On November 12, 2009, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to partner with the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps. The Auxiliary’s Recreational Boating Safety Outreach Department is coordinating the implementation of “enhanced maritime training opportunities” for the two organizations.
The NSCC was established by the Navy League of the United States in 1958 at the request of the Department of the Navy. The NSCC was well received and grew rapidly in both number of units and in the number of young people enrolled. In 1962, the NSCC was federally chartered by Congress under Public Law 87-655 as a non-profit civilian organization with specific objective and purposes in regards to training of American boys with this training to be accomplished through organization and cooperation with the Navy Department. The law established the NSCC as a legal entity, separate from the Navy League and set forth the corporate powers and other enabling details for the functioning of the NSCC. In 1974, Public Law 87-655 was amended by Public Law 93-504 to permit enrollment of girls in the Corps.
The NSCC offers a nautical oriented training program for young Americans, ages 11 through 17. The training program’s objectives are to encourage and aid American youth to develop an interest and skill in basic seamanship and in its naval applications and to teach Naval Sea Cadets patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues. The NSCC allows young people to sample military life with no obligation to join any branch of the armed forces. Both the Navy and NSCC with support from the United States Coast Guard and other military services provide Naval Sea Cadets with a wide range of civilian and military career opportunities available to them and to help explain youth’s responsible role in society.
NSCC/NLCC units are called …
NSCC/NLCC units are found in fourteen Regional Areas with NSCC or NLCC Regional Directors supervising the training, administration, and operations of their assigned NSCC/NLCC units in coordination with the NSCC national headquarters and sponsoring Navy League of the United States Councils.
Under the CGAUX-NSCC MOU guidelines, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas may now offer Recreational Boating Safety and Seamanship training and public education courses to NSCC/NLCC units as well as enhanced maritime training opportunities. It is strongly encouraged that interested flotillas should draw up memorandums of agreement with NSCC/NLCC units that specifically spells out what type, how, and when training will be provided. These MOA’s should first be reviewed and approved by applicable Auxiliary legal officers of the flotillas before final endorsements on the MOA’s are made.
Flotillas seeking training support for NSCC/NLCC units by active-duty and reserve Coast Guard assets and facilities should make such requests through their respective Auxiliary Sector Coordinators (ASC) or through their Division Commanders if Coast Guard assets are in remote areas. Those flotillas that wish to sponsor an NSCC or NLCC unit are required to seek formal approval by the Commandant of the Coast Guard through the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Chain-of-Communications.
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Mike Fulgham, BA-BLY