NSCC Cadet of the Year

Thank you for an amazing 2022.

Our cadets do everything from fundrasing money to running their own businesses from home.

We look forward to seeing what Top Hatters cadets do in 2023.


NLCC Cadet of the Year


Our Mission

Since March 25, 1964, Top Hatters Squadron has instilled pride, professionalism, and leadership in youths aged 10-18. At over 58 years old, Top Hatters Squadron is among the oldest Naval Sea Cadet Corps Units in active commission.

Based on-board Naval Station Norfolk, Top Hatters provides a challenging and rewarding educational environment, closely aligned to our Nation’s sea-going services.

As a non-profit youth organization, Top Hatters Squadron is operated by an all-volunteer staff of active duty service members, retirees, veterans, and civilians alike.

Why Join?

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets provides a unique perspective into military life. For some, the opportunity to find life-long mentors and develop professional relationships is invaluable. For others, the comradery and hands-on training experience simply cannot be replaced.

We accept youth ages 10-12 into the Navy League Cadet Corps, here they will do coursework and trainings to fit their age levels. Cadets 13-17 enroll as part of the Navy Sea Cadet Corps. Sea Cadets have advanced coursework expectations and training opportunities. Some of these advanced opportunities include winter survival, seal training, scuba diving, submariner experiences and the International Exchange Program.

Advancement in the Naval Sea Cadet Corps also entitles our Cadets to advanced pay-grades if they choose to enlist in the Armed Forces following graduation. The U.S. Navy has authorized enlistment at the rank of E-3, for example.

Enlistment is not the only option for those wishing to serve following graduation. Prior cadets receive Military Academy and NROTC acceptances at higher rates than their counterparts.

In addition, the Naval Sea Cadet Corps has unique scholarship opportunities, with 17 different scholarship funds contributing to the advanced education of exceptional cadets.