How to Enroll

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a nationwide organization dedicated to helping American youth realize personal success and achievement through a nautically oriented training program. There are around 400 Sea Cadet units in the United States, with units in nearly every state, as well as Puerto Rico and Guam. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is also a participating member of the International Sea Cadet Association (ISCA), which provides opportunities for cadets to take part in training activities abroad. Through Sea Cadet leadership, your son or daughter will learn skills in basic seamanship and its naval adaptations, while also learning the values of patriotism, courage, self-reliance, teamwork, and accountability.

Membership in the NSCC allows youth to sample military life with no obligation to join any branch of the armed forces. Should cadets decide to enlist in the Navy or Coast Guard, their training may allow them entry at an advanced pay grade. Historically, a number of Sea Cadets have received scholarships and appointments to military academies.

Eligibility Requirements

The NSCC/NLCC affords equal opportunity for participation to all young Americans regardless of race, color, religion or gender. To qualify for our senior program, the NSCC, the prospective cadet must be between 13 and 17 years of age. Youth ages 11-13 can apply for to our junior program, the NLCC. The prospective cadet must be unmarried and a fulltime student in good academic standing and of good moral character. Eligibility requirements may be found in the USNSCC Regulations.

A medical examination similar to a high school sports physical is required for all cadet applicants to the NSCC or 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 may be presented by the parent or guardian for review so the cadet may participate in NSCC activities to the maximum extent possible. The procedures for requesting an accommodation can be found in the NSCC Medical Reference Manual. In addition to having an interest in the program, all prospective cadets must have parental consent and must be prepared to attend drills regularly in order to enroll. Cadets need to be ready to have fun and be willing to learn new things. While not a prerequisite for enrollment, cadets will find that physical fitness is a key element of success in the NSCC/NLCC program, and that their continued enrollment and advancement will depend on their ability to pass fitness tests. Our program uses the President’s Council on Physical Fitness program and standards to measure their progress. Tests are given at least twice per year, and passing scores are required to attend Recruit Training and for advancement in rate.

Enrollment Fees – Due upon completion of application paperwork and initial qualification into the program.


This cost covers a cadet’s initial enrollment with our national organization and covers them for secondary insurance purposes in the event of an accident or mishap for the first year. In addition:

What Your Cadet Will Receive
· All dress uniforms* (2 for Navy League Cadets, 2 for Sea Cadets)
· Naval Sea Cadets wear the Navy’s NWU working uniform. Navy League Cadets wear working utility “Dungaree” uniforms or woodland Camouflage Utility Uniforms.
· Additional special uniforms as needed when on summer training (Utility Jacket, Summer Whites, BDU’s, Coveralls, etc.)
* Black leather oxford dress shoes are the preferred shoe type for cadet dress uniforms and 8 inch or higher utility “combat” boots are recommended for the Navy Working Uniform (NWU)and other field uniforms are not covered as part of the initial enrollment cost. You can buy them yourself or we can order them for you from the Navy Exchange or other acceptable retail outlets at cost.
· PT Shirt
· Unit Ball Cap
· Training CD with Navy Advancement Courses (to work on at their own pace)
· ID Card
· Approximately 10-11 weekends of classroom and field training conducted by the staff, senior cadets, active duty, reserve or retired military personnel covering all aspects of Navy military training. The Basic Military Requirements, the actual Navy training manual and subsequent manuals as cadets advance.
· Community service opportunities that make a difference in the lives of others.
· Opportunities to participate in special activities such as color guard, flag raising ceremonies, parades, air shows, etc.

Payment plans and need based scholarships may be available on a case by case basis.
Approximate Additional Expenses for First Year
$50.00 Marksmanship Training and Campout (3 days in the Fall) Not required. Other campouts and field trips for the weekend may also be planned and are about the same cost.
$250.00 Recruit Training (2 week Boot Camp) – Occurs during winter break or over the summer. Required in order to advance in the program. Does not include transportation.

Approximate Additional Expenses for Second Year and beyond
$125.00 Annual Re-enrollment, Administration, Registration and Insurance (per year thereafter)
$120.00 Advanced Training (per week) Does not include transportation.
$40.00+ Spending Money per week of Advanced Training. Will need money for fast food during travel.
$??.?? Airfare to ???? Japan? England? Canada? Hawaii? Submarine School? Seal Training? Etc.?
$ 5.00 Lost I.D. Cards

Note: Additional training activities in which a cadet chooses to participate may have additional expenses associated with them. Transportation to and from boot camp and shipboard training is not included in above costs. We hope that financial restraints will not keep anyone from participating in this program. Limited scholarship funds are available to help families who would not otherwise be able to enroll their son or daughter or attend training. Contact the Commanding Officer for details.

Parental Support
Parents need to keep in mind that if their son or daughter decides to join either the NSCC or NLCC, they will play an important role in assuring their child’s success as a cadet. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a non-profit, volunteer organization that relies heavily on parents to support the efforts of volunteer officers and instructors working with their children. With this in mind, parents should:
• Encourage their child to be respectful of officers and adult volunteers.
• Praise their child for his or her accomplishments.
• Remind their child to listen to and obey instructions.
• Be punctual in dropping off and picking up their child from USNSCC functions.
Parents who are interested in volunteering with unit activities and responsibilities are
encouraged to read the section on Volunteer Opportunities.

We encourage all parent to read the parents handbook located on the homeport website.  Click the icon to open the handbook.

Surfing the Web
Parents who are new to the program will find both the USNSCC web site ( and the USNSCC Homeport ( helpful in answering frequently asked questions. The local unit’s web site can be an additional resource, if available, and can be found by searching the e-mail directory on the NSCC Homeport site. Parents can gain a better understanding of the program, and they can access other information of interest to sea cadets through links to individual unit web sites and other related sites. The information contained on each unit’s web site is unique to that unit. The more information parents are able to access, the better understanding they will have of the program. Most parents prefer to know what to expect, and the web site is a good place to go for information when unit officers and instructors cannot be reached. Parents will often find information about meeting times and locations, upcoming events, awards and recognition within the unit, and photographs of cadets participating in unit events.