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What is the U.S. 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 commitment to being drug and gang free.
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 11-13 (waiver required for 10 year olds) to the naval life through instruction in basic seamanship and leadership.
What do Sea Cadets do?
Sea Cadets learn the military life style while training with their units. Cadets participate in a program designed to instill a value system that will carry them through to a successful life. The Navy core values - Honor, Courage and Commitment - are the motto of the Nval Sea Cadet Corps and the U.S. Navy.
Once a Cadet completes recruit training and the Basic Military Requirements cource, they are eligible to participate in many different training opportunities such as: Basic Airman Course, Advanced Airman Course, Medical Training Course, Seabee Training Course, Amphibious Boats School, FAA Ground School, Pilots School, Submarine Training, and a variey of International Exchanges
Individual unit training programs include: Military Drill, Military advancement and training courses through the U.S. Navy Education Program, Awards programs and Community Service Programs.
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 with prior Sea Cadet training may be permitted entry at an advanced pay grade. Sea Cadet experience is also looked upon favorably by military service academies and ROTC selection boards.
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 reached your 18th birthday for Sea Cadets and 10 to 13 for Navy League.
What are the requirements of membership?
* You must be a U.S. Citizen.
* You must possess good moral character.
* You must be between the ages of 13-17.
* You must be a full time student and maintain a 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA).
* You must be interested in the program and committed to attending drills
What are the program's medical requirements in Betsy Ross?
For Caadet Applicants: 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 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.
For Adult Leader Applicants: 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.
Will I have to pay dues?
Yes. The enrollment fee for a military ID and yearly insurance in either the Bryce Canyon or Betsy Ross Divisions is $120.00 per year. Quarterly payment plans can be arranged to assist families in paying their yesrly dues.
Must I buy my own uniform?
Surplus U.S. Navy uniforms are made available to the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. These uniforms, in turn, are made available to cadets at a minimal cost for handling and shipping. Uniform needs which cannot be met through this source may be purchased at Navy Exchange Uniform Shops.
What do the Sea Cadets learn?
Cadets study a broad range of subjects. Some are designed to help them 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 would help their chances for a promotion should they decide to join one of the sea services.
What are the chances for promotion?
Promotion within the Cadet Corps is based upon merit. Promising individuals, upon fulfilling certain successive qualifications and requirements, are given command positions and encouraged to develop their leadership abilities.
Who sponsors the Sea Cadets?
The Betsy Ross Division is sponsored by the Navy Bells of the United States; a non-profit organization of woman whose objective is to support the U.S. maritime services and who are deeply interested in the welfare of young American ladies. The Bryce Canyon Division is sponsored by the North Hollywood Navy League Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating our citizens about the importance of sea power to U.S. national security and supporting the men and women of the sea services and their families.
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.
Can I go to camp this 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 the U.S. Navy SEALs. Navy League Cadets have the opportunity to participate in a one-week recruit orientation, advanced training and weekend training evolutions specifically tailored for their age group.
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.
What type of training is available aboard ship?
Sea Cadets are trained in basic seamanship, damage control, watch-standing, fire fighting and other nautical skills.
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 Training, Music Training, Seabee Indoctrination, SEAL Team Training, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, and Leadership Academy. Navy League Cadets may participate in one-week advanced training evolutions in subjects such as Leadership, Seamanship, Boating Safety and Aeronautics.
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 her home community.
What will I get out of the Sea Cadets?
Like everything in life, you will get out of it what you put into it. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps provides its cadets the opportunity to develop at an early age character and qualities of a good and productive citizen. Here a teenager can learn to fly a plane, stand at the helm of a Navy ship, travel to foreign countries, or climb the masts of America's Tall Ship. As a cadet, you will have done more by the age of 18 than many people will do in their entire lives.
If the military is an appealing career option for you, Sea Cadets can assist you in achieving it. Depending on the rate achieved in the Naval Sea Cadets, former cadets may be eligible to enlist in the armed forces at an advanced pay grade. Several former cadets from Betsy Ross have received scholarships and nominations to service academies. Others have gone on to enlist in the armed forces. And many of our cadets go on to civilian universities and careers. Whatever career you may aspire to, military or civilian, the values and qualities that you will gain from Betsy Ross Division will serve you for the rest of your life.
What's the next step, if I am interested in becoming a Sea Cadet?
Please go and fill out our Recruiting Form (click here). A member of our recruiting team will be in contact with you soon. We will arrange a date/time to meet with you and your parents so that you can meet us and see for yourself what the NSCC is all about. We look forward to meeting you and your family, and possibly welcoming you to our unit.