Sea Cadet Story

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) is a non-profit youth program for Americans ages 10 through 17.

The USNSCC provides compelling, life-changing programs that instill the values of teamwork, discipline, camaraderie and service through our passionate, all-volunteer force and our partnership with our nation’s armed forces.

The USNSCC – Edson Division was authorized 26, August 1987

Unit Name Sake – USS Edson

Who We Are?

Edson Division Co. welcomes any young person who wants to learn about our military, are ambitious, self-disciplined, physically motivated, and have strong academic performance. Cadets must meet all eligibility requirements including application, parent/cadet interview, medical screening, and payment of required fees to the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC).

Our unit is heavily cadet run. That means as you advance in rank, we will put you in the same roles that a Navy sailor would be in. You’ll be responsible for running large parts of the unit’s operation, and will be (maybe for the first time in your life) supervising junior cadets. Because our unit is run just like a navy ship or reserve unit, you’ll be receiving training that only much older sailors would get. Both senior cadets and officers in the unit will mentor you as you progress in rank and develop your leadership skills.

Cadets also have the opportunity to participate in special advanced trainings and boot camps around the country during summer months and winter holidays. Monthly drills are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month 0800-1500 (8am – 3pm). These are mandatory unless excused and not below the 75% minimum attendance requirement for the year.

The USS Edson

USS Edson (DD-946) was a Forest-Sherman class destroyer of the United States Navy, built by Bath Iron Works in Maine in 1958. Her home port was Long Beach, California and she initially served in the Western Pacific/Far East, operating particularly in the Taiwan Strait off of the coast of Vietnam. Her exceptionally meritorious service in 1964 in the Gulf of Tonkin was recongnized with the first of three Navy Unit Commendations.


Exposure to All Things Navy At the USNSCC-Edson Division we try to introduce youth to naval life, to develop in them a sense of pride, patriotism, courage and self-reliance. We try to expose cadets to many different and diverse opportunities that can help shape their future.

Some of these activities include

  • Training with SEAL and Special Warfare personnel
  • Working with Navy Seabees
  • Taking Naval Military Requirement Coursework for advancement
  • NSCC Advance Trainings
  • NSCC Physical Fitness and Swimming Training
  • Talking with Naval Career Counselors

Field Trips

  • Military Installations – Military Bases
  • Military Museum
  • Fleet Week – New York
  • Washington D.C.
  • Military Academies
  • Arlington Cemetery

Community Service

  • Unit Ceremony at Local Nursing Homes – Honoring Veterans
  • Wreaths Across America
  • Local Surrounding Town Events – Community Functions
  • American Legion Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony

Color Guard

Many armies use flags to identify a formation or group of military personnel. During a battle, flags were used to identify the location of these groups. These flags were treated with reverence as they represented the traditions and honor of the unit. To protect these flags, a smaller detachment of experienced military personnel would be honored to protect the colors of the unit.

Being assigned to the color guard is considered an honor due to the fact that these individuals present and carry the symbols of their unit and country. The USNSCC – Edson Division is available to perform Color/Honor Guard services at your special event.

We have performed Color Guard at many events including

  • New York Veterans Day Parade
  • Local Charity functions
  • Local surrounding town Parades – Veterans Day – Memorial Day – St. Patricks Day
  • Numerous Military Retirement Ceremonies

Other activities we do or have done include

  • High Ropes Course to learn team building, leadership and problem solving
  • CyberPatriot
  • Scuba Training
  • Marksmanship
  • Many others

What It IS NOT…

The program is neither a recruiting tool nor a guarantee for entry into the military. For those interested in military service and who qualify and pursure that option, the program can provide enlistment at a higher pay grade (rank) and/or assist with entering an ROTC program or military service academy. The USNSCC is ADA compliant, however that criteria does not apply to the actual military.