Call me sentimental, but I'm wondering if anyone else remembers a non-com or officer who was a good influence on them when they were young and green? A certain P.O. was our most popular instructor, reg force but didn't seem to mind drawing the short straw to teach communications to the first platoon of female cadets in the Canadian Naval Reserve. He made no bones about the fact he was a member of AA (not the Automobile Association). I was a bit of a wild thing. He told me I had a mouth like a bilge water rat. Also drew me aside one day to comment on my drinking. "When all the lights go out, girl, remember me." Many years later, I did. Saved my life.