's changing, can do more
for youth. NSCC divisions should become co-registered as Sea Scout Ships so
that the unit can choose the best of both programs.
Fair winds and following seas...
SES Sea Urchin