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Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC)

NNDCC is a citizenship, leadership, and community involvement program for cadets at PSLA in the SCSD.







PSLA's NNDCC Commander's Philosophy
Our Mission

Develop today's youth into future leaders by instilling the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment in all our students.  

Our Purpose

Educate our youth community on the benefits & responsibilities of citizenship to include introduction to opportunities in military, national, and public service & develop their leadership potential & competencies by promoting patriotism, personal honor, individual discipline, our maritime heritage, the significance of sea power, and basic naval fundamentals. 

What does the NNDCC program do?

  • Promotes patriotism
  • Develops informed and responsible citizens
  • Develops respect for constructed authority
  • Develops leadership potential
  • Promotes high school completion
  • Promotes higher education
  • Promotes community service
  • Develops a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, individual discipline and leadership
  • Promotes an understanding of the basic elements and need for national security
  • Provides information on the military services as a possible career
  • Provides an alternative to gangs
  • Provides incentive to live healthy and drug free

What are the student enrollment eligibility requirements?

  • Be enrolled in and attending a regular course of instruction in a grade 9 through 12 at the Public Service Leadership Academy @ Fowler High School.
  • Be physically qualified to participate fully in the physical education program of the host school.
  • Be selected by the NNDCC instructor with the approval of the school principal or his/her representative.
  • Maintain acceptable standards of academic achievement and an academic standing that warrants at least normal progression leading to graduation.
  • Maintain acceptable standards of conduct.
  • Comply with specified personal grooming standards. Common sense and good judgment apply to the attainment of these standards. Standards will not be relaxed so as to reflect discredit upon the naval service.

What are the benefits of NNDCC?

  • Approximately 60 percent of the NNDCC cadets who are graduating seniors continue to higher education.
  • The NNDCC program is motivational in encouraging cadets to graduate from high school and continue to higher education offering free ACT/SAT preparation.
  • NNDCC cadets are better behaved, have higher attendance, are role models for the avoidance of substance abuse, have higher self-esteem, develop positive life skills, on average have higher grade point averages and graduate at a higher rate.
  • Cadets learn the value of teamwork and individual accomplishments from belonging to NNDCC.
  • The character education in NNDCC teaches values, principles, and self-discipline promoting positive, productive behaviors and provides a support structure that is critical not only in helping cadets avoid the use of drugs, but living a healthy and fit lifestyle.
  • NNDCC provides the opportunity for secondary school students to learn the basic elements and need for national security and their personal obligations as Americans.
  • The program enhances the image of the military in the eyes of the community by providing a chance for success to the nation's youth.
  • While the training is along military lines, it is conducted so as to encourage initiative and individuality to develop natural gifts, to teach self-control, develop personal character, responsibility and qualities of integrity, loyalty, and dedication.
  • Cadets accepted for enlistment, who provide evidence of successful completion of at least 3 years of NNDCC are entitled to advanced promotion to pay grade E-3 upon initial enlistment in an active or reserve component of the Navy, or Air Force, and pay grade E-2 in the Army or Marine Corps; or completion of 2 years are entitled to E-2 in the Navy.
  • NNDCC Instructor is authorized to nominate a maximum of three eligible cadets each year to compete for U.S. Naval Academy appointments.
NNDCC Instructor
Dave Sturgeon, USMC
(315) 503-1789
Request Community Service
Any request for community service or color guards must be given 5 business days before the event.

Anthony Q. Davis, Superintendent
725 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
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