Good afternoon,

Please distribute the attached Information Letter from NHQ Executive Director, Henry Nyland.
 
Regards,
Chris Collins
Director of Administration

To our volunteers,

It is with pleasure that I announce the next executive director of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, retired Navy Captain Paul A. Zambernardi.

In addition to Paul’s naval background, he possesses the nonprofit experience we need to achieve our vision of reaching as many of America’s youth as possible. Paul served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years as a naval aviator, flying the P-3 Orion aircraft. After his naval career, Paul served in a variety of roles in the nonprofit, government and business sectors, including his former role as executive vice president of the Raskob Foundation in Wilmington, Delaware. Paul previously served on the staff of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and he was the chief financial officer of the United States Naval Academy Foundation and Alumni Association. He also was the director for a Mid-Atlantic financial advisory firm and president of the Yellowstone Park Foundation in Bozeman, Montana. Most recently, he provided services as a private consultant focusing on strategic planning, implementation of innovative services, and analysis and evaluation of organizational performance. You can read the full release here: http://www.seacadets.org/sea-cadet-blog/2017/1/24/zambernardi-announcement  

Paul strongly believes in our mission, and with his vision and experience, he will be a dedicated champion and leader for the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.  

Best regards,

John Alger
Chairman, Board of Directors
U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps

TO ALL,
 
The Air Force Association, Cyber Patriot Operations, are requesting all units interested in competing in the 2017-2018 Season to complete a 5 question survey.  The link to survey monkey can be found in the PDF document.
 
The deadline for the survey is Friday, January 20, 2017. 
 
The Excel File (Calendar) provides dates applicable to the upcoming season as reference.
 
PLEASE ensure the widest distribution of the survey.
 
Thank you!!
 
Regards,
 
Training Director
Naval Sea Cadet Corps

 

New year, new Skim. Here’s the USNSCC info you need to start your 2017 off right. Let’s get after it!

FIRST, THE GOOD STUFF
ADDING TO OUR TEAM: Please join us welcoming Sunitha “Sue” Thazethe to NHQ. Sue is joining us as our IT specialist. She will serve as the official Magellan “Help Desk” as well as help us further develop the program’s external IT systems. We are so excited about the talent she brings to the NHQ team!
SEA CADETS SAVING LIVES: On Saturday, Dec. 10, Airman Dylan McMaster, of Twin Cities Squadron, had just arrived home from drill when he noticed a fire in his neighbor’s garage. Still in his uniform, he ran out the door to help the group of people who were fighting the fire by throwing buckets of water on it. Read about how he made a difference: www.seacadets.org/sea-cadet-blog/fire
APRIL IN AUSTRALIA: Who wants to meet a kangaroo? Our international exchange program announced our April trip to Australia. Applications are due February 3. Application details:  http://bit.ly/2j9vFOJ.
 
ALL TALK, ALL ACTION: New information and action letters recently came out. TL;DR? We’ve got you covered. 
A ROUND OF APPLAUSE: … for our newly promoted officers! Check out the list and if you know them, send them a note. Being an NSCC officer takes a lot of dedication, let’s make it a big deal of it. Info Letter 01-17: http://bit.ly/2jgAKag
REJOICE! LESS PAPER: The annual inspection is a lot of work for units and RDs, and we are finally making some changes. The long-awaited inspection procedures have been released, and all inspections will now be done using Magellan. Action Letter 10-16: http://bit.ly/2jfNcax
(ADMIN MANUAL) CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Major changes were made in the 2017 Admin Manual, including the significant reduction of the requirement for paper service records for upcoming inspections. The most important changes are summarized in the action letter, but please take the time to read the entire manual. Action Letter 01-17: http://bit.ly/2jfJYUn
 
FROM THE TRAINING TEAM:
FOR OUR HIGH-SPEED CADETS: The application windows for summer programs at several service academies are now open. NHQ hopes to reimburse the enrollment fees, but we won’t be able to confirm this until our budget is finalized in April. We’ve gathered all the enrollment information and posted it here: http://www.seacadets.org/academy-programs
PROTECTING OUR CADETS: All adults, including auxiliary members, will be required to take the Darkness-to-Light online course by 1 March 2017. This training is among the most important training any adult volunteer will ever take. Further, a single national standard is necessary for liability purposes, and for grant-related risk-mitigation purposes. Information Letter 14-16: http://bit.ly/2ghp05V
 
COMMUNICATIONS AND LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS:
HOW WE RECRUIT AND RETAIN: We have a brand new recruiting and retention guide. With best practices sourced from our volunteers, we are excited to share their ideas with you. Commanding officers have received a hard copy for use at their unit, but everyone can download it here: http://bit.ly/2fRSKWB
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ON CAPITOL HILL: Our federal grant helps us keep training costs down. Here are four ways you can help with our program funding. 1) Invite members of Congress to your unit’s events, especially events with high visibility; 2) Ask your members of Congress to join the Military Youth Programs Congressional Caucus; 3) Ask your members if they would like a briefing from NHQ at their D.C. office; 4) Fill out this form letter and send it to them: http://bit.ly/2fu4nQQ
 
DON'T MISS DEADLINES
PATHWAYS TO SERVICE: Please let your eligible cadets know that the 2017 NROTC scholarship application is open. The deadline for submitting an application is January 31, 2017. Application and details at the link: http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/index.html 
LEANING FORWARD: Submissions for the March issue of Sea Cadet Quarterly are due by February 16. The focus will be on winter training and teamwork. Send photo and article submissions to pao@seacadets.org.
DARKNESS TO LIGHT: All adults, including auxiliary members, will be required to take the Darkness-to-Light online course by March 1.
 

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To All,
 
The NSCC Chairman, Mr. John W. Alger has approved the results of the  2016 Officer Promotion Board and extends his congratulations to those selected.
 
Approved promotions will be affected in Magellan by NHQ Staff.  The promotion certificates will be available in Magellan for printing within the next few days.
 
Unless otherwise stated the effective date of promotion will be 1 January 2017.
 
Regards,
Training Director
Naval Sea Cadet Corps
ATTENTION!!!!!!
 
The long awaited 2016 Annual Inspection Procedures are attached.  The document will also be pinned within the inspection report as well for easy follow-along.
 
IMPORTANT!!!! 
 
  • PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, IT IS IMPERATIVE THE PROCEDURES ARE READ IN FULL PRIOR TO PROCEEDING.
  • All inspection reports will be done using Magellan.
  • Submission of paper inspection reports will not be accepted.
Thank you,
Regards,
 
Training Director
Naval Sea Cadet Corps

December 15, 2016

From: Executive Director

To: All Cadets, Officers, Midshipmen and Instructors

Subj: HOLIDAY GREETINGS

On behalf of our entire National Headquarters staff, we wish you all the best for a joyful holiday season. Colin Powell once said, "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." This is what we ask for from our cadets. Come prepared for drill and training, work diligently with your peers, and learn from failure rather than fear it. Give it your best: that’s exactly what our cadets do, and what makes the NSCC program so successful.

As I reflect on 2016, I am so proud of the thousands of cadets who followed this recipe for success over the past 12 months. It’s not easy to be a League Cadet or Sea Cadet. If you do it right, it takes hundreds of hours to become proficient. I know you have many options for how you spend your time. Thank you for spending it with us.

Year after year, our volunteers and parents are the real heroes of our program. I am incredibly grateful for the devotion of your time and energy to our mission. You set the benchmark among all youth organizations. You don’t do it for rank or ribbons. You do it for the cadets. Thank you.

This year we reached an all-time high enrollment of 13,573 and hold great optimism that this record will be easily broken in 2017. We are looking forward to continuing our tradition of excellence, and we are excited to have you with us in 2017. Happy Holidays!

Kind regards, 

CAPT Henry J. Nyland, USN (Ret)
Executive Director 

 

It’s that most wonderful time of the year – winter training! Oh – and the holidays!

FIRST, THE GOOD STUFF
FROM THE HEAD GUY IN CHARGE:On behalf of our entire National Headquarters staff, we wish you all the best for a joyful holiday season. Year after year, our volunteers and parents are the real heroes of our program. I am incredibly grateful for the devotion of your time and energy to our mission. You set the benchmark among all youth organizations. You don’t do it for rank or ribbons. You do it for the cadets. Thank you.” Read the full message from the executive director here: http://bit.ly/2h9qBbr
WHILE SOME OF US ARE OPENING PRESENTS UNDER THE TREE: …more than 1,300 cadets and 200 officers will be working hard at winter training events around the country. If you know any of these volunteers at your unit, please join us in sharing your appreciation for their sacrifices and astounding dedication.
WE’VE GOT ISSUES: …of the latest Sea Cadet Quarterly. The December SCQ was released yesterday. Our cadets talk about their involvement in the commissioning of two naval ships, retirement ceremonies, and the Navy's birthday. We also take a closer look at the service academy summer programs through the eyes of who a cadet who attended three this year. Hard copies will be sent to subscribing units in early January. If you are not a subscriber, what are you waiting for? You can sign up to receive copies in Magellan. Read the issue here: www.seacadets.org/scq.
 
ALL TALK, ALL ACTION: New information and action letters recently came out. TL;DR? We’ve got you covered. 
DO THIS, NOT THAT: The Correspondence Course Management System (CCMS) is now accessible using the Magellan Adult Member Portal. Units should start using the new system immediately. Action Letter 09-16: http://bit.ly/2hE4b30
WHO WANTS A PROMOTION?: The application window for the 2016 LT and LCDR promotion board is open. This year, adult promotion recommendations must be submitted via our new FluidReview system by December 23. More info and instructions are in Information Letter 15-16: http://bit.ly/2h9xrOc
 
FROM THE TRAINING TEAM
PROTECTING OUR CADETS: All adults, including auxiliary members, are required to take the Darkness-to-Light online course by 1 March 2017. This training is among the most important training any adult volunteer will ever take. Further, a single national standard is necessary for liability purposes, and for grant-related risk-mitigation purposes. Information Letter 14-16: http://bit.ly/2ghp05V
 
COMMUNICATIONS AND LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS:
HOW WE RECRUIT AND RETAIN: We have a brand new recruiting and retention guide. With best practices sourced from our volunteers, we are excited to share their ideas with you. Commanding officers will receive a hard copy for use at their unit but everyone can download it here: http://bit.ly/2fRSKWB
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ON CAPITOL HILL: Our federal grant helps us keep training costs down. Here are four ways you can help with our program funding. 1) Invite members of Congress to your unit’s events, especially events with big visibility; 2) Ask your members of Congress to join the Military Youth Programs Congressional Caucus; 3) Ask your members if they would like a briefing from NHQ at their D.C. office; 4) Fill out this form letter and send it to them: http://bit.ly/2fu4nQQ
 
DON'T MISS DEADLINES
PATHWAYS TO SERVICE: Please let your eligible cadets know that the 2017 NROTC scholarship application is open. The deadline for submitting an application is January 31, 2017. Application and details at the link: http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/index.html 
LEANING FORWARD: Submissions for the March issue of Sea Cadet Quarterly are due by February 16. The focus will be on winter training and the importance of teamwork. Send photo and article submissions to pao@seacadets.org.
DARKNESS TO LIGHT: All adults, including auxiliary members, are required to take the Darkness-to-Light online course by March 1.
 
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ATTENTION ON DECK!!!
 
Beginning 14 DEC 2016 at 1200 EST, the new Correspondence Course Management System will be activated using the Magellan Adult Member Portal.
 
The Action Letter 09-16, highlights the enhancements to the new site.  The revised Correspondence Course Manual has been posted.  PLEASE READ FIRST!!!!  
 
First and foremost, previously assigned Unit Course Administrators will require reactivating by the Unit Commanding Officer.  Instructions are found in Chapter Two, of the Correspondence Course Manual.

ALL inquires regarding the new system are to be directed to courses@seacadets.org as before.

Here's your special Memorial Day weekend edition of "Sea Cadet Skim", a new semi-regular feature designed to keep everyone in the know. "Sea Cadet Skim" is sent to all volunteers with an active email address in Magellan. 

 

FIRST, THE GOOD STUFF—

WE REMEMBER ON MEMORIAL DAY AND EVERY DAY—Many of our units will be busy this weekend honoring those who have given their lives for our country. Attached to this email is a graphic to help everyone remember what this day is about.

Send photos from your unit’s Memorial Day events (along with your unit name) to pao@seacadets.org. We will be sharing them on our social media channels all day on Monday. As always, please ensure proper uniform wear.

GO BIG OR GO HOME—We are proud to report that Team "The Bull" went big. They returned to Escondido Battalion as the first place winner of the 2016 SeaPerch Program's National Competition! Competing at LSU last weekend, team members PO1 Fischer Mata and PO2 Luke Vore placed in all three events - Challenge Course, Obstacle Course, and Poster Presentation. "The Bull" couldn't have done it without the help of our volunteers and the 20 cadets on the other five USNSCC teams also competing. BRAVO ZULU!

SEND US A POSTCARD (AND MAYBE SOME CHOCOLATE!)—This week, we announced the cadets and officers selected for this year’s International Exchange Program. BRAVO ZULU to those going to: Bermuda (LTJG Steve Stewart, PO2 Connor Rooney, PO1 Grant Domingo); Canada (LTJG Dawna Stewart, LTJG Rob Robbins, CPO Cameron Brewer, CPO Logan Glantz, PO3 Aaliyah Karunaratne, PO1 Xavier Garza, CPO Caleigh Jensen, CPO Blake Lieb, PO2 Robert Simpson, PO2 Emily McCoy, PO1 Jessica Garcia); Hong Kong (ENS Richard Covington, CPO Eric Bertulaitis, CPO Rebecca Modrich); India (LTJG John Gallo, CPO Tracy Robinson, PO1 Vivian Dees, CPO Alexander Mueller); Sweden (LCDR Martha Robinson, CPO Sean Chen, PO1 Jacob Redlawski); United Kingdom (LT Sandi Chamyan, CPO Benjamin Leaman, CPO Tamera Riffle, CPO Jessica Nagel).

SPOTTED: SEA CADETS DOING COOL STUFF—Fleet Week New York is an exciting event, and if you’ve been following our Facebook page you’ll know that our Sea Cadets played a part in it. Several groups of Sea Cadets were aboard USS Bataan for a three-day cruise from Norfolk to New York City. Manning the rails alongside active duty Sailors and Marines as they arrived in NYC, our cadets made us proud. Check out our Facebook page for photos (and a tug of war video with a surprise ending!) at www.facebook.com/usnscc

REMEMBER LAST YEAR?—2015 was an excellent year in the Sea Cadet program, and now you can take a trip down memory lane with our 2015 Annual Report! For the first time, we’ve included information on our community demographics. We also updated the format to be more shareable and ask that you forward this link on to your unit’s parents, local sponsor and supporters so they can see where their patronage goes. The 2015 Annual Report is now available for viewing at 2015.seacadets.org.

Units can also download a PDF version at the above link. Printed copies of the one-pager "Our 2015 in Numbers" will be available for order through Magellan in the next few weeks. We’ll give you notice when they’re ready.

 

FROM THE TRAINING TEAM—

TRAINING NITTY GRITTY— 

THERE ARE MORE THAN 43,000 ZIP CODES IN THE U.S.—Please make sure we know which one is yours by ensuring that your mailing address is listed correctly in your Magellan profile. If you are applying for a reimbursement, and you don’t want it sent to your address on record, please annotate on your paperwork where it should be sent.

 

A QUICK PLUG FOR A FEW TRAININGS—Additional info on this summer’s training events can be found at training.seacadets.org. 

MELBOURNE, FLORIDA—There are available slots at the following trainings: RT, POLA, MAA, and Culinary Arts. These start on June 19. Contact the COTC, LT Harold Johnson at hjohnson115@cfl.rr.com

FAA GROUND SCHOOL—Offered in Camp Pendleton, Virginia from June 19 to July 1 with a cadet deposit of $100. Units should contact the COTC, Judge Robert Colby, at (703) 549-7722 or rtsc1@juno.com before registering their cadets.

RT AND LEAGUE ORIENTATION SPOTS—There are still slots available at Fort Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania from June 26 to July 9. Contact the COTC, LCDR Edith O'Brion, at emobrion@aol.com

  

MISCELLANEOUS—

WHO YA GONNA CALL?—Please send questions about Magellan to magellan@seacadets.org. Direct questions about training to training@seacadets.org. And questions about ghosts should go to the Ghostbusters. (Is that line getting old yet? Nevermind, don’t answer that.)

PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST—Units must administer the PFT to all cadets attending this summer’s Recruit Training, League Orientation, and Advanced Trainings. This PFT must include push-ups, sit-ups, and the one-mile run. Units should record the results in Magellan. The Sit and Reach and Shuttle Run do not need to be administered and should be excused by checking the “Excused” box. Cadets must achieve a passing score at the unit level before attending any training. NHQ will be reviewing this policy for Winter Training. Read Action Letter 02-16 here: http://bit.ly/1UWsM2b   

  

DON'T MISS DEADLINES— 

**LAST CALL** BARQUE EAGLE TRAINING—If you have exceptional cadets (PO2 and up) who are on a path that makes them competitive for federal service academy consideration please do them a favor and pass along the application information for the training aboard Barque Eagle. Eagle is the training ship of the USCG Academy and Leadership Development Center, based in New London, Connecticut. Applications are due right now (May 27).

PATHWAYS TO SERVICE—We talk a lot about Naval Academy admissions and not enough about Naval ROTC. We’re going to fix that. In the upcoming issue of SCQ, look for an article by our own MIDN Austyn Sutton about how his path to USNA led him to NROTC – and how it worked out for the best. Please let your eligible cadets know that the 2017 NROTC scholarship application is open. The deadline for submitting an application is January 31, 2017. Application and details at the link: http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/index.html

  

If you have something you think should be included next time, send your tips to pao@seacadets.org.

Here's your fifth edition of "Sea Cadet Skim", a new semi-regular feature designed to keep everyone in the know. "Sea Cadet Skim" is sent to all volunteers with an active email address in Magellan.

FIRST, THE GOOD STUFF—

SEA CADET SAVES FIVE—Cadet Joseph Wilkins, of Ben Moreell Battalion, was surfing when he saw five people struggling to swim. Through selfless and quick action, he was able to deliver all five individuals safely to shore where he had a bystander call 911. Read the full story here: http://www.seacadets.org/sea-cadet-blog/seacadetrescuesswimmers  

REMEMBER LAST YEAR?—2015 was an excellent year in the Sea Cadet program, and now you can take a trip down memory lane with our 2015 Annual Report! For the first time, we’ve included information on our community demographics. We also updated the format to be more shareable and ask that you forward this link on to your unit’s parents, local sponsor and supporters so they can see where their patronage goes. The 2015 Annual Report is now available for viewing at 2015.seacadets.org.

Units can also download a PDF version at the above link. Printed copies of the one-pager "Our 2015 in Numbers" will be available for order through Magellan in the next few weeks. We’ll give you notice when they’re ready.

OUR YOUNGEST LEAGUE CADET—We are excited to announce that our new Deputy Director, LCDR David Hull, is also a new father. Welcome to the Sea Cadet family, Abigail Elizabeth Hull! Born on May 5, Abigail will be spending her first few days getting her tiny uniform in order, just in time for this summer’s League Orientation.

FROM THE TRAINING TEAM— 

TRAINING NITTY GRITTY—

HAVE YOUR TRAINING(S) BEEN APPROVED?—This is a reminder of the new procedure in place. COTCs should create the training event in Magellan and submit a funding request for approval to HQ. Once HQ approves the funding request, your training will be approved and appear on the public website for cadets and adults to register. You can find instructions (“Create a Funding Request”) in the Magellan library or email here with questions: training@seacadets.org

NOW THAT WE’VE GOTTEN THAT OUT OF THE WAY—

MERCHANT MARINES—Merchant Marine Operations is held from June 5-11 in Galveston, Texas. Info here: http://magellan.seacadets.org/public/TrainingDetails.asp?EventID=3947  

WHO YA GONNA CALL?—Please send questions about Magellan to magellan@seacadets.org. Direct questions about training to training@seacadets.org. And questions about ghosts should go to the Ghostbusters.

ALL TALK, ALL ACTION—Two action letters came out this week. Did you miss them? We’ve got you covered.

PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST—Units must administer the PFT to all cadets attending this summer’s Recruit Training, League Orientation, and Advanced Trainings. This PFT must include push-ups, sit-ups, and the one-mile run. Units should record the results in Magellan. The Sit and Reach and Shuttle Run do not need to be administered and should be excused by checking the “Excused” box. Cadets must achieve a passing score at the unit level before attending any training. NHQ will be reviewing this policy for Winter Training. Read Action Letter 02-16 here: http://bit.ly/1UWsM2b   

BYE BYE POTS—Say auf wiedersehen to the NSCC Petty Officer Testing Site (POTS). Units must retrieve scores and complete any existing tests before May 18. As of May 18, all users’ access to POTS will end. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Read Action Letter 03-16 here: http://bit.ly/1Xns5zr  

I am pleased to announce the selection of LCDR David Hull, NSCC, as the next Deputy Director of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. I have worked closely with Dave over many years on many issues, and we are delighted to have him join the Sea Cadet leadership team. He brings both program expertise and administrative skill to the job, as well as keen insights into the world of being a leader in the field. He is expected to begin in this new position in June.

Dave joined Sea Cadets in 1994 and attained the rank of chief petty officer at Marathon Division in Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts. He stayed in service throughout college and graduate school, holding numerous billets in Marathon Division and Freedom Division. He served as the commanding officer of Freedom Division in Canton, Massachusetts from 2002 to 2005. He held various posts on Regional Staff for Region 1-2 from 2005 to 2007 and worked for the NSCC Internet Development Group from 2007 to 2011. In June 2011, he was appointed Regional Director of Region 1-3, covering Vermont, New Hampshire, and northeastern Massachusetts.

Dave has served on staff at 48 Sea Cadet trainings, including 38 as commanding officer. He created the POLA, JAG, MAA, and EMS trainings that have run at Naval Station Newport since 2002, and took over Recruit Training Command New England in 2014.

Dave earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, a master’s in Education from Boston College, and a law degree from Boston College Law School. During his schooling, he worked or interned for many criminal justice agencies, including the Barnstable, Massachusetts Police Department, the Boston Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. After serving as New England’s Director of Graduate Programs for The Princeton Review for several years, he pursued further graduate studies in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. For the past seven years, he has worked as a professor of Criminal Justice at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

His demonstrated leadership and commitment to the Sea Cadet program make him an exceptional choice for the position of the Deputy Director at the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. I am delighted to have him bring his expertise to our program.

Please join me in welcoming Dave to the Sea Cadet leadership team and offering him your full support.

Attached to this message is his full biography. Please ensure that it is widely circulated among your regional and unit staffs. 

V/R,

CAPT Henry J. Nyland, USN (Ret)

Executive Director, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps

As many of you have noticed, there is a new Supply Tab here on the Homeport. Links that have resided elsewhere, as well as new links, will be categorized and added to this section to make them easier to locate. Categories include Administration, Operations, Training, and Uniforms. These resources have been submitted by members in the field or are long standing supporters of the NSCC/NLCC program. To have a resource added, submit it to homeport@seacadets.org.

A new automated Physical Readiness Calculator has been developed to assist units with the logging and scoring of the physical readiness test using the Cadet Exercise Chart (NSCTNG 020). This is not a database system, and is only used to input, score and display data.

The Internet Development Group would like to introduce our newest affiliate program member eScrips. Members of the NSCC would patronize these links help support NSCC Internet programs and help offset those expenses from being drawn for Cadet training funds.