What is the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps?
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and U.S. Navy League Cadet Corps are youth programs for young Americans, male and female,
ages 11 through 17, whose objectives are to develop an interest and skill in basic seamanship and its naval adaptations, to train
them in seagoing skills and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance and kindred virtues. Cadets train aboard the ships
and shore activities of the Navy and Coast Guard, and are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms
appropriately marked with Naval Sea Cadet Corps insignia. There are some 305 units in operation in almost every state of the
union, as well as Puerto Rico and Guam, with over 10,000 young Americans participating. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps affords
equal opportunity for participation to all American Youth without regard to race, color, religion or sex.
What are the requirements of membership?
All prospective cadets must be US citizens, unmarried, enrolled in school, have parental consent and possess good moral character in addition to
being interested in the program and prepared to attend drills regularly.
Will Sea Cadet training detract from my schoolwork?
Not likely. Sea Cadet units meet only one weekend per month. Instruction is designed to supplement your schoolwork. Normally, training
away from home is conducted only during school vacations. Successfully completing each grade level is mandatory for continuation in our
program. Cadets who allow their schoolwork to suffer for any reason will not meet our eligibility requirements.
What do Sea Cadets learn?
They study a broad range of subjects. Some are designed to help them to become better adult citizens, others teach them the importance of
strong maritime forces. They also study naval history, customs and traditions, seamanship, navigation and similar subjects which would
help their chances for promotion should they decide to join one of the sea services.
What are my chances for promotion?
Promotion within the Sea Cadets is based upon merit. Promising young men and women, upon fulfilling certain successive qualifications
and requirements, are given common positions and encouraged to develop qualities of leadership.
Who instructs the Sea Cadets?
Sea Cadets are instructed by naval personnel (active, reserve and retired), by Senior Cadets and by other adult leaders willing to devote
their time and knowledge to this activity.
Are there travel opportunities for Sea Cadets? What about League Cadets?
Sea Cadets may attend advanced orientation courses such as Airman's School, Music School, Seabee Indoctrination, Underwater
Demolition/SEAL Team training, Submarine Orientation, Shipboard training, and other courses designed to prepare cadets for leadership,
either within the Sea Cadet organization or in other fields.
Sea Cadets travel to training sites all over the country during the summer training period. Additionally, outstanding cadets are selected to
participate in the Sea Cadet Exchange Program. We currently have exchange programs in Canada, Nova Scotia, England, Germany, India,
Bermuda, Sweden, Netherlands, Korea, Hong Kong, and Australia.
Due to their younger age, Navy League Cadet training is limited to recruit training and advanced recruit training held locally.
How are Sea Cadets selected for the Exchange Program?
Exchange cadets are selected on a merit basis. Each cadet must have an outstanding record as well as a good reputation within their
Are Sea Cadets permitted to go to sea?
Yes. After completing recruit training and other required courses of instruction, many Sea Cadets can participate in two weeks advanced
training aboard Navy and Coast Guard vessels ranging from small harbor craft to large nuclear powered aircraft carriers.
What training is available aboard ship?
Sea Cadets are trained in basic seamanship, damage control, watch standing, fire fighting and other nautical skills.
Can Sea Cadets obtain summer emploment?
Yes. Sea Cadets are permitted to choose a training period during the summer months that will not interfere with summer employment
Will I be required to join the U.S. Armed Forces?
No. Sea Cadets have absolutely no commitment regarding future military service. For those Sea Cadets who do decide to enlist in the
Navy or Coast Guard, prior Sea Cadet Training may permit entry at an advanced pay grade.
What is the main purpose of Sea Cadet training?
While Sea Cadet units are organized along military lines, their main purpose is to foster good citizenship and an interest
and appreciation of our nation's maritime services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.
How do I join up?
Ideally, the cadet should contact us, not the parent.
Leave detailed info on the contact form stating that you would like to attend an
orientation and include the following information: 1) Name and age, 2) Complete contact info and 3) Why you wish to join .
Test your limits! United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps!