Who Can Join?
NSCC is available to students at all schools, as well as those who are home schooled. You do not have to attend a specific school or belong to a specific church or club to join.
You are eligible to join the Sea Cadets or League Cadets if you:
- are aged:
11-13 for League Cadets or
13-17 for Sea Cadets
- are unmarried
- pass a basic medical exam
(waivers are considered)
- are enrolled in school or in a certified home school program
- have parental consent
- possess good moral character
- are drug free
- are interested in the program
- are prepared to attend drills regularly
- are prepared to become physically active
- are willing to put forth effort to advance in the program
What is Expected?
Cadets are expected to put forth 100% effort in the program. That means coming to drill whenever possible, at least 75% of the time. It also means working on correspondence courses and attending a summer training so you can advance at least once per year, and working out at home to make sure you are physically fit.
The most successful cadets are those who go above and beyond the minimum, attending optional evolutions such as community service events and color guard activities, participating in more than one summer training, completing training assignments, and preparing themselves and their uniforms for drill weekend.
Parents are asked to support their cadet by getting them to drill on time, providing them with the required gear, and allowing them to attend their trainings over the summer. While not a requirement, they are also encouraged to volunteer as an adult leader in some capacity, whether it is as an escort for a field trip or as a full time member of the officer staff.
BECOMING A CADET
WILL I BE REQUIRED TO JOIN THE U.S. ARMED FORCES AS PART OF BEING A CADET?
No. We are not a recruiting vehicle for the armed services. Cadets have absolutely no commitment regarding future military service.
I WANT TO ENLIST IN THE MILITARY AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. HOW CAN BEING A SEA CADET HELP ME?
For those cadets who decide to enlist in the military, their prior training as a Sea Cadet may allow them to join at an advanced pay grade. This means that a cadet who enlists may be eligible for a higher rank and pay than his or her non-cadet counterparts. Cadets who choose to enlist in the military also tend to do better and stay in longer. Each cadet who enters the armed services is a disciplined, well-trained individual who typically adjusts better to the rigors of military service than those with no experience.
I WANT TO APPLY FOR A SERVICE ACADEMY OR ANOTHER OFFICER COMMISSIONING PROGRAM AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. HOW CAN BEING A SEA CADET HELP ME?
Being a Sea Cadet can help individuals become more competitive for certain programs. More than 10% of this year's entering Class of 2017 at the U.S. Naval Academy were former Sea Cadets. Every year many graduating high school seniors are accepted into ROTC or OCS programs around the country. We think some of this can be attributed to the unparalleled training experience received as a Sea Cadet.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS OF MEMBERSHIP?
All prospective cadets must be U.S. citizens, who meet our minimum age requirements (ages 11 through 17). Cadets must be committed to being a drug-free, unmarried, full-time student with at least a "C"-grade point average. Cadets must also have parental consent to join the program. We are looking for cadets who are interested in contributing as much as possible to the program by attending drills and upholding our standards of conduct.
A medical examination similar to a high school sports physical is required for all cadet applicants to the NSCC or 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 USNSCC program.
CAN ANYONE JOIN?
We welcome all applicants who meet the above membership requirements. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps will never discriminate based on race, sex, color, religion, national origin or disability. It is very important to us to promote a culture of inclusion in our Sea Cadet family.
WILL I HAVE TO PAY MEMBERSHIP FEES?
Yes. Your enrollment fee includes premiums paid toward the Sea Cadet Group Accident and Health Protection Plan. This is our insurance plan, designed to keep you covered in the low likelihood of something happening during a cadet-sponsored training event. It is important to us that the membership fees are minimal in order to be accessible to as many people as possible.
As of 1 January 2014, annual enrollment fees are: $60/year per each NSCC/NLCC cadet; $20/year per officer/midshipman/instructor not on active duty; $15/year per officer/midshipman/instructor on active duty. Some units may also charge an additional administrative fee.
Annual enrollment fees are based on four factors: cost of program operation and administration by
NHQ; cost of group accident and health premium; cost of liability insurance premium; and funding of each Regional Directors' allowance.
WHAT KIND OF UNIFORMS WILL I WEAR?
Cadets are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy enlisted uniforms appropriately marked with the NSCC/NLCC insignia.
DO I BUY MY OWN UNIFORMS?
Surplus U.S. Navy uniforms are made available to the NSCC and NLCC. These uniforms, in turn, are then made available to cadets at a minimal cost for shipping and handling. Uniform needs that cannot be met through this source may be purchased at Navy Exchange Uniform Shops.