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How to Become a Cadet

Welcome!!!  We are glad to see that you are interested in joining us.  But before that happens, we will need to take a few steps. 

Step 1: Verify qualifications

  • Must be US citizen (no waivers available)
  • Age:  To become a Sea Cadet, you must be age 13, but not yet 18 years old.  To join as a League Cadet, you must be at least 11, but not yet 13 years old. 
  • Complete a physical examination
A medical examination similar to a high school sports physical is required for all cadet applicants
to the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) or Navy League Cadet Corps (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 may be presented by the parent
or guardian for review so the cadet may participate in NSCC activities to the maximum extent possible.
  • Must be satisfactorily enrolled in a public or private school or a certified home school program
  • Be of good moral character and free of any felony convictions
  • Be unmarried and remain single while in the program


Step 2: Contact Us

We need to know that you’re thinking of joining.  This will help us ensure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about joining.  By keeping in touch with our staff members, you will have access to guidance on filling out forms and answering any questions unique to you that may arise.  Begin your contact with us by emailing the Commanding Officer.


Step 3: Schedule an Interview with the Commanding Officer

Our commanding officer personally request an audience with each new prospective cadet and parent for an informal initial interview.  The purpose of this interview is to ensure that both the cadet and the parents understand the requirements of the program and the unit.  It also serves as a forum for either party to ask any questions.  Please contact the Commanding Officer to schedule an interview by email at co@usnseacadets.com.


Step 4:  Attend a Weekend Drill

  • Once you’ve contacted us, you will be invited to attend the next mandatory weekend drill.
  • This will give you an opportunity to see what the Sea Cadets are all about.  You will be shown the benefits and requirements of the program.  We will also answer any questions you have about the program. 


Step 5: Fill out enrollment paperwork

  • Once you and your parents have decided to make the one year commitment to join the program, you must send in the paperwork to get started.  The Administrative Officer will assist you through the enrollment process.
  • There is an enrollment packet that must be filled out in order to enroll.  You can either download and print the  form packet from this link, or ask the Administrative Officer to mail them to your home.  The forms are below:
      • Cadet Application – This form will contain all of the vital information we need to know about the applicant.  It also serves as a parental consent and public affairs release form.
      • Report of Medical History - This form documents all medical issues that may have occurred during the applicants life.  This information is vital in ensuring that we provide the safest training possible to the cadets.  This form is filled out by the applicant and parents.  Once enrolled, this form must be updated periodically.
      • Report of Medical Examination - This form is used to document the results of the physical examination required for enrollment.  It must be filled out by the examining physician.  If the applicant has had a physical exam within six months prior to applying, a new physical does not have to be conducted; the physician can fill out the form based on the results of the most recent examination. 
      • Parent Support Questionnaire – The leadership of the NSCC is comprised of adult volunteers.  This form provides the list of volunteer opportunities available within this program.
      • Uniform and Equipment Responsibility Agreement – All uniform items issued to cadets are the property of the Louisiana Division and are only on loan to the cadet.  By signing this form, the parent agrees to take responsibility for returning all items when the cadet resigns or graduates from the program.

The following items may be required for the enrollment package if needed:

  • Immunization record (Copy needed)
  • Health Insurance Card (Copy needed)
  • Birth certificate (for verification only, we will not need to keep a copy)
  • Request for Accommodation


Step 6: Turn in paperwork and enrollment fees

  • Once the paperwork is completed, turn it in to the unit.  Ensure that all forms are properly filled out and signed where necessary.  Both the parents and the applicant must sign the application form.  Forms can be turned in personally at a regular drill, emailed to the Commanding Officer, or they can be mailed in to the following address.  
US Naval Sea Cadets
PO Box 86472
Baton Rouge, LA 70879
  • The initial enrollment fee is $160.  (Annual re-enrollment is $60.) This covers the cadet’s registration, accident insurance policy, costs for uniform accoutrements and basic training fees.  The unit fees also include the cost of the cadet's initially issued uniforms.  Any uniform items that need to be replaced will be at an additional cost.
  $ 60.00 - National NSCC Enrollment fee
$ 140.00 - Unit enrollment fee
$ 200.00 - Total
  • Fees may be paid with check, money order, or in cash.  Make all checks out to USNSCC Baton Rouge Division.
  • You may also pay the enrollment fee online with a credit card by clicking here.


Step 7:  Indoctrination Period

  • All new Sea Cadets are placed in a “recruit” status for the time they are in Indoctrination which is designed to acclimate a student into the Sea Cadets.
  • During this time, the recruits are expected to complete their Basic Military Requirements Correspondence Course, learn the Sea Cadet Oath, and the Sailor's Creed.
  • During this period recruits will be issued their uniforms and other seabag items.  New recruits will need submit a uniform request by clicking here.


Contact the Commanding Officer at any time during the enrollment process if you have any questions or problems.  We are here to help you and hope to see you drilling with the unit soon.