The National Cadet Corps (NCC) is a youth development movement. It has enormous potential for national building. The NCC provides opportunities to the youth of the country for their all-round development with a sense of Duty, Commitment, Dedication, Discipline and Moral Values so that they become able leaders and useful citizens. The NCC provides exposure to the cadets in a wide range of activities with a distinct emphasis on Social Services, Discipline and Adventure Training. The NCC is open to all regular students of schools and colleges on a voluntary basis. The students have no liability for active military service.
The National Cadets Corps came into existence under the National Cadet Corps Act XXXI of 1948 (passed in April, 1948; came into existence on 16th July, 1948).
The Aims of NCC
The aims of the NCC laid out in 1988 have stood the test of time and continue to meet the requirements expected of it in the current socio-economic scenario of the country. The NCC aims at developing character, comradeship, discipline, a secular outlook, the spirit of adventure and ideals of selfless service amongst young citizens. Further it aims at creating a pool of organized, trained and motivated youth with leadership qualities in all walks of life who will serve the Nation regardless of which career they choose. Needless to say, the NCC also provides an environment conductive to motivating young Indians to join the armed forces.
The Motto of NCC
The need for having Motto for the NCC was discussed in the 11th Central Advisory Committee meeting held on 11 Aug 1978. The Committee selected the following Motto for the NCC:
UNITY AND DISCIPLINE
The Core Values of NCC
The NCC is a responsive, learning and continuously evolving organization. Its activity is guided by certain core values that we endeavor to instill among all ranks of the NCC. These include the following:
Activities of NCC
Institutional training conducted at schools and colleges is the mainstay of NCC training and is conducted by Associate NCC officers and Armed Forces personnel. They syllabus comprises common subjects and services subjects. The SD and SW training is for 3 years and has 300 periods. The JD and JW training is for 2 years and encompasses 240 periods. The training year is from 1 April to 31 March. Institutional Training includes basic military training to the cadets as part of the curriculum and prepares them to join the Armed Forces.
Camp Training is the practical manifestation of institutional training. The basic aim of the camps is to introduce cadets to a regimented way of life and helps in developing camaraderie, team work, leadership qualities, self-confidence, self-reliance and dignity of labor. The cadets are exposed to the excitement of camp life where they apply the theoretical knowledge that they gained in Institutional Training. It is mandatory for JD and JW cadets to attend at least one camp and SD and SW cadets to attend a minimum of two camps during the period of their enrolment. NCC conducts over 1450 camps annually at an average frequency of more than 100 camps in a month. Each NCC camp is structured for approximately 400-600 cadets with Instructional staff comprising 3 to 4 officers and 15-20 Associate NCC Officers. The Republic Day Camp is the acme of NCC training and is conducted in January every year. The various types of camps conducted by the NCC are as follows:
These camps are held within the state under the aegis of respective NCC Directorates.
These camps are of all India nature and are planned by Headquarter in consultation with State NCC Directorates. Selected cadets participate in these camps. The following types of Centrally Organized Camps are conducted:
These camps are conducted to make cadets understand the value the rich heritage of cultures that forge unity despite the diverse languages, traditions and religions in our country. These camps are conducted to help bridge the culture gap among various states of India. 37 National Integration Camps are conducted every year. In addition, 6 special NICs are conducted in the extremities of our country at Leh/Srinagar, Dimapur (North-Eastern region), Peddapuram (Kakinada), Badabagh (Jaisalmer), Lakshadweep and Port Blair.
Two TSCs are conducted annually for the Army Wing Cadets.
This camp is conducted annually for Naval Wing Cadets. Boat pulling regatta and sailing competitions are the main activities of this camp.
This camp is organized for the Air Wing cadets in which activities pertaining to air wing are done.
Eight Rock Climbing Camps are held each year to expose NCC cadets to the basics of rock climbing and to inculcate the spirit of adventure.
In these camps, the cadets are trained to become leaders in the respective fields pertaining to military activities.