NSCC Promotion Requirements


1. NLCC Rate Structure. The NLCC cadet rate structure and terminology generally parallels that of the Merchant Marine, from NLCC Recruit (LC1) to NLCC Ship’s Leading Petty Officer (LC7). Cadets enroll as a Recruit and advance through the rates when they satisfy advancement requirements.

2. Academics
a. NLCC Syllabus. The NLCC Training Syllabus is the source document for NLCC

cadet training. The syllabus contains activities and exams required for 1-14


b. Practical Factors. Refer to the Correspondence Course Manual for guidance for the administration and grading of NLCC Practical Factor lesson assignments. Cadets must score 70% or higher to pass each assignment of the practical factors.

c. Correspondence Courses. NLCC Cadets may take NSCC Correspondence Courses, but should be discouraged from completing these courses too early, as not to detract from their future participation in the NSCC training program.

d. Advancement Examinations. NLCC advancement examinations are part of, and administered in accordance with, the NLCC Syllabus.

1) Test Scores. The minimum passing score on each NLCC advancement exam is 65%.

2) Test Administration

  1. a)  Once the cadet has completed the applicable Part in the NLCC Syllabus and is ready to take the exam, the test administrator should proceed to NOTS,linked from the NSCC Homeport, to register the cadet for the exam.

  2. b)  NSCC officers and or instructors who administer NLCC examinations have the responsibility for the proper handling, controlling and safeguarding of exam material. Additionally, when administering the exam every effort must be made to maintain and protect the integrity of the exam. NLCC Exams shall be administered at the unit’s drill site wherever possible. NLCC Exams may never be administered at an NSCC Officer’s home, or by the parent/guardian of a Cadet.

  3. c)  Assign only NSCC Officers or Instructors as exam proctors; cadets are NOT allowed to proctor exams.

  4. d)  Select an appropriate location to administer the exam. This location should afford the cadet adequate lighting and ventilation. If more than one cadet is taking an exam, the location should be large enough to maintain integrity of the exam (Cadets should not sit next to each other). The location should be away from the flow of traffic to minimize distractions.

  5. e)  Inform cadets that food, snacks, and beverages are not permitted in the exam room, unless a Request for Accommodation (NSCADM 001 Page 9/10) has been requested, and approved by the chain of command.

  6. f)  Cadets may use scratch paper during exams, but no other materials, including cell phones or tablets, are allowed in the testing space.

  7. g)  Inform cadet(s) of the 30 minute time limit given to complete the exam. Time from start to completion should be closely monitored, and the proctor should periodically announce the time remaining. Additional time may be granted where a Request for Accommodation (NSCADM 001 Page 9/10) has been


requested, and approved by the chain of command). NOTS will automatically grade the exam at the expiration of time, regardless if the examination is completed or not.

  1. h)  Maintain silence and order throughout the period of the exam. Maintaining exam integrity is paramount. Cadets should be directed not to discuss the contents of the exam with anyone outside of the exam room.

  2. i)  At the end of the exam period, collect any scratch paper used and destroy upon grading.

  3. j)  Upon the expiration of the allotted time, the examination will be automatically graded. An auto-generated memorandum will be emailed to the address of record. The unit must then record the test score in the cadet’s Magellan profile. A certificate will also be generated by this system which may be presented to the cadet.

  4. k)  If the cadet does not pass the exam, s/he must wait 30 days. After 30 days, return to NOTS to create a new examination.

3. Training. Refer to the NSCC/NLCC Training and Operations Manual for descriptions and guidance regarding NLCC Orientation and Advanced Training.

  1. NLCC Cadets are not required to attend training to advance in the NLCC.

  2. NLCC Cadets who elect to attend training must first attend NLCC Basic Orientation, which is generally 5 to 7 days in length.

  3. Leadership academies offered as NLCC advanced training are not a requirement for any advancement in the NLCC.

  4. NLCC Cadets may not serve as a Staff Cadet unless specifically authorized by NHQ.

4. Physical Fitness. In support of the NSCC program goals of healthy lifestyles, all NLCC Cadets must meet the minimum Physical Readiness Test (PRT) scores, in the previous six months, to be advanced to the next rate. These scores must be recorded in the cadet’s Magellan Record Book using the PRT Imports tab in the Unit Management menu. Refer to the NSCC Physical Readiness Manual and Cadet Exercise Chart (NSCTNG 020) for guidance.

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