Types of Sea Cadet Units

There are several different types of units in the Sea Cadets, each with its own focus and strengths. You are not required to join the nearest unit. If there is another unit with a focus closer to your interests, and you can commit to the attendance requirements, you are free to join any unit. You can find the USNSCC National Unit Locator by clicking on the National Site button to the left.

There are four basic types of sea cadet units:

  • DIVISIONS, such as CHALLENGER DIVISION (San Diego) and FT. FISHER DIVISION (San Diego)  are oriented more toward the surface fleet.

  • SQUADRONS, such as DESERT EAGLE SQUADRON (El Centro) and GUNFIGHTER SQUADRON (San Diego) are oriented toward naval aviation.

  • BATTALIONS, such as CORONADO BATTALION (San Diego), ESCONDIDO BATTALION (Escondido), and MICHAEL A. MONSOOR BATTALION (Camp Pendleton), are oriented toward field operations and construction battalions (i.e. SeaBees).

  • TRAINING SHIPS are specifically League Cadet units, often associated with a Sea Cadet Unit, such as TS BORA BORA/CORONADO BATTALION, TS COLUMBIA/CHALLENGER DIVISION, TS ESSEX/FT. FISHER DIVISION, TS KIT CARSON/ESCONDIDO BATTALION, TS MURPHY CANYON/BLACK KNIGHTS SQUADRON, and TS TOPGUN/GUNFIGHTERS SQUADRON.


 

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets offers fantastic training opportunities for those who want to learn the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment and about Navy life. Feel free to contact the CHALLENGER DIVISION/TS COLUMBIA or any of the other units mentioned above to discuss observing at an upcoming drill to see if this program is for you. Join us and Chart Your Course!