Preparing for Recruit Training
The first trip for a Sea Cadet away from their home unit is to attend Recruit Training Command or RTC. This two weeks of intense training prepares new Sea Cadets for the more advanced types of trainings that are offered by the program in the future. Usually held in the summer in areas throughout the country, RTC develops cadets mentally, morally, and physically in order to develop the future leaders of this program. You must be at least 14 years old by September 1st of the year in which you participate in order to attend Recruit Training.
You don’t want your recruit barracks to end up looking like this!
Before you go signing up and head off to RTC, we want you to be as prepared as possible so that you can be successful at your first training. Here are a list of things that you should learn and know before attending recruit training:
- How do I fit all my gear into a seabag?
- How do I tie my neckerchief?
- Help on shoe shining.
- Uniform cleaning tips.
- How to fold utility shirts
- How to salute.
- The Eleven General Orders of a Sentry.
- The Phonetic Alphabet
- The Sailors Creed.
- Training Requirements.
- Important Notes to Parents and Cadets
Are you prepared physically? RTC is very demanding. You are required to pass a physical fitness test while there. Click here to see everything you need to know about PT in the Sea Cadets.
You must be able to meet the minimum standards. If you cannot do these for your age level and gender, you need to begin working out right now to prepare. You can be sent home or have to repeat RTC if you cannot pass the physical fitness test.
A typical morning of Physical Training (PT) at Recruit Training Command, probably around 5:30am.
You will get more done before breakfast than your friends at home get done all day.
Cadets who have disabilities that qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may request accommodations to these requirements. Contact the Commanding Officer of the training for details.
Information regarding the next available recruit training opportunity is posted on the HOMEPORT website.