Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- What are the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the Navy League Cadet Corps?
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) and the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) are youth programs for young Americans, male and female, ages 10 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 acivities of the Navy and Coast Guard, and are authorized to wear Navy uniforms appropriately marked with NSCC or NLCC insignia. There are some 180 units in operation in almost every state of the union and in Puerto Rico and Guam, with nearly 10,000 young Americans participating. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the Navy League Cadet Corps afford equal opportunity for participation to all American youth, without regard to race, color, religion or sex.
- What are the requirements of membership?
All prospective Cadets must be unmarried, enrolled in school, have parental consent and possess good moral character in addition to being interested in the program and prepared to attend drills regularly.
- Will I have to pay dues? Yes. The enrollment fee is presently $60.00 per year ($20 for adults) and includes premiums paid toward the Sea Cadet Group Accident and Liability Protection Plan.
- Must I buy my own uniform?
Not for most items - NCBC Battalion does not charge for uniform gear we have in our stock system. Surplus U.S. Navy uniforms are made available to the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. These uniforms in turn are made available to Cadet at a minimal cost for handling and shipping. One exception is the new Navy Working Uniform (NWU) that Sea Cadets recently became authorized to wear. There is a (relatively small) charge for these new uniform items, primarily because we don't have these in our internal stock system. Uniform needs which cannot be met through these sources may be purchased at Navy Exchange Uniform Shops at regular retail prices (the same prices that active duty Sailors pay).
- Will Sea Cadet training detract from my school work?
Not likely. The Sea Cadet unit usually meets only one night a week at Quonset Point in North Kingstown during the school year. Instruction is designed to supplement your school work. Normally, training 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?
The US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Unit NCBC, at Quonset Point, RI, is sponsored by the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Branch 42. The unit's heritage stems from its original association with the Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) at Davisville, Rhode Island, with the standup of the unit in 1986.
- 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 10-14 days 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.
- What training is available aboard ship?
Sea Cadets are trained in basic seamanship, damage control, watchstanding, fire-fighting and other nautical skills.
- 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 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, and limited training opportunities are also available during the winter school break. Additionally, outstanding Cadets are encouraged to participate in the Sea Cadet International Exchange Program, which currently includes over 18 nations in the International Sea Cadet Association (ISCA). Cadets selected for an international exchange do so at minimal cost in most cases - airfare and lodging are paid for by the Sea Cadet program.
- 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. Training develops leadership skills and a strong sense of ethics and high moral standards, and encourages the interlinked attributes of personal ambition and self-discipline.