Become a Sea Cadet

"The Command of the GUNFIGHTER Squadron and Training Ship TOPGUN have set forth a criteria for recruiting prospective cadets. By setting up and presenting the prospective cadets and parents with our standards for recruitment, both the cadet and the unit benefit. The officers and petty officers spend a great deal of time and effort preparing a new cadet for their tour of duty with the unit.

Prospective Cadets - Download and complete the following paperwork:

  • Internet Channels and Chat Rooms/Blogs
  • Returned Check Policy
  • Statement of Understanding
  • Application Package
  • Please contact the Recruiting Officer, ENS Christopher Schnese, with any questions
  • Prospective cadets and parents should be fully aware of the commitment they are making to this program before they join. Cadets have multiple responsibilities: drill attendance (must attend no less than 75% quarterly), participation in unit activities, uniform and grooming requirements, strict compliance to Sea Cadet rules and regulations, and a commitment to advancing in rank (which includes completing and passing all NSCC or NLCC coursework). School academics and personal conduct are also considered. Parents accept the responsibility to fully support the standards and activities of the unit. This includes understanding the financial, travel and time commitments and assisting cadets as required.

Qualifications for Enrollment:

  • Citizenship: Presently ALL prospective applicants must be United States citizens. This action is a result of September 11th, and has been approved by the Board of Directors. Additionally, a stipulation of the federal grant monies is that only US Citizens may benefit from this support.
  • Age: An applicant for the League Cadets (NLCC) must be 10 years old but not yet age 13. An applicant for the Sea Cadets (NSCC) must be at least 13 years old but not reached their 18th birthday. As a rule, commanding officers should discourage high school seniors with less than six months to graduation, since they cannot advance to NSCC E-2 (Permanent) in less than six months. Age waiver requests are submitted via letter to the Executive Director.
  • Education: Applicants must be enrolled in school, either public, private or a sanctioned home school program and have a satisfactory scholastic standing.
  • Moral Character: Applicants must possess good moral character, be unmarried, not pregnant, drug free and be free of felony convictions.
  • 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 contribution to the NSCC program.

The following is an overview of the recruiting process that you can expect:

  • You will receive a request to attend an Orientation. Prospective cadets and at least one (1) parent or guardian must attend a formal Orientation. The Orientation will include an overview of the program, the unit, the command and a Q & A.
  • Drills are normally held the second and fourth weekend of the month. All drills, unless otherwise directed, are held at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. California. At the end of the first drill weekend, prospective cadets and their parents will be polled as to their intent. If all’s well, you will be given an application packet to be completed. This will include a list of documents (birth certificates, shot records, most current report card, social security number) and all applicable fees. This packet must be 100% completed prior to submission. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
  • When all forms are submitted and all fees paid, the new cadet will be sworn in, uniforms will be issued ( note: uniforms are not tailored. It is the responsibility of the cadet to assure uniforms are tailored to regulation with all required name tags and badges), first coursework, the BMR (Basic Military Requirements) will be issued and must be completed in the first 90 days from induction.


New Cadet..........................$250.00 (Non-Refundable) - Includes one set of USNSCC logo PT gear.

Yearly Renewal...................$215.00 (Non-Refundable)

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