Current Issue

Every year, Congress authorizes and appropriates additional funding to ensure our training is covered for the coming year. In Fiscal Year 2020, the entire 13,000-member Naval Sea Cadet Corps will probably receive just $1.7M in federal funds, but the Sea Cadet Legislative Affairs team will be requesting additional $4.3M in funding through an authorizations and appropriations request. As budget negotiators make a final decision, you can write your senators and representative to ask for their help in ensuring the Sea Cadets receive the additional $4.3M in funding. 

Here's how you can help:

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2.  Contact your senator or representative by sending them an email. You can write your own or customize the template below. 


SUBJ: U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Funding for Fiscal Year 2020

Dear Representative/Senator  ________,

I’m _________, a League/Sea Cadet in your District/State, and I attend ________ School where I’m in the ___ th grade. I want to quickly write you about a funding issue before Congress this month. As you know, the Sea Cadet program is a great organization, and I’ve learned a lot about _______ over the past several years. The Sea Cadet program has made me a better person and has given me great exposure to the sea services and life-changing leadership experiences. I’ve really grown as a person while serving with the Sea Cadets.
Every year, Congress authorizes and appropriates additional funding to ensure our training is covered for the coming year. This year, the entire 13,000-member Naval Sea Cadet Corps will be  receiving just $1.7M in federal funds, but there is an additional Defense Authorization and Appropriations request that is being submitted to members’ offices that needs your support. As your budget negotiators make a final decision, I’m hopeful that your office could help ensure the additional $4.3M in funding is authorized and appropriated and the Sea Cadets receive a total of $6.0M in Department of  the Navy funding in FY20 for our training. If your staff has any questions about this funding, they can contact our Government Affairs staff member, Mr. Doug Denneny, at (703) 915-0582 or at
Thank you very much,

[Full Name, Hometown]


Thank you for your support!

Current Members of the Military Youth Programs Caucus: 

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) - Co-Chair

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) - Co-Chair

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL)

Rep. Kenneth Calvert (R-CA)

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)

Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA)

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC)

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ)

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)

Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)

Delegate Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-American Samoa)

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)

Background Information:

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is the only congressionally chartered, military-oriented youth program where the participants (cadets and volunteers) are responsible for paying many of the program expenses out-of-pocket.

The USNSCC needs funding from the Department of the Navy in their O&M account in order to “buy down” the individual’s training costs to a reasonable amount. At our request, our Navy sponsor, Navy Recruiting Command, inputs approximately $1.7M into the President’s Budget request every year and the USNSCC Legislative Affairs team advocates for additional funding on top of the $1.7M amount. Only through ongoing congressional support, via additional funds that vary every year, are we able to maintain this program.

Congress has supported the program through additional funding beyond the Navy-programmed funding level in subsequent legislation, and will be requesting an addition of $4.3M in FY20 for a total appropriated amount of $6.0M.

Below are the FY20 funding requirements for our program:

Full Requirement:  $6.0M

Total Federal Grant:  Not yet determined by Congress.

Navy Budget Request:  $1.70M (expected but not confirmed until the FY20 budget has been released)

USNSCC Authorization and Appropriations Congressional Add Request:  $4.3M

The Navy Budget Request and the Congressional Add equal our future total federal grant amount. This amount is unknown, and can vary greatly. Our ask in FY20 will be a total of $6.0M. A reduced amount below our $6.0M requirement sacrifices our goals of reduced enrollment fees and the total defrayment of all uniform and unit costs. This amount will allow for program maintenance, but will preclude any significant program growth and jeopardize training opportunities. Please contact your representative and both senators to ask for their support of an additional $4.3M in congressional funding for the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps in FY20.