Pacific Southwest Region 11-6
Southern Los Angeles County



  1. What is the Naval Sea Cadet Corps?

    The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is a program for young men and women ages 13-17 who are interested in developing their skills in leadership, basic seamanship, courage, self-reliance, military discipline and are committed to being drug and gang free.

  2. What is the Navy League Cadet Corps?

    The Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) is the junior cadet program for the NSCC. The NLCC introduces boys and girls ages 11-14 to naval life through instruction in basic seamanship and leadership.

  3. What are the requirements of membership?

    All prospective cadets must be U.S. Citizens, be drug-free, unmarried, a full-time student with at least a “C” grade point average, have parental consent, and possess good moral character. In addition you must be interested in the program and committed to attending drills (meetings) regularly.

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

    No. Cadets have absolutely no commitment regarding future military service. For those Cadets who decide to enlist in the Navy, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps prior Sea Cadet training may permit entry at an advanced pay grade. Sea Cadet experience is also looked upon favorably by military service academy and ROTC selection boards.

  5. Are my kids safe? Do they do background checks on the adult leaders?

    Absolutely, and they are very thorough. More importantly, the Officers of most Divisions have known each other for decades in some cases and are familiar with each other on a very personal level. This promotes strong unit cohesion and sets a very good example of teamwork, leadership, and mutual respect for the cadets to imitate.

  6. What uniforms will I wear?

    Cadets are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy enlisted uniforms appropriately marked with the NSCC/NLCC insignia.

  7. Will Cadet training disract from my school work?

    Not likley. Our unit drills every 1, 2, & 3rd Saturday of the Month. Instruction is designed to supplement your school work. Normally, training away from home is conducted only during school vacation periods.

  8. Can anyone join?

    Applicants meeting the NSCC’s minimum age requirement will not be denied membership in, benefit of, discriminated by, or excluded from participating in NSCC activities on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, or disability.

  9. What do Cadets learn?

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

  10. Can I go to camp in the summer?

    Yes. Newly enrolled Sea Cadets are required to attend two weeks of recruit training or “boot camp” held at military installations across the country. Having successfully completed recruit training, Sea Cadets participate in additional training in advanced subjects during succeeding school breaks. Opportunities range from training aboard Navy and Coast Guard ships to training with U.S. Navy SEALs. Navy League Cadets have the opportunity to participate in a one-week recruit orientation and weekend training evolutions specifically tailored for their age group and abilities.

  11. Are Sea Cadets permitted to go to sea?

    Yes. After completing recruit training and other required courses of instruction, many Sea Cadets can participate in two-week advanced training aboard Navy and Coast Guard vessels ranging from small patrol craft to large nuclear powered aircraft carriers. While Navy League Cadets are not permitted to go to sea for extended periods, they often participate in day cruises and tours.

  12. Are there advanced training courses for Cadets?

    Yes. In addition to advanced training aboard naval vessels, Sea Cadets may attend advanced orientation courses such as Airman Training, Music Training, SEABEE Indoctrination, SEAL Team Training, Submarine Orientation, Military Law Enforcement Training, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, and Leadership Academy. Navy League Cadets may participate in one-week advanced training evolutions in subjects such as Leadership, Seamanship, and Boating Safety.

  13. Are there travel opportunities?

    Yes. Sea Cadets travel to training sites all over the country during the summer training period. Additionally outstanding Sea Cadets are selected to participate in the NSCC International Exchange Program. Currently the NSCC participates in exchanges with Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Bermuda, Sweden, and Russia. Exchange Cadets are selected on merit basis. Each Cadet must have an outstanding record as well as a good reputation within his home community.

  14. What is the main purpose of Cadet training?

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

  15. Can I fire a real pistol or rifle ?

    Yes. Cadets are trained in the safe and proper handling of firearms by qualified military instructors. You can even earn an EXPERT ribbon award!

  16. I am already in JROTC at my school. Can I do both?

    Absolutely! We typically find that although JROTC is a great course of study, it usually lacks the "enrichment" offered by the Corps. For example, JROTC usually involves a lot of book- work and less activity. The Sea Cadets uses its drill weekends for activities and less book-work. It is a good supplement to JROTC.

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