Officer Professional Development

Volunteer* Professional Development

The next OPD for Region 1-1 will be in hosted either in the winter or spring of 2019.

* Yes, it’s called “Officer Professional Development,” but OPD is not just for officers! Instructors, midshipmen, and auxiliarists are welcome too!

Attention New England Sea Cadet volunteers (and prospective volunteers):

Which Course to Pick: You should typically take the OPD courses in order (101, followed by 201, followed by 301).

OPD 101 is meant for instructors or midshipmen within their first year in the program. It is particularly helpful for those with no prior USNSCC or military experience.

OPD 201 is intended for all volunteers who have completed OPD 101, especially volunteers who have assumed some level of responsibility within the unit.

OPD 301 is designed for unit Commanding Officers and Executive Officers, but is open to any who have completed both OPD 101 and 201.

If you aren’t sure which course to pick, ask your unit Commanding Officer.

How to sign up:┬áTell your unit Commanding Officer that you’d like to attend. He or she will register you on Magellan and issue you orders.

Travel Allowance: You may be entitled to a travel allowance of “$45 per day of training or $0.50 per mile (driver only), whichever is greater. No allowance shall exceed $400.”

Questions? LCDR Christopher Donahue, NSCC, is available by e-mail at

No phone calls, please.