The National Cadet Corps is the Indian military cadet corps with its head Quarters at New Delhi. It is open to school and college students on voluntary basis. The National Cadet Corps in India is a voluntary organization which recruits cadets from high schools, colleges and Universities all over India. The Cadets are given basic military training in small arms and parades. The officers and cadets have no liability for active military service once they complete their course but are given preference over normal candidates during selections based on the achievements in the corps.
Motto of NCC
Unity and Discipline (Ekta aur Anushasan).
DG’s four Cardinal Principals of Discipline
- Obey with a smile
- Be Punctual
- Work hard and without fuss
- Make no excuses and tell no lies.
Aims of NCC
- To develop qualities of character, courage, comradeship, discipline, leadership, secular outlook, spirit of adventure and sportsmanship and the ideals of selfless service among the youth to make them useful citizen.
- To create a human resource of organized trained and motivated youth to provide leadership in all walks of life including the Armed Forces and be always available for the service of the nation. Oath
“I do hereby solemnly promise that I will serve my motherland most truly and loyally and that, I will abide by the rules and regulations of the National Cadet Crops. Further under the command and control of my commanding officer I will participate in every camp most sincerely and wholeheartedly”. Pledge
We the cadet of the national cadet corps, do solemnly pledge that we shall always uphold the unity of India. We resolve to be disciplined and responsible citizen of our nation. We shall undertake positive community service in the spirit of selflessness and concern for our fellow beings.
The NCC in India was formed with the National Cadet Corps Act of 1948. It was raised on 15 July 1948 The National Cadet Corps can be considered as a successor of the University Officers Training Corps (UOTC) which was established by the British in 1942. During World War II, the UOTC never came up to the expectations set by the British. This led to the idea that some better schemes should be formed, which could train more young men in a better way, even during peace times. A committee headed by Pandit H.N. Kunzru recommended a cadet organization to be established in schools and colleges at a national level. The National Cadet Corps Act
was accepted by the Governor General and on 15 July 1948 the National Cadet Corps Came into existence.
During the 1965 and 1971 wars with Pakistan, NCC cadets were the second line of defense. They organized camps to assist the ordinance factories, supplying arms and ammunition to the front, and also were used as patrol parties to capture the enemy paratroopers. The NCC cadets also worked hand in hand with the Civil Defense authorities and actively took part in rescue work and traffic control. After the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars the NCC syllabus was revised. Rather than just being the second line of defense, NCC syllabus laid a greater stress on developing qualities
of leadership and Officer-like qualities. The military training which the NCC cadets received was reduced and greater importance was given to other areas like social service and youth-management. The National Cadet Corps is headed by a Director General, an Army Officer of the rank of Lieutanant General, who is responsible for the functioning of the National
Cadet Corps in the country through the National Cadet Corps Headquarters situated at Delhi. At the State Level, the country has been divided into 17 Directorates covering all States and Union Territories. Each of the State National Cadet Corps Directorate Headquarters controls two to fourteen Group Headquarters. While Directorates are
commanded by Brigadiers or their equivalents, the Groups are commanded b Colonels or equivalents from the Air Force and the Navy, NCC Units are commanded by Major/Lieutenant Colonel or their equivalents.
NCC Flag Contains NCC Crest in gold in the middle, with the letters “NCC” encircled by a wreath of seventeen lotus with a background in Red, Blue and Light blue. Red depicts the Army, Deep Blue depicts the Navy and Light Blue depicts the Air Force. The seventeen lotuses represent the 17 State Directorates. “Unity of
Discipline” (Ekta aur Anushasan) is written at the bottom of the NCC flag. Centrally Organized Camps
- Leadership Camp
- Vayu Sainik Camp
- Nau Sainik Camp
- Rock Climbing Camp
- Trekking camp
- National Integration Camp (NIC)
- Thal Sainik Camp (TsC)
- Army Attachment Camp (AAC)
- Airforce Attachment Camp (AAC)
- Republic Day Camp (RDC) 11. Annual training Camp(ATC)
Drill, shooting, Physical fitness, map reading, First aid, Gliding/Flying, boat pulling, sailing and camp training covering basic of military training in Army, Navy and Air Force.
This training is mostly carried out in schools and colleges by the cadets. In addition, depending upon the type of service, basic knowledge of that service is imparted to the cadets e.g gliding powered flying for Air Wing cadets and boat pulling, sailing for Naval Wing cadets form part of institutional training. These activities comprise approximately 50% he entire syllabus.
This is the most imp aspect of NCC Training and hence great emphasis on institutional training to be given. State DDG’s to issue comprehensive instructions on organizing the Institutional Training at Gp/Unit level.
Following actions will be taken to improve the standard of training.
- Optimum utilization of PI Staff for Training.
- Greater involvement of Officers, WTLO’s and ANO’s.
- Deficiencies in training aids will be made up expeditiously. Basic Training
Cadets must be made to understand the aim and purpose of teaching drill, so that they are suitably motivated and do not take it as “fatigue”. Emphasis will be laid on correct bearing, marching, saluting and arms drill. Inter-squad competitions may be organized to create interest.
Cadets generally take keen interest in weapon training and firing. Units must liaise with nearby Service and Para-Military Units to ensure that all cadets get an opportunity to fire their authorized amn. Use of firing simulators may be made to optimize training efforts where possible.
Adventure activities have been incorporated in NCC training with the aim of inculcating and strengthening leadership traits amongst the cadets. These activities in NCC can be broadly divided into the following.
- Land based Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Trekking.
- Water based – Sailing Expedition, White Water Rafting, Scuba Diving
- Air based Parasailing.
Youth exchange programme
This is a very important activity. It 1s done to increase international understanding and bolster awareness. These exchanges are done with NCC community of 10 countries namely Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Maldives, Nepal, Singapore, UK, Russia and Vietnam at international level.
All OC Units are keeping a check of Institutional training regularly to ensure proper attendance. Attendance registers are marked before the commencement of the parade and NOT repeat NOT after the parade. All DDG’s are putting an effective monitoring mechanism which is in place to check attendance and conduct of this training.
NCC Social Service Activities
NCC has adopted community development activities with the aim of imbibing amongst cadets selfless service to the community, dignity of labor importance of self help, need to protect the environment and to assist weaker sections of the society in their upliftment. This was envisaged through programmes involving
Anti Dowry Rally
Anti Female Infanticide Pledge
Anti Leprosy Drive
AIDS Awareness Rally
Visit to Old Age Homes
Disaster Management & Relief
Village upliftment and various other social schemes.