1) What is the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps?
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a youth program for young Americans,
male and female, ages 13 through 17, whose objectives are to develop an
interest and skill in basic seamanship and in its naval adaptations, to train
them in seagoing skills and to teach them patriotism, courage,
self-reliance and kindred virtues. Cadets train aboard the ships and shore
activities of the Navy and Coast Guard, and are authorized by the Secretary
of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms appropriately marked with Sea Cadet
Corps insignia. There are some 260 units in operation in almost every
state in the union as well as Puerto Rico and Guam, with some 6,000
young Americans participating. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps affords equal
opportunity for participation to all American youth without regard to race,
color, religion or sex.
2) How old must I be to join the Sea Cadets?
You are eligible to join if you are 13 years of age or have not reached your
18th birthday. Too young? Check out the NLCC section.
3) What are the requirements of membership?
All prospective cadets must be unmarried, enrolled in school, have
parental consent and possess good moral character in addition to being
interested in the program and prepared to attend drills regularly.
4) What about medical exams?
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 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.
5) Will I have to pay dues?
Yes. The enrollment fee is presently $200.00 to join then $100.00 each year for re-enrollment until the cadet leaves the program.
6) Must I buy my own uniform?
Surplus U.S. Navy uniforms are made available to the Naval Sea Cadet
Corps. These uniforms, in turn, are made available to cadets at a minimal
cost for handling and shipping. Uniform needs which cannot be met
through this source may be purchased at Navy Exchange Uniform Shops.
7) Will Sea Cadet training detract from my school work?
Not likely. Sea Cadet units usually meet only one night a week or one
weekend a month during the school year. Instruction is designed to
supplement your school work. Normally, training away from home is
conducted during school vacation periods.
8) What do the Sea Cadets learn?
They study a broad range of subjects. Some are designed to help them
become better adult citizens, others teach them the importance of strong
maritime forces. They also study naval history, customs and traditions,
seamanship, navigation and similar subjects which would help their
chances for a promotion should they decide to join one of the sea services.
9) What are my chances for promotion?
Promotion within the Sea Cadets is based on merit. Promising young men
and women, upon filling certain qualifications and requirements, are given
command positions and encouraged to develop qualities of leadership.
10) Who sponsors the Sea Cadets?
Most Sea Cadet units are sponsored by individual Councils of the Navy
League of the United States, a non-profit organization of U.S. citizens
whose objective is to support the U.S. maritime services and who are
deeply interested in the welfare of young Americans.
11) Who instructs the Sea Cadets?
Sea Cadets are instructed by naval personnel (active, reserve and retired),
by Senior Cadets and by other adult leaders willing to devote their time and
knowledge to this activity.
12) Can I go to camp this summer?
Yes. Newly enrolled Sea Cadets are required to attend two weeks of
summer recruit training at Navy or Coast Guard "boot camps" throughout
the country. Having successfully completed recruit training, cadets
participate in additional training in advanced subjects during succeeding
summers. These two-week training periods offer a varied program of
activities in addition to valuable instruction of a maritime nature.
13) Are Sea Cadets permitted to go to sea?
Yes. After completing recruit training and other required courses of
instruction, many Sea Cadets can participate in two weeks advanced
training aboard Navy and Coast Guard vessels ranging from small harbor
craft to large nuclear powered aircraft carriers.
14) What type of training is available aboard ship?
Sea Cadets are trained in basic seamanship, damage control,
watch-standing, fire fighting and other nautical skills.
15) Are there advanced training courses for Sea Cadets?
Yes. In addition to advanced training aboard naval vessels, Sea Cadets
may attend orientation courses such as Airman School, Music School,
Seabee indoctrination, Medical, SEAL Team, Submarine Orientation and
other courses designed to prepare cadets for leadership, either within the
Sea Cadet organization or in other fields.
16) Are there travel opportunities?
Yes. Sea Cadets travel to training sites all over the country during the
summer training period. Additionally, outstanding Cadets are selected to
participate in the U.S.-Canadian Sea Cadet Exchange Program in Nova
Scotia and British Columbia, as well as other countries in Europe and Asia.
17) How are Sea Cadets selected for the Exchange Program?
Exchange cadets are selected on a merit basis. Each cadet must have an
outstanding record as well as a good reputation within his/her home
18) Can Sea Cadets obtain summer employment?
Yes. Sea Cadets are permitted to choose a training period during the
summer months that will not interfere with summer employment
19) Will I be required to join the U.S. Armed Forces?
No. Sea Cadets have absolutely no commitment regarding future military
service. For those Sea Cadets who do decide to enlist in the Navy or Coast
Guard, prior Sea Cadet training may permit entry at an advanced pay grade.
20) What is the main purpose of Sea Cadet training?
While Sea Cadet are organized along military lines, their main purpose is
to foster good citizenship and an interest and appreciation of our nation's
maritime services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant