Advancement Requirements

Advancement Chart

RANK
MIN. TIME IN RATEREQUIRED CORRESPONDENCE
COURSEWORK
EXAM REQUIRED TRAINING
E1
Seaman Recruit
NoneNoneNonePass PTR
E2
Seaman Apprentice
3 MonthsBasic Military Requirements (BMR) NoneRecruit Training
E3
Seaman
6 MonthsSeaman Course
NoneAdvanced Training
E4
Petty Officer 3rd Class
6 MonthsPO3 / PO2 CoursePO-3 ExamAdvanced Training
E5
Petty Officer 2nd Class
6 MonthsPO3 / PO2 CoursePO-2 Exam Advanced Training
E6
Petty Officer 1st Class
6 MonthsPO1 CoursePO-1 Exam Advanced Training
E7
Chief Petty Office
6 MonthsChief Petty Officer Course
NonePOLA

Sea Cadet training consists of Navy Non-Resident Training Courses (NRTC), training evolutions (away from local units), shipboard training, and training arranged locally by units.

All new cadets enter the program at the rate of Seaman Recruit. In order for cadets to move up through the ranks they must complete the following: the NRTC Correspondence Course for that rate, one training evolution, and depending on the rate, the Navy’s Military Leadership exam for that rate. NRTC’s cover basic military and naval subjects such as naval history, seamanship, leadership, and ship/aircraft familiarization. The cadet rate structure parallels that of the Navy and Coast Guard’s enlisted rate structure, with Chief Petty Officer being the highest rate a cadet can achieve.

Training takes place mostly during summer months and occasionally during winter and spring break periods and are generally one to two week evolutions. The first training evolution for all cadets is NSCC Recruit Training, better known as boot camp. It is a scaled down version of the Navy’s boot camp. For approximately two-weeks cadets are instructed by active and reserve military personnel and Sea Cadet officers in military drill and discipline, physical fitness, seamanship, shipboard safety, first aid, naval history, and leadership.

After cadets have successfully completed boot camp, they can then participate in advanced training. Sea Cadet advanced training currently consists of the following:

Training Schools

  • Airman Training (Basic & Advanced)
  • Air Traffic Control Training
  • FaaGroundSchool
  • Culinary Arts Training
  • Medical Training (General, Field, Surgical & Dental Tech)
  • Firefighting Training
  • Photo Journalism Training
  • Ceremonial Guard
  • Submarine Seminar
  • Marksmanship Training
  • Construction Battalion (Seabee) Training (Basic & Advanced)
  • Mine Warefare Operations Training
  • MusicSchool
  • Seal Team Training
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training
  • Amphibious Training
  • Petty OfficerLeadershipAcademy
  • Master-At-Arms Training (Military Police/Law)
  • Judge Advocated General (Jag) Training
  • SailingSchool
  • ScubaSchool
  • Seamanship Training
  • Shipboard Training