Excerpt from Our Wonderful Navy: The Story of the Sure Shield in Peace and War
Physical drill commences his training, on the principle that well stretched and supple muscles can not only do more and better work than ¿abby or coarse ones, but are all to the well-being Of the p... upil. Later' in the course, he is introduced to the swimming bath, where, if he cannot already breast the ¿ood, yet a second instructor is waiting to teach him the rudiments Of the natatory art, and within a fortnight the new hand is talking quite learnedly of the more com plicated strokes Of swimming, or boasting Of his prowess in life-saving drill, or of the number Of lengths he can now swim.
Squad drill, the way to walk and where to put his feet, and various field exercises enter greatly into Young Jack's life at this stage, and so hard does he work, and so keen is he on the new life, that he is usually very tired when the bugle goes for him to pack up instructions at four o'clock in the afternoon.
Besides this, he puts in a certain number of hours each week at school, where, after a preliminary ex amination, he is placed in either an ordinary or advanced class. In the ordinary class he carries on with the education started at his elementary school; in the advanced class he is taught algebra, trigonometry.
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