Becoming a Sea Cadet
For those who want to learn the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment, and about Navy or Coast Guard life, and want some discipline in their life, this is an excellent program. Cadets are expected to care for themselves during the program, establishing goals and benchmarks to help them succeed in future endeavors, employment, and opportunities.
Before prospective cadets can be admitted to the Corps, the following admission criteria must be considered:
Ages 11-13 may join League Cadets (NLCC).
Ages 14-18, or as long as they are enrolled in high school may join Sea Cadets (NSCC).
Cadet Applicants must be enrolled in school or home schooled and have a satisfactory scholastic standing.
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, the parent or guardian may present, for review, a Request for Accommodation (NSCADM 015) so the cadet may participate to the maximum extent possible in NSCC activities. Cadet Applicants must take a Physical Readiness Test (minimum-sports type) to determine their degree of fitness for entry into the NSCC.
Applicants must be a United States Citizen.
They must possess good moral character, be unmarried, not pregnant, and drug, felony, and misdemeanor free.
Cadets are required to attend a minimum of
75% of scheduled drills.
Enrollment fees are $240.00 for the first year and $90.00 each year thereafter. Fees are payable to the Charlotte Division USNSCC. Fees include:
- Enrollment in USNSCC/USNLCC
- Uniform Flashes,
- Name Tapes,
- Uniform Lease (as available at our unit)
Note: You will have to purchase or provide your own PT gear, and possibly some uniforms items and footwear if specific sizes cannot be located.
Cadet Applicants must be able to accept discipline as a personal challenge leading to advancement and leadership opportunities.
Cadets are expected to work diligently to learn NSCC Regulations, the unit’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Basic Military Requirements (BMR), attend Recruit Training (Boot Camp), earn promotions, and participate in most unit activities.
*This program is NOT for everyone. Those who join thinking it's playing "dress-up" in sailor suits, or join to lose weight, or join because parents or others force them into it, generally don't stay long. This is not a weekend camp or childcare service…
Yes, our expectations are high! For those who are willing to make the commitment,
however, there is an exciting, challenging, and adventurous voyage waiting for you!
WANT TO GET STARTED? HERE’S WHAT TO DO:
STEP 1: Submit an Orientation Request below. You will then receive an invitation to attend the next scheduled Orientation Session. Orientation sessions generally begin at 0930 hours (9:30 am) for both prospective cadets and their parents. The session is designed to give you an overview of the Sea Cadet program, costs associated with participation, cadet training opportunities, and upcoming events in the Charlotte Division. You will have the opportunity to ask as many questions as necessary and you will also get a chance to meet with other cadets and adult staff and ask them any questions you may have regarding participation in the program. Your attendance at orientation is for your benefit in making an informed decision and in no way obligates you to participate in the program.
You can get a preview of the program by watching the Sea Cadet Video here!
STEP 2: Attend Orientation. You can get started the day of Orientation or you can take some time to think about it. You will not be required to make a decision right away.
STEP 3: Follow the instructions included in your application packet to complete and submit your application and enrollment fee.