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The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a nationwide organization dedicated to helping American youth realize personal success and achievement through a nautically oriented training program. Through Sea Cadet leadership, young Americans ages 13 through 17 develop interest and skill in basic seamanship and its naval adaptations, while learning the value of patriotism, courage, self-reliance, teamwork and accountability. Cadets train aboard U.S. Navy ships and Coast Guard ships and shore activities, and are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms marked with Naval Sea Cadet insignia. Over 300 Sea Cadet units are opening in nearly every state as well as Puerto Rico and Guam, with some 9,500 members.

Membership in the Sea Cadets allows teenagers to sample military life with no obligation to join any branch of the armed forces. Should cadets decide to enlist in the Navy or Coast Guard, their training may allow them entry at an advance pay grade. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps affords equal opportunity for participation to all young Americans regardless of race, color, religion or sex.

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The Naval Sea Cadet Corps had its beginning in Great Britain over 300 years ago. Lord Nelson was a Royal Navy Sea Cadet. The Sea Cadet program has been in existence in Canada for over 100 years. Sea Cadet Corps' exist in Germany, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, and New Zealand. In 1958, following studies of British and Canadian Sea Cadet Corps', the idea of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps was presented to various members of Congress, to the Secretary of the Navy, to the Chief of Naval Operations, and to the National Convention of the Navy League. In 1958 the Navy League agreed to the idea and formally established the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the U.S. Navy League Cadet Corps. On 01 January 1959, the pilot unit (9-1-1 Division, Great Lakes, IL) was chartered in Lake County, IL and within a year 15 additional divisions were formed across the nation. On 10 September 1962, the NSCC was federally incorporated by Congress under Public Law 87-655 as a non-profit civilian education organization, a legal entity separate from the Navy League. This law was later amended to permit enrollment of young women in the Corps.

The objectives and purposes of the NSCC as in this law (as amended) are: "...through organization and cooperation with the Department of the Navy, to encourage and aid American youth to develop, train them in seagoing skills, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance and kindred virtues." The basic objectives of both programs are: (1) to help young Americans become more patriotic and responsible citizens, and (2) to help young Americans understand the role of the maritime services in national defense and in maintaining the economic viability of our nation.

Today, the NSCC has formed partnerships with organizations such as the Foundation for Teaching Economics and the Flying Midshipman Association to offer cadets broader opportunities in areas of leadership and aviation. The NSCC also took an active part in the creation of the International Sea Cadet Association (ISCA). The ISCA is an association of Sea Cadet Corps' from around the world, whose main objective is to facilitate exchanges of cadets between member countries.
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What are the Sea Cadet
Activities and Training Opportunities
Requirements for Membership
Benefits
What are the League Cadets
Training & Advancement
Benefits - NLCC
Qualifications to Join - NLCC
What is the NSCC Officer Corps
Who are Instructors?
Who are Midshipmen?
Who are Warrant Officers?
Qualifications to Join the Officer Corps

 

What are the Sea Cadets
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is a youth program for young Americans, male and female, ages 13 through 17, whose objectives are to develop an interest and skill in basic seamanship and seagoing skills and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues. Sea Cadets train aboard Navy and Coast Guard ships and shore activities. They are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms appropriately marked with the Sea Cadet Corps insignia. There are some 200 units in operation in almost every state of the union and Puerto Rico. Over 7000 young Americans participate. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps offers an equal opportunity for participation without regard to race, color, religion, or sex.
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Activities & Training Opportunities


Sea Cadets are given the opportunity to participate in hands-on training aboard Navy and Coast Guard ships and shore activities and training schools. Most NSCC advanced training, such as shipboard duty and training schools, are held during the summer months and usually last for a duration of two weeks.
All newly enrolled cadets must first complete a two-week Recruit Training "boot camp" before they are able to participate in NSCC advanced training. Once a cadet has completed boot camp they may then take full advantage of what the Naval Sea Cadet Corps has to offer.
Below is a sample of what advanced training Sea Cadets are offered:

Airman School
Airman (Advanced)
Mine Warfare Operations
FAA Ground School Air Traffic Control Training Music School
SeaBee Indoctrination Cook/Steward Training
NLCC Orientation
DoD Music School Diving/Explosive Ordnance Disposal NLCC Advanced Orientation
Leadership Academy Firefighting/Damage Control Port Operations
SEAL Team Training Foreign Exchanges Recruit Training
Amphibious Training Honor Guard School Sailing School
Medical Training Judge Advocate Corps (JAG) Legal Training SCUBA Certification Training
Submarine Orientation Master-At-Arms Security Training
Seamanship Training Special Boats
USCG Barque Eagle

The Naval Sea Cadet Corps also participates in an International Sea Cadet Exchange Program with over 5 different countries. This program was set up so that Sea Cadets from around the world could experience, first hand, how the navies of the world work. Some of the countries that participate include:
· Canada
· United Kingdom
· Bermuda(U. K.)
· Belgium · Japan
· The Netherlands

At the division level, cadets participate in community events such as parades, fairs, and special ceremonies. They may also participate in regional competitions with other Sea Cadet divisions and tour Navy and Coast Guard ships. Our division usually meets the last weekend of each month throughout the year.
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Requirements for Membership
In order to join the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, you must first meet the following criteria.
· Be between the ages of 13-17
· Be a Citizen or Legal Resident of the U.S.
· Be in good health and pass a qualifying physical examination
· Be a full time student & have satisfactory grades (maintain "C" avg.)
· Be free from felony conviction.
· Be dedicated and motivated

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.


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Benefits
Not only do you get to experience the adventure of a lifetime, the NSCC will help you if you plan on joining the military or going to college. Depending on what rank you earn in the Sea Cadets, you may be able to enter the military at an advanced rank. Also the Sea Cadet Corps offers scholarships to qualifying cadets.
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What are the League Cadets
The U.S. Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) is for boys and girls, at least 11 but not yet 14 years old, who are interested in the sea and ships, and our nation's seagoing services. The Navy League program is designed to introduce young people to maritime and military life, and to prepare them for later entrance into the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
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Training & Advancement
Navy League cadets are trained in nautical skills such as knot tying and splicing, signaling, water safety and swimming, first aid, and even fire fighting. Cadets are instructed in military drill and discipline and are taught from a syllabus covering naval history to ship nomenclature. Navy League cadets also tour ships and bases and participate in community events such as parades and fairs.
In addition, cadets have the opportunity to participate in weekend long competitions and/or training's and one week long summer training held on Navy and Coast Guard bases. Week long summer training is comprised of NLCC Cadet Orientation or "mini boot camp" for new cadets, and advanced training for senior cadets.
NLCC boot camp provides intense training in military and naval subjects and an introduction to the military atmosphere. NLCC advanced training provides senior cadets with training in leadership, boat safety, and subjects relevant to prepare cadets for the Sea Cadet Corps.
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Benefits
Taking part in the pride and honor of wearing the Navy uniform, and being a part of a fine organization, gives the NLCC cadet a sense of service. In addition, NLCC cadets who complete one year in the program, and later enter the Sea Cadets, will enter at a higher rank. The training received in the NLCC will give cadets the experience for an easy transition to the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
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Qualifications to Join
In order to join the Navy League Cadet Corps one must meet the following criteria:
· Be between the ages of 11-13
· Be a Citizen or Legal Resident of the U.S.
· Be in good health and pass a qualifying physical examination
· Be a full time student & have satisfactory grades (maintain "C" avg.) · Be free from felony conviction.
· Be dedicated and motivated
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What is the NSCC Officer Corps?
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Officer Corps provides adult leadership for cadets of the NSCC and the NLCC. NSCC officers are dedicated volunteers who instruct cadets, operate divisions, and escort cadets when participating in events away from the division. Officers may either be civilians or military personnel (active, reserve or retired) who are knowledgeable of youth and interested in their training. Instructors are also recruited from active Reserve military commands and leaders within the community. The NSCC does not require specific education or professional qualifications, but applicants with nautical/military experience are desired. NSCC officers are authorized to wear Navy officer uniforms (modified by the NSCC insignia). All NSCC officers are appointed by NSCC National Headquarters. All volunteers who wish to enter the Officer Corps must serve at least 1 year as an Instructor, Midshipman, or Warrant Officer before an appointment to Ensign in the Officer Corps can be made.
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Who are Instructors?
Instructors are adult volunteers seeking appointment into the NSCC Officer Corps. Enrolled Instructors wear a modified NSCC officer's uniform without shoulder boards or gold chin-straps on their hat. Everyone who wishes to become an Ensign in the Officer's Corps must serve in a probationary status for one year prior to approval for appointment. This time as an Instructor serves as the probationary period and allows time for the instructor to complete the NSCC Officer/Midshipman Study Guide. Depending on billet needs and performance as an Instructor, all Instructors may apply for jump promotions past Ensign. All Instructors, however, must serve for 1 year and complete the Officer/Midshipman Study Guide.
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Who are Midshipmen?
Although not an officer, a Midshipman is considered to be a member of the NSCC Officer Corps for administrative reasons, but is only between the ages of 18-21. Midshipmen wear a modified navy midshipman's uniform appropriately marked with the NSCC Insignia. Upon reaching the age of 21, Midshipmen will automatically become an Ensign, or will receive a jump promotion depending on the needs of the command. The following types of people are candidates for enrollment as NSCC Midshipman:
- Former Sea Cadet who has achieved E-3 or higher.
- Former/current NJROTC cadet who has achieved the rank of LTJG or higher.
- Current NROTC Midshipman.
- Current USNA/USMMA Midshipman.
All Midshipmen must be over 18 and less than 21 years of age and complete the Officer/Midshipman Study Guide.
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Who are Warrant Officers?
Warrant Officers are adult leaders who have received direct appointments into the NSCC Officer Corps. Warrant Officers wear a modified navy warrant officer's (W-2) uniform appropriately marked with the NSCC Insignia. Warrant Officers normally serve a specific function or head a department within the unit and remain in the grade of Warrant Officer, however, may become an Ensign in the normal path of advancement after 1 year of service if they choose to do so. Candidates for Warrant Officer do not have to complete the Officer/Midshipman Study Guide prior to appointment, however must meet the following additional requirements:
- Obtained E-6 or above in any branch of the Armed Forces.
- Have a special skill or use in the unit's operation.
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Qualifications to Join
In order to join the NSCC Officer Corps one must meet the following criteria:
· Be a Citizen or Legal Resident of the U.S.
· Be at least 21 years of age and normally less than 55. (At least 18 years of age for Midshipmen.)
· Pass a physical examination and be certified as fit to carry out assigned duties.
· Undergo a criminal background check.
· Be free of felony convictions.
· Meeting with and approval by the Commanding Officer.

THE USNSCC IS ADA COMPLIANT

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.

 

 
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