Welcome to the Sea Cadet Coursework & Advancements Page

Cadet Advancement Requirements

NOT THE PAGE FOR LEAGUE CADETS

The Basics for Cadets:

Sea Cadet rates follow the same path as of the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard enlisted rates from E-1 (Seaman Recruit) through E-7 (Chief Petty Officer) (see United States Navy enlisted rates). An enlisted sailor’s rate is similar conceptually to a naval officer’s rank. Only officers carry the term “rank” in the Navy.

1. All cadets have to take the Navy correspondence courses and pass Navy examinations to advance in rate.

2. They must have a minimum time served in each rate before moving to the next higher rate. A minimum of 6 months in grade.

3. A Physical Readiness Test (PRT) is required to advance. 

In support of the NSCC program goals of healthy lifestyles, all NSCC Cadets must take and pass the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) at least once in every six-month period.

4. An NSCC training is required to advance. One in the summer and one in the winter.

5. Certain Ranks require special trainings to be completed before attaining them. In order to earn PO2, you must complete the advanced training POLA and in order to attain Chief, you must have staffed RTC or Leaguer Orientation.

6. Sea Cadets do not take online exams until they reach Petty Officer 3rd Class, the Cadet must then pass on an online exam to demonstrate their retention of what they learned. Sea Cadets take Petty Officer exams (PO3, PO2, and PO1)

All new Sea Cadets enter the NSCC as an E-1 (Seaman Recruit or “SR”); detailed requirements for advancement are outlined below. Each course includes an assignment in which the Cadet provides his/her answers on the NSCTNG028 BMR Assignment Answer Sheet. One answer sheet is used for each assignment. 

Email COMPLETED coursework to NsccNlccCourses@gmail.com

Instructions

CADETS: ONCE YOU COMPLETE YOUR COURSEWORK: 

  • Scan and email it to NsccNlccCourses@gmail.com

  • If brought to drill it will be given to the Yeoman (Messenger). The Yeoman will turn it into Admin for grading. Make sure you have a copy of your Answersheet in case the original is lost.

  • Work ahead in your coursework but it must be done in order. 

Only FULLY COMPLETED coursework will be accepted. If you have 15 lessons then all 15 need to be turned in TOGETHER or they are considered incomplete.

Here are the steps to do the coursework:

1. Select the coursework you need to work on. 

2. Download the PDF Coursework Syllabus and Open Chapter 1 on your computer. DO NOT PRINT OUT THE SYLLABUS FOR THE BMR IT IS OVER 700 PAGES.

3. Open Assignment 1 on another screen on your computer. 

4. Put the PDF of the Coursework & the Assignment questions side by side on your desktop.

5. The answers are in chronological order. You will not find the answer to #5 after #6. So if you get stuck on #5 Look for #6 and then backtrack to find the answer to #5 between #4 and #6. 

6. Print out the number of Answer Sheets for each assignment. For example, the BMR has 15 assignments, so you will need 15 answer sheets. You can use the writable PDF answer sheet, just save each one with the assignment name in a folder on your computer. 

* Hint: write down on notepaper which page you left off on so you know where to start when you come back to it. 

After you have printed your answer sheets make sure they are all properly filled out at the top. All boxes must be filled in. This includes:

  • Your USNSCC ID# (it is located on your ID card)

  • Your birthday (in the proper format)

  • Your email 

 

BLACK INK ONLY!!

How to Fill Out AND PRINT the Answer Sheet

1a & 1b. Make sure you put your last and first name in the appropriate boxes. 


1c. is your rate NOT your rank, it is your RATE.


1d. Enter in your USNSCC ID #, it is on your ID card.


1e. Your email must be legible.


1f. Date Format matters. Input the two-digit DAY three LETTERS for the month and two digit YEAR. This matters if you put 05 06 18 we won't know if that is May 6th or June 5th.


2a. This will be the name of your coursework. BMR, Seaman etc.


2b. The date your submit works in your favor if it takes longer than a drill rotation for the coursework to get graded, you can follow up.


2c. The BMR has 15 Assignments, you want to make sure you label each so they get graded properly.

PRINT ONE PAGE PER ASSIGNMENT. YOU WILL USE THIS DOCUMENT FOR ALL CADET COURSEWORK. DO NOT PRINT THE SYLLABUS.

 

If you print out the answer sheet and fill it out by hand and if you make a mistake:

Step 1- cross of the box that is incorrect 

Step 2 - fill in the correct box

Step 3- write the correct answer on the line next to the number. Do not write every answer on the line next to each answer, only if you make a mistake and need to clarify which answer is correct.  
 

ASSIGNMENT not Answer Sheet

This is the assignment where you find the questions you need to answer. 

This is NOT the answer sheet you turn in. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE DO YOU TURN THIS IN. 

The ONLY time you print this out and use it to put answers on is if you are taking the PO3 PO2 or PO1 exam. Then you print it, put your answers on it and use it as a study guide. 

SR - SEAMAN RECRUIT & SA-T - SEAMAN APPRENTICE TEMPORARY - E1

​SR SEAMAN RECRUIT E-1 

  • There is no insignia for the SR, Seaman Recruit E-1.

  • The initial phase of Sea Cadet training, the SR is the rank you receive for signing up.

​SA-T SEAMAN APPRENTICE TEMPORARY E-1

  • There is no insignia for the SA-T, Seaman Apprentice Temporary E-1.

  • The rarely used SA-T rank is given to SR's who complete their BMR before attending Recruit Training (RTC).

  • It is also bestowed upon league cadets who fleet up and had reached the rank of Petty Officer Third Class LC-4, in the NLCC.

Basic Military Requirements BMR - 15 Assignments

​The BMR (Basic Military Requirements) course covers military courtesy, basic military drill (marching), the chain of command, and other related introductory topics.
 

  • This course is used for the advancement of NSCC personnel to Seaman Apprentice (E-2). ​

  • The BMR has 15 Lessons, you must turn in all 15 at one time.

  • To move forward in rate,

    • Sea Cadet Recruits (SR) AND Seaman Apprentice Temporary (SA-T) must attend Recruit Training (RT). RT is a 9 to 14-day training, for more information look under the Training Opportunities tab.

    • Pass the PRT, Physical Readiness Test. For more information look under the Advancements Tab - PRT Chart. 

    • Have 6 Months time in grade (rank) and service (time in the program).

 

  • These training sessions are taught at the Navy’s Recruit Training Command, at other naval bases or stations and at regional recruit training sites using other military host resources. The curriculum of this training is approved by the U.S. Navy and standardized at all training sites. Cadets receive 106 hours of instruction, with a focus on the Navy’s core values of honor, courage, and commitment. Both tone and tenor of instruction are modeled after the Navy’s recruit training.

  • Recruit Training is held typically in both Northern and Southern California in the summer and Southern California in the winter.

  • Upon completion of RT, SR's or SA-T's are promoted to Seaman Apprentice if the BMR is finished.​

SA - SEAMAN APPRENTICE - ​E2

​In order to promote from SR or SA-T to SA (Seaman Apprentice):

  1. BMR coursework completed

  2. RTC completed

  3. Passed PRT

  4. Minimum time In Grade 3 months

Seaman Coursework - 4 Assignments

Cadets desiring to attain the rate of Seaman must complete the Seaman Correspondence Course only once their BMR is complete.

The Seaman course focuses on the following subject matter: watches, watch-standing duties, marlinespike seamanship, deck seamanship, use and care of deck equipment, boat seamanship, ammunition, and gunnery.

*Sacramento Division is not a squadron therefor the Airman coursework is not accepted in lieu of Seaman Coursework. 

SN - SEAMAN - E3

​​In order to promote from SA to SN Seaman:

1. Seaman Coursework is completed 

2. Advanced Training completed

3. Passed PRT

4. Minimum time in grade 6 months as SA

PO3 Coursework Assignments 1 & 2

Military Requirements for PO3 AND PO2 covers the knowledge required of Sailors of the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve. Designed for individual study rather than formal classroom instruction, the course provides basic information in regard to Petty Officers Third and Second Class Naval Standards.

 

This self-study course is organized into subject matter areas, each containing learning objectives to help you determine what you should learn along with text and illustrations to help you understand the information. The subject matter reflects day-to-day professional military knowledge.

This course is used for the advancement of NSCC personnel to Petty Officer Third Class (E-4) with the completion of assignments 1 and 2, and the advancement of personnel to Petty Officer Second Class (E-5) with the completion of assignments 3, 4, and 5. They are not due at the same time. 

​There is a test that will be administered at drill once the first and second assignments are complete.

To create a study guide for the online quiz at drill:

  • print out the assignments with the questions. 

  • Put your answers on BOTH the answer sheet and the assignments.

  • You turn in the answer sheet but use the assignments to study for the quiz. 

PO3 - PETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS - E4

​​In order to promote from SN to PO3 Petty Officer 3rd Class:

1. Assignments 1 & 2 of Military Requirements for Petty Officers 3rd & 2nd Class Coursework is completed 

2. Pass PO3 Quiz at drill

3. Any advanced Training completed

4. Passed PRT

5.  6 months Time in Grade as SN

6. 15 months Time In Service


As a PO3 you are expected to step up and be a mentor and leader. At this point, you have been to at least two trainings and have been coming to drill for over a year. Now is the time to teach newer cadets what you know!

Advancement to PO3 requires approval from the  Commanding Officer of the Division.

Petty Officer Leadership Academy POLA

  • POLA must be completed prior to and is a requirement for advancement to Petty Officer Second Class (E-5) in the NSCC.

  • POLA may be completed at any time after advancement to E3 but prior to advancement to PO2.

  • PO3's will get priority when registering for POLA. 

  • PO3 Coursework MUST be completed before you can register for POLA.

Petty Officer Leadership Academies will follow an established standardized curriculum which includes the following subjects:

    • Navy Core Values

    • Standards of Conduct

    • Fundamentals of Leadership

    • Situational Leadership

    • Conflict Management

    • Overcoming Bias and Prejudice

    • Responsibility, Authority and Accountability

    • Interpersonal Communications

    • Motivating Others

    • Fundamentals of Counseling

    • Team Dynamics

    • Knowledge of the NSCC

    • Lesson Plan Development

    • NSCC Uniforms

    • Customs, Traditions, Honors, and Ceremonies

    • Recruiting and Retention

    • Service Etiquette

    • Sexual Harassment, Hazing, and Fraternization

    • Career Opportunities in the Sea Services

    • Situational Leadership

Staffing RTC

  • In order to make Chief, you must staff RTC.

  • You can staff Cadet RTC or League Cadet Orientation. 

  • You are eligible to staff after you have gone to POLA.

PO2 Coursework Assignments 3-5

Military Requirements for PO3 AND PO2 covers the knowledge required of Sailors of the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve. Designed for individual study rather than formal classroom instruction, the course provides basic information in regard to Petty Officers Third and Second Class Naval Standards.

 

This self-study course is organized into subject matter areas, each containing learning objectives to help you determine what you should learn along with text and illustrations to help you understand the information. The subject matter reflects day-to-day professional military knowledge.

This course is used for the advancement of NSCC personnel to Petty Officer Third Class (E-4) with the completion of assignments 1 and 2, and the advancement of personnel to Petty Officer Second Class (E-5) with the completion of assignments 3, 4, and 5. They are not due at the same time. 

 

​There is a test that will be administered at drill once the third through fifth assignments are complete.

To create a study guide for the online quiz at drill:

  • print out the assignments with the questions. 

  • Put your answers on BOTH the answer sheet and the assignments.

  • You turn in the answer sheet but use the assignments to study for the quiz. 

PO2 - PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS - E5

In order to  promote from PO3 to PO2 Petty Officer 2nd Class :

1. Assignments 3, 4 & 5 of Military Requirements for Petty Officers 3rd & 2nd Class Coursework is completed 

2. Pass PO2 Quiz at drill

3. POLA Advanced Training completed

4. Passed PRT

5.  6 months Time In Grade as PO3

6. 21 months Time In Service

As a PO2 you are a working supervisor. A leader of leaders getting ready to be LPO (Lead Petty Officer). You may be ALPO (Assistant Lead Petty Officer), learning how to march the division and get everyone from point A to point B. 

PO1 Coursework - 7 Assignments

MILITARY REQUIREMENTS FOR PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS PO1

Provides subject matter related to the military qualifications of all first class petty officers. Provides information on U.S. naval tradition; leadership and administrative responsibilities; programs and policies; professional responsibilities; military requirements; safety and survival; and damage control.

This course is used for the advancement of NSCC personnel to Petty Officer First Class (E-6).

As a PO1 you are a supervisor. A leader of leaders the LPO (Lead Petty Officer). You may have an ALPO (Assistant Lead Petty Officer), you should know how to march the division and get everyone from point A to point B. 

PO1 - PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS - E6

In order to promote from PO2 to PO1 Petty Officer 1st Class :

1. Assignments 1-7 of Military Requirements for Petty Officers 1st Class Coursework is completed 

2. Pass PO1 Quiz at drill

3. Passed PRT

4. 6 months Time In Grade as PO2

5. 27 months Time In Service

6. Approval from National Headquarters

CPO Coursework - 9 Assignments

In order to promote from PO1 to CPO Chief Petty Officer:

1. Assignments 1-9 of Military Requirements for Chief Petty Officers Coursework is completed 

2. Passed PRT

3. Must be at least 16 years old

4. 6 months Time In Grade as PO1

5. 33 months Time In Service

6. Approval from National Headquarters

Advancement to CPO is not guaranteed and is dependent on size of the unit, character of the Cadet, experience of the Cadet and completion of all prerequisites.

 

The position of Chief Petty Officer (CPO) is completed for and not in the normal path of advancement. The candidate must be in good standing with the unit and be approved by a promotion board. The candidate must be involved in extracurricular activities and good standing with the unit and be approved by a promotion board. The candidate must be involved in extracurricular activities and have a minimum of 2.5 GPA.

The CPO position is an honor and is granted only to the most deserving of Cadets. CPO candidates must be a beacon of the values and morals of the USNSCC.

 

CPO's are the leaders of the unit and the example to follow. An excerpt of the Chief Petty Officer Creed reads “the rank of E7 carries with it unique responsibilities and privileges you are now bound to observe and expected to fulfill. Your entire way of life is now changed. More will be expected of you; more will be demanded of you. Not because you are an E7 but because you are now a Chief Petty Officer. You have not merely been promoted one grade, you have joined an exclusive fellowship and, as in all fellowships, you have a special responsibility to your comrades, even as they have a special responsibility to you.” “ASK THE CHIEF” is a household phrase, both in and out of the Navy.

CPO - PETTY OFFICER - E7

In order to promote from PO1 to CPO Chief Petty Officer:

1. Assignments 1-9 of Military Requirements for Chief Petty Officers Coursework is completed 

2. Passed PRT

3. Must be at least 16 years old

4. 6 months Time In Grade as PO1

5. 33 months Time In Service

6. Approval from National Headquarters

Advancement to CPO is not guaranteed and is dependent on size of the unit, character of the Cadet, experience of the Cadet and completion of all prerequisites.

 

The position of Chief Petty Officer (CPO) is completed for and not in the normal path of advancement. The candidate must be in good standing with the unit and be approved by a promotion board. The candidate must be involved in extracurricular activities and good standing with the unit and be approved by a promotion board. The candidate must be involved in extracurricular activities and have a minimum of 2.5 GPA.

The CPO position is an honor and is granted only to the most deserving of Cadets. CPO candidates must be a beacon of the values and morals of the USNSCC.

 

CPO's are the leaders of the unit and the example to follow. An excerpt of the Chief Petty Officer Creed reads “the rank of E7 carries with it unique responsibilities and privileges you are now bound to observe and expected to fulfill. Your entire way of life is now changed. More will be expected of you; more will be demanded of you. Not because you are an E7 but because you are now a Chief Petty Officer. You have not merely been promoted one grade, you have joined an exclusive fellowship and, as in all fellowships, you have a special responsibility to your comrades, even as they have a special responsibility to you.” “ASK THE CHIEF” is a household phrase, both in and out of the Navy.

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