United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps
Great Lakes Naval Station
21-28 June 2009
BASIC AND ADVANCED MEDICAL TRAINING MD-IL/MD-I2
Greetings from your COTC, Inst Marie Wagrowski, NSCC! I am providing you with a
lot of information in this letter so please read it carefully, thoroughly, and
completely. You must have your parents read this letter as well. It would be a good
idea to give a copy of this letter and your Sea Bag list to your units CO.
The best way to contact me is by email, my email address is
Inst_Wagrowski@yahoo.com. If needed, you can contact me on my cell phone at
The required paperwork for training is the NSCTNG001/002, a copy of the NSCC ID
Card, (valid through the end of June 2009), and a cashiers check/money order made
out to USNSCC. As per the standing orders, no personal or unit checks will be
accepted. Mail the completed request for orders with the additional paperwork to
Inst. Marie Wagrowski
120 E Fountainview Ln #1A
Lombard, IL 60148
I must to know your travel arrangements as soon as possible. This is for EVERY
cadet, regardless of method of travel. You can arrive any time between noon and
1800 on Sunday, 21 June. There is going to be a welcome aboard meeting taking
place around 2000 on Sunday. For those not traveling by POV (auto), DO NOT
schedule your return flight earlier than 1400 on 28 June. Graduation is tentatively
scheduled for Sunday, 28 June, I will let everyone know more once the course
schedule is finalized.
- We are responsible for cadets up arrival at Naval Station Great Lakes.
Transportation to and from Great Lakes naval Base is the responsibility of the parent
or unit. See below for travel to/from O’Hare airport.
- Check-in will be Sunday, 21 June from noon until 1900. The earlier the better.
- Parents or escort officers will drop your cadets off at the “Visitors Center” parking
lot. This is just outside the main gate for the base. A NSCC officer will meet you
there and bring you on base. A phone number to call will be provided to you before
- Although transportation is the responsibility of the cadet/parent, it is still
mandatory for you to email me your itinerary, so I will have knowledge of when to
expect you. This will include itinerary for the flight and shuttle service to and from
- Cadets are NOT ALLOWED to drive their personal vehicles to training.
- Per NSCC instructions, cadets should travel in Civilian clothes to and from the Naval
Station. You will be able to change into uniform upon arrival for check-in.
- Per NSCC Regulations, you should travel with your NSCC ID Card on you (NOT in
your luggage). You should also keep an extra copy of your orders separate from your
- PLEASE only use Chicago O’Hare Airport if flying in.
PLEASE DO NOT schedule travel into Chicago Midway. It is more than 60
miles from the base, and will likely take hours to arrive by shuttle, as well as
very expensive for you. Flying here will cost more in ground transportation
than any savings on tickets!
TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AIRPORT
- The AIRPORT EXPRESS shuttle provides shuttle service from Chicago O’Hare to
Great Lakes, 24 hours, 7 days a week. The fare is $34 one way. They will pick you
up at Baggage Claim and deliver you directly (no stops!) to Bldg 531. This service is
used by the USN, and has been used without incident by NSCC cadets for several
years. I strongly encourage you to call Airport Express at 1.800.654-7871. You can
get a $2.00 discount coupon on their website:
http://www.airportexpress.com/discounts.htm - Upon arrival at O’Hare, go to any
Airport Express booth, located in each baggage claim area. Tell them you are going
to Naval Station Great Lakes, Building 531. They will take cash, credit or debit cards.
- There are several shuttles out of O’Hare you may want to look them up on the
internet as well.
AGAIN, USE OF THE AIRPORT EXPRESS SHUTTLE SERVICE IS SAFE AND IS BY FAR
THE BEST WAY TO GET TO THE BASE IF FLYING IN.
If you are coming by car, a map to the base will be posted on the website. Please do
not go and get a pass and come on base. If there is not a NSCC adult in the visitor’s
parking lot, we will provide you with a phone contact, and someone will be there in
minutes to meet you.
The normal working uniform during the day for this training is “Summer White”. This
is the short-sleeve white uniform, with slacks/pants. Female Cadets: NO SKIRTS!
You need to have at least two sets of Summer White, preferably THREE. If your unit
has not issued them to you, use this letter as proof that they are required and inform
you unit. There is PLENTY of time to order them from the NSCC Uniform Depot, get
them hemmed and have your NSCC Flashes & Rank sewed on. FAILURE TO HAVE
SUMMER WHITE UNIFORMS IS GROUNDS FOR RETURNING THE CADET TO THE UNIT
PRIOR TO TRAINING BEGINNING! See the website for the remainder of the sea bag
PT will be held every morning before breakfast. There will be additional time in the
afternoons/evenings for more PT for those desiring it. I can’t emphasize enough the
need to have GOOD QUALITY athletic shoes for PT. Keds, slip-on vans, flip-flops,
Crocks, etc are NOT “Good Quality Athletic Shoes”.
As part of the training, the Friday training day is “FMF Day” (Fleet Marine Force).
Uniform for FMF day is BDU Trousers, BDU belt w/ buckle, brown T-Shirt, and good
quality athletic (running) shoes. No BDU blouse or cover is required. You WILL get
dirty and muddy. This training day has been a cadet favorite for several years!
I will need to know your T-SHIRT size. Please provide that information with your
CELL PHONES Per NSCC Instructions, all Cell Phones will be surrendered upon check-
in at training. They will be returned to you after graduation. Any cadet who fails to
turn in their cell phone will be SENT HOME. No „second chance... If you are being
driven to training, don’t even bring your cell phone on base.
IPOD/MP3 PLAYERS Do not bring them. It’s too easy for these items to be stolen or
lost. If you are flying in, we will store them with your cell phone. If you wish to have
a camera, bring some of the disposable ones; please do not bring an expensive
camera to training. You can also purchase disposable cameras at the NEX during off
The normal training day is 0530 to 1530 with the USN. There normally will be some
type of presentation or lecture every evening. Late afternoons will also have some
form of scheduled activity. You will, however, have time to visit the Navy Exchange,
so be sure to bring some spending money.
Note that each training day in the classroom will begin with a unison recitation of the
Sailors Creed by all hands. This is a custom that has been going on for well over 15
years at Great Lakes. You will be expected to have MEMORIZED this creed. You will
be asked to recite it by memory upon check-in. You can find the creed here:
A schedule of Divine Services will be available upon check-in.
Cadets: There will be a NLCC orientation taking place in our building at the same
time as Medical. NO MEDICAL CADET IS TO INTERACT IN ANY WAY WITH THE NLCC
CADETS. If it is determined that a Medical Cadet is interfering in any way with NLCC
Orientation, that is grounds for IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL from training.
I look forward to training with all of you this summer.
Inst Marie Wagrowski, NSCC
Commanding Officer, Medical Training Summer 2009