Crew of a Bofors 40mm AA gun.
Y is for Youthful
...those who often faced harm.
- What was the average age of RCN personnel in WWII?
- What was the average age of RCN officers in WWII?
- What qualities do young people bring to the role of the military?
- Why is it important that young people are assigned to combat roles?
- Who was the youngest RCN officer to serve in WWII?
Choose one topic:
- Research and report on the process of enlistment and the progress of an RCN recruit from day one to assignment.
- Research and report on what percentage of RCN recruits were from Canada's interior provinces.
- Consider your own age and imagine that is how old you are in September 1939. The war will last almost 6 years. Both of your parents lost family in the First World War. What will you do? Will you volunteer? What branch of the armed forces? What will your siblings do? How will your parents feel about your decision?
- Imagine that you are a 17-year-old on the HMCS Athabaskan. Write a letter to your parents describing your first battle at sea.
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