Become a volunteer.


Our Officers are dedicated volunteers who instruct cadets, lead units, and escort cadets when participating in events.

Membership Requirements

In order to join the USNSCC Officer Corps applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Be at least 21 years old (or become an NSCC Midshipman if you are between the ages of 18-21)
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Be free of felony convictions

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. 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.

Officers may either be civilians or military (active, reserve or retired) who enjoy working with youth and are interested in ensuring that their training experience is of the highest caliber. Instructors are also recruited from reserve military commands and leaders within the community. Members of the Naval Reserve may qualify for drill credit and active duty for training (ADT) orders for participating in NSCC/NLCC activities.

We do not require a specific level of education or professional qualification, but applicants with nautical/military experience are highly desired. Parents also make outstanding volunteers and we invite them to explore the opportunity.

Officers are authorized to wear Navy officer uniforms (modified with the NSCC or NLCC insignia). All officers are appointed by USNSCC National Headquarters.

No unit near you? Want to inquire about starting your own NSCC or NLCC unit? Visit our new unit request page to send us a note.