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January 8, 2004
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The Navy has landed
at the Marine Institute



The Canadian Navy will add a few more good men and women to its fleet this January when it sends another 79 recruits from across the country to study at the Marine Institute.

The recruits were in St. John’s last month to attend orientation sessions at the institute and to settle into their new accommodations before they begin their studies in the winter semester. They’ll join the approximately 115 navy cadets already on campus, not including the officers or instructional personnel with the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School detachment.

The trend in increased navy enrolment is not new. In January 2003, the Department of National Defence (DND) sent 86 cadets to the institute, responding to a demand for more highly training technical personnel for the navy.

The relationship between DND and the Marine Institute has been an enormous success for both organizations since its establishment in 1992. With each passing year, more and more naval cadets complete their technical training at the institute and continue on to successful careers in the navy.

DND has depended on the Marine Institute to deliver high calibre training to their cadets for almost a decade. The institute offers two training programs to naval cadets — a Marine Engineering Technical Training Plan (METTP) and a Naval Combat Systems Technical Training Plan (NCSTTP) which has been accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board. Both programs take two years to complete and offer cadets a career which involves taking care of some of the most advanced electronic equipment in today’s navy. For example, a marine engineering technician operates and maintains the marine systems onboard. The combat systems technician is responsible for all shipboard armament equipment as well as the care and custody of onboard ammunition, explosives, shipboard communications and sensors.

DND is very successful in recruiting new naval cadets, especially from this province. About 40 per cent of the new recruits are Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with another 20 per cent each from Ontario and Nova Scotia. DND offers one of the most attractive education packages available. Free tuition, books and supplies as well as salary while training, regular pay increases, 20 days of annual vacation and free medical/dental care. At the end of two years of training, cadets start their career with the navy and serve for at least three years.

The City of St. John’s also benefits. With attractive salaries, tuition and accommodations, these new recruits will bring almost $7 million directly and indirectly to businesses in the region over the next two years

Lt.-Cmdr. Paul Alexander heads the detachment at the Marine Institute. He pointed out that the Royal Canadian Navy has had a presence at the Marine Institute for the past 10 years with the number of trainees sent to the Marine Institute steadily increasing over that period.

“The Navy is proud and pleased to send our trainees to a world class facility such as the Marine Institute because our trainees prove themselves strong and steadfast in their coming careers,” he said.

Another 20 cadets will be starting their careers on Jan. 16 when the MI and DND hold a graduation ceremony at the Drill Hall in Pleasantville. Rear Admiral Davidson, Commander Maritime Atlantic, will oversee the ceremony.

 


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