New Zealand Sea Cadet Corps

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New Zealand Sea Cadet Corps
New Zealand Sea Cadet Corps Crest.png
Sea Cadet Corps Crest
Active 1929 – present
Country  New Zealand
Allegiance HM The Queen
Branch New Zealand Cadet Forces
Type Volunteer Youth Organisation
Nickname(s) Navy Cadets
Motto(s) Ready, aye ready.
Boats Operated
Commanders
Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Kevin Short
NZCF Commandant Lieutenant Colonel Grant Morris, RNZALR, JP
NZCF Excutive Officer Squadron Leader Bruce Sinclair, RNZAF
NZCF Assistant Commandant Wing Commander Andrew Horst, NZCF
Insignia
Logo Navy Cadets Logo

The Sea Cadet Corps (also known as Navy Cadets, SCC, and Sea Cadets) is a branch of the New Zealand Cadet Forces. It is a military-style training organisation for young people between the ages of 13 and 18. It is divided into three areas with 16 units in total. Activities include sailing and boat work, shooting and drill, and cadets need to pass a swimming test at joining.[1]

History[edit]

The SCC traces its roots back to 1929 when the first open Sea Cadet unit was formed in Christchurch, by the Canterbury Navy League. Units formed in the four main centres and were controlled nationally by the Canterbury branch of the League.

Organisation[edit]

National[edit]

The SCC, as a component of the New Zealand Cadet Forces, is managed at a national level by the Commandant NZ Cadet Forces (usually a Regular Force Lieutenant-Colonel or equivalent), who is part of Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force staff in Wellington. At community level, The SCC are represented by the Sea Cadet Association of New Zealand.

Area[edit]

The country is divided up into 3 areas, Northern (Northern half of the North Island), Central (Southern half of the North Island) and Southern (entire South Island). Each area has a NZCF Training and Support Unit, commanded by an Area Co-ordinator, with Advisors for SCC units.

Unit[edit]

Each unit is managed by the Cadet Unit Commander, and his/her officers. There are sixteen Sea Cadet Units (also known as Training ships) across New Zealand.

Membership[edit]

Cadet Members[edit]

Cadets can join if they are between the ages of thirteen and eighteen. The units provide uniforms, but may hold bonds to ensure that they are returned. Fees are charged by each unit annually and vary between NZ$10 and $200. Certain activities may incur additional charges, although sponsorship is sometimes available.[2]

Cadets may in time be promoted to Non-commissioned officer (NCO) ranks, which are based on the rank structure of the Royal New Zealand Navy. New members are referred to by the rank of "New Entrant", before progressing to "Ordinary Cadet", then "Able Cadet", which are awarded following the completion of a test administered by the unit. Ranks above this (in order: "Leading Cadet", "Petty Officer", "Chief Petty Officer", "Warrant Officer" and "Under Officer") are only awarded after the completion of joint training courses held with other units of the Sea Cadets, as well as the Air Training Corps and New Zealand Cadet Corps. Cadet ranks are often abbreviated by omitting the "Cadet" suffix.

Adult Members[edit]

Adult Members can serve in two capacities: Commissioned Officers or Civilian Instructors. Officers are commissioned into the New Zealand Cadet Forces, with the post-nominal letters NZCF, at the rank of Ensign, and can be promoted to Sub-Lieutenant and Lieutenant, after completing the necessary training and service. The highest rank attainable is Lieutenant Commander, which is available only to Unit Commanders. Civilian Instructors are civilians who help train cadets. They do not wear uniform, but they are generally treated similarly to officers by cadets.

Activities[edit]

Parade Nights[edit]

Every unit holds Parade Nights around 2–3 hours long weekly during school terms. Each parade night usually begins and ends with a parade. The starting parade is used to inspect uniforms, and to inform the cadets on the parade night's activities. The final parade to inform the cadets on upcoming events in the unit. Between the parades, the cadets undergo classroom, or practical instruction.

Shooting[edit]

Units conduct regular range training with smallbore rifles. Some units have their own armouries and ranges at their parade hall. Cadets must pass a TOETS (Test of Elementary Training Skills) before being allowed on the range. Each year the Smitt Trophy shooting competition is held between all the Sea Cadet Units in New Zealand.

Boat work & Rigging[edit]

Develop and maintain safe seamanship skills in power, sail, oar, and paddle craft, and learn the correct way to utilise ropes and pulleys.

Other Activities[edit]

  • Drill
  • History of RNZN
  • Dress and bearing
  • First Aid
  • Navigation
  • Radio procedures

Courses[edit]

Tri-Corps Courses[edit]

  • Junior NCO Course
  • Senior NCO Course
  • Warrant Officers Course
  • Under Officers Course
  • Cadet Bushcraft Course

SCC Courses[edit]

  • Cadet Sailing Charge Course
  • Sea Time


Competitions[edit]

  • Area Sea Cadet Skills (also known as Area Regatta)
  • National Sea Cadet Skills (also known as National Regatta)
Regatta Winners
Year Area Regatta Winner National Regatta
Winner
National Regatta
Location
Northern Central Southern
2018 TS Achilles TS Taupo TS Talisman TS Achilles Wellington
2017 TS Bellona TS Taupo TS Talisman TS Bellona Tamaki Leadership Centre
2016 TS Leander TS Taupo TS Talisman TS Talisman Tamaki Leadership Centre
2015 TS Leander TS Taupo TS Talisman TS Taupo Wellington

National Efficiency Competition[edit]

Each year, the Sea Cadet Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) holds a competition for the most efficient unit in the country. Each area (Northern, Central and Southern) selects one unit. Then a naval officer inspects each of the three units chosen and selects a final winner. The winning unit keeps the trophy for a year, and earns a placement for one cadet aboard the sail training ship Spirit of New Zealand.

Rank Structure[edit]

The rank structure follows the Royal New Zealand Navy

Commissioned Officers[edit]

Officer Ranks and Insignia in the SCC
NZCF
Officers
OFF 6 OFF 5 OFF 4 OFF 3 OFF 2 OFF 1
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Navy
Cadets
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Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Ensign Officer Cadet
Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Ensign No Insignia
Commander Lieutenant
Commander
Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Ensign Officer cadet
CDR LTCDR LT SLT ENS OFFCDT


Non-commissioned Officers and Ratings[edit]

Cadet Ranks and Insignia in the SCC
NZCF
Cadets
CDT 8 CDT 7 CDT 6 CDT 5 CDT 4 CDT 3 CDT 2 CDT 1
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Navy
Cadets
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Under Officer Warrant Officer Cadet Chief Petty Officer Cadet Petty Officer Cadet Leading Cadet Able Cadet Ordinary Cadet
Under Officer Warrant Officer Cadet Chief Petty Officer Cadet Petty Officer Cadet Leading Cadet Able Cadet Ordinary Cadet
Under Officer Warrant Officer Cadet Chief Petty Officer Cadet Petty Officer Cadet Leading Cadet Able Cadet Ordinary Cadet
Under Officer Warrant Officer
Cadet
No equivalent Chief Petty
Officer Cadet
Petty Officer
Cadet
Leading
Cadet
Able
Cadet
Ordinary
Cadet
UO WOCDT CPOCDT POCDT LCDT ACDT OCDT


See also[edit]

Sea Cadets[edit]

Navy League[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sea Cadet Corps". New Zealand Cadet Forces. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Join cadet forces". New Zealand Cadet Forces. Retrieved 13 April 2018.

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