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What Do We Do ?

Typical Training

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The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a program for young boys and girls ages 11 to 18. It is sponsored by the Navy League of the United States and was formed in 1958 by Public Law 87-655 and is a non-profit organization. There is NO military obligation involved. The purpose of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps is to:

“…..To encourage and aid American youth to develop an interest in basic seamanship…to train them in seagoing skills, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance and kindred virtues.”

Each August aboard YP-671 an extensive 8 to 10 day training period is conducted. This offers cadets from Chicago and the surrounding region the opportunity to receive an outstanding experience at a very low cost to the individual cadet.

The training is broken into two sections:
1) Naval Training and 2) Safe Boating School

Some topics of the Naval Training section are:
Basic Navigation – Aids to Navigation – Watchstanding – Knot Tying – Lifesaving – Damage Control – Naval Core Values – Safety Procedures – Fire Fighting – Visual Signaling

Items covered in Safe Boating:
The Boat – Legal Requirements – Preparation – Operations – Accidents – Special Items (locks, dams, etc)


The training is very intensive and is very much a “hands-on” experience.
Through a combination of classroom and active participation aboard ship, the cadets are prepared to handle all aspects of the training cruise with minimum supervision.

This type of experience, where self-reliance, teamwork and leadership dominate are few and far between in today’s world.

This is what makes MANATRA a unique Organization.


Photo Album Links
NSCC Advanced Training Album What the Training is Like
Girls Advanced Training Photo Album The ladies get their chance aboard
Fun Along the Way Other shots from our trip to Manitowoc
NSCC Guys Cruise More shots from training cruises

Marine Navigation & Training Association
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