Cameron Johnson Participates in Sea Cadet Recruit Training

Junior Cameron Johnson attended the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Recruit Training December 27 – through January 5 at the Army National Guard Base in Marseilles, IL.  Recruit Training is mandatory for cadets wishing to advance in the group. 

The USNSCC is a national youth leadership development organization that promotes interest and skill in naval disciplines while instilling strong moral character and life skills through leadership and technical programs modeled after the Navy’s professional development system. 

USNSCC is comprised of two programs. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) program is for young people ages 13 through the completion of high school. The Columbus Squadron is based at the Naval Operations Support Center (NOSC) located on the Rickenbacker Air National Guard base. 

The main purpose of the USNSCC is to foster good citizenship and an interest in and appreciation for our nation’s maritime services. Cadets study a broad range of subjects, both in the classroom and through practical, hands-on application.  For those interested in military service and who qualify and pursue that option, the program can provide enlistment at a higher pay grade (rank) and/or assist with entering an ROTC program or military academy.   

Some types of training are designed to help cadets become better adult citizens, while others teach the importance of strong maritime skills such as seamanship, maritime history, damage control, firefighting, and customs and traditions. They also study subjects which could improve their promotion potential, should they decide to join one of the sea services. Cadets are instructed by qualified adult leaders willing to devote their time and knowledge to this worthwhile activity.  

Recruit training is the cadet’s introduction to military routine and discipline and is the first step toward advancing in the Sea Cadet program.  Having successfully completed recruit training, Sea Cadets will participate in additional training in advanced subjects during succeeding summer, winter and school holidays. These one- or two-week training periods offer varied programs in addition to valuable instruction of a maritime nature. Sea Cadets are eligible to attend advanced training aboard naval vessels, where they will learn Seamanship and Navigation, among many other skills. They may also attend advanced orientation courses such as Airman’s School, Music School, Culinary Training, Law Enforcement training, Photojournalism training, Seabee Indoctrination, SCUBA Qualification, Underwater Demolition/SEAL Team training, and Submarine Orientation. Other available courses are designed to prepare cadets for leadership, either within the Sea Cadet organization or in other fields. Exemplary senior cadets may also be considered for our International Exchange Program. 

Anyone interested in more information about the USNSCC ( or who would like to attend an open house may contact Cameron Johnson. 

(Information and photos provided by Jennifer Johnson)