What is the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC)?
The NLCC is the junior program for the NSCC. The NLCC introduces boys and girls ages 11-13 to naval life through instruction in basic seamanship and leadership. The training program designed for League Cadets is age-appropriate and less rigorous than that of the NSCC. It is less arduous, but still includes a wide variety of training opportunities designed to give League Cadets exposure to Navy life.
This junior cadet program introduces its members to naval life through instruction in basic seamanship and leadership. NLCC members are able to participate in monthly drill sessions and during school breaks and have the option to attend a one-week orientation class as well as in specially-designed annual training sessions. The primary role is to train cadets in order to prepare them for success in either High School JROTC, or to continue on in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (for youths between the ages of 13 and 18) by exposing them to the fundamentals of seamanship and leadership. When cadets reach their thirteenth birthday, they can choose to move up to the Sea Cadets. When they reach 14, they must either transfer to the Sea Cadets, or leave the program. The training program is less arduous than NSCC’s, but still includes a wide variety of away-from-home, one-week training opportunities designed to give cadets exposure to Navy life.
Can anyone join?
We welcome all applicants who meet the above membership requirements. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps will never discriminate based on race, sex, color, religion, national origin or disability. It is very important to us to promote a culture of inclusion in our Sea Cadet family.
I’m 13-years-old. Should I join the NLCC or the NSCC?
While NLCC cadets can go into the NSCC when they turn 13, they may also elect to remain in the NLCC until age 14, when they must either transfer into the NSCC, or leave the program. If you are 13, and going to turn 14 within the calendar year, it is recommended that you start in NSCC.
I’m 10-years-old. Can I join the NLCC?
The official age range for NLCC is 11 through 13. However, if you are 10-years-old and would like to be considered for an age-waiver, you must contact your local unit for an interview with the commanding officer. Upon his or her approval, you may be able to join NLCC at the age of 10.
What types of training will I participate in as a League Cadet?
The NLCC training program is modeled after the Sea Cadet program, but is tailored to be age-appropriate. The training program is less arduous, but still includes a wide variety of training opportunities designed to give League Cadets exposure to Navy life.
Cadets can attend a one-week, away-from-home Navy League Orientation class. Cadets who complete orientation can participate in advanced training sessions such as classes in aviation, sailing, leadership, medical and adventure training. League Cadets also learn about small boats and small boat safety using the U.S. Coast Guard’s safe boating curriculum.
Do NLCC cadets wear the same uniforms as the older group?
Yes, League Cadets wear US Navy uniforms with appropriate shoulder insignia denoting NLCC membership. NSCC officers administer the program and supervise the cadets. NLCC cadets can earn many of the same ribbons and awards as Sea Cadets, and can wear those ribbons when participating in the NSCC program.
Do NLCC cadets train with NSCC units?
NLCC units are grouped with NSCC units under the supervision of regional, and senior regional directors, however, those who have achieved “Training Ship” status can operate semi-independently from their attached NSCC Units.
NLCC units that are of independent status are denoted by the title “Training Ship” (often abbreviated as “T.S.”). NLCC units who do not have enough cadets to warrant independent status (“conditions preclude the formation of a Training Ship”) are attached to NSCC units as “Companies.” “T.S. Hamiltion” would therefore be an independent NLCC unit, but “Bantam Company” would indicate a smaller unit attached to the local NSCC unit (which can carry either a “Division,” “Squadron,” or “Battalion” title depending on their training orientation).
What are the main differences in training between NLCC and NSCC?
The training program designed for League Cadets is age-appropriate and less rigorous than that of the NSCC. It is less arduous, but still includes a wide variety of training opportunities designed to give League Cadets exposure to Navy life.
When joining NSCC, cadets are required to have attended a two-week away-from-home recruit training in order to rise in rank and participate in advanced training sessions. Navy League Cadets have the option to attend a one-week, away-from-home orientation, but it is not a requirement for rank advancement or advanced training opportunities.
NLCC training events are shorter in length than NSCC training events. NLCC events typically run for seven- to nine-day periods, unlike NSCC training rotations which can last for two weeks or longer.
What is the rank system for League Cadets?
The rank system for cadets proceeds as follows: Recruit (LC-1), Apprentice Cadet (LC-2), Able Cadet (LC-3), Petty Officer Third Class (LC-4), Petty Officer Second Class (LC-5), Petty Officer First Class (LC-6) and Ship’s Leading Petty Officer (LC-7). Promotions are made by time-in requirement and passing of examinations. The minimum requirements are six months in between promotions and a 75 percent correct score on coursework. A cadet who has successfully completed NLCC Orientation and passes directly on to the NSCC after a minimum of one year of service in the NLCC will go into the NSCC as a temporary Seaman Apprentice rather than a Recruit.
Will I have to pay membership fees?
Yes. Your enrollment fee includes premiums paid toward the Sea Cadet Group Accident and Health Protection Plan. This is our insurance plan, designed to keep you covered in the low likelihood of something happening during a cadet-sponsored training event. It is important to us that the membership fees are minimal in order to be accessible to as many people as possible.
Annual enrollment fees are based on four factors: cost of program operation and administration by NHQ; cost of group accident and health premium; cost of liability insurance premium; and funding of each Regional Directors’ allowance.
Current membership fees to join the Palm Beach Division are $300 for the first year enrollment and $110 for each annual renewal. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit/debit card. This covers your insurance, administration and uniform fees. Other costs may include some uniform items we do not supply such as Camelbak hydration, boots and under clothing (tee shirts, socks, etc.)
What kind of uniforms will I wear?
Cadets are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy enlisted uniforms appropriately marked with the NLCC insignia.
Do I buy my own uniforms?
League Cadets have a simple dress uniform which includes a white collared shirt, preferably with two front pockets, black slacks and black dress shoes. These items are supplied by the parent. League Cadet also wear the traditional Dixie Cup white hat (we call it a cover) which is supplied by the unit. Surplus U.S. Navy uniforms are made available to the NSCC and NLCC. These uniforms, in turn, are then made available to cadets at a minimal cost for shipping and handling. The unit supplies each League Cadet with one uniform of each type: Navy Working Uniform (NWU) and Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) along with required accessories except shoes, boots, and under clothing. If you would like additional uniforms, they are available at our cost or you can purchase at your local Army/Navy surplus store. Uniform needs that cannot be met through this source may be purchased at Navy Exchange Uniform Shops.
Training Program and Opportunities
What is the main purpose of cadet training?
While cadet units are organized along military lines, their main purpose is to foster good citizenship and an interest and appreciation of our nation’s sea services. Cadets and volunteers are also quick to name the wonderful by-products of our training program: new friends, a sense of accomplishment from overcoming obstacles and involvement with the community.
How much time will my cadet training require each month?
You are required to attend at least 75% of all mandatory drills. We meet one weekend each month for Drill and on the first Saturday of each month for Swim Call. Additional training opportunities of varying lengths are often made available throughout the year. Voluntary events include parades, color guard, honor guard and community service events. While not mandatory, if you choose to be part of one of these teams, you are expected to attend the scheduled events. These events help our unit earn donations, increase recruiting and gain community recognition and are accepted by most schools towards your community service hours graduation requirements.
What do League Cadets learn?
Cadets study a broad range of subjects, all of them designed to enhance the individual. Some sessions, like community service, are designed to help them become better citizens, while other classes will teach them the importance of strong maritime forces. Cadets will study naval history, customs and traditions, seamanship, navigation and similar subjects. To learn more about our training program, visit the Training page.
Who instructs cadets?
Cadets are instructed by naval personnel (active duty, reserve and retired), by senior cadets and by dedicated adult volunteer leaders who make up the Palm Beach Division USNSCC Officer Corps.
Are there advanced training courses for League Cadets?
Yes. League Cadets may attend advanced training evolutions such as Corpsman medical training, seamanship, boating safety, aviation, SEAL orientation, robotics, and cyber warfare to name a few.
Are League Cadets permitted to go to sea?
Yes and No. League Cadets can participate in advanced training aboard Navy and Coast Guard vessels ranging from small patrol craft to large nuclear powered aircraft carriers that are docked ashore. On the water. League Cadets are limited to only small boat operations near shore. Navy age regulations limit the ability of League Cadets to go out to sea on large craft.
What travel opportunities are available to cadets?
League Cadets travel to training sites all over the country during the summer training period and can participate in overnight Field Training Exercises such as Land Navigation, Field Operations and special events.
How do I join?
Go to our Join Us page to obtain an application and start to Chart Your Course!