Licensed Cadet Intern Program

Small Arms Course

  • Small Arms is now a 4-day course, Monday - Thursday. Students should expect to be in class all day on Thursday.
  • Those interested may take the Security Watchstander Advanced course on Friday (see below description). You will be given the option to sign up for SWA on the first day of Small Arms.

This 4-day course will cover the safe care and operation of multiple firearms used aboard Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessels manned by civilian mariners. Also, specific rules of engagement pertaining to each force protection team unit will be covered. The objective of this course is to educate the civilian mariner in the safe and proper handling of the 9mm semi-automatic pistol, 7.62 mm semi-automatic rifle, and 12-gauge pump operated shotgun. The participant will qualify in courses of fire as set down by the Military Sealift Command and the United States Navy, using live fire exercises at an approved firing range. All training and instruction will be in accordance with OPNAVINST.3591.1 Series. Renewal is required yearly.

Security Watchstander Advanced

This 1-day course will prepare the mariner to perform watchstanding duties aboard MSC governed vessels and is a prerequisite for Ships Reaction Force duty. Subjects covered are Advanced Cuffing, Baton training, and Mechanical Advantage Control Holds (M.A.C.H.) and takedowns. Renewal is required yearly.

PLEASE NOTE: Security Watchstander Advanced is included with the Small Arms class.

  • It is optional and will be taught on Friday.
  • Students opting to take Security Watchstander Advanced should expect to be in class all day on Friday.


Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: To be qualified to participate in this course, the member must never have been convicted of a felony or any crime of domestic violence.

MSC Approval:

Small Arms Course
This course is recognized as meeting the standards and content of OPNAVINST 3591.1 Series Small Arms Training and Qualification and the Military Sealift Command's Small Arms Training and Qualification of Instruction.

Security Watchstander Advanced
This course is recognized as meeting the Military Sealift Command’s standards and content and meets the standards of COMSCINST 5530.3 series.