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Information about Correspondence Courses for All Newly Enrolled Sea Cadets and their Parents.
Welcome aboard! I would like to take this opportunity to provide everyone with the
information about the mandatory correspondence courses for each cadet and the reason why they are important and beneficial in reference to the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) program.
Education is one of the keys to building a successful future. As part of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps program, a syllabus is designed for the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC Syllabus) and self-study correspondence courses Navy Sea Cadet Corps program (NSCC Correspondence Courses). Each contain the mandatory correspondence courses that each cadet must complete for advancement. These lessons are designed as the “homework” for all cadets before and/or after each of the monthly drills of a unit.
For the cadets enrolled in the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC), the first correspondence course homework is the “Part I NLCC Apprentice Cadet” course. The first lesson is listed on Part I-1, course title “NLCC/NSCC Organization and Chain of Command”. The test of Lesson 1 is listed on Part I-7. Therefore, the NLCC cadet is expected to read, study, and complete the test of each lesson at home and submit a hard copy of an answer sheet during each drill to a designated instructor for grading. For anyone who does not have access to a printer, please see an instructor during the next drill for the blank answer sheets for the correspondence courses.
As for the cadets who are enrolled in the NSCC, the first required correspondence course is the Basic Military Requirements (BMR). Each NSCC cadet is expected to read, study, and complete the test of each lesson at home and submit a hard copy of an answer sheet during each drill to any designated instructor for grading. The BMR is also recommended for parents and adult volunteers who do not have a military background. It is very beneficial for parents to familiarize themselves with many of the military terms that are constantly used in the program and the strict uniform requirements as set by our national office.
There is currently no set limit on the number of lessons or tests each cadet can take on a monthly basis. It is recommended that each cadet should complete and submit at least one correspondence course per month. Based on my direct observation as a volunteer since December 2016, it is proven that cadets who complete more lessons in their perspective syllabus are much more knowledgeable on a variety of subjects and learn faster than the ones who do not. Consequently, the cadets who do not complete the courses may not be permitted to participate in certain trainings outside of our division, which will hinder them from their rank promotion, self improvement and positive learning development.
In summation, this self-directed/self-paced correspondence course learning can be a good way for our cadets to learn about time management and self-discipline. All the correspondence courses, training manuals, and parent’s handbook can be downloaded from the USNSCC Homeport at http://homeport.seacadets.org. In addition, it is reminded that parents and adult volunteers who are new to the program will also find both our division website (www.SeaCadetsDE.org) and the USNSCC national website (http://www.SeaCadets.org) helpful in answering many of the frequently asked questions.
Positive parental engagement will continue to play a key role toward the success of each enrolled cadet and the overall successful of the NLCC/ NSCC program. It is reminded that parents should always display respect and courtesy particularly if adult volunteers reach out to you to offer assistance either for uniform requirement compliance or any other training arrangement in good faith. Parents and adults are expected to hold a high standard of professionalism in order to serve role models, either in person and/or through any electronic communications including emails, when they are communicating with anyone within or outside our division as related to the USNSCC program.
Again, thank you so much for the great team effort that has been shown by everyone, as witnessed during our recent division cadet training events.