After successful completion of recruit training, Sea Cadets may choose from a wide variety of advanced training opportunities that are nationally advertised by USNSCC headquarters. League Cadets who complete orientation can also participate in specifically tailored advanced training sessions. While recruit training is designed to familiarize cadets with Navy life and Navy-style discipline, advanced training focuses on military and general career fields and opportunities. It also serves to provide cadets with disciplined and interesting activities during the year.
Advanced training opportunities include special offerings, such as:
Locally arranged training is training away from a cadet unit’s regular drill site, but not nationally advertised. Locally arranged training often includes consistently outstanding training offered by the U.S. Coast Guard. Examples of locally arranged training include:
In 2011, USNSCC established a partnership with the Office of Naval Research that allows cadets to participate in their SeaPerch program. The SeaPerch program is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips cadets with the resources they need to build an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Building a SeaPerch ROV teaches basic skills in ship and submarine design, and encourages cadets to explore concepts in naval architecture and ocean engineering.
CyberPatriot. CyberPatriot is a youth outreach program of the Air Force Association sponsored by Northrop Grumman that trains youth in the practical applications of computer network defense within a competitive framework. The competition has a tournament-style structure with a series of web-based competition rounds that culminate in the National Finals Competition in Washington, D.C. every March.
Cyber Warfare Training. Computer Emergency Readiness Teams (CERTs) will learn computer and network installation, configuration and security best practices, with the use of Virtual Machines and packet tracker scenarios. The training prepares cadets for cybersecurity, STEM careers and the AFA CyberPatriot competition. Cadets also learn about the technologies used to run Google, Facebook and Steam.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Training. The focus of this training is on building and flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the form of quadcopters. Cadets build, program, and fly both nano- and 450-quadcopters.