Arrangements already exist for Merchant Navy personnel to attend for gunnery training and firing practice at the local gunnery centres which have been set up at all the principal seaports. The scheme was begun in June, 1941, and large numbers of seamen, including seamen unemployed between voyages, have already undergone training. All men doing the course receive full mercantile rates of pay. For completing satisfactorily the standard Merchant Navy two-day course, which includes firing practice, each man receives 10s. in cash from Navy Votes.