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Jersey Marines: Five things we would change about Jersey

Jersey Marines: Five things we would change about Jersey

Friday 05 April 2019

Jersey Marines: Five things we would change about Jersey

The Jersey Marines might be a military organisation, but their days are about so much more than "just drill boots and pressed uniforms."

The cadets are a youth organisation based around a military theme, providing young people aged 10 to 18 with vital skills for life through training and certified courses recognised by the RYA, BTEC and the Duke of Edinburgh.

All that time spent teaching the island's young people new skills has also given them a few ideas about how Jersey could be improved to make life better for everyone, which the team shared with Express...

1. “You can’t judge an elephant by its ability to climb a tree”

Everyone learns in different manners and ways. I feel that there isn't enough scope within the educational system to cater for different skills and abilities. Speaking from experience, being practically-minded, support wasn’t available to those that struggled with academic studies.


Pictured: Sgt Baudains thinks that the island needs to embrace different kinds of learning - not just academic.

To change this? Include practical based syllabi and even allow ‘breaks’ from the standardised academic study.

Sgt A Baudains - Detachment Commander.

2. Attach us to France!

Not only would I be able to get my weekly food shop a bit cheaper, but cheaper travel too!


Pictured: Sgt Harvey notes that the current cost of getting to France can be restrictive for islanders.

Links to and from Jersey and the UK, France and Europe are pretty good. The cost, however, is not so good.

Sgt S Harvey - Training Officer.

3. Green thinking

In modern day society we face challenges both old and new. With technology and knowledge, the way that it is, how can we sustain an environment of which we pollute with plastics and other waste?


Pictured: A little litter-picking each day go a long way, according to Sgt Unwin.

If we all do a little bit each day, the effect would be enormous! Think about that plastic bag, the food package or the bottle lying around.

Sgt Catherine Unwin.

4. Communication!

Left hand doesn’t talk to the right and vice versa. We are all attached to our mobile phones, but we lack basic communication skills. Nothing beats a good chinwag with your friends or even having the skills to convey a point or issue with a boss or colleague.


Pictured: Sgt Carys Unwin would like people to communicate in person - not just via devices.

I’m not talking global faraday cages, let's just communicate!

Sgt Carys Unwin.

5. Food for Fort

When I was growing up, Fort Regent was a hive of activity ranging from night clubs to dodgems. 2019 sees the building run don and barely used.

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Pictured: Fort Regent has become rundown, but Sgt Peel would like to see it turned into a world-leading youth centre.

I would like Fort Regent to be redeveloped into s world leading youth centre where children and teenagers can develop themselves or even let their hair down. Put Jersey on the map for something other than finance.

Sgt A Peel.

The views expressed in this piece are those of the authors, and not those of Bailiwick Express.

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