We talked about how NCC’s training is divided into two broad categories, today we will discuss the Training “B”. Training “B” mostly includes the following :-
- Conduct of Republic Day Camp
- Conduct of courses at OTA kamptee and OTA Gwalior.
- Policy with regard to issue of Directive and conduct of Certificate exam of Senior and Junior Division/Wing.
- Participation of NCC team in All India G.V. Mavalankar Shooting Championship (AIGVMSC) and National Rifle Association of India Shooting Championship.
- NCC Special Entry Scheme SSC (NT) at OTA Chennai.
- R&V Units.
- Courses at National Civil Defence College
- Naval Training
- Adventure Training
ANNUAL REPUBLIC DAY CAMP
RDC is believed to be the most prestigious camps of all. RDC is held at Garrison parade ground, Delhi Cantt every year from 01 Jan to 29 Jan. It is a matter of pride when a cadet is selected for RDC camp as he/she represents their state in Republic Day Camp in front of honourable guests like Vice president of India by whom the ceremony is inaugurated, the Defence Minister, the Chief Minister of Delhi, the three heads of the three armed forces.
To improve the training more OTA Kamptee was established on 1 march 1957, but was formally inaugurated on 06 May 1957. It was designed to train the ANO’s and JCOs more efficiently. A number of courses were conducted to fully train the trainees. It was inaugurated by the then deputy Defence Minister Sardar Surjit Singh Majithia. A girl’s wing was established in August 1959 to train the lady officers for pre-commission training. Later it was shifted to Gwalior in April 1965 and is known as WOTS. The NCC academy at Porbandar established in September 1961 was closed down on 31 march 1979 and merged with the school.
NCC OTA GWALIOR
The girl’s wing of OTA Kamptee was shifted to Gwalior as a separate OTA after a few years of its establishment. The courses are conducted for the lady ANO’s and whole time lady officers (WTLO). Courses like rock climbing are also conducted for the SW’s in the month of January and February. Also the selected SW cadets from different directorates all over India are given SSB training here.
DIRECTIVE FOR CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION
Apart from learning all the tactics and training, NCC cadets are also benefited in many ways if they clear the certificate examination. The scheme was first introduced in 1997. There are three certificates namely-“A”, “B” & “C”. The certificate holders get various benefits at the time of jobs. “C” certificate holders having A or B grade, get the chance to attend the SSB directly without going through the written examination.
SSB SCREENING COURSES
To crack the SSB, two screening courses for both SD and SW are conducted at OTA Kamptee and OTA Gwalior every year.
REMOUNT AND VETERINARY(R&V) UNIT
It provides the cadets an opportunity to get the experience of adventurous activities like horse riding. This unit is affiliated to agriculture universities. There is one R&V regiment in Hyderabad and eleven R&V squadrons at Mhow, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Guwahati, Ludhiana, Chennai, Bikaner, Trichur, Mathura, Pantnagar and Delhi.
Every year at RDC, the NCC Horse show and various equestrian competitions are held and the best among them are declared. The competitions are mainly focused on improving a cadet’s participation and horsemanship.
NAVAL WING ACTIVITIES
Naval wing has 60 units spread in all states and union territories. Naval wing activities are quite fun, adventurous but challenging too. Following are the naval wing activities:-
- Sea training:- The most important and one of the most challenging training for the naval wing cadets is the sea training. 145 naval wing SDs and 9 ANOs are selected from all the directorates for the sea training. They are trained at Mumbai and Visakhapatnam. Their training includes Naval subjects like navigation, seamanship, communication, gunnery, damage control and ship safety.
- Sea attachment:- Various naval activities are taught to naval wing cadets during sea attachment. 150 Naval wing SD cadets and 10 ANOs are selected for sea attachment. This camp takes place at Mumbai and Kochi in the month of May and June every year.
- Naval attachment:- It is a specialised camp where only 25 naval wing SDs are selected from all the directorates. Naval attachment was first introduced in 2001 with the approval of Naval Headquarters. This camp takes place for about 12 days in the month of December and January at the Naval Academy, INS Mandovi and Goa.
- Coast guard sea sortie:- 6 SD cadets are selected who have to board on the ships from Kerala to Kochi. This happens for one week twice every year.
- Foreign cruise naval:- As the name suggests cadets are introduced to a cruise where most part of their training takes place. The cruise on which the training takes place is the ship of the 1st training squadron of the Indian Navy. 20 SD Cadets and 2 PI Staffs are selected for this camp which takes place during May/April or September/October. It gives the cadets the chance to meet and greet the foreign nationals. Also provides them an overwhelming experience on the sea for a longer duration.
- Foreign cruise coast guard:- It was first established in 2001. Only six naval wing SDs can go on-board the CG ships. This camp is irregular unlike the foreign cruise naval.
- Nau sainik camp: – This camp initially gives vacancy to many cadets but gradually reduces. After further camps only a few selected cadets are left to represent their directorate in All India Nau Sainik Camp. It has many competitions on the basis of which cadets are selected. It includes non-RD banner competitions as well as RD banner competitions. Non-RD banner competitions are semaphore and cultural activities. RD Banner competitions are sailing, boat pulling, ship modelling, firing and line area.
- Advance leadership camp:- This is an all India level camp where cadets from all the directorates come together to learn leadership traits and activities similar to it. 150 cadets are selected from all the directorates. It takes place in the month of May and June at Tuticorin. Some of the activities that take place in this camp are adventure training, security exercises, and best cadet, firing, seamanship, communication and navigation competitions.
- Naval technical camp:- It is for the cadets studying in engineering college. 125 cadets attend this camp which takes place in Chennai during May and June.
NAVAL ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
Apart from naval wing activities, there are some other fun and adventurous activities in the naval wing of NCC.
- Scuba diving:- An experience like scuba diving is something which everyone should at least have once in their lives. Some of the lucky and eligible cadets get the chance to be a part of this programme. It is a very recent programme launched by the naval wing. Kochi, Vizag, Mumbai and Delhi are the places where scuba diving courses take place with the complete assistance of the Naval diving teams.
- Sailing expedition:- It’s a great way of learning basic naval knowledge. Each NCC Dtes carry out at least one sailing expedition for the cadets. Cadets get practical knowledge of boat pulling and sailing. They learn to face the obstacles like bad weather and irregular flow of the current during a sailing expedition.
- Windsurfing and kayaking:- 85 windsurfers and 101 kayaks are allotted to train the cadets taking part.
ALL INDIA NCC YACHTING REGATTA
It takes place every year in INS Chilka. 48 SDs and 48 SWs are selected and get the chance to experience this camp. Cadets get the opportunity to learn sailing skills during this time.
ADVENTURE TRAINING AND SPORTS
These sports are different from the regular sports like football, hockey etc. the following are the sports which come under this category:-
- Mountaineering courses:- There are three mountaineering institutes dedicated for this course. These are Nehru institute of mountaineering at Uttarkashi, Himalayan mountaineering institute at Darjeeling and directorate of mountaineering and allied sports at Manali.
- Mountaineering expeditions:- Two mountaineering expeditions are conducted each for SD and SW every year.
- Trekking expeditions:- Total of ten trekking expeditions are conducted by NCC every year, out of which three are for SWs and seven are for SDs. Every year 10,000 cadets take part in it.
- Cycle/ Motorcycle expeditions:- This is organised both at national and state level
- Parachute sailing:- One of the most challenging yet adventurous sports in NCC is parachute sailing. It takes place every year by the state directorates.
- Para courses:- It is conducted at Agra with limited vacancies for 40 cadets, 20 for SD and 20 for SW.
- Slithering:- The literal definition of slithering is to slide. just like wall or rock climbing. One of the most loved sports by the cadets and it takes place every year.
- Desert safari:- It’s different from all the sports mentioned above where Rajasthan directorate conduct camel safari every year in the month of November. 20-25 SD cadets along with the YEP cadets take part in camel safari. The funding is done by the Ministry of Defence.
- White water rafting:- It was established in Haridwar under UP & UA Dte. The directorates have developed 6 white water rafts and take place every year for the selected cadets.
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