U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, 251 Rudy Chase Drive NOSC, Schenectady, New York

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps?
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is a youth program for young Americans, male and female, ages 13 through 17. The objectives of the program include developing an interest and skill in the naval and maritime sciences, and to teach patriotism, courage, self-reliance and kindred values. Cadets train aboard the ships and shore activities of the Navy and Coast Guard, and are authorized to wear Navy uniforms appropriately marked with NSCC insignia. There are some 375 units in operation in almost every state of the union and in Puerto Rico and Guam, with over 10000 young Americans participating. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps affords equal opportunity for participation to all American youth, without regard to race, color, religion or sex.

Will I have to pay dues?
Yes. The initial enrollment fee is presently $290.00 for Sea Cadets, $275.00 for League Cadets, which offsets the cost of uniforms and includes premiums paid toward the Sea Cadet Group Accident and Health Protection Plan.  The yearly renewal fee for both Sea Cadets and League Cadets is $90.00 per year thereafter.

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.

Will Sea Cadet training detract from my school work?
Not likely.  Our Sea Cadet unit usually meets only one Saturday per month.  Instruction is designed to supplement your school work. Normally, trainings away from home is conducted only during school vacation periods.

What do the Sea Cadets learn?
Cadets study a broad range of subjects. Some are designed to help cadets become better adult citizens, others teach the importance of strong maritime forces. Cadets 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.

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 command positions and develop leadership skills.

Who sponsors the Sea Cadets?
Our unit, the MAHAN Division, is fortunate to have many sponsors, most notably the USS MAHAN (DDG72), NAVSTA Norfolk, VA, and the New York State Naval Militia, the New York State Department of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) Headquarters, Latham, NY.

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 in the summer?
Yes.  Newly enrolled Sea Cadets are required to attend two weeks of summer recruit training at Navy and Coast Guard "boot camps" throughout the country.  Having successfully completed recruit training, cadets participate in additional training in advanced subjects during succeeding summers.

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.

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, Combat Medic, Culinary Arts and other courses designed to prepare cadets for leadership, either within the Sea Cadet organization or in other fields.

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 U.S. - Canadian Sea Cadet Exchange Program in Nova Scotia and British Columbia. Other countries available are Australia, Japan, England, Brazil and many more.

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 or her home community.

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.

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 or Coast Guard, prior Sea Cadet training may permit entry at an advanced pay grade.

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: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.