Education and Training
US NAVAL SEA CADET CORPS TRAINING CURRICULUM
Q u o n s e t D a v i s v i l l e N a v y Y a c h t C l u b
The NCBC Battalion of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps consists of two groups of cadets: Sea Cadets (ages 14 -17) and League Cadets (ages 11 -13). The Division drills (meets) every Saturday morning throughout the school year. All cadets receive basic indoctrination training to familiarize themselves with unit policies, uniform care, and military customs & courtesies.
Assignments to Color Guard, Supply, Squad Leader and other positions are based on rank, ability to perform. The cadets advance in ranks through a combination of time in the Division and completion of their assigned course work and training requirements. Attendance at weekly drills as well as off-site activities is considered in evaluating Cadet personnel for Division leadership positions. During their time in the Cadet Corps each Cadet will experience a leadership role in some capacity.
US NAVY LEAGUE CADETS:
League cadets are eligible to advance in ranks every 4 months. While advanced training is not mandatory for League Cadets, a 1 week recruit training camp and additional week long training opportunities in the Summer are available and encouraged.
US NAVAL SEA CADET CORPS:
The initial phase of League Cadets training, the Apprentice class covers military courtesy, basic military drill (marching), the chain of Command, and other related introductory topics.
- Able Cadet:
Cadets expand their knowledge of the Corps in this phase. Early Naval History, ship nomenclature, fire prevention, water safety and marlinespike (knots) seamanship are covered in this segment.
- Petty Officer:
Additional Naval History, first aid, marlinespike seamanship, leadership, command presence, basic firefighting, nautical charts, signal flags and Morse code are covered in expanded detail within the 3 levels of Petty Officer training (PO3, PO2, PO1). Cadets advancing through the Petty Officer ranks fill the leadership positions within the League Cadet Division.
Every 6 months a cadet is eligible to advance in rank. To do so a Navy correspondence course for the next rank must be completed with a grade of no less than 3.2 per unit. Correspondence course materials are provided by the Division and corrected by the Training Officer. To achieve the rank of Petty Officer 1-3 an exam must be completed following the successful finish of the correspondence course. Petty officer Exams are provided and corrected by the Regional Field representative of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps. A score of 63 is required to pass.
The classroom phase of training (class by rank above) is as follows:
The US Naval Sea Cadet Corps strives to develop cadets into responsible citizens of good character who are prepared to be strong members of the community as they attain adulthood. All components of the program form the discipline of military formation and marching to the responsibility of each cadet for individual attendance, uniform care, and class work integrate in the evolution of recruit to Petty Officer.
- Basic Military Requirements (BMR):
The initial training for all Sea Cadets, BMR covers basic naval orientation as well as nautical and military skills as they apply to the Navy and Coast Guard. The BMR correspondence course complements the classroom phase and prepares recruits for a 2 week Recruit Training (Boot Camp) provided each summer.
Following successful completion of the BMR correspondence course and Boot Camp cadets advance to the Seaman course. This course includes advanced seamanship skills, with orientation to both navigation and "rules of the road." This further prepares the cadets for advanced summer training opportunities with the Navy, US Coast Guard or Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
- Petty Officer Leadership:
Cadets who have completed the requirements for Seaman, including 10 days of advanced training, attend a leadership course. A core component to the overall program is to develop leadership and provide opportunities for such among the cadets. This course covers leadership skills, functions of leader and group, roles and responsibilities of the petty officer, communication, decision-making skills, goal setting and time management, ethical decision-making, military justice, and motivational techniques. All Petty Officers continue with the appropriate correspondence courses and complete 10 days advanced training for each advancement in rank. In addition, they require, on a rotating basis, to run the weekly make-up drills, military drill and physical exercises as well as any other activities that the Division executes. This provides "hands on" leadership experience in a variety of venues and partners with the interactive lecture/discussion method utilized in the classroom. Petty Officers train cadets on a variety of topics and, when appropriate, run topical subject classes.