The Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) is for boys and girls, at least 10 but not yet 14 years old, who are interested in the sea and ships, and our nations seagoing services. The Navy League program is designed to introduce young people to maritime and military life, and to prepare them for later entrance into the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
Cadets meet or “drill” right along with our older counterparts from the Phoenix Division one weekend each month throughout the year.
Like the Sea Cadets, our NLCC Cadets have one main purpose, and that is to foster team work, camaraderie and an understanding of the military command structure among cadets. Navy League cadets are trained in nautical skills such as knot tying, sailing, water safety and swimming, first aid, and even fire fighting. Cadets are instructed in military drill and discipline and are taught from a syllabus covering naval history to ship nomenclature. Navy League cadets also tour ships and bases and participate in community events such as parades and fairs.
In addition, cadets have the opportunity to participate in weekend campouts and competitions, and a one week long summer training held on Navy and Coast Guard bases. Week long summer training is comprised of NLCC Cadet Orientation or “mini boot camp” for new cadets, and advanced training for senior cadets.
NLCC Orientation provides intense training in military and naval subjects and an introduction to the military atmosphere. NLCC advanced training provides senior cadets with training in leadership, boat safety, and subjects relevant to prepare cadets for the Naval Sea Cadets.
Taking part in the pride and honor of wearing the Navy uniform, and being apart of a fine organization gives the NLCC cadet a sense of service. In addition, NLCC cadets who complete one year of training in the program, can be eligible to enter the Sea Cadets, at a higher rate. The training received in the NLCC will give cadets the experience for an easy transition to the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
WHAT TYPES OF TRAINING WILL I PARTICIPATE IN AS A LEAGUE CADET?
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.
DO NLCC CADETS WEAR THE SAME UNIFORMS AS THE OLDER GROUP?
Yes, League Cadets wear US Navy uniforms with appropriate shoulder insignia denoting NLCC membership. NSCC officers administer the program and supervise the cadets. NLCC cadets can earn many of the same ribbons and awards as Sea Cadets, and can wear those ribbons when participating in the NSCC program.
DO NLCC CADETS TRAIN WITH NSCC UNITS?
NLCC units are grouped with NSCC units under the supervision of regional, and senior regional directors, however, those who have achieved “Training Ship” status can operate semi-independently from their attached NSCC Units. NLCC units that are of independent status are denoted by the title “Training Ship” (often abbreviated as “T.S.”). NLCC units who do not have enough cadets to warrant independent status (“conditions preclude the formation of a Training Ship”) are attached to NSCC units as “Companies.” “T.S. Hamiltion” would therefore be an independent NLCC unit, but “Bantam Company” would indicate a smaller unit attached to the local NSCC unit (which can carry either a “Division,” “Squadron,” or “Battalion” title depending on their training orientation).
WHAT ARE THE MAIN DIFFERENCES IN TRAINING BETWEEN NLCC AND NSCC?
The training program designed for League Cadets is age-appropriate and less rigorous than that of the NSCC. It is less arduous, but still includes a wide variety of training opportunities designed to give League Cadets exposure to Navy life.
When joining NSCC, cadets are required to have attended a two-week away-from-home recruit training in order to rise in rank and participate in advanced training sessions. Navy League Cadets have the option to attend a one-week, away-from-home orientation, but it is not a requirement for rank advancement or advanced training opportunities.
NLCC training events are shorter in length than NSCC training events. NLCC events typically run for seven- to nine-day periods, unlike NSCC training rotations which can last for two weeks or longer.