When you join as a League Cadet or Sea Cadet, you will meet with your local unit. Depending on when you join, during either summer vacation or winter vacation, you will have your first opportunity to attend a league orientation or recruit training. After successful completion of your orientation or recruit training, you can progress to more advanced training.
Sea Cadet Recruit Training
After enrolling in the program, all Sea Cadets must attend a mandatory two-week recruit training session. These training sessions are taught at the Navy’s Recruit Training Command, at other naval bases or stations and at regional recruit training sites using other military host resources.
The curriculum of this training is approved by the U.S. Navy and standardized at all training sites. Cadets receive 106 hours of instruction, with a focus on the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment. Both tone and tenor of instruction are modeled after the Navy’s recruit training.
League Cadet Training
The NLCC training program is modeled after the Sea Cadet program, but is tailored to be age-appropriate. The training program is less arduous, but still includes a wide variety of training opportunities designed to give League Cadets exposure to Navy life.
Cadets can attend a one-week, away-from-home Navy League Orientation class. Cadets who complete orientation can participate in advanced training sessions such as classes in aviation, sailing, leadership, medical and adventure training. League Cadets also learn about small boats and small boat safety using the U.S. Coast Guard’s safe boating curriculum.
After successful completion of recruit training, Sea Cadets may choose from a wide variety of advanced training opportunities that are nationally advertised by USNSCC headquarters. League Cadets who complete orientation can also participate in specifically tailored advanced training sessions.
While recruit training is designed to familiarize cadets with Navy life and Navy-style discipline, advanced training focuses on military and general career fields and opportunities. It also serves to provide cadets with disciplined and interesting activities during the year.