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is Sea Cadets
Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is for American youth ages 13-17
who have a desire to learn about the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast
Guard and Merchant Marine. Sea Cadets are authorized by the Secretary
of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms appropriately marked with the
Sea Cadet Corps insignia. The objectives of the Sea Cadet program
are to introduce youth to naval life, to develop in them a sense
of pride, patriotism, courage, and self-reliance, and to maintain
an environment free of drugs and gangs.
meet or "drill" at their local unit weekly or monthly
through out the year. A unit is structured along military lines
and is headed by a Commanding Officer. Units may drill on military
bases, at reserve centers, local schools, or community centers.
Sea Cadet units are organized as either divisions, squadrons,
or battalions. Divisions closely reflect the surface Navy, while
squadrons are geared toward the field of naval aviation, and battalions
meanwhile reflect Navy construction battalions (SeaBees).
Whether a division, squadron, or battalion, the local unit has
one main purpose, and that is to foster team work, camaraderie
and an understanding of the military command structure.
Cadets are instructed by both Sea Cadet Officers and senior cadets
through classroom and applied instruction in subjects such as
basic seamanship, military drill, and leadership. And most Sea
Cadet regions throughout the country hold weekend competitions
where units compete with each other to test their seamanship and
Local units will often participate in community events such as
parades and fairs. They may also tour Navy and Coast Guard ships
and shore stations. And participate in community service such
as working in Veterans' Hospitals and organizing clothing and
Cadet training consists of Navy Non-Resident Training Courses
(NRTC), training evolutions (away from local units), shipboard
training, and training arranged locally by units.
All new cadets enter the program at the rate of Seaman Recruit.
In order for cadets to move up through the ranks they must complete
the following: the NRTC Correspondence Course for that rate, one
training evolution, and depending on the rate, the Navy's Military
Leadership exam for that rate. NRTC's cover basic military and
naval subjects such as naval history, seamanship, leadership,
and ship/aircraft familiarization. The cadet rate structure parallels
that of the Navy and Coast Guard's enlisted rate structure, with
Chief Petty Officer being the highest rate a cadet can achieve.
Training takes place mostly during summer months and occasionally
during winter and spring break periods and are generally one to
two week evolutions. The first training evolution for all cadets
is NSCC Recruit Training, better known as boot camp. It is a scaled
down version of the Navy's boot camp. For approximately two-weeks
cadets are instructed by active and reserve military personnel
and Sea Cadet officers in military drill and discipline, physical
fitness, seamanship, shipboard safety, first aid, naval history,
After cadets have successfully completed boot camp, they can then
participate in advanced training. Sea Cadet advanced training
currently consists of the following:
TRAINING (BASIC & ADVANCED)
TRAFFIC CONTROL TRAINING
TRAINING (GENERAL, FIELD, SURGICAL & DENTAL TECH)
BATTALION (SEABEE) TRAINING (BASIC & ADVANCED)
WAREFARE OPERATIONS TRAINING
ORDNANCE DISPOSAL TRAINING
OFFICER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
TRAINING (MILITARY POLICE/LAW)
ADVOCATED GENERAL (JAG) TRAINING
ABOARD NAVY & COAST GUARD SHIPS & SHORE STATIONS FOR
Cadet training is held throughout the continental United States,
Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Guam on military installations.
In addition to the above, those cadets who exhibit extraordinary
initiative and leadership ability may participate in annual exchanges
with Sea Cadet Corps' around the world.
get to meet their foreign counterparts, experience new cultures,
and get to see how the navies of the world operate.
on the rate achieved in the Naval Sea Cadets, former cadets may
be eligible to enlist in the armed forces at an advanced pay grade.
Being a member honorably discharged from the Corps is looked upon
favorably by selection boards for military academies and ROTC
programs. Also those cadets who are accepted to a four-year university
may be eligible for scholarships.
The Naval Sea Cadet Corps provides its cadets the opportunity
to develop their leadership skills, build their character and
become productive citizens.
To view testimonials from former cadets please go to the Endorsements
In order to join the Naval Sea Cadet Corps applicants must meet
the following criteria:
between the ages of 13 and 17.
be a US Citizen.
a full time student and maintain satisfactory grades (2.00 "C"
grade point average).
free of felony convictions.