The Naval Sea Cadet program is for young Americans between the ages of 13 to 17.  The Navy League Cadet program accepts youth between the ages 11 to 13. A mature 10 year old candidate may be accepted with the Commanding Officer’s recommendation. Sea Cadet candidates are required to be a US citizen and have and maintain at least a ‘C’ average in school. Also, they must be crime free and drug free. Dual membership in other organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Civil Air Patrol and JROTC are welcomed and encouraged.  

Honoring cadet

Young ladies find being a Sea Cadet especially appealing. As in the Navy, promotion, rank, authority and achievements have nothing to do with sex, race, or religion, and has everything to do with intelligence, hard work and commitment.    



Left: AIRPAC’s highest-ranking female Navy League cadet prepares for her first duties as part of AIRPAC’s color guard team.


While joining is always the decision of the cadet, parents are an important component of Sea Cadets. Parental permission is required in order for a cadet to join and their on-going support is so very influential in the achievements of their cadet(s) within the program. Therefore, it is not unusual for the parent(s) to subsequently join Sea Cadets as an instructor/officer in their desire to make an even higher contribution to their children’s sea cadet experience.


The NSCC and AIRPAC comply with all ADA laws with no exception. We welcome requests for reasonable accommodations to medical or physical limitations in a cadet’s or adult leader’s ability to participate.


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.


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.  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.

Who to Contact

Anyone interested in becoming a sea cadet, navy leaguer or adult leader, please fill out and submit the form on the “Contacts” page of this web site or contact the Commanding Officer, LT Dawn Rademacher at or call  805-689-4166