Our naval customs and traditions have developed and evolved since 1776 when the Continental Congress authorized the creation of the Continental Navy. Naval customs and traditions help keep discipline and order in a military organization. Many of the customs include acts of expressions of respect, such as the hand salute, or considerations of the of the three core values of the U.S. Navy: Honor, Courage and Commitment.
HONOR – “I will bear true faith and allegiance…” Accordingly, we will conduct ourselves in the highest manner in all relationships with peers, superiors and subordinates. We will be honest and truthful in our dealings with each other and with those outside the Navy. Illegal or improper behavior will not be tolerated. We are accountable for our professional and personal behavior.
COURAGE – “I will support and defend…” Accordingly, we will have courage t o meet the demands of our profession and mission when it is demanding, or otherwise difficult. Courage is the value that gives us the moral and mental strength to do what is right, even in the face of personal or professional adversity.
COMMITMENT – “I will obey the orders…” Accordingly, we will demand respect up and down the chain of command. We will care for the safety, professional, personal and spiritual well-being of our people. We will show respect toward all people without regard to race, religion, or gender.
Cadets will be exposed to many naval customs and traditions, including the use of a vocabulary based on a long and rich history of ships and the sea. Shipboard terms are often used at Navy Operational Support Centers and other land-based facilities where cadets drill.
The unique language and jargon used by a group identifies the members, promotes cohesiveness, and sets them apart from those who are not in that profession, sport, club, or organization. This is especially so with the sea services.
The US Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a nationwide organization dedicated to helping American youth realize personal success and achievement through a nautically oriented training program. There are over 400 Sea Cadet units in the United States, including Puerto Rico and Guam. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is also a participating member of the International Sea Cadet Association (ISCA), which provides opportunities for cadets to take part in training activities abroad.
Membership in the NSCC allows youth to sample military life with no obligation to join any branch of the armed forces. Should cadets decide to enlist in the Navy or Coast Guard, their training may allow them entry at an advanced pay grade. Historically, a number of Sea Cadets have received scholarships and appointments to military academies.
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