and discuss the next steps. They are looking to expand the program, as those
being mentored found the guidance of
those who have had great success in the
field to be extremely beneficial.
Councils also continued to recruit
Community Affiliate members from their
local business communities to help support and advance the mission and goals
of the Navy League. Together, they work
to support local activities and promote
maritime issues of national importance.
As of November 2014, there were 288
Community Affiliate members.
Field services available through the
Regional Activities Department in 2014
continued to be in demand, with focus
being on support for region and area
meetings with local council support limited to new council startup — one was
added in 2014, the Romania Council.
Council, area and region leaders now can
choose from 31 workshops and 28
guides that provide proven ideas for
improving their operations.
The training workshops cover most
council operations, including management and governance, compliance,
membership recruiting and retention,
strategic planning, fundraising, grant
writing, legislative and public education,
and electronic communications. A special workshop to train field leaders in
preparation of the Navy League
Area/Region President Expense Report
The remainder of field training efforts
was concentrated on creating online
modules to support field education. One
online workshop, New Member Orientation, was completed in 2014. The
course is available from the Navy League
Online Community, a members-only
Workshops are available at no cost
and can be scheduled through headquarters at a mutually agreeable time and
place. All workshops and council guides
are posted on the Navy League website
under the Online Community.
The Navy League launched online
and web-based training in 2014. Online
modules and council officer certification
requirements will be developed and
introduced by 2016. Software for the
development and management of online
courses was donated by a corporate
member in fall 2013. The Training
Committee is working on course content
and launched a demonstration at the
National Convention in June 2014.
Major initiatives supported by Regional Activities in 2014 included providing training and support for council
compliance with regulations; expanding
the training available for legislative
affairs; and Operation Homefront, a program to support the families of deployed
sea service personnel. Regional Activities
also continues to focus on mission-critical activities, including the Navy’s
science, technology, engineering and
math program, support for the Grass
Roots Legislative Initiative and updating
Navy League Presentations for use by
councils in the community.
Ongoing support of routine operations
includes ship adoptions, ship commissioning ceremonies, new council formation
and major event planning. Field efforts included presentations on the national budget and its potential impact on sea service
readiness, Navy League presentations to
community groups and promoting community involvement and partnerships.
Training to familiarize field leaders with
Internal Revenue Service reporting requirements for nonprofit organizations was a
continuing focus throughout the year.
Assisting councils that lost their tax-exemptions in 2011 and 2012 due to compliance issues also was emphasized.
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps
(USNSCC) is the umbrella organization
of its senior program, the Naval Sea
Cadet Corps (NSCC), and its junior program, the Navy League Cadet Corps
(NLCC). As the Navy League’s sponsored youth program, the USNSCC continued to maintain stable enrollment
during 2014 with 12, 155 members
enrolled in 310 NSCC and 88 NLCC
units in the United States, including the
territories of Puerto Rico and Guam.
Membership is open to young men and
women ages 11 through 13 for the
NLCC, and 13 through the completion
of high school for the NSCC.
In 2014, cadets and volunteers were
welcomed at U.S. Navy and Coast Guard
commands across the country. The
hands-on training provided by the active
and Reserve components of the armed
forces is invaluable to cadets as they consider the opportunities available to them
after they graduate high school.
Sea Cadets incur no obligation to join
the armed forces after high school, but
units report that a high proportion of
their graduating cadets do pursue enlistment or commissioning programs. In
2014, a large number of cadets received
appointments to one of the military serv-
ice academies or received Navy Reserve
Officers Training Corps scholarships.
This year, 132 former Sea Cadets became
part of the class of 2018 at the U.S. Naval
With funding restored in 2014 to
USNSCC’s request of $2.7 million in 2014,
following the 60 percent funding reduction
in 2013 caused by sequestration, the organization was once again able to fully support
the wide variety of quality training opportunities traditionally offered to its cadets and
adult escorts. Cadet deposit costs were
reduced back to 2012 levels, averaging
$120 per week per cadet, and funding support of locally arranged training evolutions
as well as Officer Professional Development
(OPD) training was fully restored.
In 2014, USNSCC headquarters
issued 5,565 individual cadet orders in
support of 159 NSCC and 37 NLCC evolutions, supported more than 60 locally
arranged training evolutions, as well as
approximately 50 OPD evolutions.
USNSCC’s International Exchange
Program regained its momentum with
support of 21 cadets and seven escorts
representing the USNSCC in South
Korea, Canada, Sweden, Hong Kong,
Bermuda and the United Kingdom. In
return, 33 international cadets and 16
escorts were hosted in the United States
in Newport, R.I.
Winter training during the 2014
Christmas holiday break was supported
by the federal grant, with approximately
40 evolutions occurring at 20 different
locations. Participation in winter training included well over 1,000 cadets, a
number consistent with years prior to
the funding cut in 2013.
The USNSCC continues to enjoy a
partnership with the Office of Naval
Research that results in widespread Sea
Cadet participation in the SeaPerch pro-
gram. This program grew during 2014 to
more than 100 units across the country
participating with nearly 3,300 NSCC
and NLCC cadets involved, challenging
their scientific skills by constructing
underwater remotely operated vehicles.
After being suspended in 2013,
SeaPerch training for adult leaders was
reinstituted in 2014 with 70 adults being
trained at the Mine Warfare Training
Center in San Diego and the Naval
Undersea Training Center in Newport, R.I.
USNSCC sent two teams to compete in the
2014 SeaPerch National Challenge.
CyberPatriot is an outreach program of
the Air Force Association (AFA) under
sponsorship by Northrop Grumman that