Training Opportunities

Sea Cadet members have the opportunity to participate in several training programs outside of the regularly scheduled drill days.  Click here to view available trainings.  Trainings are typically scheduled during summer and winter breaks.  New Cadets and League Cadets are required to attend either Recruit Training (RT) or League Cadet Orientation prior to attending an Advanced Training.

NLCC League Cadet Orientation:

League Cadet Orientation (7-Day Module).  League Cadet Orientation is the League Cadet’s introduction to military routine and discipline and is the first step towards advancing in the League Program.  League Cadets spend one week learning basic Navy subjects, elementary seamanship, basic damage control, and quarter’s maintenance.  League Cadets do not have to complete BMR training before attending.  However, League Cadets must be fully enrolled in the NLCC program, have in their possession their unit-provided ID card, and have all required uniforms for training.

NSCC Sea Cadet Recruit Training (RT): 

Recruit Training (14-Day Module).  RT is the Cadet’s introduction to military routine and discipline and is the first step towards advancing in the Sea Cadet Program.  Cadets spend two weeks learning basic Navy subjects, elementary seamanship, basic damage control, and quarter’s maintenance.  Additionally, Cadets participate in Physical Fitness Training, and will be required to successfully complete a Physical Fitness Test in order to receive credit for completing RT.  Successful completion of RT is required before attending Advanced Training.  To qualify for RT Cadets must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be enrolled in the NSCC program a minimum of six (6) weeks prior to the start of Recruit Training.  (The 6-week timeframe is established to ensure cadet is fully enrolled, possess a unit-provided ID card, possesses required uniforms, and has completed BMR requirements.  6-week timeframe may be waived if the above is accomplished.)
  2. Must be age 14 prior to September 1st of the training year or a former NLCC Cadet who is age 13, has successfully completed NLCC Orientation Training scheduled by NHQ, and is considered “mature” enough to participate by the unit commanding officer.
  3. Must have a current passing Physical Fitness Test in all required categories with the unit.
  4. Must have successfully completed all 15 BMR assignments prior to reporting to RT.
  5. Possesses the required uniform items (Sea Bag List) and complies with directives as detailed by the Commanding Officer of the Training Contingent (COTC).
  6. Cadets will visit websites specified by the Training Contingent for all pre-training information.

Advanced Training
Following completion of Orientation and RT, Cadets have the exciting opportunity to attend Advanced Training (AT) events located in various States across the country.  Some AT opportunities may include:

  • Aviation – flight training, basic airman, aircraft maintenance
  • Coast Guard – maritime interdiction, shore/boat station
  • Construction – basic seabee
  • Dive – SCUBA certification
  • Food Service – culinary arts, cook/steward training
  • International Exchange (IEP)
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Medical & Health – EMT, field operations, basic & advanced
  • Navy Shore – history, communications, field operations, photojournalism, vehicle maintenance, ceremonial/honor guard, stem/seaperch/robotic/cyber, music/band, religious, recruiting
  • Public Safety – life guard, police/master-at-arms, JAG/legal, marksmanship, fire fighting, search and rescue
  • Seamanship – Navy shipboard, submarine, sailing
  • Special Operations
  • NSWOC – Seal, EOD, SWCC

Training Information & Schedule

Click on the Training Information & Schedule link above to research available trainings.  Make sure training dates do not conflict with other obligations.  Identify travel and transportation requirements for each training opportunity before enrollment.  Transportation is the responsibility of the Cadet for most trainings.  Reach out to your unit Chain of Command for questions and/or concerns.

Keep in mind the following as you are considering training opportunities:

  1. Transportation to and from training is the responsibility of the Cadet (or Cadet’s guardian).  Read the details fully on each training to confirm transportation requirements prior to scheduling.
  2. Each training evolution is dependent upon escort availability, host site accommodations, and host training site security measures in effect at the time of training.  
  3. Some commercial airlines do not allow under-aged children to travel unaccompanied by an adult. If unaccompanied commercial travel is arranged for cadets be sure to confirm the airline requirements.
  4. Most NSCC training is conducted on military bases.  Base security personnel are sensitive to visitors and are mainly focused on base security measures.  When Cadets and their escorts (i.e., parents, guardians, and guests) enter military bases, they will respect the base regulations and authority of the base security personnel.