The cadre in an organization is a class of people who provide the bone-structure to it to give it strength. These are specially trained and equipped for the work of the organization.
To give the idea of cadre with a simile, we can say that as the body together with its muscles, blood, veins and arteries, various organs of sense perception and activity is held together by the bone-frame or the skeleton, so also the organization is held together by the cadre. Without the bone-structure, the body cannot sustain and maintain itself; so also without the equipped cadre, the organization cannot exist and cannot make any progress. In the skeleton, the backbone occupies a higher order. A noble thought is the very backbone of the organization. We call an individual without any principle, as a person without any backbone. The backbone provides strength to the whole structure. The other bones and muscles do exist, but the backbone is the nucleus of all.
The Ramakrishna Mission has a cadre of monks. Initially there were only 12 monks but as more people were attracted by the ideals and the work of the Mission, special care was taken to see that suitable persons only were admitted and that they were properly disciplined to build up the cadre. Thus recruiting, training and gradually transforming them into the properly disciplined monks for the organization, as the finished products was most essential. This cadre of disciplined monks can be deployed at different centers for the expansion of the work of the Mission. And therefore, the Ramakrishna Mission, for the time being, is not ready to open new centres in spite of the pressing demands of various places as they do not have properly trained cadre of monks to run the centres. The Communist Party of India which is a political party has its training project, for preparing the cadre according to their own ideology.