The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a non-profit youh program for Americans ages 10 through 17. We are composed of more than 380 units in 48 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. We provide compelling, life-changing programs that instill the values of teamwork, disciplne, camaraderie and service through our passionate all-volunteer force and our partnerships with our nation's armed forces.

Sea Cadets go places — whether it’s abroad with our international exchange program or to sea aboard our nation’s great Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine ships. Our alumni go places, too. Sea Cadets maintain good academic standing and graduate from high school. Many of them go on to excel at service academies and other two- and four-year universities. Our alumni take with them a sense of accomplishment, camaraderie, and excellence and go on to live lives of service and leadership. While Sea Cadets are not required to join the armed forces upon graduation, they do so at very high rates. Our alumni often come back to us as volun- teers, determined to give back to the program that gave them so much. When we ask our cadets to chart their course, we are asking them to not only make the most of our their time in the program but to use the resources they are given to develop a vision for their future.

Chart Your Course

Our program is creating tomorrow’s leaders. We believe that the only way to learn leadership skills is through frequent practice. In today’s high-tech environment, the skills learned in our science, technology, engineer- ing and math courses are in high demand. Cadets are encouraged to be well-rounded in their academic and training pursuits, and opportunities for technical training are plentiful. Through exposure to a unique teamcentric, objective-based environment, cadets learn to demand excellence from themselves and others.


Learn, Lead, Excel

Good for our Country, Good for our armed services

and good for America's youth.

In some areas of America, the local unit represents our nation’s Navy — and they do this very well. Through countless hours of community service, our cadets honor our nation’s veterans and make their communities more beautiful. Our cadets embody the fundamentals of citizenship and the value of being responsible and productive members of their communities. It’s no secret that our program prides itself on being part of the Navy, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine families. We believe that training received as a cadet helps shape capable and competent Sailors and Officers for our maritime services and merchant marine. Each cadet who enlists or seeks a commission is a disciplined, well-trained individual. Our cadets and alumni often cite the feelings of pride, respect, and honor associated with their experience in the program. These intangible benefits are imperative as they bond and strengthen our communities.