It’s summer once again, and for the United States Naval Sea Cadets Corps (USNSCC), the time has come to welcome new recruits and to move on to more advanced training, as they have done in summers past.
The USNSCC is a Navy-based youth organization that caters to young people between the ages of 13 to 17 who are interested in maritime military service – the Navy, the Marines, and the Coast Guard. The organizations encourages the youth to learn about maritime military life, community service and citizenship, and to gain an understanding of what camaraderie and team work is all about. For those who are not quite 13 but who are already interested in maritime military services, there is the Navy League Cadet Corps for young people between the ages of 11 to 13.
While Navy Sea Cadets have drills on a weekly or monthly basis during the course of the year, it is during the summer months that these young people get a head start. Before becoming a full-pledged Sea Cadet, one needs to complete cadet boot camp – the NSCC Recruit Training – which takes place for about two weeks during the summer. A scaled-down version of Navy boot camp, it is here that first-time cadets learn about military drill and discipline, physical fitness, seamanship, seaboard safety, first aid, naval history and leadership. They receive instruction from active and reserve military personnel, as well as their predecessors and superiors, the Sea Cadet Officers.
After successfully finishing this first wave of training, Sea Cadets may proceed to advanced training courses during the succeeding summer months. Trainings are also sometimes held during the spring and winter breaks. These advanced training courses are chosen by Cadets according to their interests and preferences, and may be an opportunity for them to prepare themselves for their chosen career path in the military, although proceeding to a military career is not required. The available trainings include Medical Training, Scuba School, Firefighting Training – and, for those who are interested in the SEAL life, SEAL Training.