A fundamental tennant of the Sea Cadets is constant training. It begins with the coursework and exams that are actual Navy cirriculum. The coursework is self paced for the cadets to work on from home and at drill. There is also Advanced Training events where cadets will participate hands on in learning new skills alongside other cadets. The Advanced Trainings can be a local unit training, a regional training, or a national training event. The combination of attending an Advanced Training event, completion of coursework/exams, and successfully passing a Physical Readiness Test are required for rate advancements. Cadets are expected to continually work on the coursework and exams so that they do not fall behind their promotion eligiblity schedule. Cadets should speak with the Training or Admin officer at drill for their required coursework or exam material.
CLARIFICATION ON ADVANCEMENTS, AWARDS, AND APPURTENANCES
Advancements - NO EARLY PROMOTIONS. Delays in promotion ceremonies do not affect the actual promotion date recorded in the cadet's service record.
Advancements in rate are based on time in rate, successful completion of coursework (correspondence courses and exams), and required trainings. Time in rate begins after official enrollment in the NSCC program. Official enrollment requires a completed application (including medical history and medical exam), payment, processing and receiving your NSCC ID Card from NHQ.
Cadet rate begins at E1 (Recruit); Recruits that complete their Basic Military Requirements and have been officially enrolled for 90 days are eligible to be advanced to E2T (T=temporary) in recognition of their motivation. The cadet is then promoted to E2 after they complete Recruit Training. Cadet are allowed to wear NWUs when they achieve E2T or E2 status.
Cadets achieving the rate of Petty Officer (E4) are expected to assume leadership roles within the Unit. These positions include Squad Leader, Division Master-at-Arms, Yeoman, Assistant Division Officer, and Division Officer. There are other roles within the Battalion that they will then rotate to as they receive additional training/experience. Cadets that have achieved E4 and have completed Petty Officer Leadership Academy (POLA) are eligible to staff Trainings (including Recruit Training). The Commanding Officer of the Training Contingent (COTC) is the selection official for staff cadets.
The highest NSCC rates, E6 (Petty Officer First Class) and E7 (Chief Petty Officer) are contingent on the Commanding Officer's Recommendation and National Headquarter Approval. Promotions to these rates are based on cadet's demonstrated diligence in leadership roles, satisfactory academic performance, military bearing, and appropriate conduct.
Awards - Ribbons & Appurtenances
Ribbons and Appurtenances are awarded on successful completions of approved NSCC trainings and authorized Community Service activities. Verbal authorization from NSCC Instructors/Officers does not constitute approval or authorization. These approvals are processed via the Battalion Chain-of-Command. The easiest way to determine whether you/your cadet has completed an authorized activity is:
1. Orders - If you have a Local Training Order Request (NSCCTNG 003) that is signed by the Training Officer or the COTC (Commanding Officer of the Training Contingent) or the COTC's designee. At the end of most authorized training events, certificates are presented to cadets that have successfully completed the said training event as well.
2. Community Service - You have a signature from the Training Officer or the Executive Officer prior to performing the Community Service activity or there is a Lead Instructor/Officer that is obtaining log-in information during the activity.
Medical Examination Information
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.