Pentagon Division U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Dahlgren, Virginia WELCOME ABOARD GUIDE 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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.pentagondivision.com/ 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! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE PENTAGON DIVISION- U.S. NAVAL SEA CADET CORPS 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 enclosed. 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. Homework 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 rank. 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.” NO OTHER RESPONSE WILL BE TOLERATED! 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. Communications 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 www.pentagondivision.com 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. Grooming 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 view. 2. To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert, and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing. 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 Instructions. 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 difficult: 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 gender: 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.