Training Basic Information

After enrolling in the program, all Sea Cadets must attend a mandatory two-week recruit training session. These training sessions are taught all-around the country. 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. 

After successful graduation from recruit training, Sea Cadets may choose from a wide variety of advanced training opportunities. 


The training program designed for League Cadets is age-appropriate and less rigorous than that of the NSCC. When joining the NSCC, cadets are required to have attended a two-week away-from-home recruit training in order to rise in rank and participate in advanced training sessions. Navy League Cadets have the option to attend a one-week, away-from-home orientation, but it is not a requirement for rank advancement or advanced training opportunities. NLCC training events are shorter in length than NSCC training events. NLCC events typically run for seven to nine day periods, unlike NSCC training rotations which can last for two weeks or longer.

Winter Trainings should be posted around the beginning of October and Summer usually come out around April.


The USNSCC publishes lists of trainings available nationwide not only during the primary summer training period but also during spring and winter breaks. Admin actively watches for when trainings are posted. We email the Unit as soon as we know so you won't miss out! Typically in April, they post for summer trainings and October for winter trainings. We will notify you once they are available to view. You can help yourself by having the Med Exam current within a year. 


There are usually some amazing trainings available, and as you might imagine, they fill up quickly. There are special requirements for each training and it is important you view the entire details at the bottom of the training description.  Sometimes it is a certain rank or age they require at a minimum.


The cost for trainings has increased over the years, but it is still an exceptional deal for some fantastic training opportunities. Training fees are non-refundable, so be aware of that when you sign up. If you change plans or can't make a training you will lose the funds.


Non-Refundable Airfare Parents are advised not to purchase non-refundable airline/train/bus tickets. Training evolutions are dependent upon escort availability, host site accommodations, and training site security measures in effect at the time of training. Changes to nonrefundable tickets can incur a significant penalty. Neither NHQ nor COTCs will reimburse for these penalties, regardless of the reason.


Training Cancellation & Termination All training events and evolutions are subject to a last-minute cancellation, and all hands need to plan accordingly. Because trainings are generally run on board military bases and stations, security postures and berthing availability can change without notice. Cadets who are terminated from training may not remain aboard the training site. Parents/guardians or an emergency contact must be available to pick up cadets in case training is canceled, or a cadet is terminated.


DO NOT contact the COTC (Commanding Officer Training Contingent) yourself!


If you are interested in training, contact the Admin Officer LTJG Tina Azevedo via after you have read the details of the training and know you meet the prerequisites.  Once you have emailed your request she will send you a filled out 001 and a predated Med History. If you want to know why it is predated read the Forms page. 


Remember that to attend ANY training you must:


  • have a valid ID that will be current through the last day of the training.

  • have already attended boot camp (RTC)

  • be making satisfactory progress on your correspondence coursework.

  • have passed a PRT within 6 months of the training.

  • When your cadet or league cadet is at training there is little to no outbound communication. No news is good news as is in everything is fine if you don't hear from them. Some trainings have Facebook pages or websites but not all. 

  • Scholarship Policy - Scholarships are offered on an individual basis after review from the Officers. A scholarship is offered for hardship in the family. Since trainings are required for cadets in order to get promoted, we will assist a family to send their cadet to ONE training after review. Scholarships are to help meet a requirement not so your child can go to multiple trainings or more expensive trainings like SCUBA.

  • read all the details of every training and the Welcome Aboard Letters!

  • own the responsibility to take your service folder or face the consequence of not being able to leave your cadet at the training and not get a refund. 

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.


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.

Advanced training opportunities include special offerings, such as:


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.


The rapid advance of technology has ushered in a new era of digital conflict and cyber threats are increasing exponentially every day. Our Sea Cadet Cyber Team training program is designed for those cadets who recognize the trend of future conflicts, who are passionate about cybersecurity, and who are interested in developing their computer skills. The program will offer substantive, hands-on training in a host of defensive and offensive cyber security concepts and technologies, and will incorporate team-building and scenario-based training activities. 




Training activities include, but are not limited to:


  • Amphibious Operations Training

  • Shipboard Training with the Navy and Coast Guard

  • Navy Airman School

  • STEM Robotics

  • MAA (Master At Arms, the Navy/Coast Guard equivalent to Military Police) Law Enforcement Academy

  • POLA (Petty Officer Leadership Academy)

  • Construction School (Navy SEABEE)

  • Sailing School

  • Submarine Seminar

  • USN Seamanship Academy

  • Firefighting and Damage Control School

  • Port Operations

  • Honor Guard School

  • Field Medical School ( Corpsman )

  • Cyber Security

  • Cyber Warfare 

  • Music School

  • Joint Special Operations Command Training

  • SEAL Training

  • EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Training

  • Land Navigation Training

  • Field Operations Training

  • Homeland security training

  • Search and rescue training

  • Marksmanship training

  • SWCC (Special Warfare Combat Crewman) IE "special boats"

  • Expeditionary Warfare Training

  • Maritime Interdiction

  • International Exchange Program

  • Photojournalism

  • Scuba

  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service training

  • Coastal Riverine training

  • Locally arranged trainings

  • Life guard