John Hess, the owner of John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County, which is located in Bellingham, is currently involved as a volunteer with the The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC or NSCC) program with his two children through the United States Navy (USN). He volunteers as an officer, instructor, and supply officer.

The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps

Community-ServiceJohn’s son and daughter are members of The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps. The USNSCC is a congressionally-chartered, U.S. Navy-based organization that serves to teach individuals from the ages of 13 to 18 years old about the sea-going military services, U.S. naval operations and training, community service, citizenship, and an understanding of discipline and teamwork. Another version of the USNSCC, the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC), exists for youth between the ages of 10 and 13.

Recruit Training

The unit his children attend is 132 Naval Base Everett. They travel every other Saturday to Everett for drill dates starting a 0730 that last to 1500. One of the required trainings each Recruit must take to become a Cadet is Recruit Training, also referred to as RT. Susan, John’s daughter, attended her Recruit Training from Dec. 26th 2014 thru Jan. 3rd 2015 at Naval Base Kitsap/Bangor. This was the first USNSCC Winter RT offered at Naval Base Kitsap so each Cadet taking part became a “plank owner,” or first to take part in the training.

Susan’s RT included a total of 40 recruits, 7 females and 33 males. Ages between 13 and 17 from Washington, Idaho and California. There were 7 staff Cadet Petty Officers of the same age and 6 adult Officer/Instructors. RT consisted of starting each day off at 0500 with lights out at 2130. There were two companies, Alpha and Bravo, with 20 Recruits each. They competed against each other throughout RT for the recognition as Honor Company. The day’s were full of marching, physical fitness training, class room teaching, swim qualification and pistol/marksmanship training on a United States Coast Guard simulator. They also traveled off base to tour and then work on the Forest Sherman class destroyer turned floating museum, USS TURNER JOY (DD-951). Meals were provided at the Navy Galley with active duty members from the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, three times a day. Recruits were required to show military decorum and bearing at all times. Class room education consisted of guest instructors from the Navy and Coast Guard as well as guest speakers from the Naval and Coast Guard academies. In order to graduate each Recruit had to pass a written exam and physical fitness test. Susan volunteered and was chosen for the color guard which opened the graduation ceremony that took place on the 3rd of January at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Washington.

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