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The Benefits of

the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps


Good for the country  

We are helping to raise good citizens and community leaders!

Cadets participate in community service benefiting their hometowns. They also support veterans through outreach programs and honor guard detachments for memorial services.


We believe in the importance of strong moral principles! Navy Sea Cadets are NOT required to join armed services once they turn 18. However, they enter adulthood with a great understanding of being responsible and productive members of their communities. 

Good for our Navy and Coast Guard 

Navy Sea Cadet Corps is an official youth organization of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard.

While cadets are not required to join the armed services upon graduation, many do. According to former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead, each cadet who enlists saves the Navy more than $14,000 in life-cycle training costs.

Our program educates its members in America’s rich oceanic traditions and teaches them the values of professional seamanship. 

It also includes a wide variety of quality training evolutions based on the proven standards of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. Each cadet who enters the armed services is a disciplined, well-trained individual who typically adjusts better to the rigors of military service than those with no experience. 

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April 2021 Drill WEB106 Rastovac and Las

Good for America’s youth

Our program comes with a lot of benefits – both tangible and intangible. Our cadets and alumni often cite the feelings of pride, camaraderie, respect, and honor associated with their experience in the program.


These immeasurable benefits define our cadets and are extremely important to us. Cadets learn to demand the best from themselves and others through exposure to a unique team-centric, objective-based environment.


NSCC teaches the value of an alcohol-free, drug-free, and gang-free lifestyle to its participants.


The program also provides quantifiable benefits to its cadets. Cadets who decide to enlist in the armed services are often eligible for military advanced pay grade programs (up to two grades in some services). This means that a higher rank and pay!

Being a cadet can also help individuals become more competitive for certain programs. More than 10 percent of the midshipmen in the most recent entering class at the U.S. Naval Academy were former cadets, a figure consistent over the past decade.

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