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US Naval Sea Cadets
My name is ENS Eric Estrada, and I am the Prospective Commanding Officer for the soon to be formed Port Royal Sound Battalion, US Naval Sea Cadet Corps. I recently retired from the United States Army after over 26 years of total service, and have re-settled into the community with my wife Carol and children. An article in The Packet and Gazette would significantly help us get the word out to the community about the program, so we can start receiving youth enrollments and adult volunteers for our program. The Sea Cadets is a program sponsored by the Department of The Navy and the Navy League and is a Navy JROTC-type program that is non-affiliated with any school but is for youth ages 10-17 years of age. We are sponsored primarily by the Charleston Chapter, Navy League; but are also sponsored by the VFW Post 8760 in Beaufort, SC. We invite any group or interested parties sponsorship as well.
What is Sea Cadets
The 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.
Sea Cadet Units
Cadets 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 military skills.
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 food drives.
Training & Advancement
Sea 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, and leadership.
After cadets have successfully completed boot camp, they can then participate in advanced training. Sea Cadet advanced training currently consists of the following:
* TRAINING SCHOOLS
o AIRMAN TRAINING (BASIC & ADVANCED)
o AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TRAINING
o FAA GROUND SCHOOL
o CULINARY ARTS TRAINING
o MEDICAL TRAINING (GENERAL, FIELD SURGICAL DENTAL TECH)
o FIREFIGHTING TRAINING
o PHOTO JOURNALISM TRAINING
o CEREMONIAL GUARD
o SUBMARINE SEMINAR
o MARKSMANSHIP TRAINING
o CONSTRUCTION BATTALION (SEABEE) TRAINING (BASIC ADVANCED)
o MINE WAREFARE OPERATIONS TRAINING
o MUSIC SCHOOL
o SEAL TEAM TRAINING
o EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL TRAINING
o AMPHIBIOUS TRAINING
o PETTY OFFICER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
o MASTER-AT-ARMS TRAINING (MILITARY POLICE/LAW)
o JUDGE ADVOCATED GENERAL (JAG) TRAINING
o SAILING SCHOOL
o SCUBA SCHOOL
o SEAMANSHIP TRAINING
o SHIPBOARD TRAINING
* LIVE ABOARD NAVY & COAST GUARD SHIPS & SHORE STATIONS FOR TWO-WEEKS.
What is the NSCC Officer Corps
The Naval Sea Cadet Corps Officer Corps provides adult leadership for cadets of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) and the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC). NSCC officers are dedicated volunteers who instruct cadets, operate units and escort cadets when participating in events away from their home unit. Officers may either be civilians or military (active, reserve or retired) who are knowledgeable of youth and interested in their training. Instructors are also recruited from active Reserve military commands and leaders within the community. Members of the Naval Reserve may qualify for drill credit and active duty for training orders (ADT) for participating in NSCC/NLCC activities. The NSCC does not require specific education or professional qualifications, but applicants with nautical/military experience are desired. NSCC officers are authorized to wear Navy officer uniforms (modified by the NSCC insignia). All NSCC officers are appointed by NSCC National Headquarters.
If you have any questions concerning the Sea Cadets, please feel free to call me during the day at work; my number is (843) 842-5200 at Jos A. Bank. Visit our Facebook page or the Sea Cadets website at http://www.seacadets.org/ if you have any further questions. Thank you for your time and assistance.
ENS Eric Estrada
Prospective Commanding Officer
Port Royal Sound Battalion
United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps
(843) 379-2015 home
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