Becoming a parent or guardian in the Sea Cadets is an exciting opportunity. Unlike many other extracurriculars, Sea Cadets allows your son or daughter to chart their own path to success, step outside of the comfort zone, and seek challenges.


Cadet units typically meet one weekend per month or one night per week during the school year. Training away from home is conducted during school vacation periods.


Annual enrollment fees range from $150 to $250 per year depending upon location.  Uniform fees vary from $200 to $400 in the first year.  Summer and winter training costs are typically $150 to $175 per week.  Training fees include instruction, room, and board.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is the policy of the Sea Cadets that no qualified person will be excluded from participation in, denied the benefit of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination by the USNSCC simply because that person has a disability. The Sea Cadets will grant reasonable accommodations where necessary to permit full participation.


Safety is our number one priority. All of our volunteers undergo regular background checks and cadets are under adult supervision throughout training.

What Parents Have to Say

David (not his real name) loved <Sea Cadet training> and had some challenges. He struggled a lot with being away from home... Two <senior cadets> took David to the side, and David told them he was "just trying to make it to graduation."

The <senior cadets> advised David to focus on smaller goals, just make it to the next 30 minutes, make it through class, then to lunch, etc. David took the advice to heart and while he still struggled, that's what got him through. David loved how caring each Cadet was and learned that he can lean on them during tough times.

He absolutely loves the program and says they do so many fun things. As a parent, I am beyond grateful to everyone involved in Sea Cadets. The things these children learn will stick with them for life. During <recruit training> my Cadet learned how to overcome emotional and mental hardships, a tool that will serve him for years to come.

The mother of a cadet who attended Navy League Orientation (a boot camp style training, June 2022)

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