Frequently Asked Questions

What are the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps? 
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is a youth program for young Americans, male and female, ages 13 through 17. The objectives of the program include developing an interest and skill in the naval and maritime sciences, and to teach patriotism, courage, self-reliance and kindred values.


Cadets train aboard the ships and shore activities of the Navy and Coast Guard, and are authorized to wear Navy uniforms appropriately marked with NSCC insignia.

There are approximately 375 units in operation in almost every state of the union and in Puerto Rico and Guam, with over 10,000 young Americans participating. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps afford equal opportunity for participation to all American youth, without regard to race, color, religion or sex.


What are the requirements of membership?

All prospective cadets must be unmarried, enrolled in school, have parental consent and possess good moral character in addition to being interested in the program and prepared to attend drills regularly.


What about medical exams?

A medical examination similar to a high school sports physical is required for all cadet applicants to the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) or Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC). No one will be denied admission to the NSCC/NLCC due to a medical disability. Where a medical condition precludes full, unlimited participation, a Request for Accommodation (NSCADM 015) may be presented by the parent or guardian for review so the cadet may participate in NSCC activities to the maximum extent possible. 


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.



Yes. The initial enrollment fee is presently $200.00 for new cadets and $100.00 annually. This offsets the cost of uniforms and includes premiums paid toward the Sea Cadet Group Accident and Health Protection Plan.  


Must I buy my own uniform?

No.  Uniforms are issued, on loan as part of the initial joining fee and are replaced on an exchange basis as you grow out of them. Unless special sizes are needed, that we can not normally order. 


Will Sea Cadet training detract from my school work?

Not likely.  Both the Command Staff and our Adult Staff believe that your school work should be the number one priority in your life. Our Sea Cadet unit usually meets every Saturday of the month from 0800hrs-1200hrs. This leaves ample time for your school work and even gets you up early on Saturday! What time are your friends waking up on a Saturday?!  Instruction is designed to supplement your school work. Cadets should be able to prioritize their school work and ensure that they are exceeding expectations in both the Sea Cadets and at the school. Normally, training away from home is conducted only during school vacation periods.


What do the Sea Cadets Cadets learn?

Cadets study a broad range of subjects. Some are designed to help cadets become better citizens, others teach the importance of strong maritime forces. Cadets also study naval history, customs and traditions, seamanship, navigation and similar subjects which would help their chances for promotion should they decide to join one of the sea services.


What are my chances for promotion?

Promotion within the Sea Cadets is based upon merit. Sea Cadets must get promoted in-fact, failing to promote is grounds for dismissal. Promising young men and women, upon fulfilling certain successive qualifications and requirements, are given command positions and develop leadership skills.


Who sponsors the you? The Hancock Squadron and Training Ship Midway are officially sponsored by the Oakland and Lake Merritt Navy League Councils respectively. Our units also receive enormous support from other organizations such as the Veteran's of Foreign Wars, and the Submarine Veteran's.


Who instructs you? 

Sea Cadets are instructed by naval personnel, by senior cadets, and by adult leaders. 


Can I go to training during school breaks?

Yes.  Newly enrolled Sea Cadets are required to attend two weeks of summer or winter recruit training. Upon completion of recruit training, cadets participate in additional training in advanced subjects during succeeding summers and/or winters.


Are Sea Cadets Cadets permitted to go to sea?

Yes.  After completing recruit training and other required courses of instruction, many Sea Cadets can participate in two weeks advanced training aboard Navy and Coast Guard vessels ranging from small harbor craft to large nuclear powered aircraft carriers.


What training is available aboard ship?

Sea Cadets are trained in basic seamanship, damage control, watch standing, fire-fighting and other nautical skills.  Our unit is fortunate to be very close to Coast Guard Island and our cadets spend 5+ days aboard cutters very often! 


Are there advanced training courses for Sea Cadets?

Yes.  In addition to advanced training aboard naval vessels, Sea Cadets may attend advanced orientation courses such as Airman's School, Music School, Seabee Indoctrination, Underwater Demolition/Seal Team training, Submarine Orientation and other courses designed to prepare cadets for leadership, either within the Sea Cadet organization or in other fields.


Can Sea Cadets obtain summer employment?

Yes.  Sea Cadets are permitted to choose a training period during the summer months that will not interfere with summer employment arrangements.


Will I be required to join the U.S. Armed Forces?

ABSOLUTELY NOT. Sea Cadets have absolutely no commitment regarding future military service. Sea Cadets is all about developing engaged citizens. For those Sea Cadets who do decide to enlist in the Navy or Coast Guard, prior Sea Cadet training may permit entry at an advanced pay grade.


What is the main purpose of Sea Cadet Training?

While Sea Cadet units are organized along military lines, their main purpose is to foster good citizenship and an interest and appreciation of our nation's maritime services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.