To join the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, young men and women must meet the following criteria:
In addition, prospective cadets must be highly motivated, with a strong sense of personal self-esteem, high self-worth, and the desire to succeed.
- Be between the ages of 13 and 17 (between the ages of 10 and 14 for League Cadet).
- Be a citizen or legal resident of the U.S.
- Be a full time student and maintain satisfactory grades (2.00 "C" grade point average).
- Be unmarried and free of felony convictions.
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 (Form 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. Adult applicants must be in good health commensurate with their age group and be free from any ailment or condition that would prevent them from satisfactorily performing their primary duty of supervising youth. NOTE: Adults not physically qualified to perform all duties may still participate with a waiver from NHQ considering the parameters of their expected contribution to the NSCC program.
The NSCC Medical Reference, Policy and Procedures Manual refers to DOD Directive 1020.1, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap in Programs and Activities
Assisted or Conducted by the Department of Defense. This document is the basic implementing directive for DOD compliance with the Rehabilitation Act, Section 504. It states that no qualified handicapped person in the United States shall on the basis of handicap be excluded from participation in, denied the benefit of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity conducted by the Federal Government or receiving Federal financial assistance. The definitions set forth in the DOD Directive are incorporated in NSCC's Medical Reference, Policy and Procedures Manual (http://homeport.seacadets.org/display/Manuals/Medical+Reference%2C+Policy+and+Procedures+Manual).
In NSCC's Medical Reference, Policy and Procedures manual, the NSCC establishes its policy that no applicant meeting NSCC's minimum age requirement will be denied membership in NSCC on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, or disability. It is the policy of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) that no member shall be excluded from participating in, denied the benefit of, or subjected to discrimination in any NSCC program or activity on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, or disability. Specifically, to ensure compliance:
For any youth wishing to enroll in the NSCC, but having a medical condition or disability that prevents full, unlimited participation, the NSCC will participate in an interactive process with the parents/guardians of the Cadet to formulate a reasonable accommodation plan which will allow the Cadet to participate in the program to the maximum extent possible. The parent/guardians are responsible for initiating the accommodation request, unless the determination that the Cadet cannot participate in an activity is made by the Unit CO or other NSCC officer in the chain of command. When NSCC makes a determination that the Cadet is unable to participate in an activity, or participation should be limited, the Unit CO will initiate the reasonable accommodation process. Unit COs will assist in working with parents/guardians in developing both the request and a plan for accommodation agreeable to all parties. The NSCC form for requesting an accommodation is in the NSCC Medical Reference, Policy and Procedures Manual.
As part of the accommodation plan developed by the parent and Cadet, and the Unit CO, alteration/modification of NSCC's physical fitness standards may be required. In lieu of requirements as contained in the PRT notebook (http://homeport.seacadets.org/download/attachments/589963/physical_readiness_manual.pdf), it may be that for those in need, participation and PRT testing be entirely waived. Or in order to maintain a meaningful experience for Cadets requiring accommodation, substitutions, within their capabilities of the Cadet being accommodated, may also be made.