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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Naval Sea Cadet Corps?

The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is a program for young men and women ages 13-17 who are interested in developing their skills in leadership, basic seamanship, courage, self-reliance, military discipline and are committed to being drug and gang free.



What is the Navy League Cadet Corps?

The navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) is the junior cadet program for the NSCC.  The NLCC introduces boys and girls ages 10-14 to naval life through basic seamanship and leadership.



What uniforms will I wear?

Cadets are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy enlisted uniforms appropriately marked with NSCC/NLCC insignia.



What are the requirements for membership?

All prospective cadets must be U.S. Citizens, be drug-free, unmarried, a full-time student with at least a “C” grade point average, have parental consent, and possess good moral character.  In addition, you must be interested in the program and committed to attending drills (meeting) regularly.



Can anyone join?

Applicants meeting the NSCC’s minimum age requirement will not be denied membership in, benefit of, discriminated by, or excluded from participating in NSCC activities on the basis or race, sex, color, religion, preference, national origin, or disability.



Will I have to pay dues?

Yes.  The enrollment fee includes premiums paid toward the Sea Cadet Group Accident and Health Protection Plan as well as unit funds.



Must I buy my own uniforms?

Surplus US Navy uniforms are made available to the NSCC and NLCC to the greatest extent possible.  These uniforms are in turn made available to cadets at minimal (if any) cost plus the required shipping and handling.  Uniform needs that cannot be met through this source may be purchased and Navy Exchange Uniform Shops.



Will Cadet training detract from my school work?

Not likely.  Coral Sea Division meets on the first and third Sunday of each month.  Our instruction is designed to supplement, not replace school work.  Normally, training away from home is conducted during the summer and winter school vacation periods.



What do Cadets learn?

Cadets study a broad range of subjects.  Some are designed to help them become better adult citizens; other topics teach cadets about the importance of strong maritime forces.  They also study naval history, customs and traditions, seamanship, navigation and similar subjects that will help their chances for promotion should they decide to join the U.S. Military.



Are there advanced training courses for cadets?

Yes!  In addition to advanced training aboard naval vessels, Sea Cadets may attend advanced orientation courses such as Airman Training, Music Training, SeaBee indoctrination, SEAL Team Training, Submarine Orientation, Military Law Enforcement Training, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Leadership Academies.  Navy League Cadets may participate in one week advanced training evolutions in subjects such as Leadership, Seamanship and Boating Safety.

What are the medical qualifications?

A medical examination similar to a high school sports physical is required for all cadet applicants to the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) or Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC).  No one will be denied admission to the NSCC/NLCC due to a medical disability.  Where a medical condition precludes full, unlimited participation, a Request for Accommodation (NSCADM 015) may be presented by the parent or guardian for review so the cadet may participate in NSCC activities to the maximum extent possible.

    Adult applicants must be in good health commensurate with their age group and be free from any ailment or condition that would prevent them from satisfactorily performing their primary duty of supervising youth.  NOTE: Adults not physically qualified to perform all duties may still participate with a waiver from NHQ considering the parameters of their expected contributions to the NSCC program.


What are my chances for promotion?

Promotion within the Cadet Corps is based upon merit.  Upon fulfilling certain requirements, promising individuals are given command positions and encouraged to develop their leadership abilities .



Who Sponsors the Coral Sea Division?

In addition to the Navy League of the United States, Coral Sea Division is sponsored by the U.S.S. Coral Sea Association, the American Legion and the 3rd Pursuit Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force.



Who instructs the Cadets?

Cadets are instructed by naval personnel (active, reserve and retired), by senior cadets and dedicated adult volunteer leaders who compromise the NSCC Officer Corps.



Can I go to summer/winter camp?

YES!  Newly enrolled Sea Cadets are required to attend recruit training or “boot camp” held at military installations accross the country.  Having successfully completed recruit training, Cadets participate in advanced trainings during the summer and winter breaks.  Opportunities range from training aboard Navy and Coast Guard ships to training with U.S. Navy SEALs.  Navy League Cadets have the opportunity to participate in a one week recruit orientation and weekend training evolutions specifically tailored for their age group abilities.



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-week advanced training aboard Navy and Coast Guard vessels ranging from small patrol craft to large nuclear powered aircraft carriers.  While Navy League Cadets are not permitted to go to sea for extended periods, they often participate in day cruises and tours.



Are there travel opportunities?

Yes!  Sea Cadets travel to training sites all over the country during summer and winter training periods.  Additionally, outstanding Sea Cadets are selected to participate in the NSCC International Exchange Program.  Currently, the NSCC participates in exchanges with Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Bermuda, Sweden and Russia.  Exchange Cadets are selected on a merit basis.  Each Cadet must have an outstanding record as well as a good reputation within his or her home community.



What is the main purpose of Cadet training?

While Coral Sea Division is organized to mirror the Navy, our main purpose is to foster good citizenship and an interest and appreciation of our nations sea services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.



Will I be required to join the U.S. Armed Forces?

No.  Cadets have absolutely no commitment regarding future military service.  For those cadets who decide to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces, their prior Sea Cadet training may permit entry at an advanced pay grade.  Sea Cadet experience is also looked upon favorably by military service academies such as West Point and Annapolis as well as ROTC selection boards at many colleges and universities.