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The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps and Navy League Cadet Corps programs give motivated boys and girls, ages 11 to 17, the opportunity to grow in confidence as they learn about the military traditions of honor, courage, commitment; and Summer training includes shipboard and shore station training, music with the Navy band, photo-journalism, honor guard, airman, FAA ground/flight schools, military police, judge advocate general, culinary arts, marksmanship, Navy SEAL, explosive ordnance disposal, and much more.The training that Sea Cadets receive will help them to be better citizens and the future leaders of our country.
Sea Cadets is for good youth who want to be better - youth who want to expand their horizons and challenge them selves. It is NOT a correctional program for troubled youth, and it is not a replacement for parental or school discipline. Extensive physical training is required, so while it is not necessary to be an athlete, cadets must be willing to increase their fitness level through daily exercise. All cadets must be U.S. citizens in good standing (maintaining a "C" average and not having disciplinary issues) at school. Membership in the Sea Cadets does not lead to enlistment in the armed forces.
The Navy League Cadets Corps is for boys and girls 11 years old (or in fifth grade) to 14 years old. The Navy League Cadet program offers rapid advancement and an optional one-week summer program. Cadets learn the basics of military courtesies- and close order drill in a less intense manner. They also focus on military history and heroes. They participate in many of the same local activities as the Sea Cadets.
U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps is for boys and girls ages 13 ½ to 17. Sea Cadets must attend a two-week recruit training prior to ranking up. Required Navy correspondence courses teach cadets about many aspects of naval life, aviation, construction (SeaBee) skills, and leadership
The Cadet Commitment
Cadets are held to a high standard in our unit. Drills are held every other Saturday, beginning at 8:50 A.M. and ending a 3:30 P.M. Cadets are expected to attend every drill and to arrive and depart on time. Additional meetings will be held for field trips, fundraising, and community service.Sea Cadets is a program for committed young people. We hope for all cadets to grow and enjoy the tremendous rewards of our unit; however, certain behaviors are grounds for dismissal. These include lack of discipline, lack of proper respect for others, poor attendance, unacceptable grades/behavior in school, or trouble with the law.
A typical drill day consists of physical training (PT), close order drill (marching), classes, and guest speakers on interesting topics. Outings include the rifle range, Coast Guard/Navy ships, museums, camp-outs, community service projects, and more. Our drill location is the ARMED FORCES RESERVE CENTER located in Cranston, Rhode Island, but location does change from time to time. Please feel free to email use for drill location information.
The most successful cadets have the full support of their parents or legal guardians. Parents are required to provide transportation for their cadets to and from all unit activities and summer training. Their financial and emotional support is important to the individual cadet and to the unit. Successful cadets have supportive parents!
Applying for the Program
You and your parents or guardians first need to stop by on one of our drill days,to see what we do for yourselves. Please join us either in the morning between 10:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. or in the afternoon between 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. Plan to spend about an hour with us for a tour and interview. The final step is an orientation interview to determine if our unit is a match for your needs and interests. Please e-mail to arrange for the interview.
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.
Sea Cadets have many opportunities for scholarships, and if they choose to enlist in the armed services, they may go in at a higher grade, resulting in increased salary and a jump in advancement over their peers. Those students who are interested in applying to one of the military academies have a definite advantage because of Sea Cadets!
But the real reward of being in Sea Cadets comes from the increased maturity, knowledge, and leadership skills that the program gives its participants. Sea Cadets are confident individuals who understand the importance of courtesy. They value our country, and they respect the sacrifices that our military personnel make every day. They are exposed to a wide variety of skills and vocations; and they explore a whole new world of opportunities to expand their options for the future.
Sea Cadets offers a challenge that is unparalleled in any youth program.