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With the coming of World War 2, the focus of Ranger training changed. With all young women destined to be called up for war work, the focus of the programme moved to training which would help to prepare Rangers with the skills they'd need in wartime, whether they joined the Women's services, or volunteered on the home front in Air Raid Precautions, Fire Watching or First Aid. The 1943 POR stated:

"Home Emergency Service

The following basic training is taken in conjunction with the Pre-Enrolment Test, and for Sea Rangers the A.B. Test.


A high standard is very important. Quick response to orders and absolute reliability are essential in times of crisis. Regular drill should be included. Regular attendance will be expected. Uniform must be worn correctly and all clothing kept mended and in good order, ready for any emergency.

Punctuality and general reliability will be tested over a period of at least six months, and each Ranger must keep a detailed daily record for two weeks or longer, until an unbroken record for a whole week can be produced.


A Ranger cannot give her best service unless she is fit and well. To keep herself so is her personal responsibility. She should:

1) Take at least half-an-hour's outdoor exercise every day, unless ill.

2) Know the rules of health and undertake to apply them in everyday life, with the definite aim of raising her own standard of fitness.

Messenger Work

Communications must always be kept open, and a Ranger should be trained and ready to help in this service. She should be able to:

1) Memorise a message of twenty words, including names, figures and addresses, and deliver it correctly after covering a mile at Scout's Pace - even if she has met with frequent interruptions on the way.

2) Give and receive messages accurately over the telephone. (This may be omitted only if there are no telephones in the neighbourhood.

3) Write down verbal instructions briefly, clearly and accurately.

4) Show thorough knowledge of the Highway Code.

5) Send and read in Morse or Semaphore at a speed of fifteen letters a minute.

6) Find her way about by day or night, showing intimate knowledge of the neighbourhood, and understand practical use of map and compass. (Thirty-two points of compass to be learnt.)

Emergency Training

When an accident happens it is important that a Ranger should keep her head, but it is equally important that she hsould know the right thing to do.

She should know the right way of dealing with the following:

1) Outbreak of fire, including use of stirrup pump.

2) Severe bleeding.

3) Gas attach, including use and care of respirators.

4) Suffocation.

5) Shock, including ability to light a fire out-of-doors and produce a hot stimulant in not more than twenty minutes.

6) Electrical breakdown, requiring repair of fuse wire; and the assembling of an electric buzzer so that it can be used."