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08-03-2010 11:01 PM

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In 1960 the Royal Australian Navy introduced the Junior Recruit Training program…At HMAS Cerberus, south of Melbourne, capitol of Victoria… and at HMAS Leeuwin in Western Australia, just south of the capital Perth… Over the next 25 years, more than 13,000 young men, aged 15 to 16 years, spent their first 12 months in the Navy there…Some are still serving and many have taken the lessons learnt there into their lives outside the military…
I was fortunate enough to have been one of these Junior Recruits…
Here is a vid to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Junior Recruit Training Establishment…. HMAS Leeuwin….
1960 – 2010.

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#1 posted 08-03-2010 11:09 PM

i congratulate you on your service in the navy and im sure it will have a lasting impact on your life and all those who served and are serving…may all who serve there countries be blessed and there families also for there sacrifice

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 08-04-2010 12:17 AM

Just passed my 50th anniversary as an Eagle Boy Scout and still serving as a leader. Retired from the US Navy. Between the two they made and defined who I am. Always believed everyone should serve at least two years in the military.

Thanks for sharing and thanks for your Naval service Larry.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#3 posted 08-04-2010 07:37 AM

Congrats Larry! Nice flick for the anniversary. I didn’t get to go to Scouts:-(( I had cows to milk every morinng and night 7 days a week.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 08-04-2010 02:12 PM

i am a proud ‘tenderfoot’ scout still
it’s been 40 years .
i hobble around with dignity now .

you must have gotten into their ,
‘junior giant’ program ?

maybe they needed someone to reach the top shelf ,LOL ?
something you are still good at , i’m sure .

we tend to think we made our freedoms ourselves ,
but it is through the sacrifices and service of others ,
that this is possible .

bless you all !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 08-04-2010 04:22 PM

good video Larry, I wish they had a program like that here in the USA, NROTC is not quite the same as your program.

-- Smitty!!!

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#6 posted 08-15-2010 07:24 PM

Those programs look great and it reminds me of my own Navy experience. It is a great shame that similar programs for youth including apprenticeships have all but disappeared in favor of school sitting. Many youngsters get tired of school and need more hands-on type of training.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 08-15-2010 09:21 PM

Just a question, Larry? How big a guy are you?? Did I meet you one night in Olongapo??

In 1970 or so we pulled into Subic Bay in the Philippines after one of our line periods in the Gulf of Tonkin. There were a couple Australian Navy ships in port. I drew Shore Patrol and, with another guy, was walking down the main drag in Olongapo. A Filipino man came running up to us saying, “SP, SP—They’re tearing up my bar.” Because I was bigger than the other SP, I followed the guy into his bar. Out side; with all the signs, neon and street lights; it was bright as day but it was dark in the bar, I couldn’t see anything other than a couple silhouettes. I couldn’t have been more than a step or two inside the bar when a person grabbed the front of my shirt and, with one hand, lifted me to his face. I felt like my feet were two feet off the floor and I’m 6’2”. In a strong Australian accent he said, “Buzz off, mate.” All I said was, “Good-by.” He put me down and the other SP and I left. We didn’t go back to discuss things any further. Was that you, Larry?

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#8 posted 08-16-2010 12:27 AM

Sounds like the Lrry we all know and love in his wild, younger days . Are you that big Larry ? :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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