1. What is the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corp?

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a youth program for young Americans, male and female, ages 13 through 18, whose objectives are to develop an interest and skill in basic seamanship and in 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 Sea Cadet Corps insignia. There are some 260 units in operation in almost every state in the union as well as Puerto Rico and Guam, with some 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.

2. How old must I be to join the Sea Cadets?

You are eligible to join if you are 13 years of age or have not reached your 18th birthday.

3. What are the requirements for membership?

All prospective cadets must be 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.

4. Will I have to pay dues?

Yes. There is a minimal enrollment fee per year which includes premiums paid toward the Sea Cadet Group Accident and Health Protection Plan. All cadets in the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps (Worcester Division) have to pay an initial fee of $215.00 then $175.00 annually.

5. Must I buy my own uniform?

Surplus U.S. Navy uniforms are made available to Naval Sea Cadet Corps. These uniforms, in turn, are made available to cadets at a minimal cost for handling and shipping. Uniform needs which cannot be met through this source may be purchased at Navy Exchange Uniform Shops.

6. Will Sea Cadet training detract from my school work?

Not likely. Worcester (CL-144) Division has their drills (meetings) on the second and fourth weekends (Saturday or Sunday) of each month, Two week trainings (AKA: TWTs) are normally held in the summer. Trainings such as the Flagship Competition are held on the weekends.

7. What do the Sea Cadets learn?

They study a broad range of subjects. Some are designed to help them 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 a promotion should they decide to join one of the sea services.

8. What are my chances for promotion?

Promotion within the Sea Cadets is based on merit. Promising young men and women, upon filling certain qualifications and requirements, are given command positions and encouraged to develop qualities of leadership. Throughout the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, cadets can go as high as a Chief Petty Officer (E7). And in the US Naval League Cadet Corps, cadets are able to go as high as a Ships Leading Petty Officer (LC7).

9. Who instructs the Sea Cadets?

Officers instruct the cadets inside class room areas (Seamanship Classes, Airman Classes, Corpsman Classes, Basic Military Requirements, and the League Cadet classes). The senior cadets will instruct the cadets outside the classroom in areas such as military drill (marching), customs and courtesies and many other things.

10. Can I go to camp this summer?

Yes. Newly enrolled Sea Cadets are required to attend two weeks of summer recruit training at Navy or Coast Guard "boot camps" throughout the country. Having successfully completed recruit training, cadets participate in additional training in advanced subjects during succeeding summers. These two-week training periods offer a varied program of activities in addition to valuable instruction of a maritime nature.

11. Are Sea Cadet 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.

12. What types of training is available aboard ship?

Sea Cadets are trained in basic seamanship, damage control, watch-standing, fire-fighting, and other nautical skills.

13. Are there advanced training courses for Sea Cadets?

Yes. In addition to advanced training aboard naval vessels, Sea Cadets may attend orientation courses such as Airman School, Music School, Seabee indoctrination, Medical, SEAL Team, Submarine Orientation, and other courses designed to prepare cadets for leadership, either within the Sea Cadet organization or in other fields.

14. Are there travel opportunities?

Yes. Sea Cadets travel to training sites all over the country during the summer training period. Additionally, outstanding Cadets are selected to participate in the United States-Canadian Sea Cadet Exchange Program in Nova Scotia and British Columbia, as well as other countries in Europe and Asia.

15. 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 his/her home community. For More information on International Exchanges, the Regional Director of the Southern New England Region; Lieutenant Commander Campbell hosts it ( )

16. Can Sea Cadets obtain summer employment?

Yes. Sea Cadets are permitted to choose a training period during the summer months that will not interfere with summer employment arrangements.

17. 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.

18. What is the main purpose of the Sea Cadet training?

While Sea Cadets are organized along military lines, the 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 Marines.

19. What are the requirements to join the Navy Sea Cadets?

In order to join the Navy Sea Cadet Corps one must meet the following criteria:
be between ages of 13 and 18
be a citizen or legal resident of the U.S.
be in good health.
be a full time student and maintain satisfactory grades (2.00 "C" grade point average).
be free of felony convictions


What is the Navy League?

The Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) is for boys and girls, at least 11 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.

Navy League Units

Cadets meet or "drill" at their local unit weekly or monthly through out the year. A unit is structured along military lines and is headed by a Commanding Officer. Units may drill on military bases, at reserve centers, local schools, or community centers.

Navy League units are organized as Training Ships or companies. NLCC training ships and companies are affiliated with Sea Cadet units and most often drill on the same day and at the same location as their sister unit.

Like Sea Cadet units, the NLCC training ship and company has one main purpose, and that is to foster team work, camaraderie and an understanding of the military command structure among cadets.

Cadets are instructed by both Sea Cadet Officers and senior Sea Cadets through classroom and applied instruction in subjects such as basic seamanship, military drill, and leadership. And most regions throughout the country hold weekend competitions where training ships and companies compete with each other to test their seamanship and military skills.

Training & Advancement

Navy League cadets are trained in nautical skills such as knot tying and splicing, signaling, 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 long competitions and 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 boot camp 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 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 in the program, and later enter the Sea Cadets, will enter 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.

Membership Requirements

In order to join the Navy League Cadet Corps applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 11 and 13.
  • Must be a US Citizen. 
  • Be a full time student and maintain satisfactory grades (2.00 "C" grade point average).
  • Be free of felony convictions.