Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Cadet (i.e. younger, orig. dimin. of Latin caput, a head), originally a younger son, in the last century a gentleman volunteer in the French army (who entered hoping to win a commission by his services), now applied in England to the students in the Britannia training ship, to the youngest officers in the British navy who are not yet rated as midshipmen, and to the students at the military colleges at Sandhurst and Woolwich. A British naval cadet receives pay after leaving the Britannia, at the rate of 1s. per diem. Regulations concerning the admission and education of cadets will be found in the official quarterly Navy List.