On November 12, 2009, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary signed a Memorandum of Understanding to partner with the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps. The Auxiliary’s Recreational Boating Safety Outreach Directorate is coordinating the implementation of enhanced maritime training opportunities for the two organizations.
The Naval Sea Cadet Corps 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 Naval Sea Cadet Corps 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.
Naval Sea Cadet Corps units are found in fourteen Regional Areas with Regional Directors supervising the training, administration, and operations of their assigned units in coordination with the Naval Sea Cadet Corps national headquarters and sponsoring Navy League of the United States councils.
The Naval Sea Cadet Corps 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 Naval Sea Cadet Corps allows young people to sample military life with no obligation to join any branch of the armed forces. The Navy and Naval Sea Cadet Corps, 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.
Under the memorandum guidelines, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas may now offer recreational boating safety training, seamanship training and public education courses to Naval Sea Cadet Corps units as well as enhanced maritime training opportunities.
It is strongly encouraged that interested flotillas should draw up memorandums of agreement with Naval Sea Cadet Corps units that specifically spells out what type, how, and when training will be provided. These agreements should first be reviewed and approved by applicable Auxiliary legal officers of the flotillas before final endorsements on the memoranda are made.
Flotillas seeking training support for Naval Sea Cadet Corps 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 a Naval Sea Cadet Corps unit are required to seek formal approval by the Commandant of the Coast Guard through the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s chain-of-communications.
Mike Fulgham, BA-BLY - Flotilla 01-01, 11th District (Southern Region)