The NSCC/NLCC summer training program introduces cadets to daily routines aboard Navy and Coast Guard facilities, provides classroom and practical training in service specialties of their choice, and satisfies requirements for advancement in rate. Depending on training requirements and quotas, cadets may train individually or in groups, and may complete certain categories of advanced training during school breaks or on weekends.
NSCC Training Categories:
Recruit Training: Apart from unit drills, recruit training is the cadet's first experience with military routine and discipline. Recruit training takes place at Navy/Coast Guard Recruit Training Centers with active duty instructors, or at selected Navy facilities with qualified NSCC leaders. Cadets learn basic Navy subjects, elementary seamanship, basic damage control, and quarters maintenance while participating in extensive physical training. For many cadets Recruit Training is the first time away from home. Physical training is demanding and discipline is strict. CO's must brief cadets and their parents/guardians thoroughly regarding training activities, and must screen cadets carefully to ensure that they are both physically and psychologically prepared. To qualify for training cadets must:
- Be enrolled in the NSCC a minimum of six weeks prior to the start of their assigned "Boot Camp."
- Be physically qualified for such training, as certified by a physician and pass the NSCC physical readiness test (PRT).
- Complete the BMR, Chapters 1, 5,6,9, and 10 in NAVEDTRA 14325 (See Action Letter 05-03)and have all required uniforms listed in Appendix E of the NSCC Escort Officer Handbook.
- Be 14 years of age prior to 1 September of the calendar year attending summer training (or by commencement of the training camp if conducted during the winter Christmas Holidays)or at the discretion of your Commanding Officer, unless a "former" League Cadet who is 13 years of age, has successfully completed League Cadet Orientation Training scheduled by NHQ, and is considered "mature" enough by his/her CO to be accepted into the Sea Cadet Training Program.
Advanced Training Categories: To qualify for training in the categories listed below cadets must complete NSCC Recruit Training, be physically qualified, and demonstrate significant progress on the E-3 course for the type of training requested. Certain programs have special physical training or other requirements which must be met before NHQ will issue orders. CO's will submit written certification of completion of requirements in writing with the training request(s). Advanced training available to female cadets requires a female escort. NHQ will not issue NSCTNG 005s for female cadets unless an adult female escort is scheduled for the training, unless other arrangements have been made.
- Airman: Basic Airman training includes introduction to naval aviation, theory of flight, aircraft nomenclature, power plants, electricity/electronics, survival equipment, safety, and fire fighting. The host command may offer familiarization flights and practical training. Advanced programs offer greater experience in aviation and opportunities to work in selected specialties with qualified active duty petty officers. There are limited training billets on ships with Air Departments (Carriers, Amphibious ships, etc.).
- Construction: Cadets train at CB centers, with Public Works Detachments, and with Seabee units. Training includes introduction to naval construction, electricity, surveying, and automotive equipment. Cadets may also train in survival, small arms, and elementary combat techniques.
- Damage Control: When this training is available, cadets learn firefighting, temporary ship repair techniques, and basic NBC defense procedures (this training is often a part of other advanced training).
- Foreign Exchange Program: Cadets attend special programs in Bermuda, Canada, Japan, and selected European countries when available. Cadets must be E-3 or higher, physically qualified, and been awarded the Cadet Citation Ribbon. (In certain cases they may need to know a foreign language. CO's will nominate cadets for these programs by official letter accompanying the request for training.
- General Shore: Training includes administrative or support billets, communications, and security at Navy/Coast Guard stations. Cadets train individually with qualified active duty personnel. CO's will screen applicants carefully to ensure that they are highly motivated for independent training, and that their performance will reflect credit on the Corps.
- Hospitalman: Cadets study human physiology, patient care, and hospital administration while receiving practical training in clinics, labs, and wards at selected naval hospitals or medical facilities. Cadets interested should study NRTC Hospitalman, complete the Standard First Aid Training Course, and be CPR certified.
- Leadership: NSCC E-3's and petty officers study leadership principles, human relations, and unit administration in special programs at selected Navy facilities. Successful completion of Leadership Training is mandatory for assignment as Staff Cadet for NSCC/NLCC Recruit and other training programs. Completion of Petty Officer Leadership Academy (POLA) is also required for promotion to E-7.
- Musician: Cadets attend music seminars at the DOD School of Music, Little Creek, VA. Training includes music theory, technique, ceremonies, and advanced musicianship. Cadets selected for this program should have a minimum of 5 years of music study and perform at an advanced level.
- Shipboard: Cadets train in general seamanship and naval engineering aboard Navy and Coast Guard ships and small craft. Training includes basic navigation, limited electronics and communications, ship propulsion, damage control, search and rescue techniques, supply, and administration afloat. Specific training opportunities are outlined in the NSCC Shipboard Orientation Guide.
- Recruiting Stations: Cadets perform administrative duties at Navy/Coast Guard recruiting stations near their homes. This training normally does not require messing and berthing, and satisfies advancement requirements for cadets who lack funds for travel to other training locations. Training at recruiting offices may take place throughout the year, but can only be used once for advancement purposes.
- SEAL: This is the most physically and psychologically demanding training offered by the NSCC Program. Cadets must be NSCC E-3 or higher, at least 16 years of age, able to pass the SEAL Physical Fitness Test (PT) in accordance with MILPERSMAN 1410380, (Appendix I), prior to submitting Request for Training Form (NSCTNG 001), meet stringent physical requirements, as certified by CO's in writing, and conduct personal physical training programs throughout the year. The PT test will be administered again upon arrival at SEAL Training. Failure of the PT test will result in the cadet being sent home. Training includes intense physical conditioning, swimming, small craft techniques, and survival. SEAL training teaches teamwork and requires cadets to concentrate on an objective under conditions of extreme stress.
- Special Boats: Cadets train aboard the special craft used in Seal and special operations. Training includes boat operation and maintenance, basic navigation, and piloting, and safety.
- Submarine Seminars: Cadets attend classes in submarine design and engineering principles, swimming and survival techniques, and unclassified aspects of submarine operations. Training includes orientation tours aboard different types of submarines. Cadets who request this training must be NSCC E-3 or higher, and highly motivated toward duty in the submarine service.
- Port Operations: The training will consist of working with Naval Station Dockmasters during waterfront operations with emphasis on Tug Boat training. Classroom instruction on safety, lectures on line and wire handling, and MARLINSPIKE Seamanship skills.
- Master-At-Arms: The training will be composed of intense classroom training and testing; intense physical training; and on the job training (OJT) with the Master at Arms and Base Security. Classroom instruction will include everything from uniform appearance and recognition of rates, ranks and ribbons to investigative techniques, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and the Chain of Command. OJT will consist of such things as working in the pass office, standing guard at the entrance gate, working in a patrol car, directing traffic and working with detection dogs.
NLCC Summer Training: Currently, NLCC summer training consists of limited recruit and advanced programs at selected locations; neither is mandatory for advancement. CO's may arrange training locally provided the CO of the host facility approves. However, NLCC cadets may not travel on CNO airlifts or Space A, nor embark on ships underway, or in port, overnight. CO's will process training requests as outlined in this manual.
Locally Arranged Training: Locally Arranged Training is training that does not appear in the NSCC summer training schedule, and which may be conducted throughout the year. Such training may be arranged locally or through NHQ. CO's may arrange for cruises, training periods, etc., aboard Navy and Coast Guard facilities or other suitable installations. However, when doing so they must comply with the following procedures:
- Notify NHQ and the area NAVCRUITCOM YPFR of all Navy shipboard cruises of 48 hours or more in duration prior to embarkation.
- CO's will ensure that each participant is currently enrolled through the end of the training period, is medically qualified, has a current NSCC ID card, and has his/her service record.
- NHQ will not normally issue NSCTNG 005s for locally arranged training (See TRAINING ADMINISTRATION) unless the host command so requests.
- CNO airlifts are NOT available for locally arranged training. In accordance with SECNAVINST 5720.44A, NSCC personnel may utilize Navy/Marine Corps multi-engine aircraft on a space-available basis provided the travel does not "cause a delay in take-off or a change to the itinerary planned for the airlift's primary mission."