About Us

Be humble, be hungry, and always be the hardest worker in the room.


A Congressionally established, federally recognized youth development program 

We are the Henry E. Mooberry Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, one of the oldest Sea Cadet units in the country.

We are a youth development program, established by Congress (at the request of the U.S. Navy) and chartered as a non-profit (IRS Section 501(c)(3)) educational organization, sponsored by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard and supported by the Navy League of the United States and its National Capital Council.

We are a 100% volunteer activity, consisting of youth (males and females) ages 10 to 18 and adult volunteers, who have made a commitment to devoting an average of two weekends per month (less in winter, more in spring and average in summer and fall).

We are the Coast Guard’s primary youth program and the Navy’s primary non-school related youth program.  

We are “The Adventure of a Lifetime,” emphasizing fun, fellowship, leadership, discipline, pride in oneself, self-confidence, independence, respect for others and hands-on learning.


We help cadets gain self-confidence, independence, self-reliance and leadership. In the process, they develop a “command presence,” that other people recognize, giving our cadets the respect they have earned.

Our cadets have the opportunity to become the leaders of groups in school and elsewhere, rather than just followers.


Our Unit’s Primary Goals: 

 – provide a safe, friendly and fun place for males and females, ages 10 to 17 (May remain a cadet until age 18), to learn and practice leadership, technological, seamanship and other skills; self-confidence; self-reliance; personal responsibility; and independence, while meeting new friends from around the world, and getting and giving respect.

 – instill living by the core values of Honor, Courage, Commitment, Respect and Devotion to Duty in all that a person does.

– encourage youth to attend college and provide opportunities for scholarships to fund the higher education.

 – provide an opportunity for youth to gain an appreciation for the work performed by the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, Defense Industry, the Navy League of the United States and other patriotic and civic organizations.

As the oldest and we believe, the very best, unit in the area, our unit primarily focuses in the following specialty areas:

Ceremonial Honor Guard - training and providing a Color Guard to present the U.S. Flag at many Coast Guard, Navy, Congressional and other events and ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, Capitol Hill, on the USS Barry and throughout the DC, VA and MD area. We are also in the process of training a ceremonial Drill Team to mimic those available in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. Our award-winning Honor Guard receives its top-notch training from active-duty Honor Guard members of the Navy and Air Force.

Surface Operations, preparing and allowing our members to get underway on our own 24-foot power boat as well as on Navy, Coast Guard and other ships and boats, on the ocean and other waterways. Our unit routinely operates aboard our unit’s 24-foot power boat, sailboats and Coast Guard boats during the traditional boating season (April to September), performing training and real-time Search and Rescue, Marine Safety and Security, Environmental and Homeland Security missions.

 Special Operations, providing specially-trained personnel, performing Emergency Medical; Master-at-Arms and Command, Control and Communications duties.

Training is also available in Underwater Diving; Land and Water Navigation; Amphibious and Port Operations; and Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) duties.

Public Affairs, training in and performing News and information Podcasting, Writing; Still and Video Imagery; Graphics, Website and Social Media Content update; and Community Relations/Service duties.

Members’ public affairs work is often published in official military print, broadcast and online publications and sites.

We are a Public Affairs Community Relations asset providing service and assistance to the Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Naval Support Activity Washington, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, U.S. Marine Corps Anacostia Site, Navy Band, Navy Ceremonial Honor Guard, Army Band, Washington Waterfront Association and other selected organizations.  

Advanced Training - All of our members have access to the total array of advanced training opportunities available in our national headquarters’ training database (located at: www.compass.seacadets.org). Available training includes numerous fun and challenging activities, such as medical, legal (JAG), aircraft, ship and even Navy SEAL and diving opportunities!

Boating, swimming, master-at-arms (law enforcement), firefighting, rescue, emergency medical, homeland security, emergency management, radio communications, command and control and land navigation training are among the many advanced training opportunities available at our unit. 

International Exchange Program, members of our unit regularly participate in the Sea Cadet International Exchange Program, which hosts Sea Cadets from Sweden, Canada, England, Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Japan and other maritime nations from around the globe.

Additionally, members of our unit serve as Staff Members and Leaders at Recruit Training, Petty Officer Leadership Academy and other advanced training evolutions, throughout the USA; and, provide training to other Sea Cadet, Boy Scout and Sea Scout units.


The NSCC was founded in 1958 by the Navy League of the United States at the request of the Department of the Navy. In 1962, the USNSCC was chartered under Title 36 of the United States Code as a non-profit youth organization with an emphasis towards the sea-going services of the United States. The law was amended in 1974 to allow female participation in the USNSCC.

In 2000, the U.S. Congress stated that the NSCC and related programs "provide significant benefits for the Armed Forces, including significant public relations benefits." Although under no service obligation, a sizeable percentage of cadets later enlist in the military. Members who obtain the grade E-3 or Seaman/Airman may receive an advanced paygrade of E-3 if they join the Navy or Coast Guard before they turn 24 years old, and E-2 in the Marine Corps or other services, due to the training they receive. Former Sea Cadets also represent a percentage of students at the five federal service academies.


Each new Sea Cadet must attend NSCC recruit training, which serves to introduce each "recruit" to the standards and routine involved in the life of a Sea Cadet. Military drill, customs and courtesies, physical fitness training, and other courses related to the sea-going services, are part of the demanding schedule of recruit training.

After graduating from NSCC recruit training, Sea Cadets have the opportunity to attend Advanced Training in many different locations and in many different fields, depending on their personal interests. Cadets must attend at least one Advanced Training each year in order to advance in rank. These training opportunities usually occur during the summer and winter breaks, but also may occur anytime throughout the year.

Advanced Training is held primarily at Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine installations, and can range anywhere from five days up to three weeks in length. The training courses are coordinated and staffed by NSCC Officers and Instructors, and may have outside instructors from all branches of the Armed Forces, who are mainly made up of Active and Reserve Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard personnel.

These training activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Amphibious Operations Training
  • Shipboard Training with the Navy and Coast Guard
  • Navy Airman School
  • JAG Legal Training
  • MAA (Master At Arms, the Navy 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 )
  • Cyberwarfare training
  • 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
  • Urban Counter Insurgency (UCOIN)