The New Zealand Cadet Forces have recently undergone a small change in structure. I’ll take the opportunity this month to describe how Sea Cadets works.

Sea Cadets is one of three branches of Cadet Forces in NZ which align with our Regular Forces: we have a Navy theme, the NZ Cadet Corp (Army Cadets) align with the Army and the Air Training Corps (ATC) with the Air Force. All three of these branches exist under a Charter of Support, which is essentially a partnership between the NZ Defence Force and, in our case, the Sea Cadet Association of NZ (SCANZ) – a civilian body with charitable status.

This means that TS Nimrod is run under two organisational structures. The community, who elect to maintain an NZCF unit in Port Chalmers, provide the members of the local branch of SCANZ. This makes up our Unit Support Committee, which consists of a chairperson, secretary and treasurer, plus voting members. They run everything behind the scenes, including the unit’s finances.

The other structure is the NZCF side, which is where some small changes have been made recently. At unit level, the officer staff fill the roles of Unit Commander and Executive Officer. They in turn are guided by the Dunedin Area Support Officer (ASO), a new role brought in to provide a local link between units and to bring NZCF support physically closer to communities. The ASO liaises with NZCF Southern HQ in Burnham, which is staffed by Regular Force personnel. This structure is in charge of training and day-to-day operations.

So basically, TS Nimrod is run jointly by local members of both SCANZ and NZCF.

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