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The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) is the only federally-sponsored nationwide youth association within the Department of Defense.  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 5760.5C. 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 USCG Public Affairs Manual COMDTINST M5728.2A. USNSCC offers preliminary training for the US 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.



F.D. Roosevelt Squadron was formed 15 AUG 1961. She was commissioned less than a month later on 01 SEPT 1961, NSCC Commissioning Warrant #6-3-295, Unit Code 062FDR making it the first commissioned unit in the nation. More than 1000 cadets have served in F.D. Roosevelt over the last 56 years, many going on to serve as decorated members of the Navy and other services while others took the lasting lessons of leadership to the private sector as civilian leaders.
The unit includes units from both USNSCC cadet programs - the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) for youth ages 10-13 - Training Ship Roosevelt Squadron, and the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) for youth ages 13- 17 - FD Roosevelt Squadron.  The two units drill together under one command structure.

Through organization and cooperation with the Department of the Navy, to encourage and aid American youth to develop, train them in seagoing skills, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance and kindred virtues.

NSCC Charter—36 USC 1541

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