1. Again in 2013, from 9 to 28 April 2013 (including travel), 12 Sea Cadets will have the opportunity to sail aboard TS (Training Ship) ROYALIST. TS ROYALIST is a square rig brig owned and operated as a sail training ship by the Marine Society & Sea Cadets (MSSC) of the United Kingdom. See attached image.
2. Pacific Region is allocated 1 Female and 1 Male sea cadet billet (subject to change).
3. The TS ROYALIST deployment is an outstanding and demanding opportunity for Sea cadets. For this reason, only very deserving cadets deemed capable of successfully completing the training are to be submitted for selection. It’s therefore important that:
a. cadets considering applying have a good understanding of the training’s schedule and, conditions and selection requirements. Cadets need to be aware that mess accommodations (bunks) are open (both gender). However, heads and showers are gender specific;
b. when considering cadets for selection, chain of command and cadets need to be aware that no Canadian Escort officer will be aboard with cadets. However, cadets will be escorted by an officer to and from the UK; and
c. comments from chain of command (Corps COs, RCSU SOs and RMLOs) be based on above information.
4. Deployment conditions, medical support and selection prerequisites provided below should be used to gain a better understanding of the training and to assess an individual’s capability, suitability and eligibility.
a. Deployment Conditions. TS ROYALIST deployment takes place aboard a sailing ship approximately 29 metres (98 feet) in length. The ship, under the command of a qualified Captain, with a permanent crew who instructs all year round embarked cadets on a weekly basis. The ship will sail off the East coast of the United Kingdom and West Coast of France for a period of two weeks and continuously at sea for up to five days. During this deployment, cadets are involved in every part of shipboard operations (helm, lookout, husbandry, cookery, seamanship, safety, etc.) and sailing evolutions (hoisting, lowering, furling and unfurling sails, on deck and aloft in the rigging, etc.) in a 24/7 watch system. Cadets will also be climbing masts using harness type safety gear.
b. Medical Support. The ships crew can provide only basic first aid, simple urgent care needs (seasickness, minor lacerations, colds, etc.) and initial stabilization of emergencies in preparation for transport. There is no medication on board for treatment of chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, or heart failure. In case of a medical emergency, there is no easy or quick way to evacuate patients to a medical facility. Evacuation to a medical facility may take from 10 to 24 hours.
ADMINSTRATIVE AND TRAINING PREREQUISITES
5. In order to be eligible to participate in this deployment, a cadet must meet or exceed the following prerequisites:
a. has attained the age of 16 years as of the first day of March and not be 18 years before 1 April of the year of the deployment;
b. have successfully completed Phase IV from the corps program;
c. hold the rank of PO1;
d. have completed any intermediate, advanced or specialty course (6 or 8 week);
e. be fluent in English, which signifies an excellent understanding of the language with an ability to comprehend and express one’s self in it;
f. overall incentive level bronze for the candidate’s age group successfully completed by the application deadline. (see CATO 14-18);
g. be mature enough to perform his/her duties with limited direction from his/her supervisor; and
h. be highly recommended for this deployment by all levels in the chain of command.
6. Waivers (Admin and Trg). Only waivers for minimum age may be considered if no other cadet is available. Not less than 16 years before the start of the deployment.
MEDICAL AND PHYSICAL PREREQUISITES
7. In order to be eligible to participate in this deployment, a cadet must be free of any medical participation limitations, ailment, condition (physical or psychological) or injury:
a. which requires or may require that he/she, even in rare or unusual circumstances, be taken to a medical facility or treated by medical personnel;
b. which requires or may require that he/she takes medication or inhalers of any kind;
c. which will or may prevent him/her from completing the training and performing assigned duties;
d. which will or may prevent him/her from living and/or working in conditions associated with life aboard a tall ship at sea for extended periods of time;
e. which will or may prevent him/her from going aloft, hulling on heavy sheets, and carrying heavy gear and climbing up masts on a regular basis;
f. which will or may prevent him/her from going into confined areas (galley, bunk and passageway) and fitting through tight openings (hatches, ladders and doors); and
g. which will or may prevent him/her from comprehending orders and directions, sometimes in an emergency situation, and quickly reacting to them.
Note: In order for RMLOs to issue judicious recommendations on cadet applications, RCSU SOs are requested to provide them with above conditions & prereqs.
8. Waivers (Med & Phys). Waivers will not be granted.
APPLICATIONS AND SELECTIONS
9. Corps are invited to submit applications listed in priority through FORTRESS, supplemented with the following info/docs (may be kept at the RCSU) :
a. copy of birth certificate or certificate of Canadian citizenship or passport (if already in hand); Passport preferred.
b. overall incentive level bronze for the candidate’s age group successfully completed by the application deadline. (see CATO 14-18); and
d. any other supporting document and/or recommendations.
Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.
10. Corps may send their applications through Fortress under “TS ROYALIST – United Kingdom” (116741).
11. Selections will be announced NLT 1 Feb 13.
12. Please ensure maximum distribution.
13. If you have any questions/concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
14. I will advise when the serial (NDA) is opened in FV2.