Drill Locations and Information
Drills and Training Exercises can be held in multiple locations, but our home is with the United States Navy.
Purpose. Drill is a required evolution for the Sea Cadet Corps and is designed to provide uniformity and standardization for all USNSCC organizations. Drills performed prescribe procedures for all close order drill and military ceremonial evolutions.
One of the cornerstones of Sea Cadet customs, courtesies and traditions is our execution of close order drill and ceremonies. These traditions are perpetuated from one generation to the next through constant use and practice. The “esprit de corps” of every Cadet has been brought about by their ever-present feeling of pride, not only in their unit, but also in themselves. The preservation of traditional discipline, our customs and courtesies, and the heritage of our Corps is our duty. It is our further duty to see that the same high standard of discipline and esprit de corps is not only preserved, but also further strengthened. These intangibles must be passed on to the future Sea Cadets who will take their place among the ranks our Corps.
The object of close order drill is to teach Cadets by exercise to obey orders and to do so immediately in the correct way. Close order
drill is one foundation of discipline and esprit de corps. Additionally, it is still one of the finest methods for developing confidence and troop leading abilities in our Cadet leaders. Ceremonial duties are written deep into our history as a part of the Navy family. It
is no coincidence that among the units famous for ceremonial prowess and spit-and-polish are also to be found some of the worlds most
redoubtable fighting formations. The hallmark of the world’s fighting organizations, the Roman legions, the Spartans, the Foreign
Legion, the British Brigade of Guards and many others is that they are as good on parade as they are in the field or in the attack.
While we no longer use drill and formations to align the ranks as was done for the phalanxes of Rome or the squares of Waterloo, drill and
ceremony is still the foundation of instilling and developing discipline in any size unit and the individual. The Sea Cadet Corps has long enjoyed a worldwide reputation for sharp appearance and soldierly performance of duties. The Sea Cadet Corps builds upon the legacy of those that served our country before us.
Purpose of Drill – Staff Officers use drill to:
- Move units from one place to another in a standard, orderly manner.
- Provide simple formations from which combat formations may be readily assumed.
- Teach discipline by instilling habits of precision and automatic response to orders.
- Increase the confidence of Cadets and Cadet Petty Officers through the exercise of command, by the giving of proper commands, and by the control of drilling troops.
- Give troops an opportunity to handle individual weapons.
Purpose of Drill Formations
- To build unit cohesion and esprit de corps by recognizing Cadets during awards and promotion ceremonies.
- To maintain continuous accountability and control of personnel.
- To provide frequent opportunities to observe the appearance and readiness of the uniforms, arms, and equipment of the individual Cadet.
- To keep the individual Cadet informed by providing the means to pass the word.
- To develop command presence in Cadet leaders.
- To instill and maintain high standards of military bearing and appearance in units and in the individual Cadet.
- To add color and dignity to the daily routine by reinforcing the traditions of excellence associated with close order drill.
The Palm Beach Division Sea Cadet Corps meets the first Saturday morning of each month for Swim Drill. Swim drill is used to effectively teach cadets proper swimming technique, live-saving techniques in the water, use of water borne equipment and physical endurance in the water. Swim Drill is essential for all Cadets due to the amount of time we spend either in or around the water.
This includes, ocean, river and lake locations. It is also essential that Cadets learn how to stay afloat in the water in a man overboard situation. Cadets will spend time on a variety of watercraft from small inflatables (called CRRC’s or Combat Rubber Raiding Craft) to Coast Guard Cutters and US Navy Destroyers and Amphibious Assault Ships.
The Palm Beach Division Sea Cadet Corps meets one weekend per month on a Saturday and Sunday from 0745-1600hrs (7:45am-4:00pm) per drill day. Each drill day has a specific drill requirement to prepare Cadets for a variety of purposes including Close Order drills, Military Bearing, Military Customs and Courtesies, Recruit Training for new Cadets, Advanced Training for senior Cadets, Color Guard, Honor Guard, Seamanship, Airman or Fireman courses. Classroom hours are also part of drill time to fulfill the mission of the Sea Cadet Corps which include;
- Developing an interest and ability in seamanship and seagoing skills.
- Instill virtues of good citizenship and strong moral principles in each cadet.
- Demonstrate the value of an alcohol-free, drug-free and gang-free lifestyle.
- Expose cadets to the prestige of public service and a variety of career paths through hands-on training with our nation’s armed services.
Drill and Mandatory Event Attendance
All Cadets are required to maintain at least 75% attendance for mandatory drills and events. Voluntary events such as community service and ceremonial events do not count toward this requirement. USNSCC Regulations mandate Cadets that do not maintain this requirement may be released from the program. This is to insure that all Cadets meet the requirements necessary to earn special benefits provided by the US Navy, US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard.
While the Navy and Congress provide some funding to the USNSCC, they do not provide all the funding needed for each Sea Cadet unit. Food, maintenance and some expenses are borne by the unit and it’s Cadets. Typical cost to attend drill for the weekend is $30 to cover 4 meals per cadet and sometime travel expenses. A 3 or 4 day FTX (Field Training Exercise) is typically $40. This covers 6 to 9 meals per Cadet and travel expenses such as fuel. Some drills may have additional costs to cover use of certain facilities.
Our Cadets drill and train at a variety of locations however the locations noted here are where we spend the majority of our drill time.
|Palm Beach Division Drill HQ
Navy Operational Support Center – West Palm Beach
|Coast Guard Station – LWI – During Coast Guard mission trainings
|WPB Fire Station #2 – Alt Classroom and Fire Control Trainings
||Palm Beach Maritime Academy – Tues Drills
|Okeechobee Shooting Sports – Firearms Training
||Resolve Maritime Academy – Seamanship Drill
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