The Sea Cadet program is for youth who want to better themselves, expand their horizons, and challenge themselves. It is NOT a correctional program for troubled youth and it is not a replacement for parental or school discipline. Extensive physical training is required. While it is not necessary to be an athlete, cadets must be willing to increase their fitness level through daily exercise. All cadets must be U.S. citizens in good standing (maintaining a “C” average and not having disciplinary issues) at school. Membership in the Sea Cadets does not require any commitment to join the armed forces. However those who do decide to enter the military after high school may be able to enter at a higher pay grade and will have the advantage of their experiences over their peers in order to advance more quickly through the early stages of their military career.
|SEA CADET RECRUIT TRAINING
After enrolling in the program, all Sea Cadets must attend a mandatory two-week recruit training session. These training sessions are taught at the Navy’s Recruit Training Command, at other naval bases or stations and at regional recruit training sites using other military host resources.
The curriculum of this training is approved by the U.S. Navy and standardized at all training sites. Cadets receive 106 hours of instruction, with a focus on the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment. Both tone and tenor of instruction are modeled after the Navy’s recruit training.
|LEAGUE CADET TRAINING
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.
After successful completion of recruit training, Sea Cadets may choose from a wide variety of advanced training opportunities that are nationally advertised by USNSCC headquarters. League Cadets who complete orientation canalso participate in specifically tailored advanced training sessions.
While recruit training is designed to familiarize cadets with Navy life and Navy-style discipline, advanced training focuses on military and general career fields and opportunities. It also serves to provide cadets with disciplined and interesting activities during the year.
Advanced training opportunities include special offerings, such as:
- Petty Officer Leadership Academy
- Basic or Advanced Underwater Scuba
- The United States Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar
- The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Introduction Mission (AIM)
LOCALLY ARRANGED TRAINING
Locally arranged training is training away from a cadet unit’s regular drill site, but not nationally advertised.
Examples of locally arranged training include:
- Small Firearms Training
- Ship visits
- STEM Trainings
- Sailboat Training