Is Sea Cadets for you?

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 duty, honor, and country. 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 themselves. 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, not be failing any classes, and not having disciplinary issues) at school. Membership in the Sea Cadets does not lead to enlistment in the armed forces.

Because of the rigor of the Sea Cadets program, youth must have clearance from their physician to participate fully in the program. 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 (NSCADM015) may be presented by the parent or guardian for review so the cadet may participate in NSCC activities to the maximum extent possible.

Two Corps

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. For more information, see the national Navy League Cadets webpage.

U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps is for boys and girls ages 13.5 to 17. Sea Cadets must attend a two-week recruit training prior to ranking up. This is required during the first summer as a cadet. Required Navy correspondence courses teach cadets about many aspects of naval life, aviation, construction (SeaBee) skills, and leadership. For more information, see the national Sea Cadets webpage.

Please see the Sea Cadets videos for an excellent overview of our program.

The Cadet Commitment

Cadets are held to a high standard in Liberty Division. Cadets and parents must understand the commitment required for this program before joining.

Drills are held two Saturdays per month from 0900 to 1600 (9AM to 4PM). 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. Those cadets not attending drill regularly will not be authorized to attend special events. One hundred percent attendance is expected. Just like a sports team, our Sea Cadets team needs all its players at drill! Cadets must also attend at least one national training per summer. Please read the expectations document (PDF) to find specifics about the commitment required for this program. 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, unexcused absence from training, pregnancy or causing a pregnancy, or trouble with the law.

U.S. Navy League Cadet Oath: "I promise to serve God, honor our flag, abide by Navy League Cadet Corps regulations, carry out the orders of the officers appointed over me, and so conduct myself as to be a credit to my ship, the Navy League Cadet Corps, the Navy, the Coast Guard, and my country."

U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Oath: "I promise to serve God, honor our flag, abide by Naval Sea Cadet Corps regulations, and carry out the orders of the officers appointed over me, and so conduct myself as to be a credit to myself, my unit, the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, the Navy, the Coast Guard, and my country."

Drill Day

A typical drill day consists of physical training (PT), close order drill (marching), classes, hands-on activities, and guest speakers on interesting topics. Examples of outings include the rifle range, Coast Guard/Navy ships, museums, camp-outs, and community service projects. We generally meet first and third Saturdays from 0900 to 1600 (9AM to 4PM) during the school year. We do not meet in July. Our usual meeting location is American Legion Post 57, Lake City, FL, but our location may change depending on our activities. If you are not in our local area, please see the national Sea Cadets website to find a location near you.

Parental Commitment

Successful cadets have the full support of their parents or legal guardians. All parents are members of the Booster Club which helps with fundraising, public relations, and logistics.
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! See the expectations document for specifics about parental commitment.

Applying for the Program

If you are interested in the program, please print and read the Parent Handbook.

Next print and complete the documents listed below.
Cadet Application Package -- Some of these forms may not be applicable to your situation. Please bring those with you, but do not fill them out unless applicable.
Local Unit Expectations Document

A copy of your most recent report card must be turned in with the above paperwork.

The final step is an orientation interview to determine if our unit is a match for your needs and interests. Please call 352-359-6889 to arrange for the interview. The cadet will be notified if accepted into the program after the interview.

Financial Obligation

Sea Cadets (ages 14 - 18) -- Cost to join the program is $150 for the first calendar year. Renewal fee is $65 per year. These fees are non-refundable. Sea Cadet uniforms (PT, dress, utility, etc.) will be loaned to the cadet and must be returned if the cadet leaves the program. Parents are responsible for providing footwear (particularly black boots) for their cadet.

Navy League Cadets (ages 11 - 13) -- Cost to join the program is $115. Renewal fee is $65 per year. These fees are non-refundable. When the cadet moves up to Sea Cadets, a $35 fee will be due to help offset the cost of additional uniforms and custom name badges. Parents of Navy League cadets must provide plain, black dress pants for the cadet. Pants must not have cuffs. (Please speak to unit personnel before purchasing anything!) Navy League Cadet uniforms (PT, utility shirt, dress shirt) will be loaned to the cadet and must be returned if the cadet leaves the unit. Parents are responsible for providing footwear (boots and possibly dress shoes) for their cadet.

All cadets -- The unit will provide all covers, belts, patches, and custom name tapes/badges for uniforms. Additional uniform components may be furnished if available. Cadets who outgrow their uniforms may turn them in for larger-sized uniforms. There will be no additional charge as long as the cadet turns in usable uniforms. If uniform components are lost or damaged, the cadet must pay for a replacement. We teach responsibility, and we appreciate the parents' help in having the cadet take ownership of uniform care.

A payment plan is available; however, the cadet will NOT receive any uniforms until all fees are paid.

Parents who do not return uniforms upon the cadet leaving the unit may have legal action taken against them.

The Reward

Sea Cadets have many opportunities for college 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, responsibility, 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. Test Your Limits! Join Sea Cadets!