Journal of the australian naval


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The report is addressed from the Comman­ding Officer, Captain Charles H. Morgan RN. to the Minister for the Navy and prefaced with the customary;

I have the honour to submit to you for
presentation to Parliament, the Annual Report
Upon '

Captain Morgan comments upon a whole range of matters in the report. At the outset he was obviously concerned, as a Member of the Col­lege Interviewing Committee, about the raw product he was receiving for he wrote

I regret that I am forced to a conclusion — in which the Committee concur — that generally speaking the quality of the candidates offering remains poor [in terms of the physical medical examina'ion] and does not yet reach that standard to which Australia can and ought to attain, especially in view of the splendid advantages offered

It was obvious that certain lads had been especially crammed" for the examination, and in various cases signs of overstrain — due to hours of study much too long for boys of such an age, combined with the necessity for too early rising in order to carry out other home duties — were only too evident.

I fear that on the part of many parents and teachers there is a lack of appreciation of the requirements of a Naval Officer, and the high status of the Naval Profession.'

Having arrived at the College the cadets received pocket money and travelling allowance which makes my salary of $104 per fortnight on entry in January 1979 look excessive

Each Cadet-Midshipman is paid 1s. per week, and may earn "good conduct

allowance" in addition, up to 1s. per week. Cadet-Captains receive an additional 1s. and Chief Cadet Captains 1s. 6d. per week.

All Cadet-Midshipmen are paid 6s. per day travelling allowance when proceeding to and returning from their homes on leave.'

Captain Morgan went to some length to detail the progress of training and some of the restraints upon its efficient and effective conduct.

Instruction in all branches has proceeded along satisfactory lines. As a result of experience gained, certain alterations have been made to the syllabus. This is now being reprinted. Detailed remarks concerning the instruction by the officers concerned will be found in the body of this Report.

Owing to the lack, at the present time, of a Training Cruiser to which the Cadet-Midshipmen can proceed for six months on leaving the College, it has been considered desirable to introduce Elementary Gunnery Instruction into the course of the Fourth Year, so that the Cadet-Midshipmen may prove of real value with regard to this important subject immediately they join their ships.'

Each of the subjects in which instruction was given is then dealt with in turn.

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