When you join as a League Cadet or Sea Cadet, you will meet with your local unit. Depending on when you join, during either summer vacation or winter vacation, you will have your first opportunity to attend a leage orientation or recruit training. After successful completion of your orientation or recruit training, you can progress to more advanced training.
Sea Cadet Recruit Training
After enrolling in the program, all Sea Cadets must attend a mandatory two-week recruit training session. These training sessions are taught at the Navy’s Recruit Training Command, at other naval bases or stations and at regional recruit training sites using other military host resources.
The curriculum of this training is approved by the U.S. Navy and standardized at all training sites. Cadets receive 106 hours of instruction, with a focus on the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment. Both tone and tenor of instruction are modeled after the Navy’s recruit training.
League Cadet Training
The NLCC training program is modeled after the Sea Cadet program, but is tailored to be age-appropriate. The training program is less arduous, but still includes a wide variety of training opportunities designed to give League Cadets exposure to Navy life.
Cadets can attend a one-week, away-from-home Navy League Orientation class. Cadets who complete orientation can participate in advanced training sessions such as classes in aviation, sailing, leadership, medical and adventure training. League Cadets also learn about small boats and small boat safety using the U.S. Coast Guard’s safe boating curriculum.
After successful completion of recruit training, Sea Cadets may choose from a wide variety of advanced training opportunities that are nationally advertised by USNSCC headquarters. League Cadets who complete orientation can also participate in specifically tailored advanced training sessions.
While recruit training is designed to familiarize cadets with Navy life and Navy-style discipline, advanced training focuses on military and general career fields and opportunities. It also serves to provide cadets with disciplined and interesting activities during the year.
Advanced training opportunities include special offerings, such as:
- Petty Officer Leadership Academy
- Basic or Advanced Underwater Scuba
- The United States Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar
- The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Introduction Mission (AIM)
Locally Arranged Training
Locally arranged training is training away from a cadet unit's regular drill site, but not nationally advertised. Locally arranged training often includes consistently outstanding training offered by the U.S. Coast Guard. Examples of locally arranged training include:
- Seabee and SEAL challenges
- Ship visits
- Honor Guard competitions
- Field operations
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Training
SeaPerch. In 2011, USNSCC established a partnership with the Office of Naval Research that allows cadets to participate in their SeaPerch program. The SeaPerch program is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips cadets with the resources they need to build an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Building a SeaPerch ROV teaches basic skills in ship and submarine design, and encourages cadets to explore concepts in naval architecture and ocean engineering.
CyberPatriot. CyberPatriot is a youth outreach program of the Air Force Association sponsored by Northrop Grumman that trains youth in the practical applications of computer network defense within a competitive framework. The competition has a tournament-style structure with a series of web-based competition rounds that culminate in the National Finals Competition in Washington, D.C. every March.
Cyber Warfare Training. Computer Emergency Readiness Teams (CERTs) will learn computer and network installation, configuration and security best practices, with the use of Virtual Machines and packet tracker scenarios. The training prepares cadets for cybersecurity, STEM careers and the AFA CyberPatriot competition. Cadets also learn about the technologies used to run Google, Facebook and Steam.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Training. The focus of this training is on building and flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the form of quadcopters. Cadets build, program, and fly both nano- and 450-quadcopters.
International Exchange Program
The International Exchange Program (IEP) represents the pinnacle of training for Sea Cadets. It is the mission of the IEP to provide specialized education, training and the opportunity to travel abroad for qualified Sea Cadets who have an interest in learning about the cultural differences and nautical traditions that strengthen us as a global community. Working with the International Sea Cadet Association and administered by an all-volunteer staff, officers and cadets travel overseas to build friendships and to experience the Sea Cadet world through a new lens. It is our hope that these enriching international exchanges lead cadets to a lifelong multicultural understanding and a new perspective on their roles as global citizens.