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A Message from CAPT Paul Zambernardi, USN(ret)

 former NSCC Executive Director

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As members of the BOTW we strive to develop qualities of self-discipline, self-responsibility and leadership, while providing a service to our community. We believe this is an important function in today's multicultural and multi-faith society, and that we are helping to develop good citizens for the future.

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is comprised of two programs.

The Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) is the junior program for young people ages 10 through 13.

The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is the senior program for young people ages 13 through 17.

The NLCC and the NSCC programs are similar, but vary in that their training sessions are tailored to be age-appropriate.

USNSCC is comprised of two programs. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) program is for young people ages 13 through the completion of high school. Also included under the USNSCC umbrella is our junior program the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC), for young people ages 10 through 13. 


After enrolling in the program, all Band of the West cadets may attend basic training (Recruit Training for Sea Cadets and Orientation for League Cadets). These training sessions are taught across the country during winter and summer breaks. 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 core values of honor, courage and commitment. 

After graduation from Recruit Training or Orientation, cadets may choose from a wide variety of Advanced Training opportunities.


Advanced Training focuses on career fields and opportunities. It also serves to provide cadets with disciplined and interesting activities during the year.


Advanced training opportunities include:

  • Petty Officer Leadership Academy

  • 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

  • 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 Training with Navy Bands

  • 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

  • The United States Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar

  • The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Introduction Mission


Promotion within the USNSCC is based upon merit. Promising individuals, upon fulfilling certain successive qualifications and requirements, are given command positions and develop their leadership abilities with real experience.


For more information about the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps program, visit the website

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