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.




  • 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."

"Sea Cadets has absolutely shaped me into the person I am today. I have learned so much about myself and how to become a better leader. With my fellow shipmates, I’ve learned what it truly means to be a mentor, a leader, and a friend. Sea Cadets has opened my eyes to the future and has become a major inspiration for my decision to enlist in the Navy and pursue medicine throughout my career in the military."

"I can say without a doubt that Sea Cadets has changed me as an individual. Through this program, I learned professional skills, teamwork, communicating effectively, discipline, attention to detail, and what dedication means. I have met many great people along the way, seen some awesome things, and worked at the speed of light. I hope to be an officer qualified in submarines in the Navy someday."

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