United States Naval Sea Cadets - Atterbury
United States Naval Sea Cadets Corps - About Us
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.
Cadets meet or "drill" at Camp Atterbury monthly through out the year. We meet from 8am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. The schedule is set a year in advance to give plenty of ability to coordinate schedules. Our unit is structured along military lines and is headed by a Commanding Officer.
Our Battalion is aligned with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 26, Detachment 3 of the US Navy Seabees. Our alignment has one main purpose, and that is to foster team work, camaraderie and an understanding of the military command structure.
Cadets are instructed by Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, Sea Cadet Officers and senior cadets through classroom and applied instruction in subjects such as basic seamanship, military drill, and leadership. In addition, since we are located on one of the premier training facilities within the military command, we offer our cadets many of the same courses as offered to our soldiers and sailors deploying around the world.
In addition to our on base training, we will often participate in community events such as parades and fairs, and participate in community service such as working with our Veteran's Organizations to assist in whatever manner we can.
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. Our local unit sends the majority of our cadets to Great Lakes Naval Training Center for Recruit Training. Great Lakes is in Chicago.
After cadets have successfully completed boot camp, they can then participate in advanced training. Sea Cadet advanced training currently consists of the following (for the trainings we host at Camp Atterbury, see the Summer Training Tab above):
- Air Traffic Control
- Flight School
- Culinary Arts
- Medical (General, Field, Surgical & Dental Tech)
- Field Operations (Small Squad Tactics)
- Photo Journalism
- Ceremonial Guard
- Maritime Interdiction Operations (Coast Guard)
- Construction (Basic & Advanced)
- Mine Warfare Operations
- Sea Air Land (SEAL) Team
- Explosive Ordinance Disposal
- Amphibious Operations
- Petty Officer Leadership Adademy (POLA)
- Master-At-Arms (Military Police)
- Judge Advocate General (JAG - Law)
- SCUBA Certification
- Urban Counter-Insurgency (U-COIN)
This trainings give cadets the opportunity to live aboard Navy & Cost Guard Ships or other Military Bases for Two Weeks. Sea Cadet training is held throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Guam on military installations and aboard Navy and Coast Guard Ships.
Depending 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.
In order to join the Naval Sea Cadet Corps applicants must meet the following criteria:
Be between the ages of 13 and 17.
Must be a US Citizen.
Be a full time student and maintain satisfactory grades (2.00 "C" grade point average).
Be free of felony convictions.
A medical examination similar to a high school sports physical is required for all cadet applicants to the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) or Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC). No one will be denied admission to the NSCC/NLCC due to a medical disability. Where a medical condition precludes full, unlimited participation, a Request for Accommodation (NSCADM 015) may be presented by the parent or guardian for review so the cadet may participate in NSCC activities to the maximum extent possible.
Adult applicants must be in good health commensurate with their age group and be free from any ailment or condition that would prevent them from satisfactorily performing their primary duty of supervising youth. NOTE: Adults not physically qualified to perform all duties may still participate with a waiver from NHQ considering the parameters of their expected contribution to the NSCC program.
If you would like additional information, including how to join as an adult, please download the Program Overview to the right, or contact us directly. We look forward to having you onboard