Welcome to the Norfolk Sea Cadets

Top Hatters Country!



Our Mission

Since March 25, 1964, Top Hatters Squadron has instilled pride, professionalism, and leadership in youths aged 10-18. At 55 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.

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.

Chief Pinning! Welcome Chief Joshua Kelly, NSCC!

Chief Joshua Kelly, NSCC

Ladies and Gentlemen, Top Hatters Squadron is pleased to introduce the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps’ newest Chief Petty Officer, Joshua Kelly.

Chief Kelly has earned the admiration and respect of the officers and his peers of Top Hatters Squadron. He has completed all training, coursework and prerequisites with zeal.

Be it known, that Chief Kelley has earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer and the anchors that he will now carry forward were presented to him as he was ceremoniously pinned by his father, SHC Larry Kelly (USN-RET) and mother Barbara Kelly on April 10, 2020.

Chief Petty Officer Kelly will now take his place in the Top Hatters Goat Locker and is charged with his new role of mentorship, motivation and above all, Leadership from the Deckplates.

Job Well Done!

Training Today's Youth For Tomorrow's Navy