We are glad to see that you are interested in joining us! Please read the following steps and requirements for application to US Naval Sea Cadet Corps – Cincinnati Division.

Step 1: Verify qualifications

  • Must be a US citizen (no waivers available)
  • Age: To become a Sea Cadet, you must be age 13, but not yet 18 years old. To join as a League Cadet, you must be at least 11, but not yet 13 years old.
  • Complete a physical examination: A medical examination similar to a high school sports physical is required for all cadet applicants to the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) or Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC). No one will be denied admission to the NSCC/NLCC due to a medical disability. Where a medical condition precludes full, unlimited participation, a Request for Accommodation may be presented by the parent or guardian for review so the cadet may participate in NSCC activities to the maximum extent possible.
  • Must be satisfactorily enrolled in a public or private school or a certified home school program.
  • Be of good moral character and free of any felony convictions.
  • Be unmarried and remain single while in the program.

Step 2: Contact Us to Schedule an Interview with the Commanding Officer

Our Commanding Officer [CO] will meet with each prospective candidate and parents for an informal meeting to share information about the unit’s activities and requirements. At this meeting, the CO will ensure the family understands both the opportunities and commitments of being involved in the US Naval Sea Cadet program. Please contact the Commanding Officer to schedule an interview by email at co.cindiv@gmail.com.

Step 3: Complete the Application

Once a family has decided to make the one-year commitment to join the program, you must complete the application and submit the enrollment fees. The Administrative Officer will assist you through the enrollment process. You can either download the forms linked below or request to have them mailed them to your home.
Additional Records may be required for the enrollment package: Immunization record (Copy needed), Health Insurance Card (Copy needed), Birth certificate (for verification only, we will not need to keep a copy)


Step 4: Turn in paperwork and enrollment fees

Once the paperwork is completed, contact the Administration Officer for mailing instructions. Please ensure that all forms are properly filled out and signed where necessary by both parent and applicant. Annual fees are, initial enrollment is $235.50 with Bi-annual dues of $150 billed in June and December. This covers the cadet’s registration, accident insurance policy, costs for uniform accouterments, and most activities. Any uniform items that are damaged due to neglect need to be replaced at an additional cost, however, normal wear and tear happen and we will issue a new item once the old item is turned in to supply. Fees may be paid by check, money order, cash, or online. If you would like to use the online option, please ask the Commanding Officer for more details. Checks are made out to “USNSCC Cincinnati Division”.


Additional Fees:

  • Advanced training (AT) and Recruit training (RT), these costs vary depending on location but range from $150 – $300 per training. Part of advancement in the Sea Cadets is that you must attend at least one AT per year after RT. Navy League cadets do not have this requirement.
  • Uniforms are the property of the U.S. Navy and must be returned to the unit within 30 days once a cadet graduates or resigns. If the uniforms aren’t returned, a missing uniform fee will be issued. Please respect the integrity of the United States service uniforms and help ensure uniforms are available to incoming cadets by returning yours promptly.
  • Cadets are responsible for providing their own regulation footwear and training seabag items.