U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps - Twin Cities Squadron
Will cadets be required to serve in the Armed Forces?
No. 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.
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.
About cadet training
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 "inducs" 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.
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.