The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a youth program for young Americans, male and female, ages 10 -13(Navy League) & 13-18 (Sea Cadets) or through High School Graduation, whose objectives are to develop an interest and skill in basic seamanship and its naval adaptation, to train them in seagoing skills and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance and kindred virtues.
Cadets train aboard ships and shore activities of the Navy and Coast Guard, and are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms appropriately marked with Naval Sea Cadet Corps insignia. There are 350 NSCC or NLCC (League Cadet) units in operation in almost every state of the union as well as Puerto Rico and Guam, with over 10,000 young Americans participating. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps affords equal opportunity for participation to all American youth without regard to race, color, religion or sex.
All prospective cadets must be unmarried, enrolled in school, have parental consent and possess good moral character in addition to being interested in the program and prepared to attend drills regularly. A GPA of 2.0 is required. We are drug free, gang-free, tobacco-free and alcohol-free.
U.S. Navy uniforms are made available to the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. These uniforms, in turn, are made available to cadets at a minimal cost for handling and shipping. Uniform needs, which cannot be met through this source, may be purchased at Navy Exchange Uniform shops, surplus stores and the internet. (Suncoast Squadron makes every attempt to provide cadets with the Uniforms they need for drills and trainings if the sizes are available). Uniforms must be returned to the unit once the cadet graduates or leaves the program. Only active duty USN personnel and Sea Cadets are authorized to wear the Navy uniform. The uniforms may not be given or sold to anyone, including Army/Navy surplus stores or individuals.
Suncoast Sea Cadets are instructed by Naval personnel (active, reserve and retired), by senior cadets and by other adult leaders willing to donate their time and knowledge to this activity. Sea Cadets have absolutely no commitment regarding future military service. For those Sea Cadets who decide to enlist in the Navy or Coast Guard, prior Sea Cadet training may permit entry at an advanced pay grade.
While Sea Cadet units are organized along military lines, their main purpose is to foster leaderrship, good citizenship and an interest and appreciation of our nation's maritime services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.
Suncoast Squadron Sponsors and Supporters
US Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater
US Coast Guard Station Sand Key
VFW District 9
US Navy League Tampa Bay
Dunedin Youth Guild