Sea Cadet organizations exist in most of the maritime nations of the world. Recognizing
the value of these organizations in educating youth in maritime matters, the Department of
the Navy requested the Navy League to establish a similar program for American youth. The
Navy League agreed to do so and formally established the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) and
Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) in 1958.
The basic objectives of
both programs are: (1) to help young Americans become more patriotic and responsible
citizens, and (2) to help young Americans understand the role of the maritime services in
national defense and in maintaining the economic viability of our nation.
10, 1962, the NSCC was federally incorporated by Congress under Public Law 87-655 as a
non-profit civilian education organization, a legal entity separate from the Navy League.
This law was later amended to permit enrollment of young women in the Corps. The
objectives and purposes of the NSCC as in this law (as amended) are: "...through
organization and cooperation with the Department of the Navy, to encourage and aid
American youth to develop, train them in seagoing skills, and to teach them patriotism,
courage, self-reliance and kindred virtues."
Today, the NSCC has formed partnerships with organizations such
as the Foundation for Teaching
Economics and the Flying Midshipman Association to offer cadets broader opportunities
in areas of leadership and aviation. The NSCC also took an active part in the
creation of the International
Sea Cadet Association (ISCA). The ISCA is an association of Sea Cadet
Corps' from around the world, whose main objective is to facilitate exchanges of cadets
between member countries.
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