MVRHS junior Riley Craig of Edgartown was designated the Alfa Division Honor Graduate upon completion of two weeks of basic recruit training with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. According to a press release, the curriculum of this training is approved by the U.S. Navy, and took place at Fort Devens. Cadets receive 106 hours of instruction, with a focus on the Navy’s core values of honor, courage, and commitment. Both tone and tenor of instruction are modeled after the Navy’s recruit training.
The award was presented to Mr. Craig by Recruit Training Command New England’s commanding officer of training, LCDR David I. Hull, NSCC, and National Executive Director CAPT Henry Nyland III, USNR (Ret.).
At the request of the Department of the Navy, 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.” Today’s U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps continues to further the image of our maritime services by adhering to a standardized training program designed to develop an interest and ability in seamanship and seagoing skills; instill virtues of good citizenship and strong moral principles in each cadet; demonstrate the value of an alcohol-free, drug-free, and gang-free lifestyle; and expose cadets to the prestige of public service and a variety of career paths through hands-on training with our nation’s armed services.