The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) and the Naval League Cadet Corps are for American youth ages 10-17 who have a desire to learn about the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. Sea Cadets are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms appropriately marked with the Sea Cadet Corps insignia. The objectives of the Sea Cadet program are to introduce youth to naval life, to develop in them a sense of pride, patriotism, courage, and self-reliance. We foster their leadership abilities and broaden their horizons through hands-on training, and guide them to becoming mature young adults while maintaining an environment free of drugs and gangs.
Can You Join?
NSCC is available to students at all schools, as well as those who are home schooled. You do not have to attend a specific school or belong to a specific church or club to join.
You are eligible to join the Sea Cadets or League Cadets if you:
are aged:10-13 for League Cadets OR 13-17 for Sea Cadets
pass a basic medical exam (waivers are considered)
are enrolled in school or in a certified home school program
have parental consent
possess good moral character
are drug free
are interested in the program
are prepared to attend drills regularly
are prepared to become physically active
are willing to put forth effort to advance in the program
What is Expected?
Cadets are expected to put forth 100% effort in the program. That means coming to drill whenever possible, at least 75% of the time. It also means working on correspondence courses and attending a summer training so you can advance at least once per year, and working out at home to make sure you are physically fit.
The most successful cadets are those who go above and beyond the minimum, attending optional evolutions such as community service events and color guard activities, participating in more than one summer training, completing training assignments, and preparing themselves and their uniforms for drill weekend.
Parents are asked to support their cadet by getting them to drill on time, providing them with the required gear, and allowing them to attend their trainings over the summer. While not a requirement, they are also encouraged to volunteer as an adult leader in some capacity, whether it is as an escort for a field trip or as a full time member of the officer staff.