1) What is the Naval Sea Cadet Corps?
The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is a program for young men and women ages 13-17 who are interested in developing their skills in leadership, basic seamanship, courage, self-reliance, military discipline and are committed to being drug and gang free!
2) What is the Navy League Cadet Corps?
The Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) is the junior cadet program for the NSCC. The NLCC introduces boys and girls ages 11-13 (waiver required for 10 year olds) to the naval life through instruction in basic seamanship and leadership.
3) What uniforms will I wear?
Cadets are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy enlisted uniforms appropriately marked with NSCC/NLCC insignia.
4) What are the requirements of membership?
All prospective cadets must be U.S. Citizens, be drug-free, unmarried, a full-time student with at least a "C" grade point average, have parental consent, and possess good moral character. In addition you must be interested in the program and committed to attending drills (meetings) regularly.
5) 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.
6) Will I have to pay dues?
Yes. Your enrollment fee includes premiums paid toward the Sea Cadet Group Accident and Health Protection Plan. Each unit also charges an additional fee for unit operations and uniform materials.
7) Must I buy my own uniforms?
Surplus U.S. Navy uniforms are made available to the NSCC and NLCC. These uniforms, in turn, are made available to cadets at a minimal cost. Uniform needs that cannot be met through this source may be purchased at the official site; http://seacadetshipsstore.com/ or NAS Lemoore Military Clothing Sales.
8) Will Cadet training detract from my school work?
Not likely. 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 only during school vacation periods.
9) What do Sea Cadets learn?
Cadets study a broad range of subjects. Some are designed to help them to 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 that will help their chances for promotion should they decide to join one of the sea services.
10) What are the chances for promotion?
Promotion within the Cadet Corps is based upon merit. Promising individuals, upon fulfilling certain successive qualifications and requirements, are given command positions and encouraged to develop their leadership abilities.
11) Who sponsors the NSCC/NLCC?
Most Cadet units are sponsored by individual Councils of the Navy League of the United States, a non-profit organization made up of U.S. citizens whose objective is to support the sea services, and who are deeply interested in the welfare of young Americans. (Supplemented with individual and corporate tax deductible donations.)
12) Who instructs Cadets?
Cadets are instructed by naval personnel (active, reserve, and retired), by senior Cadets and by dedicated adult volunteer leaders who comprise the NSCC Officer Corps.
13) Can I go to camp in the summer?
Yes. Newly enrolled Sea Cadets are required to attend two weeks of recruit training or "boot camp" held at military installations across the country. Having successfully completed recruit training, Sea Cadets participate in additional training in advanced subjects during succeeding school breaks. Opportunities range from training aboard Navy and Coast Guard ships to training with the U.S. Navy SEALs. Navy League Cadets have the opportunity to participate in a one-week recruit orientation, advanced training and weekend training evolutions specifically tailored for their age group.
14) 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-week advanced training aboard Navy and Coast Guard vessels ranging from small patrol craft to large nuclear powered aircraft carriers. While Navy League Cadets are not permitted to go to sea for extended periods, they often participate in day cruises and tours.
15) Are there advanced training courses for Cadets?
Yes. In addition to advanced training aboard naval vessels, Sea Cadets may attend advanced orientation courses such as Aviation Training, Music Training, Seabee Indoctrination, SEAL Team Training, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Medical Training, Electronics and Engineering Training and Leadership Academy. Navy League Cadets may participate in one-week advanced training evolutions in subjects such as Leadership, Seamanship, Boating Safety and Aeronautics.
16) Are there travel opportunities?
Yes. 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. Currently, the NSCC participates in exchanges with Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Bermuda, Sweden and Russia. Exchange Cadets are selected on merit basis. Each Cadet must have an outstanding record as well as agood reputation within his/her home community.
17) Will I be required to join the U.S. Armed Forces?
No. Cadets have absolutely no commitment regarding future military service. For those Cadets who decide to enlist in the Navy, Coast Guard or Marine Corps, prior Sea Cadet experience is looked upon favorably. Sea Cadet service is also looked upon favorably by the Military Service Academies and ROTC selection boards.
18) 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: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.