and collected food and toiletries for
deploying Reservists. They also sponsored and supported U.S. Naval Sea
Cadets Corps, Navy League Cadet Corps,
Young Marines, Junior Reserve Officers
Training Corps units and other youth
programs; adopted ships, facilities and
units; and hosted or supported Navy and
Coast Guard ship commissionings
around the country.
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 2015, there were 280
Community Affiliate members.
Field services available through the
Regional Activities Department in 2015
continued to be in demand, with focus
being on support for region meetings; local
council support limited to new council
startup (none supported in 2015). Council, area and region leaders now can choose
from 31 workshops and 28 guides that provide proven ideas for improving their operations. A complete update of all guides was
completed in 2015 and they were moved to
the Online Community on the Navy
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.
The major initiative supported by
Regional Activities in 2015 was focused
on supporting the successful Anchors
Aweigh Fly-in in December 2015.
Workshop participants ( 76 total from 13
Navy League regions) were briefed on
the protocols and responsibilities for visiting members of congress. Council
Officer education consisted of training at
region meetings (domestic and international) and best practices shared through
“The Navy Leaguer” newsletter.
The role of Regional Activities continues to focus on mission-critical activities,
including the Navy’s STEM program, support for the Grass Roots Legislative Initiative and updated 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 education 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.
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 maintained stable enrollment in
2015 with 13,343 members enrolled in 308
NSCC and 84 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 2015, 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 2015, a large
number of cadets received appointments
to one of the military service academies or
received Navy Reserve Officers Training
Corps scholarships. This year, 144 former
Sea Cadets became part of the class of
2019 at the U.S. Naval Academy.
With the 2015 federal funding of $2.8
million, USNSCC experienced a robust
summer training session. Utilizing the new
online database management system, 6, 109
individual orders were processed supporting 173 NSCC and 79 NLCC evolutions.
Individual unit training support continued
with 2, 100 cadets and 229 adults participating in more than 55 evolutions.
Seventy-seven professional development classes provided training for 1, 121
adults. The International Exchange
Program supported 25 cadets and seven
adult escorts in Australia, Bermuda,
Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Sweden and
the United Kingdom. In return, USNSCC
hosted 36 international cadets and adults
in Newport, R.I.
With the newly established partnership
with Tall Ships of America, Sea Cadets par-
ticipated in three summer trainings aboard
Picton Castle, Appledore and Mystic.
STEM initiatives continued with
more than 20 cadets participating in the
Naval Academy’s STEM summer pro-
gram. Through a partnership with the
Office of Naval Research, USNSCC con-
tinued to support Sea Perch training and
competition for more than 100 units
across the country with nearly 3,000
cadets participating. Three Sea Cadet
teams qualified and participated at
national competition in spring 2015.
USNSCC also participates in Cyber-
Patriot, an innovative program created by
the Air Force Association and sponsored
by Northrop Grumman. It is designed to
teach cyber security and computer science
security practices to middle- and high-
school students. It exposes youth to cyber
security and other STEM disciplines,
which are essential for the next genera-
tion’s success, both in the civilian and mil-
This program includes a tournament-
style tiered structure with a online
competition rounds culminating in a live
national championship. Under a
Memorandum of Agreement signed in
2012, USNSCC participation continued
in 2015 with 25 teams competing. Four
placed in the top three slots in their
respective states and two teams moved on
to the National Finals Competition.
Registration for CyberPatriot VIII opened
in April and the USNSCC continues its
participation with 27 teams registered.
Lt. (SEAL) Duncan Hamilton, right,
and Special Warfare Operator 1st
Class T.J. Amdahl, members of the
U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap
Frogs, speak to U.S. Naval Sea
Cadet Corps cadets at the National
Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort
Pierce, Fla., Nov. 6, 2015.