1.   What is the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps?

2.   How old must I be to join the Sea Cadet Corps?

3.   What are the requirements of membership?

4.   What about medical exams?

5.   Will I have to pay dues?

6.   Must I buy my own uniform?

7.   Will Sea Cadet training detract from my school work?

8.   What do the Sea Cadets learn?

9.   What are my chances for promotion?

10.   Who sponsors the Sea Cadets?

11.   Who instructs the Sea Cadets?

12.   Can I got to boot camp in the summer/winter?

13.   Are Sea Cadets permitted to go to sea?

14.   What training is available aboard ship?

15.   Are there advanced training courses for Sea Cadets?

16.   Are there travel opportunities?

17.   How are Sea Cadets selevted for the Exchange Program?

18.   Can Sea Cadets obtain summer employment?

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

20.   What is the main purpose of Sea Cadet training?


1. What is the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps?

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a youth program for young Americans male and female, ages 13 through 18, whose objectives are to develop an interest and skill in basic seamanship and its naval adaptations, to train them in sea going skills and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance and kindred virtues. Cadets train aboard the ships and shore activities of the Navy and Coast Guard, and are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms appropriately marked with Naval Sea Cadet Corps insignia. There are some 300 units in operation in almost every state of the union as well as Puerto Rico and Guam, with almost 10,000 young Americans participating. The Naval Sea Cadet Corp affords equal opportunity for participation to all American youth without regard to race, color, religion or sex.

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2. How old must I be to join the Sea Cadets?
You are eligible to join if you are 13 years of age or have not competed your senior year of high school. Younger people (11 and 12 years old) may be eligible to join the League Cadets.

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3. What are the requirements of membership?
All prospective cadets must be unmarried, enrolled in school, be a citizen, have parental consent and possess good moral character in addition to being interested in the program and be prepared to attend the drills regularly.
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4. 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. 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.

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5. Will I have to pay dues?
Yes. The enrollment fee is $150.00 per year for the first year and $60.00 per following years. This includes premiums paid toward the Sea Cadet Group Accident and Health Protection Plan.

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6. Must I buy my own uniform?
Surplus uniforms are made available to the Naval Sea Cadet Corps and are in turn issued to cadets at no cost. Cadets may purchase uniform items through the Navy Exchange Uniform Shop, but all their essential uniform needs will be issued by Cleveland Division.

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7. Will Sea Cadet training detract from my school work?
Not likely. Cleveland Division only drills two days a month, the Saturday and Sunday of the first weekend of each month at the Marine Safety Unit on East 9th. Drill dates are posted in the POM (Plan of the Month) on the website. On occasion events will arise during the month, but these are usually not mandatory. Sea Cadet drills are designed to supplement your schoolwork, and advanced trainings away from home are conducted almost exclusively during periods of school vacations.

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8. What do the Sea Cadets learn?
They study a broad range of subjects. Some are designed to help them to become better adult citizens, others teach them the importance of strong maritime forces. They also study naval history, customs and traditions, seamanship, navigation and similar subjects which could help their chances for a promotion should they decide to join one of the sea services, either the US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Coast Guard, or US-flagged Merchant Marine.

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9. What are my chances for promotion?
Promotion within the Sea Cadets is based upon merit. Promising young men and women, upon fulfilling certain successive qualifications and requirements are given increasingly responsible positions and duties and are encouraged to develop qualities of leadership.

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10. Who sponsors the Sea Cadets?
Most Sea Cadet units are sponsored by individual Councils of the Navy League of the United States, a nonprofit organization of U.S. citizens whose objective is to support the U.S. maritime services and who are deeply interested in the welfare of young Americans. Cleveland Division is sponsored by the Navy League Council of Cleveland, OH. and the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Branch 17

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11. Who instructs the Sea Cadets?
Sea Cadets are instructed by naval personnel (active, reserve, and retired), by Senior Cadets and by other adult leaders willing to devote their time and knowledge to this activity.

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12. Can I go to boot camp in the summer and/or winter?
Yes. Newly enrolled Cleveland Sea Cadets are required to attend a 9 day recruit training at a military "boot camp" located at Naval Station Great Lakes, IL. Having successfully completed recruit training, cadets participate in additional training in advanced subjects during succeeding summers and winters. These two week training periods offer a varied program of activities in addition to valued instruction of a maritime nature.If the cadet chooses to attend trainings at a location other than driving distance, the cadet is responsible for travel costs and arrangements.If there are scheduling conflicts with Recruit or Advanced Training, the chain of command will reccomend how to proceed.

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13. 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 weeks advanced training aboard Navy and Coast Guard vessels ranging from small harbor craft to large nuclear powered aircraft carriers.

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14. What training is available aboard ship?
Sea Cadets are trained in basic seamanship, damage control, watch-standing, firefighting and other nautical skills.

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15. 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 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. The cadet is responsible for travel costs and arrangements.

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16. Are there travel opportunities?
Yes. Sea Cadets travel to training sites all over the country during the summer training period. Additionally, outstanding cadets are selected to participate in the International Exchange Program in Canada, Bermuda, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, the Netherlands, and many other countries.

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17. How are Sea Cadets selected for the Exchange Program?
Exchange cadets are selected on a merit basis. Each cadet must have an outstanding record, as well as a good reputation within his home community.

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18. 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.

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19. Will I be required to join the U.S. Armed Forces?
No. Sea Cadets have absolutely no commitment regarding future military service. 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.

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20. 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.

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