Navy cadets on the lookout for new recruits
PROSPECTIVE recruits were at the TS Shropshire at the weekend to try out drills, games and learn a thing or two about being a Navy Cadet.
Petty Officer Robyn Nixon said their open day was aimed at recruiting new cadets to join in on a program that is fun, teaches young people respect, discipline and develops their confidence.
P.O. Nixon added that the current cadets played a big part in showing new recruits what being a cadet was all about.
"That's one of the things with Navy Cadets, they learn a bit of leadership and management so they are able to speak to the prospective new cadets," she said.
Over the course of a few hours, prospective cadets were shown a few drills and had the opportunity to participate in activities cadets do on a regular basis.
"We brought them out to show how we rig up a sailing boat because we do a lot of sailing because we're so close to the river," P.O. Nixon said.
But water activities not the only things cadets at the TS Shropshire do.
"We also do drills and ceremonial, so they learn to march and they learn to do a guard for ceremonies."
P.O. Nixon said the best thing about being a Navy cadet was how much fun it was.
"Especially the sailing, the power boating, one of the mottos for cadets is just add water," she said.
P.O. Nixon said cadets also learn a lot of life skills as part of the program.
"It teaches them a bit of discipline, and the older cadets as they go up through the ranks do a lot of the activities with the group," she said.
"The senior cadets run our normal parades, so they work out what we're doing for the day or night."
P.O. Nixon said cadets run alternate Friday nights from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm so that cadets who work or play sport can come to one or the other.
If you are interested in joining the Navy Cadets at the TS Shropshire, call Lieutenant Peter Nixon on 0419 211 991