SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1933. Volume 4. Number 6.
Let's Get Airminded
Let's Get Airminded.
It was recently suggested that a Volunteer Unit should be formed at V.U.C. I observe, by notice displayed, that such a unit would become attached to the Artillery or Machine-gun Section. Might I suggest that the unit, if it does eventuate, should endeavour to become attached as an Air Force Section.
Defence by air would undoubtedly be a great factor in the event of war involving New Zealand. It is worthy of note that all the leading nations of the world are paying ever-increasing attention to this important branch of defence.
The qualifications necessary for the Air Force demand not only strict physical fitness, but youth and intelligence—such attributes are to be found in University students.
There is reasonable hope to suggest that should University students show sufficient keenness then the necessary facilities for training would be established.
I suggest that this proposal should be fully investigated before a decision is reached as to what branch we are to become attached.
—L .R. Sceats.