RECRUIT TRAINING & BEYOND
Recruit Training (RT) is the first training a Cadet attends. This is an age appropriate "Basic Training / Boot Camp" meant to instruct Cadets in what it means and takes to be a US Naval Sea Cadet. Cadets must first complete RT before they can participate in other Advanced Trainings. Sea Cadet training is held throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Guam on military installations and group training facilities. Below are some of the Sea Cadet advanced trainings offered throughout the calendar year.
AIRMAN TRAINING (Basic and Advanced)
Sea cadets can learn various aspects of aviation including aircraft flight controls, mechanical maintenance, flight planning and many other aspects of aviation including Naval aircraft history and they types of fixed wing and rotary winged aircraft used in Naval aviation and their purpose. Cadets in advanced airman training may also have the opportunity to receive actual flight time as part of their training.
FAA GROUND SCHOOL / AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
Sea cadets will get to experience the air traffic control and ground operations side of aviation as they will get to train in the processes and procedures in coordinating flight plans and flight traffic, maintaining communications with pilots, assessing and communicating weather conditions and the overall operations maintaining safe runway conditions for landing and take off of aircraft.
In this training, cadets will get to experience the tasks of menu planning and food preparation for large groups, typically preparing meals for their shipmates attending other training's running under the same training contingent. Cadets will be trained in proper safety galley procedures in regards to fire, hot surfaces and sharp utensils as well as safe food handling procedures.
Sea Cadets will get to experience a variety of medical themed training's. These training's may include general medical such as first responder / first aid type training, Military Field Ops / Corpsman training as well as advanced specialized training's for surgical, dental technician, CPR and other specialized training's. During these training's, cadets will receive instruction by medical professionals in their field.
FIRE FIGHTER / DAMAGE CONTROL TRAINING
Cadets will be trained in all aspects of firefighting and damage control. This includes types of fire and extinguishing agents, proper fire fighting techniques, fire fighting tools and equipment as well as shipboard emergency procedure pertaining to damage control such as ship procedures for breached/flooded compartments and emergency repair procedures to hull breaches and shipboard water/bilge systems.
PHOTO JOURNALISM TRAINING
In this training cadets will be trained in photo journalism and digital media concepts similar to combat correspondents in the military. These cadets are also sometimes tasked with updating social media pages for training contingents during the course of other training's falling under the same contingent command. These cadets learn creative writing skills for their articles as well as basic photography skills.
CEREMONIAL GUARD TRAINING
In this training cadets will be trained in ceremonial guard procedures outlined in the USMC drill manual including basic honor guard detail procedures, multiple advanced honor guard formations and procedures as well as other ceremonial procedures for events such as rifle salutes, rendering customs and curiosities such as side boys, piping aboard senior officers/dignitary's, manning the rail, etc.
SHIPBOARD AND SUBMARINER TRAINING
In these training's, Sea Cadets will get to experience a variety of training's designed to give them education and experience in seamanship and sea going subjects. This will give them an exposure deck operations, bridge operations as well as engineering and emergency response responsibilities while aboard ship. Cadets will also get in-depth instruction in marlinespike seamanship (ships lines and knot tying procedures)
In this training, Sea Cadets will learn safe firearm handling, firearm nomenclature and proper procedures for shooting firearms. Cadets will usually shoot for score at these training's where they will be able to qualify for their marksmanship ribbon with the Sharpshooter or Expert Appurtenance. This training will sometimes be incorporated within other training's such as Master At Arms, Sea Bee Training or Recruit Training.
SEA BEE ( CB, Construction Battalion) BASIC & ADVANCED TRAINING
In this training, Sea Cadets learn about the function of the CB (Sea Bee) Construction Battalion in the Navy while performing different construction jobs. They will usually focus primarily on wood frame and earthen construction projects such as obstacle courses. During the training, cadets learn basic construction techniques and concepts using basic hand and powered construction tools.
EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) & MINE WARFARE TRAINING
Sea Cadets will train to recognize different types of ordinances and improvised explosive devices and how to recognize the probable placement of these devices in the field. From there, cadets learn the procedures the Navy and EOD Specialist in other branches of the military implement to deal with these devices to ensure their safe disarmament and disposal in the field.
NSWOC SEAL, SWCC & URBAN COUNTER INSURGENCY TRAINING
In these training's, Sea Cadets will be put through very rigorous training evolution's designed as a scaled down version of the actual training Navy Special Forces are subjected to. These training's require cadets be at peak physical condition and are required to be subjected to a battery of medical tests and a rigorous physical readiness test prior to securing a billet to these training's. Some also require SCUBA pre-requisites.
MAA (Master at Arms) TRAINING BASIC & ADVANCED / JAG TRAINING
This training is designed to allow Sea Cadets to train as military law enforcement. In this training, cadets will learn about the uniform code of military justice, legal means of search and seizure and the legal method of placing someone under arrest. They will also learn proper procedures for making vehicle stops, clearing buildings and structures and maintaining base security measures and maintaining a secure parameter.
SCUBA TRAINING BASIC & ADVANCED
Cadet's attending this training will be working toward becoming SCUBA certified. They will learn about the required equipment and safety checks while working toward these certifications. These training's do require a cadet to make a prerequisite swim qualification prior to obtaining a billet. These training's are also prerequisites for other training's that a cadet may want to attend later.
SAILING TRAINING BASIC & ADVANCED
Cadet's attending this training will get to experience life on the high seas while learning how to sail their own vessel. These cadet will be instructed on the shipboard nomenclature and safe boating practices and procedures while learning how to plot their course on a chart and assess sea and wind conditions to set sail to get to their destination while having a great time and sense of accomplishment while doing it.
Cadet's attending this training will train with their shipmates to play songs of the Navy and other branches of the military. Cadets attending must have experience playing musical instruments such as school band, own their instrument and be proficient in playing it. These training do not post very often so if this training is on the schedule and you want to participate, jump on it quickly to secure a billet.
PETTY OFFICER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (POLA)
All Sea Cadet's are required to attend this training before advancing to E-5 Petty Officer 2nd Class. Cadets that attend this training learn about leadership to prepare them for the transition from cadets to NCO's within the cadet chain of command. During training, cadets are taught valuable leadership and management skills to lead their shipmates while reinforcing the Navy's creed of Honor, Courage and Commitment.
International Exchange Program
This training is an opportunity for Sea Cadets in the United States to travel abroad and train for two weeks with cadets in other countries. Foreign Exchange partnering countries include Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Most expenses are paid for this training for the cadets and adult officers attending but it is very exclusive and has an application process. Only the most squared away cadets are selected for these limited opportunities.
LEAGUE CADET TRAININGS
The first training League Cadets are eligible to attend is NLCC Orientation which is designed to be a League Cadet version of Recruit Training for Sea Cadets and provides intense training in military and naval subjects and an introduction to the military training atmosphere.
Once NLCC Orientation is completed, NLCC are eligible to attend other NLCC advanced trainings similar to the ones mentioned above scaled down for their age level in a variety of subjects relevant to prepare cadets for transition to the Sea Cadets at a later age.
On a unit level, Navy League cadets are trained in nautical skills such as knot tying and splicing, signaling, water safety and swimming, first aid, and even fire fighting. Cadets are instructed in military drill and discipline and are taught from a syllabus covering naval history to ship nomenclature. Navy League cadets also tour ships and bases and participate in community events such as parades and fairs.
Taking part in the pride and honor of wearing the Navy uniform, and being a part of a fine organization gives the NLCC cadet a sense of service. In addition, NLCC cadets who complete one year in the program, and later cross over to the Sea Cadets, will enter at a higher rate. The training received in the NLCC will give cadets the experience for an easy transition to the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.