"Be humble, be hungry, and always be the hardest worker in the room."  - Dwayne Johnson



The US Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) is the US Navy and Coast Guard's youth leadership development program for 10 to 18-year-olds, mandated by Congress and federally-chartered outside school activity. 


Based at the Washington Navy Yard in DC, the Henry E. Mooberry Division, named after its founding LCDR, is one of the oldest Units of the USNSCC, serving 13 to 18-year-old youth.


The McCain Training Ship, named after Adm. John S. McCain, is part of the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) enrolls 10 to 13-year-olds.


USNSCC is a non-profit (IRS Section 501(c)(3)) civilian, educational organization, sponsored by the US Navy and Coast Guard and supported by the Navy League of the United States and its National Capital Council.


The organization is run mainly by retired and active-duty military personnel and other volunteers.



Our Unit’s primary goals are:

  • To provide a safe, friendly and fun place for males and females, ages 10 to 18, to learn and practice leadership; develop technological, seamanship and other skills; build self-confidence, self-reliance, and independence, while making new friends from around the world, and getting and giving respect.

  • To instill living by the core values of Honor, Courage, Commitment, Respect and Devotion to Duty.

  • To encourage youth to attend college, and provide opportunities for scholarships to fund higher education.

  • To foster appreciation for our uniformed personnel in the Defense industry, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, Navy, the Navy League of the United States and other patriotic and civic organizations.


As the oldest Unit, based in the nation's capital, we focus on the following specialty areas:


Ceremonial Honor Guard: Our Unit trains and provides a Color Guard to present the US flag at Congressional, Coast Guard, and Navy events, and at important ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, on Capitol Hill, and throughout the DC, MD and VA area. We are training a ceremonial Drill Team similar to those available in the US Navy and Coast Guard. Our award-winning Honor Guard receives top-notch training from active-duty Honor Guard members of the Navy and Air Force.


Surface Operations: Prepare members to get underway on Coast Guard, Navy, and other ships and boats, on the ocean and waterways. Our Unit operates aboard a 24-foot power boat and sailboats during the traditional boating season (April to September), performing real-time Search and Rescue, Marine Safety and Security, Environmental and Homeland Security missions.


Special Operations: Provide specially-trained personnel who perform Emergency Medical, Master-at-Arms and Command, Control and Communications duties. Training is also available in Underwater Diving, Land and Water Navigation, Amphibious and Port Operations, and Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) duties.


Public Affairs: Cadets learn to create news and information podcasts; write, edit and publish articles; Still and Video Imagery; Graphics, Website and Social Media Content update; and Community Relations/Service duties.


Members’ public affairs work is often published in official military print, broadcast and online publications and sites.


We are a Public Affairs Community Relations asset, providing service and assistance to the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Naval Support Activity Washington, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, U.S. Marine Corps Anacostia Site, Army/Navy Band, Navy Ceremonial Honor Guard, Washington Waterfront Association & other select organizations.  


Advanced Training: Our members have access to the full array of opportunities available in the national headquarters’ advanced training database: www.compass.seacadets.org. Advanced training includes aircraft, legal (JAG), medical, shipboarding, diving and Navy SEAL training opportunities!


Boating, swimming, master-at-arms (law enforcement), firefighting, rescue, emergency medical, homeland security, emergency management, radio communications, command and control, and land navigation training are among the many advanced training opportunities available at our unit. 


International Exchange Program: Members can participate in this invaluable travel opportunity, and our Unit hosts Sea Cadets from Bermuda, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, and other maritime nations around the globe.

Staffing: Cadets can serve as Staff Members and Leaders at Recruit Training, Petty Officer Leadership Academy, and other advanced training evolutions throughout the USA. They can also provide training to other Sea Cadet, Boy Scout and Sea Scout units.





We offer an “Adventure of a Lifetime,” emphasizing discipline, fun, fellowship, hands-on learning, independence, national pride, respect for others, and self-confidence. 


Our cadets have the opportunity to become leaders, not just followers, in school and beyond.



The NSCC was founded in 1958 by the Navy League of the United States at the request of the Department of the Navy. In 1962, the USNSCC was chartered under Title 36 of the United States Code as a non-profit youth organization with an emphasis towards the sea-going services of the United States. The law was amended in 1974 to allow female participation in the USNSCC.


In 2000, the U.S. Congress stated that the NSCC and related programs "provide significant benefits for the Armed Forces, including significant public relations benefits." Although under no service obligation, a sizeable percentage of cadets later enlist in the military. Members who obtain the grade E-3 or Seaman/Airman may receive an advanced paygrade of E-3 if they join the Navy or Coast Guard before they turn 24 years old, and E-2 in the Marine Corps or other services, due to the training they receive. Former Sea Cadets also represent a percentage of students at the five federal service academies.



Each new Sea Cadet must attend NSCC Recruit Training (RT), which introduces cadets to the standards and routine of the life of a Sailor. Military drill, customs and courtesies, physical fitness training, and other courses related to the sea-going services are part of the demanding schedule.


After graduating RT, Sea Cadets have the opportunity to attend Advanced Training across the country, in their field of interest. Cadets must attend at least one Advanced Training each year to advance in rank.


Training is primarily conducted at Coast Guard, Marine and Navy installations, and range from 5 days to 3 weeks in length. Training courses are coordinated and staffed by NSCC Officers andInstructors, and may have outside instructors from all branches of the Armed Forces, mainly made up of Active and Reserve Coast Guard, Marine and Navy personnel.  


Advanced training is usually offered during summer and winter breaks, and include:

  • Amphibious Operations Training

  • Shipboard Training with the Navy and Coast Guard

  • Navy Airman School

  • JAG Legal Training

  • MAA (Master At Arms, the Navy equivalent to Military Police) Law Enforcement Academy

  • POLA (Petty Officer Leadership Academy)

  • Construction School (Navy SEABEE)

  • Sailing School

  • Submarine Seminar

  • USN Seamanship Academy

  • Firefighting and Damage Control School

  • Port Operations

  • Honor Guard School

  • Field Medical School ( Corpsman )

  • Cyberwarfare Training

  • Music School

  • Joint Special Operations Command Training

  • SEAL Training

  • EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Training

  • Land Navigation Training

  • Field Operations Training

  • Homeland Security Training

  • Search and Rescue Training

  • Marksmanship Training

  • SWCC (Special Warfare Combat Crewman), "special boats"

  • Expeditionary Warfare Training

  • Maritime Interdiction

  • International Exchange Program

  • Photojournalism

  • Scuba

  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service training

  • Coastal Riverine training

  • Locally arranged trainings

  • Life Guard
  • Urban Counter-Insurgency (UCOIN)