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Naval Sea Cadet Corps

Naval Sea Cadet Corps
Naval Sea Cadet Corps
2300 Wilson Blvd,
Arlington, VA 22201 Get Directions

About Naval Sea Cadet Corps

Who We are

The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps (Sea Cadets) is a maritime based youth program sponsored by the U.S. Navy and supported by the U.S. Coast Guard. Cadets train on naval bases and other military installations in a variety of military disciplines, always choosing adventure, seeking challenges, and stepping outside of their comfort zones to prove to the world that Greatness Has No Age.


The mission of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps is to build leaders of character by imbuing in our cadets the highest ideals of honor, respect, commitment, and service.

Who Can Join?

All prospective cadets must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents, and meet our minimum age requirement (ages 10 through the completion of high school). We have approximately 400 units across the United States, and in Guam and Puerto Rico. If you can’t find a local unit, check out our Virtual Battalion.

Sea Cadets are young Americans who always choose adventure, seek challenges, and step outside of their comfort zones. Sponsored by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, cadets train on military installations in a variety of fields proving that Greatness Has No Age.

Learn to sail, fly a plane, conduct field operations, build robots,  earn your SCUBA certification, train on a submarine base, cook on a military base, get a taste of SEAL training, or travel overseas with our International Exchange Programs. Only you can chart your course.

Today the Sea Cadets continue to further the image of our maritime services by:

  • Developing an interest and ability in seamanship and seagoing skills
  • Instilling virtues of good citizenship and strong moral principles in each cadet
  • Demonstrating the value of an alcohol-free, drug-free and gang-free lifestyle
  • Exposing cadets to the prestige of public service and a variety of career paths through hands-on training with our nation’s armed services

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