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“The goal is to get better – to leave things better than you found it” - MCPOCG Vince Patton (Ret.)


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)
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