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Category: Sea Cadets

It’s official–I’m now CI Campbell

So after some delay my volunteer card for the Navy League of Canada arrived in the post this past Friday.  I now have official proof that I can be called CI Campbell by the cadets.  (although to be honest we knew that I was approved a month or more ago, it just took some time for the card to arrive).  For those unaware (although considering the number of views of this site my audience includes me, myself and maybe even I) CI is really the acronym C.I. which stands for Civilian Instructor.

Naval League of Canada Volunteer ID

Why do official/passport photos always look terrible?

Overall, while the delay was annoying I’m thrilled at how seriously the Navy League takes volunteer screening.  Moving forward I’m expected to wear this ID every time I’m working with the unit which is again a very smart thing to do as it makes clear to the cadets who is approved to work with them directly.  This way they know CI Campbell is authorized to work with their unit–even if they’re unfamiliar with who CI Campbell actually is.

Funny thing is my application for a CIC Officer role at the unit went out on Monday–four days before I received my volunteer card, so essentially my shot at being an officer happened before I had everything required to be an volunteer (but again, we all knew I had the volunteer approval before I was offered the CIC opportunity, the card was just late in arriving).

Friday night, at the band practice at the Corps one of the senior cadets called me CI Campbell for the first time–it took me a moment to realize he was speaking to me!  (I still turn my head when Rhane and I are at the Corps on a training night and someone calls out “Campbell” to her–I always think they’re calling out to me)

Now, the next step will be to get through the application process for the CIC Officer role and be accepted and sworn in as NCdt. Campbell.  Hopefully my photo for the military ID will be better than the photo on the volunteer card.

Cheers,

Sean

Time Flies When You’re Having….

…Fun? (well no, time flies regardless)

It’s been a busy couple of weeks–and not for any of the reasons I would have expected had you–my one-person audience–asked me two months ago.  Rhane was off to Winnipeg this weekend for a Seamanship competition with Sea Cadets, and it was a near-run thing getting her on the plane.  She was slated to be in Winnipeg for the 17th and we only got her travel orders on the 15th (not to mention the last-minute change of venue from Victoria to Winnipeg).

Once that was dealt with I had to focus on the multiple-balls-in-the-air with things at work, and most happily the opportunity to apply for a CIC officer role with Rhane’s unit (RCSCC 335 Calgary).  This requires transcripts, references and a list of other paperwork.

Meanwhile, on Saturday and Sunday of this  past weekend I was at her Corps doing construction work on the upstairs classrooms, so had little opportunity to relax–not that I mind; I like being busy.

My only fear is that the book writing isn’t getting enough time allocated to it–hopefully over Easter I can rectify things and get a good chunk completed. I only have to the end of April to finish the first draft if I want to stay on-track for my launch date.

Lots of Cadet stuff–and an opportunity to join the Royal Canadian Navy.  Who said being this busy wasn’t fun?

Cheers,

Sean

Spaghetti with Beef & SCE (?!?)

So this year my daughter turned 12, (okay, so she turned 12 in 2015 so I guess she turned 12 last year) and what is the daughter of a former Air Cadet and Army Reservist to do?  She joined Sea Cadets.

As a proud member of RCSCC 335 Calgary she was off to a seamanship competition this past weekend and in addition to winning the provincials, she and her team (and the rest of the Calgarys) spent the weekend eating field rations.  Now in my day (oh so long ago) Canadian Forces field rations were outstanding–not only did they meet your dietary needs they also tasted good (well, except the Hungarian goulash and lung-in-a-bag).

My daughter’s rations apparently weren’t that good (to be fair and honest, I’m not sure they’re actually Canadian Forces field rations–they could be American or civilian or some other source of mush-in-a-bag).  To provide to me their lack of quality she provided me the following item for lunch:field ration package

Stamped on the nondescript green pouch it says “Spaghetti with Beef & SCE“.  I have no idea what SCE is, but here’s what  it looks like once heated:

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Yummy.

All that said, I tackled the challenge head on and ate my issued ration of spaghetti with beef & SCE–there’s even photographic proof:

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Surprisingly enough, it was actually good–better than Chef Boyardee.  Now either I was lucky enough to get the one decent meal they issued, or my child has no idea what bad rations would taste like.  Compared to Hungarian goulash, this was gourmet.

Cheers,

Sean

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