Sea Cadets are young men and women aged 10 through the end of high school who choose adventure, seek challenges, and step outside of their comfort zones. There are two programs within Sea Cadets.  The Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) is for middle school students aged 10 to 13. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is for ages 13 through the end of high school.

Navy League Cadet Corps

Our “League Cadets” are middle school aged students who participate in our introductory program.  League Cadets wear uniforms, train in a disciplined environment, and advance through ranks that mirror the Navy and Merchant Marines. League Cadets may participate in a wide variety of training opportunities to introduce them to the maritime services and a variety of career fields.  There is an optional week-long “Navy League Orientation” available to these young men and women.

Naval Sea Cadet Corps

Sea Cadets are high school aged students who participate in our advanced program.  There is no requirement to have been a League Cadet prior to joining Sea Cadets.  Sea Cadets wear uniforms, learn about the maritime services and a wide variety of career fields, and advance through ranks that mirror the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.


What if I am 13 years old?  Which do I choose?

We recommend reaching out to your local Sea Cadet unit and having a discussion. Often is it better for a 13-year-old to join a League Cadet (NLCC) unit and take advantage of leadership opportunities at that level. When you enter high school and turn 14, then transition to a Sea Cadet (NSCC) unit and bring your League Cadet experience with you.

If you are 13 and already in high school, it is probably better to join a Sea Cadet (NSCC) unit.



  • U.S. citizens or Permanent Legal Residents
  • Young men and women ages 10 through the completion of high school. ​
  • Students in good academic standing.

What Cadets Have to Say

"From a shy recruit to a Sea Cadet Chief leading whole platoons, this program has impacted me greatly. With the help of many mentors and leaders, I have come to learn determination and leadership. My confidence has also reached new heights. Thanks to the Sea Cadets, I am ready for Air Force basic training, service in the Air National Guard, and the rigors of college."

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