Since 1958 the Naval Sea Cadet Corps has been committed to providing American youth with a drug and alcohol free environment to foster their leadership abilities, broaden their horizons through hands-on training and guide them to becoming mature young adults.


The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is for American youth ages 13 - 17 who have a desire to learn about the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. 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, and to maintain an environment free of drugs and gangs.
The Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) is for boys and girls, at least 10 but not yet 14 years old, who are interested in the sea and ships, and our nations seagoing services. The Navy League program is designed to introduce young people to maritime and military life, and to prepare them for later entrance into the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC).


A unit is structured along military lines and is headed by a Commanding Officer. The local unit has one main purpose, and that is to foster team work, camaraderie and an understanding of the military command structure.
Cadets are instructed by both Sea Cadet Officers and senior cadets through classroom and applied instruction in subjects such as basic seamanship, military drill, and leadership.


Sea Cadet training consists of Navy Non-Resident training Courses (NRTC), training evolutions (away from local units), shipboard training, and training arranged locally by units.
All new cadets enter the program at the rate of Seaman Recruit. In order for cadets to move up through the ranks they must complete the following: the NRTC Correspondence Course for that rate, one training evolution, and depending on the rate, the Navy's Military Leadership exam for that rate. NRTC's cover basic military and naval subjects such as naval history, seamanship, leadership, and ship/aircraft familiarization. The cadet rate structure parallels that of the Navy and Coast Guard's enlisted rate structure, with Chief Petty Officer being the highest rate a cadet can achieve.
Training takes place mostly during summer months and occasionally during winter and spring break periods and are generally one to two week evolutions. The first training for all cadets is NSCC Recruit Training, better known as boot camp. For approximately two-weeks cadets are instructed by active and reserve military personnel and Sea Cadet officers in military drill and discipline, physical fitness, seamanship, shipboard safety, first aid, naval history, and leadership.
After cadets have successfully completed boot camp, they can then participate in a variety of trainings such as:
  • Airman Training (Basic & Advanced)
  • Air Traffic Control Training
  • FAA Ground School
  • Culinary Arts Training
  • Medical Training (General, Field, Surgical & Dental Tech)
  • Firefighting Training
  • Photo Journalism Training
  • Ceremonial Guard
  • Submarine Seminar
  • Marksmanship Training
  • Music School
Sea Cadet training is held throughout the continental United states, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Guam on military installations.
In addition to the above, those cadets who exhibit extraordinary initiative and leadership ability may participate in annual exchanges with Sea Cadet Corps' around the world. Cadets get to meet their foreign counterparts, experience new cultures, and get to see how the navies of the world operate. You can travel to some of the following places:
Australia Belgium Bermuda Canada Hong Kong
Japan Netherlands Russia South Korea United Kingdom


Depending on the rate achieved in the Naval Sea Cadets, former cadets may be eligible to enlist in the armed forces at an advanced pay grade. Being a member honorably discharged from the Corps is looked upon favorably by selection boards for military academics and ROTC programs. Also those cadets who are accepted to a four-year university may be eligible for scholarships.
The Naval Sea Cadet Corps provides its cadets the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, build their character and become productive citizens.


In order to join the Naval Sea Cadet Corps applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Cadets must be between ages 13 & 17
  • Leaguers must be between ages 10 & 14
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Be in good health and pass a qualifying physical examination (see statement below)
  • Be a full time student and maintain satisfactory grades (2.00 "C" grade point average)
  • Be free of felony convictions


The Naval Sea Cadet Officer Corps provide adult leadership for cadets of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) and the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC). NSCC officers are dedicated volunteers who instruct cadets, operate units and escort cadets when participating in event away from their home unit. Officers may either be civilians or military (active, reserve or retired) who are knowledgeable of youth and interested in thier training. Instructors are also recruited from active Reserve military commands and leaders within the community. Members of the Naval Reserve may qualify for drill credit and active duty for training orders (ADT) for participating in NSCC/NLCC activities. The NSCC does not require specific education or professional qualifications, but applicants with nautical/military experience are desired. NSCC officers are authorized to wear Navy officer uniforms (modified by the NSCC insignia). All NSCC officers are appointed by NSCC National Headquarters.


In order to join the NSCC Officer Corps applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Be at least 21 years old (NSCC Midshipmen 18 - 21 years old)
  • Pass a physical examination and be certified as fit to carry out assigned duties (see statement below)
  • Pass a ciminal background check
  • Be free of felony convictions


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 (NSCADM 015) may be presented by the parent or guardian for review so the cadet may participate in NSCC activities to maximum extent possible.

Adult applicants must be in good health commensurate with their age group and be free of 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.