Uniforms, grooming, & fitness

Cadet Standards

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps imposes grooming standards for cadets and officers. The manner in which a cadet wears the uniform as well as by their personal appearance contributes to building pride and spirit essential to the Cadet Corps. 

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps has the honor and distinction of wearing the uniforms of the United States Navy. This uniform carries with it a long history and a sense of tradition. NSCC cadets, officers, instructors, and midshipmen are authorized to wear Navy uniforms appropriately modified by NSCC insignia, so as to clearly identify the wearer as a member of NSCC. 


The Squadron will issue Navy uniforms to cadets that may be exchanged throughout the cadet's participation. Once a cadet leaves the program, all issued uniforms must be returned. Not all items may be issued, items such as black socks, white t-shirts, and other miscellaneous items may be required at the cadet's expense. It is the responsibility of each cadet to request from the Supply Officer any items that they are missing. Parents are responsible for all alterations and proper sewing of name tapes, flashes, and badges. Do not cut uniforms when alterations are made. 

​Please submit your uniform requests here to ensure that your time is used efficiently on drill weekends. The Supply Officer will make every effort to accommodate your request in a timely manner. 

Additional information may be found at USNSCC Uniform Manual

NSCC Physical Readiness Chart

All cadets must pass a required set of physical training exercises in order to maintain good health and participate in trainings. A description of the three specific exercises that cadets must pass can be found in the NSCC Physical Readiness Manual.

Click here for the Physical Exercise Standards.

The Cadet Application Request for Accommodation can be found here


Ribbons & Appurtenances

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Ribbon awards were established as a means to recognize meritorious performance, to provide incentive for greater effort, and to enhance morale. More information on what ribbons are available and the criteria for each award, can be found in the Awards Manual.

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Ribbon Checker

The ribbon checker will provide information on the proper order and placement of your ribbons. Go to  Sea Cadet Rack Builder Ribbon Checker and select the ribbons you are authorized to wear. The checker will generate an image of what order the ribbons will be mounted on the ribbon bar.

Rolling Sleeves on NWU

Neckerchief Wear and Care