The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) is a nationwide organization dedicated to helping American youth in a nautically oriented training program. Through Sea Cadet leadership, young Americans, ages 13 through 17, develop interests and skills in basic seamanship, patriotism, courage, self reliance, teamwork and accountability.

There is also a Naval League Cadet Corps (NLCC), which is part of this overall Nationwide Youth Development Program. This is for young people, ages 11 through 13 (with some "waivers" down to age 10) that also provides positive direction and structure in a "stay in school and stay away from drugs and gangs" environment.

Cadets train aboard U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships and shore activities, and are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms marked with U.S. Naval Sea Cadet insignia. Most Sea Cadet units are sponsored by the Councils of the Navy League of the United States, a nonprofit organization of U.S. citizens deeply committed to the welfare of young Americans.


A medical examination similar to a high school sports physical is required for all cadet applicants to the NSCC or 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. NOTE: Adults not physically qualified to perform all duties may still participate with a waiver from NHQ considering the parameters of their expected contribution to the NSCC program.