Navy League Cadet Corps (Canada)

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Navy League Cadet Corps
Navy League Cadet Corps (Canada) (emblem).jpg
Corporate Logo of the Navy League of Canada
Active 1948 - Present
Country Canada
Type Youth Organization
Part of Navy League of Canada
Headquarters Ottawa, Canada

The Navy League of Canada created the Navy League Cadet Corps (or Corps de cadets de la Ligue navale) for young boys in 1948, and the Navy League Wrennettes[1] for girls in 1950. The Wrenette program no longer exists as Navy League Cadet Corps are now open for boys and girls between the ages of 9 to 13.

The Navy League Cadet Programme is separate from the Canadian Cadet Organizations. It is solely sponsored by the Navy League and is not supported by the Department of National Defence as Royal Canadian Sea Cadets is. The Navy League Cadet programme is led by civilian volunteers, Navy League Officers supervised by local branches of the Navy League of Canada.

The training programme of the Navy League Cadets is similar to that of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, but modified to serve the needs of the younger age group.

Uniform[edit]

The uniform worn by Navy League cadets has elements of the uniform of the old Royal Canadian Navy. The uniform of the Navy League Cadets includes:

  • Seaman's cap ("white-top");
  • Cap ribbon ("tally"), indicating cadet corps name;
  • Medium-blue long-sleeve shirt (with insignia);
  • White lanyard;
  • White web belt;
  • Navy-blue trousers;
  • Black shoes or boots;
  • Winter coat (pattern varies from corps to corps).

A corps T-shirt and ball cap is often worn during such activities as sailing and sports.

Flag[edit]

This flag is used by Navy League Cadet Corps as a corps flag Jack flag. It replaced the flag of the Navy League of Canada for this purpose in 2000, which is used as a jack.

Ranks[edit]

The ranks of the Navy League Cadets are based on those of the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, although they do not exactly match. The Navy League Cadet ranks are:

New Entry (NE)

No insignia

Ordinary Cadet (OC)

No insignia

Able Cadet (AC)
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Leading Cadet (LC)
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Petty Officer Second Class (PO2)
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Petty Officer First Class (PO1)
P1 Badge.jpg
Chief Petty officer Second Class (CPO2)
C2 Badge.jpg
Chief Petty Officer First Class (CPO1)
C1 Badge.gif

The ranks of Navy League Cadet Officers are also similar to those of the Royal Canadian Navy, however they still do not match exactly. The Navy League Cadet Officers ranks are:

Midshipman (Mid)
Midshipman(NL).PNG
Acting Sub-Lieutenant (A/SLt)
Acting Sub-Lieutenant(NL).PNG
Sub-Lieutenant (SLt)
Sub-Lieutenant(NL).PNG
Lieutenant (Lt)
Lieutenant(NL).PNG
Lieutenant-Commander (LCdr)
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Commander (Cdr)
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Navy League Cadet Corps (Canada) Memorial Stained Glass Window, Currie Hall, Currie Building, Royal Military College of Canada

Memorial[edit]

Navy League Cadet Corps (Canada), Memorial Stained Glass Window, Currie Hall, Currie Building, Royal Military College of Canada
  • At the Royal Military College of Canada, outside Currie Hall, in the Currie Building in Kingston, Ontario stained glass windows relate to the history of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Navy League Cadets and Navy League Wrenettes.
  • Donated as a tribute to all national presidents of the Navy League of Canada for the proven love of country in promoting patriotism... seapower ... youth training, the window bestows 'Honour and Glory to patriotic citizens who have and will serve Canada.' The window features images of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Navy League Cadets and Navy League Wrenettes.
  • In memory of David H. Gibson, C.B.E. National President, Navy League of Canada, 1938-1952 a stained glass window features images of a young sailor and God behind the ships' wheel. The window is dedicated to Canadians who in defence of the country went down to the sea in ships. The window includes a poem by H.R. Gillarm: "Proudly in ships they sailed to sea. Ahead their goal, perhaps eternity. But with God as their pilot they had no fear facing all danger as their course was clear. Their cargo? The record of their life. Some good, some bad, some peace, some strife." [1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 6647 Major (Ret) Mitchell Kryzanowski (RMC 1965), 'Currie Hall: Memorial to the Canadian Corps' (Kingston: Hewson and White, 1989)