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					Pentagon Division
 U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps
      Dahlgren, Virginia

Pentagon Division
U.S. Naval Sea Cadets/ U.S. Navy League Cadet Corps
Dahlgren, Virginia

Unit Commander
LTJG Lana Perry
9319 Wildwood Knoll Farm Lane
Spotsylvania, Virginia 22551



       We would like to give special thanks Captain Judy Smith, USN
Commanding Officer of Dahlgren, and Captain Joseph L. Mc Gettigan,
USN Commander of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division for
their continued support with the Navy Sea Cadet Corps, Pentagon Division.
                  WELCOME ABOARD!


      Whether or not you decide to join the military service, the skills
you learn during your time in the sea cadet program will serve you
well for the rest of your life. You will be challenged and tested and
learn to rely on yourself and your shipmates to get the job done. You
will mature and learn self-discipline and have a lot of fun learning
new skills and gain a sense of self-pride in what you can accomplish.

      Your service in the Sea/League Cadet Corps is documented
and kept as a permanent record, which will be passed on to the U.S.
Military if you enlist, and accepted as part of your active duty service
record. Successful completion of Sea/ League Cadet curriculum will
result in graduating Navy or Coast Guard boot camp at a higher
rating that your peers. Sea Cadets also have a higher chance of
acceptance into service academy.

      Therefore it is vital that before enrolling you complete and
submit the following forms, which you might of, received or are

1.   NSCADM 001         Cadet Application and Agreement
2.   NSCADM 004         Parental Agreement
3.   NSCADM 020         Report of Medical History
4.   NSCADM 021         Report of medical Examination
5.   MCHTSC 001         Memorandum of Understanding
       The Pentagon Division charges a non- refundable enrollment
fee of $200.00 which covers enrollment, insurance fees, and uniforms
(based on sizes and availability). The fee is due each year on the
anniversary of your cadet’s enrollment and is required on the drill
weekend of your cadet’s enrollment month. Each Pentagon Division
cadet will be issued a copy of the Standard Operations and
Regulations Manuel (S.O.R.M) and correspondence course CD ROM.
The Pentagon Division League cadets will be issued a copy of the
Standard Operations and Regulations Manuel (S.O.R.M.) and the
League Cadet Syllabus.

      We the staff of the Pentagon Division and our cadets follow in
the tradition of those who served before them in the sea services. We
want you to stand proud cadet, as you embark on what promises to
be an exciting journey!

                      Mission of Sea Cadets

      The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a nationwide organization
dedicated to helping American youth realize personal success and
achievement through a nautically oriented training program.
Through Sea Cadet leadership, young Americans ages 11-18 develop
interest and skill in basic seamanship and its naval adaptations, while
learning the value of patriotism, courage, self reliance, teamwork,
and accountability.

       Cadets train aboard U.S. Navy ships and Coast Guard ships
and shore activities, and are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy
to wear uniforms marked with Naval Sea Cadet insignia.
Approximately 800 Sea Cadet units are operating in nearly every
state as well as Puerto Rico and Guam, with some 9,500 members.
Most Sea Cadets are sponsored by Council of the Navy League of the
United States, a nonprofit organization of U.S. citizens deeply
committed to the welfare of young Americans.
      Membership in the Sea cadets allows teenagers to sample
military life with no obligation to join any branch of armed forces.
Should a cadet decide to enlist in the Navy or Coast Guard, their
training may allow them entry at an advance pay grade. Sea Cadets
also have a higher chance of acceptance into a service academy. The
Naval Sea Cadet Corps affords equal opportunity for participation to
all young Americans regardless of race, color, religion or sex.

                        Sea Cadet History

      Sea Cadet organization exist in most of the maritime nations of
the world. Recognizing the value of these organizations in educating
youth in maritime matters, the Department of the Navy requests the
Navy League of the United States to establish a similar program for
American youth. The Navy League agreed to do so and formally
establish the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) and Navy League Cadet
Corps (NLCC) in 1958.

     The basic objectives of both programs are: 1.) to help Americans
become more patriotic and responsible citizens, and 2.) to help young
Americans understand the role of the maritime services in national
defense and in maintaining the economic viability of our nation.

      On September 10th 1962, the NSCC was federally incorporated
by congress under Public Law 87-655 as a non-profit civilian
education organization, a legal entity separate from the Navy League.
This law was later amended to permit enrollment of young women in
the Corps. The objectives and purpose of the NSCC as in these laws
(as amended) are: “…through organization and cooperation with the
Department of the Navy, encourage and aid American youth to
develop, train them in seagoing skills and to teach them patriotism,
courage, self –reliance, and kindred virtues.”
      Today, the NSCC has formed partnerships with organizations
such as the foundation for Teaching Economics and Flying
Midshipman Association to offer cadets broader opportunities in
areas of leadership and aviation. The NSCC also took and active part
in the creation of the International Sea Cadet Association (ISCA). The
ISCA is an association of Sea Cadet Corps’ from around the world,
whose main objective is to facilitate exchanges of cadets between
member countries.

                         Attendance Policy

       We understand there are many reasons why a cadet may not be
able to attend drill at Dahlgren Military Base, ceremonies/ parades or
training evolutions. These include, but not limited to: illness, prior
employment, family responsibilities, School functions, SAT exams,
etc. and we are accommodating of those priorities.

      Nevertheless, cadets cannot attend the “fun” events, without
also attending required training and there are specific attendance
requirements for all cadets, in order to meet the requirements for
advancement and achievement of the Corps. Accordingly, All Cadets
are required to attend at a minimum of 75% of training, which are 10
out of 12 weekends.

      It is the responsibility of the cadet to notify his or/ her squad
leader prior to drill if there is going to be an excused absents. All
other absents will be unexcused. If a cadet misses more than 2 drill
weekends in a year, and he or /she is considered unexcused. The
cadet may be discharged at the discretion of the Unit C.O.
                   Uniforms & Uniform Policy

Uniforms will be issued 1 month after complete enrollment if
available. If we do not have the proper uniform available we will
order a set for you. Hard to fit items or unusual sizes will be the
financial responsibility of the cadet’s family.

      After uniform has been issued it is expected that you will have
the uniform tailored and ready for inspection the following month.
Enclosed you will find information on ribbon, patch placement as
well as proper crease placement and the different uniforms for the
season and work duty.


      Your first homework assignment will be to learn the Sailors
Creed and the 11 General Orders. You will be expected to recite
these by memory on your second to third month.

      Sea Cadets will be given correspondence work on a CD-Rom;
your first priority will be the BMR as you will not be able to attend
boot camp without completion of minimum of certain assignments
(#1, 5, 6, 9, and 10).

      League Cadets will begin the League Cadet Syllabus. Your first
priority is to complete each section and take the test to advance in

      Turn in completed course or chapter assignments to the
Training Officer as soon as you come aboard at each drill. Cadets are
required to turn in a minimum of 1 assignment each month.
                         Summer Training

      During the summer months of June, July, August, all Sea
Cadets are required to do two weeks training in order to advance
through the program. As a new cadet you are required to go to a
two- week boot camp during your first summer of enrollment. The
following summers you are required to go on a two week training
that may include but are not limited to Coast Guard training, airman,
construction, foreign exchange program, shipboard, among many
others. League Cadet attend a one- week orientation training at a
Naval Base where they learn basic seamanship skills, such as knot
tying, first aid, firefighting, semaphore, swimming, and water safety.
League Cadets can also attend an advance training their second
summer in the program, this training centers on leadership
development alone with other topics to help the cadet progress

                     Response to a Question

      There are only a few responses that are necessary for you to
learn quickly. These are considered approved responses.

Response to a Question;
“Yes Sir, No Sir, I don’t know Sir, Aye, Aye Sir, and No excuse Sir.”

                  Reporting to Officers Quarters

   1. Knock loudly on door frame and wait to be told to enter.
   2. Upon entering, stand at attention, and states: Cadet (your last
      name requests permission to speak to, or reporting as ordered,
      whichever is appropriate, to (name of Officer).
   3. Await the command to speak and state your business.
   4. Always stand at attention unless told to do otherwise.
   5. Upon completion of your business, await the command to be
      dismissed, respond “Aye, Aye Sir”, do an about face and
      smartly walk out of the room.


      Communication is key for the success of the cadet and the
organization, so to ensure that everyone has access to current
information we have a website which
we strive to keep current. From that site you can contact any of the
officers if you have any questions during the week.

       Each cadet is required to utilize his or her chain of command.
Cadets should only be contacting instructor or officer as a last resort
or if returning a call from an Officer. If you call an instructor or an
officer you will be asked if you talked with your squad leader or LPO
first. Each month we will post a Plan of the month which will inform
you or what to expect and lessons to be covered. It is the Cadets
responsibility to read it prior to attending drill. Parents can feel free
to call at anytime and is encouraged to call with any question or
concerns. During your cadets weekend you can imagine that Officers
and cadets can be busy that is why we ask that if you have any
question please call ahead of time or talk to us prior to 14:00 (2:00
PM) on Saturday or Sunday, we want to give you are full attention
but due to deadlines and administrative requirements we are
extremely busy after 14:00.
                         Parental Support

       We are always on the look out for sharp parents who would be
will to donate their skills in the support of our organization and the
cadets. If you feel you can spare some of your time whether it is with
Website maintenance, fundraising, transportation, communications
or anyone of many duties. Please contact us or feel free to see us on
the weekend.


      PERSONAL APPEARANCE- Because it is impossible to
provide examples of every appropriate or unacceptable hairstyle of
“conservative” or “eccentric” grooming, the good judgment of
leaders at all levels is key to enforcement of Navy grooming policy.
Therefore, hair/grooming standards while in uniform shall present a
neat, professional appearance.

      Men- Keep hair neat, clean and well groomed. Hair above the
ears and around the neck shall be tapered from the lower natural
hairline upwards at least 3/4 inches and outward not greater than ¾
inches to blend with hairstyle. Hair on the back of the neck must not
touch the collar. Hair shall be no longer than four inches and may
not touch the ears, collar, extend below eyebrow when headgear is
removed, show under front edge of headgear, or interfere with
properly wearing military headgear.

      Women- Hairstyles shall not be outrageously multicolored or
faddish, to include shaved portions of the scalp (other than the
neckline), or have designs cut or braided into hair. Hair coloring
must look natural and complement the individual. Haircuts and
styles shall present a balanced appearance. Lopsided and extremely
asymmetrical styles are not authorized. Ponytails, pigtails, widely
spaced individual hanging locks, and braids, which protrude from
head, are not authorized. Multiple braids are authorized. Braided
hairstyles shall be conservative and conform to the guidelines listed
herein. When a hairstyle of multiple braids is worn, braids shall be
uniform dimension, small in diameter (approx.1/4 inch), and tightly
interwoven to present a neat, professional, well-groomed
appearance. Foreign material (i.e., beads, decorative items) shall not
be braided into the hair. Short hair may be braided in symmetrical
fore and aft rows (corn rowing), which minimizes scalp exposure.
Cornrow ends shall not protrude from the head, and shall be secured
only with inconspicuous rubber bands that match the color of the
hair. Appropriateness of a hairstyle shall also be judged by its
appearance when headgear is worn. All headgear shall fit snugly
and comfortably around the largest part of the head without
distortion or excessive gaps. Hair shall not show from under the
front of the brim of the combination hat, garrison, or command ball
caps. Hairstyles which do not allow headgear to be worn in this
manner, or which interfere with the proper wear of protective masks
or equipment are prohibited. When in uniform, the hair may touch,
but not fall below a horizontal line level with the lower edge of the
back of the collar. With jumper uniforms, hair may extend a
maximum of ½ inches below the top of the jumper collar. Long hair,
including braids, which fall below the edge of the collar shall be
neatly and inconspicuously fastened, pinned, or secured to the head.
No portion of the bulk of the hair as measured from scalp will exceed
approximately 2 inches. A maximum of two small
barrettes/combs/clips, similar to hair color, may be used in the hair.
Additional bobby pins or rubber bands matching hair color may be
used to hold hair in place, if necessary.
                        Sea Cadets Pledge

     To be recited upon at your first weekend as a cadet

     I promise to serve God, honor our flag, abide by Naval Sea
Cadet Corps Regulations, and carry out the orders of the officers
appointed over me, and so conduct myself as to be credit to myself,
my unit, the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, the Navy and my country.”

                           Sailor’s Creed

     “I am a United States Sailor. I will support and defend the
Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the
orders of those appointed over me. I represent the fighting spirit of
the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and
democracy around the world. I proudly serve my country’s Navy
combat team with honor, courage and commitment.”
                  Eleven Orders of Sentry

1. To take charge of this post and all government property in
2. To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the
   alert, and observing everything that takes place within sight or
3. To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.
4. To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse
   than my own.
5. To quit my post only when properly relieved.
6. To receive, obey and pass on to the sentry who relieves me, all
   orders from the Commanding Officer, Command Duty Officer,
   Officer of the Deck, and Officers and Petty Officers of the
   Watch only.
7. To talk to no one except in the line of duty.
8. To give the alarm in case of fire and disorder.
9. To call the Officer of the Deck in any case not covered by
10.To salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.
11.To be especially watch at night, and during the time fro
   challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post and to
   allow no one to pass without proper authority.
                       Navy Core Values

  Honor “I will bear true faith and allegiance…”
         Accordingly, we will:

   Conduct ourselves in the highest ethical manner in all
    relationships with senior, peers and subordinates;
   Be honest and truthful in our dealings with each other, and
    with those outside the Navy;
   Be willing to make honest recommendations and to accept
    those recommendation from junior personnel;
   Encourage new ideas and deliver the bad news, even when
    it is unpopular; abide by an uncompromising code of
    integrity, taking responsibility for our actions and keeping
    our word;
   Fulfill or exceed our legal and ethical responsibilities in our
    public and personal lives 24 hours a day.

  Courage “I will support and defend…”
             Accordingly, we will;

 Have courage to meet the demands of our profession and the
  mission when it is hazardous, demanding or otherwise
 Make decisions in the best interest of the Navy and the nations
  without regard to personal consequences;
 Meet these challenges while adhering to a higher standard of
  personal conduct and decency.
  Commitment “I will obey the orders…”
              Accordingly, we will:

   Demand respect up and down the chain of command:
   Care for the safety, professional, personal and spiritual well-
    being of our people:
   Show respect toward all people without regard to race or
   Treat each individual with human dignity;
   Be committed to positive change and constant improvement;
   Exhibit the highest degree of moral character, technical
    excellence, quality and competence in what we have been
    trained to do.

The day-to-day duty of every Navy/Cadet man and woman is to
work together as a team to improve the quality of our work, our
people and ourselves. Your decision to become part of a proud
organization with a rich, time-honored tradition is one of the most
important you will ever make. You’ll be a member of a team that
functions only as well as its people perform their duties and work
toward common goals.

            We welcome you to step up to your new Challenge of the
             United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

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