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SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1933. Volume 4. Number 6.

Military Unit for Victoria College

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Military Unit for Victoria College

The movement now afoot for recruiting a V.U.C. Volunteer Corps shows distinct possibilities of success. A feature of the proposition is the postponement, until all views have been heard, of decision as to the type of training to be undertaken and the particular unit to which the corps will be attached.

Such corps cannot exist without a reasonably large membership, and to discover whether such a membership can be secured several students are making enquiries whenever men of the College fore-gather. Better than waiting to be approached would be to signify your interest by having a talk or by dropping a note to one of those students whose names appear upon the bright and interesting placard displayed on the notice board.

The Defence Department will probably make considerable concessions if a sufficient response is obtained, and here it should be stated that this movement is purely a College one. It is not instigated by the Department. These concessions will probably take the form of an almost entire absence of parades during the academic session, and before the exams, and special concentrated training at times more convenient to students will be substituted.

This idea seems to appeal to most. There will be a week's camp annually at full pay, and that in itself should be a sufficient inducement to most. Under the new Volunteer system the work in the camps is much more interesting than formerly, and an enjoyable time is always spent by those who pass a week under canvas. What with sing-songs, interesting and instructive training, shooting, mock battles, joie de vivre, etc., everyone at camp has a jolly good time. Both the esprit de corps displayed and the friendships made will stand you in good stead in the future.

Owing to the rapidly approaching November examinations, no recruiting will take place this term. Therefore all you need to do now if desirous of joining is to indicate your interest in the idea, and you will be communicated with after the exams, are over.

If this corps is formed, V.U.C. will have the honour of establishing the first 'Varsity corps in New Zealand, apart from the informal arrangement between the Medical faculty at O.U. and the R.A.M.C.