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Any questions you have, please contact your chain of command FIRST!


Grooming standards are based on several elements including neatness, cleanliness, safety, military image and appearance. The standards established herein are not intended to be overly restrictive, nor to isolate NSCC personnel from society. The limits set forth are reasonable and ensure that personal appearance contributes to a favorable military image. NSCC male and female grooming policies recognize the difference between the sexes, and establish appropriate grooming and personal appearance standards for male and female officers and cadets.



NSCC Uniform Regulation Manual

The Navy allows the NSCC and NLCC to wear the Navy uniform, only modified with a distinguishing shoulder insignia.   U.S. Navy Uniform Regulations are adhered to by the both the NSCC and NLCC. Officer rank insignias are the same as the Navy. Sea Cadet rate insignia are slightly different in design; the colors are changed to yellow, are in the form of chevrons (V-shaped), and are worn on the right sleeve. The exception to which is on the BDU's (Battle Dress Uniforms, i.e., Cammies); the rate insignia is worn on the cadet's collar and are slightly different from the US Navy Collar devices.  Please refer to the link above in regards to particulars involving our uniforms.

The issuance of uniforms is based on availability and size.  This will be covered during your indoc training.  For those pieices not available, the cadet will be responsible to purchase them on their own.

Please see the link below for further information regarding uniforms


How To Wear The NWU Uniform (YouTube Video)

General Info on NWU Uniforms (YouTube Video)


How to blouse your boots (YouTube Video)

Navy Working Uniform



The NSCC flashes will be worn by Officers, Midshipmen, Instructors and NSCC Cadets. NSCC/NLCC Flash with an eagle facing to the left (inward) will be sewn on the right breast pocket.



Order your name tapes at:


Navy Working Uniforms (Blue Digital) (NWU) requires one navy blue nametape to be sewn above the back right-hand pocket of the pants plus two blue nametapes to be sewn above the shirt pockets as directed in the BMR. 


 You must order the following uniform items:

 4 - NWU Name Tapes with SILVER thread* ($1.50  each)

 2 - NWU Branch Tapes with SILVER thread ($1.50  each)

 4 – Olive Drab Name Tapes, NO velcro* ($1.25  each)

 2 – Olive Drab Branch Tapes, NO velcro ($1.25  each)

  *Note for the name tapes you use ONLY your last name.















BDU and NWU Uniforms

On both the BDU and NWU uniforms, CPOs, SLPOs and Petty Officers wear their ratings on their collars.

NSCC and NLCC collar insignia replicate rating badges for wear in lieu of sleeve insignia.  These collar insignia are sewn on an angle so that the center of the insignia is in line with the point of the collar and such that a perfect triangle is formed.













Name Tape and Branch Tape Placement

The name tape should be sewn above and flush with the top of the wearer’s right pocket.  The “USNSCC” or "USNLCC" tape should be sewn above and flush with the top of the wearer’s left shirt pocket.  Another name tape should be sewn above and flush with the top of the right rear trouser pock













The name tape and branch tapes for the NWU are also sewn as previously described.  However there is one added difference.  A U.S. Naval Sea Cadets flash must be sewn on the right pocket. 

The material to make the NWU is strictly authorized for Navy personel only, and the U.S. Navy has the only rights for its use.  The Navy's logo is embroided on the left pocket.  Under new regulations, this logo must be visible at all times to meet USNSCC uniform regulations.



Dress Uniforms

The Navy League patch (flash) is sewn only on the left sleeve of the dress uniforms, centered on the sleeve and one inch below the shoulder seam.  Rating badges shall be worn centered on the right sleeve of uniform shirts.  All rating badges will be worn midway from the shoulder seam to the elbow, from the center of the badge or chevron.





























The Navy League patch (flash) is sewn only on the left sleeve of the dress uniforms, centered on the sleeve and one inch below the shoulder seam.  Rating badges shall be worn centered on the right sleeve of uniform shirts.  All rating badges will be worn midway from the shoulder seam to the elbow, from the center of the badge or chevron.












Below is an illustration on the proper ironing procedures for the dress uniform. The diagram below shows the creases on the dress white uniform although the creases are the same for both dress white and dress blues uniforms. Please note as it may not be entirely clear, the creases on both of the sleeves are going inboard, the crease running down the front of the jumper is aiming outboard. On the back of the jumper there should be a single inboard crease running down the center of the jumper. On the backside of the jumper thier will be a coller flap it must have 3 outboard creases on it, when you finish the collar flap it should make 4 evenly sized rectangles.





Click Here to Create Your Ribbon Bar 

The Interactive Ribbon Checker which allows one to create a graphic of their ribbons. The order in which ribbons are placed on a ribbon bar is very important, especially during inspection and public events. Make sure to check this everytime a ribbon is awarded to you to make sure your ribbon bar is accurate.






The black silk neckerchief is worn by NSCC male and female cadets with all jumper-style tops.  Wear the rolled neckerchief with a large square knot, tied at  the bottom of the V-neck opening of jumper, with ends of the neckerchief even.  The upper edge of the knot should be even with point where the collar opens.









How do I get my cover clean?


Soak it in Oxi-Clean over night, then washing in the machine. Do not use bleach it will cause the Dixie cup to yellow.


Cadets must maintain a neat, clean military appearance. The uniform must be clean, and worn, with NSCC/NLCC insignia affixed, at all NSCC/NLCC drills and functions. Cadet grooming standards will conform to Navy standards with the exception that mustaches will not be worn.

Image:  NSCC personnel must set and maintain the highest possible standards of smartness in uniform appearance. The military image reflected by attention to detail in wearing of the uniform is a key element in the positive public image of the NSCC.

Cleanliness:  Uniforms shall be kept scrupulously clean and pressed, with lace, devices and insignia bright and free from tarnish and corrosion.

Articles:  No articles shall protrude from or be visible on the uniform, including such items as pencils, pens, watch chains, fobs, pins, jewelry, handkerchiefs, combs, keys, large wallets, tobacco products or similar items. Pagers and or cellular phones may be authorized by a Commanding Officer in situations where the unit leaders require such devices for the safety and control of the NSCC event in progress.

Glasses:  Prescription Glasses cannot be eccentric or faddish in design or style. Conservative sunglasses are permitted, except in military formations. If retainer straps are required, they shall be plain, black and worn snugly against the back of the head.

Undergarments:  Appropriate undergarments shall be worn to preserve the dignity and appearance of the uniform. Male and female personnel shall wear white undergarments when wearing any of the white uniforms. Cadets shall wear an all white crew neck tee shirt with the jumper (cracker jacks style top).

Uniform Care:  Long service life of the various uniform articles can be attained only by proper care and maintenance. Even new, properly fitted uniforms will not continue to look their best or keep their shape unless you care for them properly. Uniforms should be stored on hangers. If uniforms are to be stored for a long time, they should be cleaned thoroughly, then packed away in an airtight plastic bag with a packet of desiccant (drying agent which is obtainable in many of the large chain department stores). The Navy Uniform manual should be consulted for the best ways to clean the uniform and its insignia. No eccentricities or faddish dress, jewelry or grooming will be permitted.

Socks: Cadets wear black socks with all uniforms. Socks must not have holes in them, show lint, nor sag at the ankles.

T-Shirts: Wear only Navy Blue T-shirts with the NWU & plain white tees with the Dress Uniforms. DO NOT wear T-Shirts with printed designs on them [Excluding USNSCC T-Shirts]


Hair:  Hair will be neat, clean and present a well-groomed appearance. Hair above the ears and around the neck shall be tapered from the lower natural hairline upwards at least 3/4 inch and outward no greater than 3/4 inch to blend with the hairstyle. Hair on the back of the neck may not touch the collar. The "block out" is permitted as long as a tapered appearance is maintained. Hair shall be no longer than 4 inches and groomed so that it does not touch the ears or collar, extend below the eyebrows when headgear is removed, show below the front edge of the headgear, nor interfere with the proper wearing of military headgear. Bulk of the hair shall not exceed 2 inches. Bulk is defined as the distance that the mass of hair protrudes from the scalp when groomed (as opposed to the length of the hair). Hair coloring must look natural and complement the individual. Faddish styles and outrageous multicolored hair are not authorized. The primary consideration remains a neatly groomed appearance for the hairstyle and the type of hair that the individual has, with 4 inches length and 2-inch bulk the maximum under any circumstances. Military headgear shall fit properly and in no case shall the bulk or length of hair interfere with the proper wearing of any military headgear.  The unique quality and texture of curled, kinked, waved and straight hair is recognized, and in some cases the 3/4-inch taper at the back of the neck may be difficult to attain. In those special cases, hair must present a graduated appearance and may combine the taper with a line at the back of the neck. One (cut, clipped or shaved) natural, narrow, fore-and-aft part is authorized. Varying hair styles, including afro, are permitted provided these styles meet the criteria of maximum length and bulk, tapered neck and sides, and do not interfere with the proper wearing of military headgear. Plaited or braided hair shall not be worn while in uniform. Exaggerated styles, including those with excessive fullness or extreme height, are not authorized.

Sideburns:  Sideburns (if worn) shall be neatly trimmed and tapered in the same manner as the haircut. Sideburns shall not extend below a point level with the middle of the ear, shall be even width (not flared) and shall end with a clean-shaven horizontal line. "Muttonchops," "ship's captain" or similar grooming modes are considered to be merely elongated sideburns and thus are not authorized.

Beards or Mustaches:  Males must be clean-shaven. 

Earrings/Studs: Not allowed

Wristwatch:  One is authorized.

Rings:  One per hand is authorized

Fingernails:  Will not extend past the fingertips.


Hair:  Hair will be clean and neatly arranged. No outrageously multicolored or faddish hairstyles, to include shaved portions of the scalp (other than the neckline), or have designs cut or braided into the hair. Hair coloring must look natural and complement the individual. Haircuts and styles shall present a balanced appearance. Lop-sided and extremely asymmetrical styles are not authorized. Ponytails, pigtails, widely spaced individual hanging locks, and braids, which protrude from the head, are not authorized. Multiple braids are authorized. Braided hairstyles shall be conservative and conform to the guidelines listed herein. When a hairstyle of multiple braids is worn, braids shall be of uniform dimensions, small in diameter (approx. 1/4 inch), and tightly interwoven to present a neat, professional, well-groomed appearance. Foreign material (i.e., beads, decorative items) shall not be braided into the hair. Short hair may be braided in symmetrical fore-and-aft rows (corn rowing), which minimize scalp exposure. Cornrow ends shall not protrude from the head, and shall be secured only with inconspicuous rubber bands that match the color of the hair. Appropriateness of a hairstyle shall also be judged by its appearance when headgear is worn. All headgear shall fit snugly and comfortably around the largest part of the head without distortion or excessive gaps. Hair shall not show from under the front of the brim of the combination hat, garrison, or command ball caps. Hairstyles which do not allow headgear to be worn in this manner, or which interfere with the proper wear of protective masks or equipment are prohibited. When in uniform, the hair may touch, but not fall below a horizontal line level with the lower edge of the back of the collar. With jumper uniforms, hair may extend a maximum of 1 1/2 inches below the top of the jumper collar. Long hair, including braids, which fall below the lower edge of the collar shall be neatly and inconspicuously fastened, pinned, or secured to the head. No portion of the bulk of the hair as measured from the scalp will exceed approximately 2 inches.

Hairpieces:  Hairpieces or wigs shall be of good quality and fit, present a natural appearance, and conform to the grooming standards set forth in these regulations. They shall not interfere with the proper performance of duty nor present a safety hazard or FOD (Foreign Object Damage) hazard

Hair Ornaments:  Barrettes, must be similar to hair color. Conspicuous rubber bands, combs, and pins are not authorized.  A maximum of two small barrettes/combs/clips, similar to the hair color may be used in the hair. Additional bobby pins or rubber bands matching hair color may be used to hold hair in place, if necessary. Fabric elastics and colored rubber bands/pins are not authorized. Hair ornaments shall not present a safety or FOD (Foreign Object Damage) hazard. Hairnets shall not be worn unless authorized for a specific type of duty.

Hosiery:  Hosiery shall be worn with skirts. Shall be made of nylon material, individual's flesh tone color, undecorated, and seamless.

Earrings/Studs:  One per ear, centered on the earlobe. Must be a small silver ball. Studs are not authorized in the nose, eyebrows, tongue, lips, or other areas of the face or body visible to any member of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Officer Corps. Earrings shall be small 6mm ball (approximately 1/4 inch), plain, screw on or post type. Gold for NSCC officers, midshipmen, uniformed instructors and CPOs, and silver for cadets E6 and below, with brushed matte finish.

Necklaces:  Authorized, but shall not be visible.

Rings:  One per hand is authorized.

Wristwatch:  One is authorized.

Jewelry:  Conservative jewelry is authorized for all personnel and shall be in good taste. Eccentricities or faddishness are not permitted. Jewelry shall not present a safety or FOD (Foreign Object Damage) hazard. Jewelry shall be worn within the following guidelines:  Bracelets. Only one may be worn. Ankle bracelets are not authorized.

Cosmetics:  Applied in good taste and colors blend with natural skin tone. Exaggerated or faddish cosmetics are inappropriate. Care should be taken to avoid an artificial appearance. Lipstick colors shall be conservative and complement the individual. Long false eyelashes are not authorized.

Body Piercing:  Not authorized. No articles, other than earrings for women specified above, shall be attached to or through the ear, nose, or any other body part.

Fingernails:  Shall not be excessive in length. Nail polish color shall complement the skin tone.


Boot Care


The quality of a sailor is often measured by how much time, effort and care he/she expends on their boots.


Here's how to apply that high-gloss spit shine:

  1. Spread a medium-thick layer of paste polish over the portion of the boot to be spit shined.

  2. Allow it to dry for 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Wrap a soft, clean cloth around your index finger so that it is smooth (no wrinkles). Alternately, you can use a cotton ball. Dip your finger or the cotton ball into a container of water. The cloth/cotton should be wet, but not dripping.

  4. Buff the dried polish (using a circular motion) with the wet cloth/cotton ball, until the wax starts to become shiney.

  5. Still using the damp rag on your finger, apply a fine layer of polish in a circular motion and keep on rubbing lightly until a hazy shine develops.

  6. Using the (now) damp cloth, or cotton ball, keep applying THIN coats of wax, buffing them with a small circular motion.

  7. When the boot is highly glossed, use a clean dry soft cloth or a shining brush to give it a final buff.


  1. The reason to use a wet cloth is to stop the fine coats of polish sticking to the cloth and to encourage the polish to stick to the leather.

  2. You want to keep on building up thin layers of wax until you have a completely smooth surface that gives the glossy shine.

  3. After the first heavy coat of polish you must use small amounts of polish to build up the shine. If you use too much polish, it will dissolve the base you have already built up.

  4. T-shirts work well for the cloth material, as do cloth diapers.

What You Need:

  • Shoe Polish (for best results, use Kiwi Parade Gloss)

  • Cloth

  • Water


The only authorized boot is the Boot, Combat. (NSCC Uniform Regulations, Section 3904.1):

How do I clean my shoes/boots?

How do I clean my shoes/boots?



11 General Orders:

  1. To take charge of this post and all government property in view.

  2. To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert, and observing anything that takes place within sight or hearing.

  3. To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.

  4. To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guard house than my own.

  5. To quit my post only when properly relieved.

  6. To receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the Commanding Officer, Command Duty Officer, Officer of the Deck and Officers and Petty Officers of the watch only.

  7. To talk to no one except in the line of duty.

  8. To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.

  9. To call the Officer of the Deck in any case not covered by instructions.

  10. To salute all officers, and all colors and standards not cased.

  11. To be especially watchful at night, and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post, and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.

Sailor's Creed:

I am a United States sailor. I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me. I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world. I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment. I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.

Petty Officer's Creed:

I am honored to have achieved the rank of cadet Petty Officer in the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps through dedication, hard work and motivation. I have learned by being a follower, and am now prepared to become a leader. As a cadet Petty Officer, I will train my shipmates to the best of my ability, while continuing to further my knowledge of the United States Navy and Coast Guard. I will set the example and disciplined, educated, physically fit and unbiased leader. I will instill in my shipmates, through my own example, the highest standards of Pride, Service and Patriotism, while conducting myself with Honor, Courage and Commitment. 

Anchors Aweigh:

Stand Navy out to sea
Fight our battle cry
We'll never change our course
So vicious foes steer shy-y-y-y
Roll out the TNT, anchors aweigh
Sail on to victory
And sink their bones to Davy Jones

Anchors aweigh my boys
Anchors aweigh
Farewell to foreign shores
We sail at the break of day-y-y-y
Through our last night on shore
Drink to the foam
Until we meet once more
Here's wishing you a happy voyage home

Blue of the mighty deep
Gold of God's great sun
Let these colors be
Till all of time be done, done, done, done
On seven seas we learn
Navy's stern call
Faith, courage, service true
With honor over honor over all

Phonetic Alphabet:

Alpha      Golf       Mike               Sierra      Yankee
Bravo      Hotel     November       Tango      Zulu
Charlie    India     Oscar              Uniform
Delta       Juliet    Papa               Victor
Echo        Kilo      Quebec           Whisky
Foxtrot     Lima    Romeo             Xray


Navy Enlisted Rates:

E-1     Seaman Recruit
E-2     Seaman Apprentice
E-3     Seaman
E-4     Petty Officer 3rd Class
E-5     Petty Officer 2nd Class
E-6     Petty Officer 1st Class
E-7     Chief
E-8     Senior Chief
E-9     Master Chief
E-10    Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)


Navy Officer Ranks:

O-1     Ensign (ENS)
O-2    Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG)
O-3    Lieutenant (LT)
O-4    Lieutenant Commander (LCDR)
O-5    Commander (CDR)
O-6    Captain (CAPT)
O-7     Rear Admiral Lower Half (RDML)
O-8     Rear Admiral Upper Half (RADM)
O-9     Vice Admiral (VADM
O-10    Admiral (ADM)
O-11     Fleet Admiral (FADM, reserved for wartime only)



Inclusion on this list does not infer endorsement of products or services by the NSCC.

Order BDU Woodland Style:

Order Nametapes, Flashes, and for BDUs: 


Misc Service Items:

Right Sleeve                                  Right Sleeve                                         Left Sleeve

                        Make sure that the EAGLES ARE FACING FORWARD!

CUU (or BDU)