Twenty one questions about the sea cadets

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

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

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 go to boot camp in the summer?

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 selected 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?

21. This sounds great! How do I go about joining the unit?


 

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

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a program for young Americans, male and female, ages 10 through 17, whose objectives are to develop an interest and skill in basic seamanship and in 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 over 300 units in operation in almost every state of the union, as well as Puerto Rico and Guam, with over 10,000 young Americans participating. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps affords equal opportunity for participation to all American youth, without regard to race, color, religion, gender or disability.

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

You are eligible to join if you are within three months of reaching your 13th birthday and have not yet reached your 18th birthday. Younger people 10 and 12 years old are eligible to join the League Cadets.

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3. What are the requirements of membership?

All prospective cadets must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with green card, unmarried, enrolled in school, have parent consent and possess good moral character in addition to being interested in the program and prepared to attend drills regularly. You need to be ready to have fun and be willing to learn new things.

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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 initial enrollment fee (including uniforms) is $225. The annual renewal fee is $175. 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?

No. The initial uniform issue cost is included in the $225 enrollment fee. If the cadet outgrows a uniform item, it can be exchanged at no charge. If an item is damaged or lost, the cadet will be required to pay for replacement. Upon leaving the division, the cadet is expected to return all uniforms.

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

Not likely. The unit usually meets only one weekend per month during the school year. Instruction is designed to supplement your school work. Normally, training away from home is conducted only during the school vacation periods (i.e., boot camp, advanced training). Our experience is that the self discipline learned in the program carries over to the academic experience with cadet grade average going up one letter grade.

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8. What do the Sea Cadets learn?

They 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 promotion should they decide to join one of the sea services.

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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?

The CHALLENGER DIVISION/TS COLUMBIA of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps is sponsored by the San Diego Council of the Navy League of the United States.

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11. Who instructs the Sea Cadets?

Sea Cadets are instructed by qualified volunteer adult leaders willing to devote their time and knowledge to this worthwhile activity. Some Sea Cadet officers are veterans.

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12. Can I go to boot camp in the summer?

Yes. Newly enrolled Sea Cadets are required to attend a recruit training at a military "boot camp" located on military bases throughout the country. Having successfully completed recruit training, cadets participate in additional training in advanced subjects during succeeding summers. These training periods offer a varied program of activities in addition to valued instruction of a maritime nature. Thanks to partial Federal funding, the cost of these trainings is generally quite reasonable (~$200-250/training). If the cadet chooses to attend boot camp at a location other than Camp Pendelton, the cadet is responsible for travel costs and arrangements. The majority of these training opportunities are during the summer, although there are also opportunities during winter and spring breaks.

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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 advanced training aboard Navy and Coast Guard vessels ranging from small harbor craft to large nuclear powered aircraft carriers. Cost of successfully completed trainings is generally quite reasonable (~$200-250/training) thanks to partial Federal funding.

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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'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. Thanks to partial Federal funding, the cost of these trainings is generally quite reasonable (~$200-250/training). The cadet is responsible for travel costs and arrangements. The majority of these training opportunities are during the summer, although there are also opportunities during winter and spring breaks.

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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. There are also training opportunities during winter and spring breaks.

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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, Marines, 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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21. This sounds great! How do I go about joining the unit?

The first step is to attend and observe at one of our drills. Be sure to contact the Recruiting Officer or Commanding Officer to find out when our next drill is and make sure the division isn't off on a field trip or other activity when you come. If you do come, a parent will need to stay for approximately 45 minutes to an hour for a briefing on the program, our command philosophy, and our expectations of the members of the unit. If after that briefing the prospective cadet is still interested, they and the parent(s) can stay to observe (they should have a lunch with them); it is important to note that prospective cadets CANNOT be left without an adult to supervise them, and CANNOT actually participate in any unit functions unless officially enrolled. If after observing an entire drill the prospect is still interested, they can pick up an enrollment packet to take home and work with their parents on completing the paperwork according to the attached directions. Enrollment can then be completed during Administrative Call at the beginning of the next drill, or by other arrangements. Enrollments will not be processed until all required documents, signatures, and payment are received. Further, the unit reserves the right to deny enrollment to anyone the officers feel does not show the proper motivation and attitude for successful participation in the program.

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3/7/15