Two Programs, One Mission

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is comprised of two programs:

  • Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) is the junior program for ages 10 through 13.
  • Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is the senior program for young people ages 13 through 18.
The NLCC and the NSCC programs are similar, but vary in their training sessions to be age-appropriate.

Navy League Cadets (NLCC)

This junior cadet program introduces its members to naval life through instruction in basic seamanship and leadership. NLCC members are able to participate in monthly drill sessions, a one-week orientation “basic” training, and specially designed “advanced” training sessions. The purpose of the NLCC program is to prepare its cadets for success upon entering NSCC by exposing them to the fundamentals of seamanship and leadership. The training program is less arduous than NSCC’s, but still includes a wide variety of away-from-home training opportunities designed to give cadets exposure to Navy life.

Navy League Cadets graduating from their one-week League Orientation "basic" training

Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC)

The senior cadet program exposes its cadets to the full rigors of a military training program. Cadets are required to attend a mandatory two-week recruit training camp. After this requirement is met, cadets are eligible to participate in a variety of advanced training sessions. These sessions serve to expose cadets to seamanship and seagoing subjects. They also focus on developing an appreciation for our country’s rich naval history, customs, and traditions.

Sea Cadet graduation from two-week Recruit Training

We build leaders

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. All cadets must be U.S. citizens in good standing (maintaining a “C” average and not having disciplinary issues) at school.

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. As a Cadet, you will be challenged mentally and physically, while at the same time, developing the tools you need to be successful. Our cadets are committed to being drug-, alcohol-, and gang-free.

Membership in the Sea Cadets does not require any commitment to join the armed forces. However, those deciding 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.