BATTLESHIP MISSOURI DIVISION
Inaugural Division requested establishment on 28 February 1961 and was sponsored by THE NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES - ST LOUIS COUNCIL. The request was granted and the unit established in March 1961. The “Oldest and Boldest”, Inaugural is the oldest unit operating in USNSCC Region 07 (Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska) and one of the oldest units which has been continuously operating from the US Naval & Marine Corps Reserve Center – St. Louis Missouri (Lambert Field). During all of that time, NLUS – St. Louis Council has staunchly supported the Inaugural Division.
On 1 June 2001, the Inaugural Division, USNSCC received approval to change its name to Battleship Missouri Division, USNSCC. Training Ship Inaugural also requested a name change to Training Ship Missouri. That change received approval also.
Battleship Missouri Division is made up of TWO units, Battleship Missouri is for cadets 13 to 17 years of age, and Training Ship (TS) Missouri for cadets 10 to 13 years old. The X-ray Division is an orientation unit that forms for a four month period of indoctrination of new sea and league cadets.
This junior cadet program introduces its members to naval life through instruction in basic seamanship and leadership. NLCC members are able to participate in monthly drill sessions and during school breaks and in a one-week orientation class as well as in specially-designed annual training sessions. The purpose of the NLCC program is to prepare its cadets for success upon entering NSCC by exposing them to the fundamentals of seamanship and leadership. The training program is less arduous than NSCC's, but still includes a wide variety of away-from-home, one-week training opportunities designed to give cadets exposure to Navy life.
The senior cadet program exposes its cadets to the full rigors of a military training program. Cadets are required to attend a mandatory two-week recruit training camp. After this requirement is met, cadets are eligible to participate in a variety of advanced training sessions. These sessions serve to expose cadets to seamanship and seagoing subjects. They also focus on developing an appreciation for our country's rich naval history, customs and traditions.
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WILL I BE REQUIRED TO JOIN THE US ARMED FORCES?
No. We are not recruiting for the armed services. Cadets have absolutely no commitment regarding future military service.
WHAT ARE THE ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS?
All prospective cadets must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents, and meet our age requirements (ages 10 through the completion of high school). Cadets must be unmarried, drug-free, and alcohol-free. Successful academic progress is required as well (at least a "C" grade point average). Cadet applicants must complete a medical examination similar to a high school sports physical and submit proof of immunization against common diseases.
Cadets must also be physically and mentally able to participate in the basic required activities of the program, such as team-based physical training, close-order military drill, classroom instruction, and overnight away-from-home training programs.
HOW MUCH TIME IS INVOLVED?
One weekend a month for drills in St. Louis and summer and/or winter trainings of your choosing at various locations throughout the country. All trainings are generally 7-14 days long and hosted by other UNSCC units.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
A one-time enrollment fee of $250 is due upon entry into the program to cover the costs of uniforms. Monthly dues of $5 and an annual fee for a UNSCC ID is $75.50 are to be paid to the administration office. Summer training fees vary by training and are generally $100-300.