Sea Cadets complete training with Oceana Security Department
By By MC2 (SW) Alysia Hernandez NAS Oceana Public Affairs
July 10, 2016

A class of students from the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNCC) completed the Master-at-Arms Academy hosted annually at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana July 1.

The USNSCC is a federally chartered non-profit youth development program for ages 11 through completion of high school. The Navy League of the United States established the USNSCC in 1962 to “create a favorable image of the Navy on the part of American youth.” The program is designed to develop an interest and ability in seamanship, instill virtues of good citizenship and strong moral principles, demonstrate the value of a healthy lifestyle and expose cadets to the prestige of public service and a variety of career paths through hands-on training with the armed forces.

Each year, cadets get the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of advanced training opportunities including the Master-at-Arms Academy and other specifically tailored advanced training sessions focusing on military and general career fields and opportunities.

For the 19th year, NAS Oceana’s Security Department hosted the 2-week-long master-at-arms (MA) training session for sea cadets from across the country. Training began early on June 20 with a 5 a.m. reveille and physical training session and came to an end July 1 with 22 cadets marching into the Camp Pendleton chapel wearing their service dress whites and standing in formation in front of their families for a graduation ceremony.

The Master-at-Arms Academy included hands-on and classroom training covering topics like self-defense, watch standing, search and seizure, building clearing, evidence collection and much more.

“Basically, we’ve taken these high school students and exposed them to a lot of what the master-at-arms rating does,” said MA1 James Jansma, Master-at-Arms Academy trainer from NAS Oceana Security Department. “We’ve taken a modified security response force basic curriculum that we teach to Sailors when they’re going to be assigned security duties and we’ve been using that as a basis of what we’ve taught them in addition to some of our ‘A’ School legal materials; Ideas such as jurisdiction, Miranda Rights, authority and how they get that as a sentry, search and seizures, things of that nature.”

Jansma, who was an instructor for the program for the second year, was very impressed at the knowledge and military bearing of the cadets.

“It’s a privilege to get to work with them, a nice change from our normal duties,” Jansma said. “When you work with them it just kind of rekindles that motivation that you have because these kids are so motivated.”

Each cadet had a different takeaway from the two-week experience. USNSCC Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Clay, a 16-year-old from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md., said handling stress was the most important thing he learned and shooting at the M-9 simulator was his favorite part of the training.

“It’s been interesting; I’ve learned a lot about leadership and my fellow shipmates,” Clay said. “I’ve learned how to get the best out of people, especially my peers, and how to handle certain situations being in the police and MA environment.”

USNSCC Petty Officer 2nd Class Johnny Price, a 16-year-old from East Lincoln High School in Denver, N.C., who has been a part of USNSCC for nearly 3 years, said he enjoyed having active duty instructors.

“This is one of my first trainings that I’ve had active duty teachers and that’s really, really cool because we get direct information.” Price said. “We get PowerPoints and things like that but they’re also teaching us directly what they’ve gained through experience ... It’s amazing to get to hear all of their stories, or just hearing the way they teach, because they care, because we’re their future.”

Price added that he owes a lot of who he is to USNSCC. “It’s amazing because I’ve grown with it, I feel like a part of myself has been molded by this organization.”

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