What is the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC)?
The NSCC is the senior cadet program for young men and women ages 13-17 who are interested in developing their skills in leadership, basic seamanship, courage, self-reliance and discipline. Our cadets are also committed to being drug-, alcohol- and gang-free.
What is the training experience of the NSCC?
When joining the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, cadets are required to have attended a nine day to two-week away-from-home recruit training in order to rise in rank and participate in advanced training sessions.
Becoming a Sea Cadet
Will I be required to join the U.S. Armed Forces as part of being a cadet?
No. We are not a recruiting vehicle for the armed services. Cadets have absolutely no commitment regarding future military service.
I want to enlist in the military after high school. How can being a Sea Cadet help me?
For those cadets who decide to enlist in the military, their prior training as a Sea Cadet may allow them to join at an advanced pay grade. This means that a cadet who enlists may be eligible for a higher rank and pay than his or her non-cadet counterparts. Cadets who choose to enlist in the military also tend to do better and stay in longer. Each cadet who enters the armed services is a disciplined, well-trained individual who typically adjusts better to the rigors of military service than those with no experience.
I want to apply for a service academy or another officer commissioning program after high school. How can being a Sea Cadet help me?
Being a Sea Cadet can help individuals become more competitive for certain programs. More than 10% of this year’s entering Class of 2017 at the U.S. Naval Academy were former Sea Cadets. Every year many graduating high school seniors are accepted into ROTC or OCS programs around the country. We think some of this can be attributed to the unparalleled training experience received as a Sea Cadet.
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.
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 NSCC/NLCC insignia.
Do I buy my own uniforms?
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. We supply each Cadet with one uniform of each type: Service Dress White (SDW), 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 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 USNSCC Officer Corps.
Are there advanced training courses for cadets?
Yes. In addition to advanced training aboard naval vessels, Sea Cadets may attend advanced training evolutions such as airman training, seamanship and boating safety, SeaBee Combat Construction, SEAL challenge, military law enforcement training, and Leadership Academy to name a few.
For more information on our training program, visit our Training page.
Are cadets permitted to go to sea?
Yes. After completing recruit training and other required courses of instruction, many Sea Cadets can participate in advanced training aboard Navy and Coast Guard vessels ranging from small patrol craft to large nuclear powered aircraft carriers.
What travel opportunities are available to cadets?
Sea Cadets travel to training sites all over the country during the summer training period. Additionally, outstanding Sea Cadets are selected to participate in the NSCC International Exchange Program. Exchange cadets are selected on a merit basis; each cadet must have an outstanding record as well as good standing within his or her home unit. To learn more about NSCC’s International Exchange Program, visit their website.
How do I join?
Go to our Join Us page to obtain an application and start to Chart Your Course!