The Basics

In this chapter you will learn about basic military knowledge such as the oaths and creeds that have to be memorized by all Sea Cadets. You will also be given the meaning of the basic core values of the military along with the chain of command.

                                                     NAVY CORE VALUES
Brief History of our Core Values – Throughout its history, the Navy has successfully met all its challenges. America’s naval service began during the American Revolution, when on Oct. 13, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized a few small ships. Creating the Continental Navy. Esek Hopkins was appointed commander in chief and 22 officers were commissioned, including John Paul Jones.
From those early days of naval service, certain bedrock principles or core values have carried on to today. They consist of three basic principles.

HONOR
“I will bear true faith and allegiance …” Accordingly, we will: Conduct ourselves in the highest ethical manner in all relationships with peers, superiors and subordinates; Be honest and truthful in our dealings with each other, and with those outside the Navy; Be willing to make honest recommendations and accept those of junior personnel; Encourage new ideas and deliver the bad news, even when it is unpopular; Abide by an uncompromising code of integrity, taking responsibility for our actions and keeping our word; Fulfill or exceed our legal and ethical responsibilities in our public and personal lives twenty-four hours a day. Illegal or improper behavior or even the appearance of such behavior will not be tolerated. We are accountable for our professional and personal behavior. We will be mindful of the privilege to serve our fellow Americans.

COURAGE
“I will support and defend …” Accordingly, we will have: courage to meet the demands of our profession and the mission when it is hazardous, demanding, or otherwise difficult; Make decisions in the best interest of the navy and the nation, without regard to personal consequences; Meet these challenges while adhering to a higher standard of personal conduct and decency; Be loyal to our nation, ensuring the resources entrusted to us are used in an honest, careful, and efficient way. Courage is the value that gives us the moral and mental strength to do what is right, even in the face of personal or professional adversity.

COMMITMENT
I will obey the orders …” Accordingly, we will: Demand respect up and down the chain of command; Care for the safety, professional, personal and spiritual well-being of our people; Show respect toward all people without regard to race, religion, or gender; Treat each individual with human dignity; Be committed to positive change and constant improvement; Exhibit the highest degree of moral character, technical excellence, quality and competence in what we have been trained to do. The day-to-day duty of every Navy man and woman is to work together as a team to improve the quality of our work, our people and ourselves.


SAILORS CREED
“I am a United States Sailor
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will OBEY the orders of those appointed over me.
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.
I proudly serve my country’s Navy combat team with Honor, Courage, and Commitment. I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.”


SEA CADET OATH
“I promise to serve God, honor our flag, abide by the Naval Sea Cadet Corps regulations and carry out the orders of the officers appointed over me, and so conduct myself as to be a credit to myself, my unit, the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, the Navy and my country.”


RECRUIT CREED
“I am a recruit in the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps. I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.
I will learn the corps inside and out. I am dedicated to my shipmates and those above me.
Everything I learn I will take with me.
My mission is to learn how to apply the Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment to my Everyday life.”


Definition of Position of Attention – A position assumed by a soldier with heels together, body erect, arms at the sides, and eyes to the front —often used as a command.
When asked what the position of attention is by a superior officer your response should be stated exactly as below while performing those actions:
Sir/Ma’am, the position of attention is:
HEAD ERECT, EYES IN THE BOAT,
CHIN IN, SHOULDERS BACK,
CHEST OUT, STOMACH IN,
WEIGHT EVENLY DISTRIBUTED ON BOTH FEET,
WITH HEELS TOGETHER,
FEET FORMING A 45 DEGREE ANGLE,
ARMS HANGING NATURALLY AT SIDES, PALMS
FACING INWARDS,
THUMBS ALONG TROUSERS SEAMS,
WITH FINGERS JOINED IN A NATURAL CURL,
Sir/Ma’am


Quarterdeck – The area of the ship or training facility, commonly the entrance, set aside for ceremonial purposes.
Five Quarterdeck Rules
1. Do not be loud or sloppy in the vicinity of the quarterdeck.
2. Never appear on the Quarterdeck unless wearing the uniform of the day.
3. Never eat or drink on the Quarterdeck.
4. Never cross or walk on the Quarterdeck except when necessary.
5. DO NOT lounge on or in the vicinity of the Quarterdeck.

– THE SULLIVANS DIVISION