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Thursday, 16 July 2020 17:26

Armed Forces Programs

Enlistment -  Advanced Rank for Sea Cadets

For those cadets who decide to enlist in the military, their prior training as a Sea Cadet may allow them to join at an advanced pay grade. This means that a cadet who enlists may be eligible for a higher rank and pay than his or her non-cadet counterparts. Cadets who choose to enlist in the military also tend to do better and stay in longer. Each cadet who enters the armed services is a disciplined, well-trained individual who typically adjusts better to the rigors of military service than those with no experience.


ADVANCED PAY GRADE ENLISTMENT OF NAVAL SEA CADETS Chapter 3, Section B, Subsection (1) (“Advanced Pay Grade Programs”) 


Refer to 4-39 thru 4-40


Chapter 2, Paragraph 2-18, Subparagraph (10) Advanced Pay Grade Enlistment of former Naval Sea Cadets



Policy regarding Advanced Pay Grade Enlistments of members of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. References on pages 309, 333, 469, and 470.


 Admiral Visit

               Are you eligible to join the military? 




Official ASVAB Website



 Service Academy Programs


Military Service Academies offer an outstanding education and full four-year scholarships.  Tuition, books, board, and medical and dental care are all fully paid for all four years.  It is fiercely competitive!

Admissions criteria include:

Outstanding high school academic performance
Standardized test scores (SAT & ACT)
Athletics and extra-curricular activities
Leadership experience and community involvement
Congressional letter of recommendation (not required by the Coast Guard Academy)
Graduates of the academies receive a Bachelor of Science Degree and are commissioned as officers in their respective service branch.  There is a minimum of 5 years service obligation after graduation.

The service academies start their selection processes months earlier than most colleges and universities, so it is important to your success that you start compiling and submitting your information as soon as the service academy has your file.

Complete your file as possible during the summer months because you will find lots of competition for your time once school resumes in a few weeks.  SAT and ACT scores should be submitted directly to the service academy, and school transcripts, whether high school, prep school, or college must be submitted by your school.  The academies will provide you guidance on what to submit and how.

Being a Sea Cadet can help individuals become more competitive for certain programs. More than 12% of the incoming class at the U.S. Naval Academy were former Sea Cadets. Every year many graduating high school seniors are accepted into ROTC or OCS programs around the country. We think some of this can be attributed to the unparalleled training experience received as a Sea Cadet.

 USNSCC Service Academy Summer Programs



USNA Candidates Facebook Group

U.S. Naval Academy Candidates Facebook Group  

(Administered by Blue & Gold Officers)

This group is popular with other Sea Cadets applying to the Naval Academy




Service Academy Forums

Discussion board on preparing and applying for the service academies


Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Programs

Once cadets have graduated from the Sea Cadet program and reach college, they can explore specific military branches by enrolling in ROTC programs provided by the Army, Navy, or Air Force. While the U.S. Coast Guard does not have an ROTC initiative, interested students can explore a similar training program, the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI). The goal of these college-level programs is to train future officers to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. To students who qualify, the ROTC programs offer scholarships that cover the cost of their education. In exchange, there is an expectation that students fulfill active duty services in their chosen branch of the Armed Forces. 

Guide to Understanding ROTC Programs


Thursday, 16 July 2020 15:58

About Erie Battalion

Welcome to the US Naval Sea Cadets, Erie Battalion, in Erie, PA. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) is the only federally-sponsored nationwide youth association within the Department of Defense. Erie Battalion’s heritage stems from its association with the Navy Operational Support Center in Erie, PA.

 The Cadet Corps program in Erie, PA includes two separate units:
 The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) and the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC). The NSCC is for young people between the ages of 13 through 18, while the NLCC is available for young people from 10 through 13. The NSCC is a federally chartered 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, sponsored through the Navy League of the United States, and is supported by the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. Official support of the USNSCC by the Navy is promulgated in OPNAVINST 5760.5D. Commander, Naval Recruiting Command is responsible for coordinating the U.S. Navy's support of the NSCC. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps has also been designated by the United States Coast Guard as their primary youth program; official support of the USNSCC is outlined in the U.S. Coast Guard External Affairs Manual (.COMDTINST M5700.13)

Erie Battalion currently has openings for the academic year in both Cadet units for young people who have ambition, self-discipline, and a strong academic background. In addition to learning about the four sea services and the long maritime tradition of the United States, Erie Battalion  training provides Cadets with a solid foundation for building academic and social skills, teamwork, and critical thinking. Erie Battalion offers preliminary training for the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Merchant Marine, and provides direct entrance assistance to all the service academies and for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) candidates, and enlistment into the U.S. Armed Forces.

Our unit has retired Military personnel, Veterans, and dedicated Civilian volunteers to administer the program.

    The goals of our unit include:

    * Develop an appreciation for Naval History, traditions and customs and their role in national defense.
    * Develop a sense of pride in our nation, positive qualities of patriotism, courage and self-reliance, confidence and strong moral character and good citizenship traits.
    * Develop an interest and skill in seamanship and seagoing and aviation subjects.
    * Increase the advancement potential of cadets who may later elect to serve in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Merchant Marines