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 between the ages of 11 and 13 can apply to our junior program, the NLCC. The prospective cadet must be unmarried and a full-time 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.
INITIAL ENROLLMENT FEE IS $225.00
The initial enrollment fee for this program is $225.00 and is due upon completion of the application paperwork and initial qualification into the program.
The enrollment fee covers the cadet’s initial enrollment into this national organization and also provides coverage of the cadet under a secondary insurance in the event of an accident or mishap during the first year.
Once enrolled, cadets are issued the following and are responsible for keeping these items in good working order:
- PT Shirt and Unit Ball Cap
- Identification Card
- Dress Uniform
- Navy Working Uniform (“NWU”)
- Additional items may be issued as required, or in accordance with specific training (e.g., utility jacket, Battle Dress Uniform (“BDU”), coveralls, etc.)
- Black leather oxford dress shoes are the preferred shoe type for cadet dress uniforms. Check with Supply for availability.
- Black leather utility “combat” boots, 8 inch or higher, are recommended for the NWUs and other field-type uniforms. *These are not provided by the unit, and are the cadet’s responsibility to obtain as part of the authorized part of the cadet uniform.
Approximate Additional Expenses during the 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 fee (covers registration, administration, and insurance).
Training activities in which a cadet chooses to participate may have additional associated expenses. Most training activities do not include the cost of transportation to and from and are the responsibility of the cadet.
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.
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 (www.seacadets.org) and the USNSCC Homeport (http://homeport.seacadets.org) 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.