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GNTC Officers Cap Badge

The Girls' Naval Training Corps was formed as part of the National Association of Training Corps for Girls in 1942, with units mainly in Southern England.[1][2] Its objective was congruent with that of the Sea Cadet Corps, teaching girls the same seamanship skills as the SCC taught the boys, in preparation for service with the Women's Royal Naval Service.

Members of the GTC, GNTC, WJAC during the 1940s

The Girls' Naval Training Corps numbered 50 Units in 1952, and in the late 1950s changed their name to the Girls' Nautical Training Corps. Lady Pamela Mountbatten was Corps Commandant of the GNTC from around 1952 to around 1959.[3][4][5]

Badge of the Girls' Nautical Training Corps after becoming a colleague organisation of the Sea Cadets

The GNTC became a colleague organisation with the Sea Cadet Corps in 1963,[6][7] often sharing facilities such as Raven's Ait (then also known as TS Neptune). The GNTC became a full member of the Sea Cadet Organisation in March 1980, when the Ministry of Defence approved the admission of girls into the Sea Cadets.[2] This lea to a name change to Girls Nautical Training Contingent. This continued until 1992[1] when the organisation was absorbed, and all girls became members of the Sea Cadet Corps.[8]

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 "A Brief History the Sea Cadets". 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Dover Sea Cadets – A proud contribution to Dover’s maritime history". 15 March 2014. 
  3. "Girl's Nautical Training Corps Commandant Lady Mountbatten (bottom row, 4th right) at Surbiton, Surrey training course, 18th August 1959". 
  4. "1952 - Lady Pamela Mountbatten visits members of Girls Nautical training corps.: The annual training course of the Girls' Nautical Training Corps - a voluntary". 
  5. "Aug. 08, 1959 - Lady Pamela Mountbatten visits girl's nautical training corps". 
  6. Daily Mail (27 December 2007). "Land girls fly high". Retrieved 20 July 2018. 
  7. BBC. "The Girls Training Corps". Retrieved 20 July 2018. 
  8. "History". 

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