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

No. We are not a recruiting vehicle for the armed services. Cadets have absolutely no commitment regarding future military service. 

Will the Sea Cadets help me enlist after High School?

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.

What are the requirements for membership?

All prospective cadets must be U.S. citizens, who meet our minimum age requirements (ages 10 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.

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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.

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. The Polaris Battalion also charges an additional $40/year 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 and how much do they cost?

Cadets are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy enlisted uniforms appropriately marked with the NSCC/NLCC insignia.  Uniforms are provided by the unit and  there is not additional cost to the parent/guardian. 

How much time will cadet training require each month?

Time commitment varies from unit-to-unit, but a typical unit will meet for one weekend a month, called a drill weekend. Additional training opportunities of varying lengths are often made available throughout the year.

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What is the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC)?

The NSCC is the senior cadet program for young men and women ages 13-17 who are interested in developing their skills in leadership, basic seamanship, courage, self-reliance and discipline. Our cadets are also committed to being drug-, alcohol- and gang-free.

What is the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC)?

The NLCC is the junior program for the NSCC. The NLCC introduces boys and girls ages 10-13 to naval life through instruction in basic seamanship and leadership.

Who sponsors the NSCC/NLCC?

Many cadet units are sponsored by individual Councils of the Navy League of the United States, a non-profit organization made up of U.S. citizens whose objective is to support the sea services, and who are deeply interested in the welfare of young Americans.

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