About Us

Unit History

The Pittsburgh Battalion of the US Naval Sea Cadets (USNSCC) has a long and storied history. Now the oldest-running active unit in the USNSCC, the Pittsburgh Battalion was founded on August 13, 1964 by retired Navy Captain Neil D. Judd.

Capt. Judd was a US Naval Academy graduate who received his commission in 1940. A veteran of both World War II and Korea, he left active duty in 1954 and continued to serve in the US Naval Reserve while working as an engineer at J&L Steel Corp in Pittsburgh. Promoted to Captain in 1960, he later served as the Commander of Naval Reserve Center in Pittsburgh.

Since 1964, thousands of young men and women have been Sea Cadets in the Pittsburgh Battalion, later becoming leaders in both the military and their local communities. We're proud to carry on the legacy that Capt. Judd established nearly 60 years ago.

Monthly Drill

We normally drill on the third full weekend of every month in Elizabeth, PA. The Plan of the Month (POM) for each drill is established ahead of time and outlines the activities we will conduct throughout the weekend. Typical drill weekends will consist of uniform inspections, Close Order Drills (COD), Physical Training (PT), and classroom time.

In addition, we regularly schedule guest speakers such as active duty and retired military, and hold special classroom sessions on topics such as first aid and STEM. Time spent outdoors can focus on areas such as Seabee training, color guard, and land navigation, to name a few.

Training is facilitated by adult volunteers who comprise our unit's leadership team. See the Leadership page to learn more about our current adult leaders.

The facility where we hold our monthly drills is named in honor of Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Nicholas Cheque. A native of Monroeville, PA and former Pittsburgh Sea Cadet, he gave his life rescuing an American hostage from a Taliban compound in 2012. He was posthumously promoted to Chief and awarded the Navy Cross for his actions that day.

Nicholas Cheque Leadership Center

Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Nicholas Cheque

Community Outreach

In addition to monthly drills and the various training opportunities available to Cadets across the United States, the Pittsburgh Battalion also takes advantage of opportunities to give back to our local community.

Community outreach can involve activities such as assisting local charities, marching in various parades (such as Memorial Day or Veterans Day), providing color guard for special events, and many others.

Taking part in these events not only serves as a great way for our local community to learn more about the USNSCC and the Pittsburgh Battalion, but also in instilling a sense of pride in service for our Cadets.

Want to learn more about joining the USNSCC and the Pittsburgh Battalion? Use our Contact page to send us a message and someone will be in touch!