Thomas R. Norris Battalion

 Training


The reason most cadets are excited about the program is the opportunity to go to Advanced Trainings. Take a look at the Advanced Training Opportunities to see what all you can do. Some are challenging, some fun, some allow you to travel around the world, other expose you to parts of the military that you can only find by being in Sea Cadets.


Advanced Trainings are also what it takes to “make rate” in the Sea Cadets. That, along with Navy Correspondence courses and you’ll not only be having an adventure, but you’ll also be completing items that count towards Navy training.


Cadet Training:

The main cadet training website is at: http://homeport.seacadets.org , then go to Training Home, then to Cadet Advancement.

Navy League Cadets (11 – 13)

Navy League Cadets do the Navy League Syllabus. We recommend you print it out (2 sided printing is recommended to save paper) and put it in a 3-ring binder. Everything they need to study to advance as a Navy League Cadet is contained in that syllabus. They should bring that to each drill. Navy League cadets can advance every 4 months if they take the test associated with each “Part.” Study the syllabus questions and you’ll pass that exam!


Sea Cadets (13-17):

After you have enrolled, you need to do your Basis Military Requirements (BMR). From the day you start, you should work on it a little every day. You want to have your BMR done in 3 months so you can make advancement to E-2T (E-2 Temporary) and get on the fast track to advancement! New Cadets will not be issued uniforms until their BMRs are complete. You only get one shortcut ever in Sea Cadets and that is turning in your BMR in less than 90 days.


BMR:


All new cadets need to complete their Basic Military Requirements (BMR) prior to being advanced to Seaman Apprentice (E2). Print out the assignment sheets, fill them out, and bring them to your next training. You can find your BMR coursework here: http://homeport.seacadets.org/display/CadetAdvance/Basic+Military+Requirements . If you’d prefer, we can give you all your Navy Correspondence courses on a CD, just let us know. You don’t need to do the questions inside each chapter. Download the questions at the end of the BMR page and answer those questions. That’s what you turn in.


Seaman Course:

After you have done your BMR and have completed you Recruit Training (boot camp), you will need to complete your Seaman Course. You can find it here: http://homeport.seacadets.org/display/CadetAdvance/Seaman. Once you’ve done an Advanced Training, successfully completed your Seaman course, and have been an E2 for 6 months, you will be advanced to Seaman (E3).


Petty Officer Second and Third Class Course:

One course for both third and second class petty officers. You do this one course PO3&2 to for your advancement to both rates. Study the answers because you must also pass an exam based on those questions. Keep a copy of your questions and answers to study! http://homeport.seacadets.org/display/CadetAdvance/Military+Requirements+for+PO3+and+PO2


Petty Officer First Class Course;

Required for advancement to Petty Officer First Class. Again, you must pass a test after you turn this in. You’ll also need the Commanding Officer to recommend you to the Executive Director that you should become a Petty Officer First Class. Keep a copy of your questions and answers to study! http://homeport.seacadets.org/display/CadetAdvance/Military+Requirements+for+PO1


Chief Petty Officer Course:

Required for advancement to CPO. This is the highest achievement a cadet can earn. You have to do coursework, Staff a Recruit Training, Get a letter of recommendation from your Commanding Officer, and convince a Selection Board you are worthy to be called “Chief.” Do you have what it takes? http://homeport.seacadets.org/display/CadetAdvance/Military+Requirements+for+CPO


Useful Manuals and Guides:

The Navy uses the Marine Corps drill manual as its guide:


Marine Corps Drill Manual Part I
Marine Corps Drill Manual Part II