BECOMING A CADET
All prospective cadets must be U.S. citizens, who meet our minimum age requirements (ages 11 through 17). Cadets must be committed to being a drug-free, unmarried, full-time student with at least a “C”-grade point average. Cadets must also have parental consent to join the program. We are looking for cadets who are interested in contributing as much as possible to the program by attending drills and upholding our standards of conduct.
A medical examination similar to a high school sports physical is required for all cadet applicants to the NSCC or NLCC. No one will be denied admission to the NSCC/NLCC due to a medical disability. Where a medical condition precludes full, unlimited participation, a Request for Accommodation (NSCADM 015) may be presented by the parent or guardian for review so the cadet may participate in NSCC activities to the maximum extent possible.
Adult applicants must be in good health commensurate with their age group and be free from any ailment or condition that would prevent them from satisfactorily performing their primary duty of supervising youth. NOTE: Adults not physically qualified to perform all duties may still participate with a waiver from NHQ considering the parameters of their expected contribution to the USNSCC program.
ANYONE CAN JOIN
We welcome all applicants who meet the above membership requirements. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps will never discriminate based on race, sex, color, religion, national origin or disability. It is very important to us to promote a culture of inclusion in our Sea Cadet family.
Your enrollment fee includes premiums paid toward the Sea Cadet Group Accident and Health Protection Plan. This is our insurance plan, designed to keep you covered in the low likelihood of something happening during a cadet-sponsored training event. It is important to us that the membership fees are minimal in order to be accessible to as many people as possible.
As of 1 January 2015, Enrollment fee is $350 and includes a $75.00 uniform deposit, annual re-enrollment fees are: $150/year per each NSCC/NLCC cadet; $40/year per officer/midshipman/instructor not on active duty; $40/year per officer/midshipman/instructor on active duty. Payments can be made with cash, Check, credit or debit card.
Annual enrollment fees are based on four factors: cost of program operation and administration by NHQ; cost of group accident and health premium; cost of liability insurance premium; and funding of each Regional Directors’ allowance.
Cadets are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy enlisted uniforms appropriately marked with the NSCC/NLCC insignia.
TRAINING PROGRAM AND OPPORTUNITIES
MAIN PURPOSE OF CADET TRAINING
While cadet units are organized along military lines, their main purpose is to foster good citizenship and an interest and appreciation of our nation’s sea services. Cadets and volunteers are also quick to name the wonderful by-products of our training program: new friends, a sense of accomplishment from overcoming obstacles and involvement with the community.
WHAT CADETS CAN LEARN
Cadets study a broad range of subjects, all of them designed to enhance the individual. Some sessions, like community service, are designed to help them become better citizens, while other classes will teach them the importance of strong maritime forces. Cadets will study naval history, customs and traditions, seamanship, navigation and similar subjects. To learn more about our training program, visit the Training page.
Cadets are instructed by naval personnel (active duty, reserve and retired), by senior cadets and by dedicated adult volunteer leaders who make up the USNSCC Officer Corps.
ADVANCED TRAINING COURSES FOR CADETS
In addition to advanced training aboard naval vessels, Sea Cadets may attend advanced training evolutions such as airman training, Seabee indoctrination, SEAL challenge, military law enforcement training, and Leadership Academy.
Navy League Cadets may participate in one-week advanced training evolutions in subjects such as leadership, seamanship and boating safety.
For more information on our training program, visit our Training page.
CADETS PERMITTED TO GO TO SEA
After completing recruit training and other required courses of instruction, many Sea Cadets can participate in advanced training aboard Navy and Coast Guard vessels ranging from small patrol craft to large nuclear powered aircraft carriers.
While Navy League Cadets are not permitted to go to sea for extended periods, they often participate in day cruises and tours.
TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO CADETS
Sea Cadets travel to training sites all over the country during the summer training period. Additionally, outstanding Sea Cadets are selected to participate in the NSCC International Exchange Program. Exchange cadets are selected on a merit basis; each cadet must have an outstanding record as well as good standing within his or her home unit. To learn more about NSCC’s International Exchange Program, visit their website.
MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TRAINING EXPERIENCES OF THE NLCC AND THE NSCC?
The training program designed for League Cadets is age-appropriate and less rigorous than that of the NSCC. It is less arduous, but still includes a wide variety of training opportunities designed to give League Cadets exposure to Navy life.
When joining the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, cadets are required to have attended a two-week away-from-home recruit training in order to rise in rank and participate in advanced training sessions. League Cadets have the option to attend a one-week, away-from-home orientation, but it is not a requirement for rank advancement.
WANT TO START YOUR ADVENTURE?
Below are the required forms to join our unit. The cadet application and Measurement form can be filled out at home and brought and turned in at a scheduled orientation. The Measurement form is very important. The form will allow our Supply Officer to outfit you cadet with the proper uniforms in a timely manner.