Who are the Sea Cadets?
We believe we are the best youth organization around. Our purpose is to build character, core values of respect, team work, self confidence, leadership, and most important of all to make the right choices in life that will guarantee each of them success, while having a lot of fun!
What do Sea Cadets do?
The Sea Cadets are well respected throughout the Navy, Coast Guard, and the community. Sea Cadets are provided the opportunity to visit Naval and Coast Guard ships, bases and stations, provide color guards for community functions, and have the opportunity to do many other exciting experiences other youth only dream about. We encourage and aid American youth to develop an interest and skill in basic seamanship, and in its naval adaptations, to train them in seagoing skills, and teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues. Our local staff instructors and senior cadets provide training on military and civilian subjects such as ship and aircraft identification, ranks and insignias, computer safety awareness and a host of other topics. Guest speakers, both civilian and military also provide educational training in first aid, boating safety, fire fighting, and many other interesting topics.
Will cadets be required to serve in the Armed Forces?
No. Our purpose is not to train recruits for the military. When training with the Navy, US Naval OPNAV INSTRUCTION 5760.5C (Navy Support and Assistance to Youth Groups) directs that “Active recruiting of members of youth groups shall not be undertaken wile guests of the Navy”. However, cadets who decide to enlist after high school into the Armed Forces may be permitted entry at a higher pay grade due to their Sea Cadet experience. Service academies and ROTC selection boards are looking favorably upon Sea Cadet service. About 70% of cadets enlist in the Armed Forces.
Is there a fee?
Yes. Dues for initial enrollment and annual renewal cover costs of required uniforms, insignia and basic group insurance coverage, as well as administrative and training related costs. Most families find the dues quite affordable, with costs similar to some high school sports participation fees.
Who can join?
In order to join the Navy League Cadet Corps (ages 10 to 13) or the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (ages 14 to end of high school), applicants must meet the following:
The Commanding Officer, or designated representative, must interview the parent/legal guardian of each cadet applicant to ensure their understanding of the goals and objectives of the NSCC, the nature of training, and the need for their support in the conduct of training.
No one will be denied admission to the NSCC/NLCC due to a medical disability. A Request for Accommodation (NSCADM 015) may be presented by the parent or guardian for review if a medical condition precludes full, unlimited participation 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 NSCC program.
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.
What uniforms do cadets wear?
The Secretary of the Navy authorized our cadets to wear Navy enlisted uniforms with distinctive Sea Cadet insignia. To outsiders, we represent the U.S. Navy, and when in uniform we behave accordingly. All uniforms remain property of the Navy and must be returned once a cadet leaves the program.
What attendance is required?
Cadets are required to maintain a minimum attendance of 75%. Every cadet is required to attend a minimum of one training contingent each year. A cadet's first training is Recruit Training (RT), usually conducted in June by Navy personnel at Great Lakes Naval Training Command, IL. Thereafter, cadets attend one Advanced Training (AT) of their choice annually. Many cadets choose to attend multiple trainings and consider these events the highlight of their USNSCC career. Trainings typically run 10 to 12 days and are held throughout the nation and cover a wide range of Naval specialties, such as music, SEAL, submarine or surface seamanship, military law enforcement, naval aviation, leadership academy, rifle marksmanship, STEM, cyber security, and many more. Cadets also have the opportunity to apply for the USNSCC International Exchange program with several maritime nations.
We also conduct training during the monthly drills. New inductees learn how to wear the uniform and how to conduct themselves in a military environment. Thereafter, typical training consists of naval aviation, customs and courtesies and similar military subjects, including introductions to the service academies, ROTC and enlisted service, as well as physical training (PT), annual swim qualifications, drill and ceremonies, field operations, Cyber Patriot, and more.
How did the Sea Cadets get their start?
The Navy League of the United States established Naval Sea Cadet Corps in 1958 at the request of the Department of the Navy. The NSCC was well received and grew rapidly in both number of units and in the number of young people enrolled. In 1962, the NSCC was federally chartered by Congress under Public Law 87-655 as a non-profit civilian organization with specific objectives and purposes in regard to training of American boys, this training to be accomplished through organization and cooperation with the Department of the Navy. The law established the NSCC as a legal entity, separate from the Navy League, and set forth the corporate powers and other enabling details for the functioning of the NSCC. In 1974, Public Law 87-655 was amended by Public Law 93-504 to permit enrollment of girls in the Corps.
What benefits are there for high school aged cadets?
NSCC prepares its cadets for whatever path they may take after high school. Cadets who enlist in the armed services are often eligible for military advanced pay grade programs. Being a cadet can also help individuals become more competitive for certain programs. More than 10% of the midshipmen in the most recent entering class at the U.S. Naval Academy were former cadets. The program also awards scholarships to exceptional cadets who wish to pursue a college education.
Cadets who exhibit extraordinary initiative and leadership ability may participate in annual exchanges with Sea Cadet Corps around the world.
We welcome adults over 21 (or in certain cases over 18) to serve as uniformed officers, or as non-uniformed auxiliary members. No military experience is required. Like cadets, uniformed officers are expected to attend drill regularly and must pass a number of professional development courses. Officers start as "Instructor" and may later be promoted from Ensign (O-1) to Lieutenant Commander (O-4), the highest rank available in the Sea Cadet Corps. Our officers wear Navy officer uniforms with distinctive Sea Cadet insignias. Active duty, reserve, or retired officers of all services may continue to wear the uniform and rank of their service.