Interested in being a Sea Cadets adult leader?

The Sea Cadets program is the best youth program in America today! We are always looking for additional adult volunteers who are willing to give a few hours or many hours per month. Volunteers come from all walks of life, but we all have in common an interest in building the leaders of tomorrow! Military experience is not required.

Please read this page thoroughly for important information before applying to be an adult leader.

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 National Headquarters considering parameters of their expected contribution to the NSCC program.

Adults who have not undergone the application process and a background check may not work with cadets. This is a national rule and not negotiable. Please wait to attend drill until the application process is complete.

  • U.S. Citizen
  • 21 years of age or older*
  • Role model behavior and exemplary record (Background checks are done!)
  • Honorable discharge and copy of DD-214 (if former Armed Forces member)
  • Interest in working with youth
  • Flexible team player

  • Positions Currently Available:
  • Administrative support
  • Training support**
  • Instructing -- in your specialty. Share your vocation!
  • Fundraising, grant seeking
  • Recruiting
  • Supply requisitioning and organizing
  • Publicity and public relations
  • Community contacts
  • Military contacts
*A special leadership position, Midshipman, exists for 18-21 year old high school graduates with experience in Sea Cadets, JROTC, ROTC, or a related military-based organization. Please inquire for more information.
**Military experience from ANY branch of service is preferred for this position.

All prospective adult leaders will have a four month probationary period. During this time, they will be given the opportunity to work primarily with the other adults in the unit (generally not directly with cadets) to determine if Sea Cadets is something that really interests them and to see if their skills, talents, and interpersonal characteristics make them a match for Liberty Division. An evaluation will be provided at the end of that period, and the individual's future as a uniformed or non-uniformed instructor will be determined.

ALL leaders begin with the title of instructor, regardless of having served previously with the Sea Cadets or in the military. The one exception to this is for individuals who attained E-6 or higher or were officers. They may begin as NSCC Warrant Officers after the probationary period. Of course, those who retired honorably from military service can always wear their uniforms/rank as authorized by their branch of service.

All adult leaders must purchase a Sea Cadets polo shirt (approximately $20) and wear this shirt with khaki pants to drill. Once the leader successfully completes the probationary period, he/she may qualify to wear USN uniforms with NSCC flashes. Whether the individual wears a uniform will be based on factors including being within weight and grooming standards, holding particular billets, or other factors as determined by the command staff. (The polo shirt and khaki pants are known as the "alternate uniform" and designate Sea Cadets leaders.) There is no guarantee that leaders with be authorized to wear USN uniforms with NSCC insignia.

Adult leaders are the role models for our cadets. As such, exemplary behavior is required at all times. No use of tobacco products, cursing, or consumption of alcoholic beverages is allowed around cadets. In addition, adults need to keep in mind that these are minors and do not need to hear comments that are of an adult nature. Lack of exemplary behavior in the presence of cadets is cause for immediate dismissal.

Additionally, adults need to realize that the purpose of this program is to develop young people into leaders. Adults should not be interfering with the cadets' chain of command, correcting cadets in front of other cadets, or distracting the cadet leaders from carrying out the plan of the day. Any correction should be done after the evolution unless it involves an urgent safety issue and should only be done after consulting command staff. Positive reinforcement of good work on the part of cadets is something adults need to focus on!

A note to parents: One of the challenges of this program is to let your child grow. It's easy to do things for your child instead of making him/her do it, but then the child won't develop the confidence that comes from doing it himself. If you feel it will be hard for you to resist letting your child make mistakes and learn in Sea Cadets, please volunteer to help us in one of the many ways that is AWAY from drill. Thanks for understanding. Your child will thank you as well.

To apply, please fill out the following forms, and leave a message on our comments page or call LCDR Robinson at 352-359-6889. A background check is done on every adult leader. Please include $20 with your application for this purpose. Thank you!

Officer/Midshipman Application
Three personal references are required using the form or in a letter.
References must be local and verifiable.