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166   DAYS OF PREPARATION

arrangements for numerous drafts of naval ratings proceeding to or from England.

In April, 1915, the Admiralty requested the department to select a considerable number of men to be trained as pilots for the Royal Naval Air Service. This involved much work and correspondence, many hundreds of applications for entry being received from all over the Dominion. These were gone into individually and arrangements made for interviewing and medically examining likely applicants. All those accepted then went to private flying schools to obtain their Aero Club certificate, upon obtaining which they were sent to England. The number called for by the Admiralty was twice increased, but the full quota was obtained, and the great majority entered up to the present have now obtained their certificates and been sent to England.

Although the Royal Flying Corps belongs to the military and not to the naval branch of the service, it may be well to notice here the fact that the War Office sent to Canada an officer in the person of Captain Lord A. R. Innes-Ker, D.S.O., to take on a limited number of men for the unit, to be sent to England for training without expense to themselves. These men must be between the ages of eighteen and thirty and it is not necessary that they be in possession of aviators' certificates. So far only candidates for commissions have been accepted, though it is probable that in the immediate future this field for recruiting will be extended to other ranks. Volunteers are sent immediately to England for training, and at the beginning of October, 1916, some seventy or more had joined.

Early in 1916 the Naval Service Department was asked to prepare lists of men willing to serve in the Royal Naval Reserve Motor-Boat Patrol. Several hundred applications were received; and Commander Armstrong, who visited Canada for the purpose of examining into fitness and making selections, had, at the end of July, sent to England about 250 sub-lieutenants


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