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How to Join Top Hatters Squadron

Checklist for enrollment:

If you are planning to come to the Indoctrination, please contact the Command Recruiting Officer, at Optionally, a prospective cadet may attend up to two "shadow" weekends.

Shadow Weekends

The NSCC allows for two drill weekends to be attended before enrollment. This will allow a prospective cadet to determine if the program is right for them. Attending a shadow drill will require a full drill fee be paid and a shadow cadet application completed, signed, and approved PRIOR to arrival to the drill weekend. Attending a shadow drill weekend includes some modifications:

If you are planning on attending but do not have base access (i.e. not military, dependent, retired or DOD Civilian) please also send a list of all attendees requiring base access and at least one good contact number. Arrangements will be made to escort you on base.

You can get a head start by filling out the cadet application before you come.

ADA Statement

A medical examination, similar to a high school sports physical is required for all cadet applicants to the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) or Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC). No one will be denied admission to the NSCC/NLCC due to medical disability. Where a medical condition precludes full, unlimited participation, a Request for Accommodation (NSCADM 015) may be presented by the parent or guardian for review so the cadet may participate in NSCC activities to the maximum extent possible.

Adult applicants must be in good health, commensurate with their age group and be free from an ailment or condition that would prevent them from satisfactorily performing their primary duty of supervising youth. NOTE: Adults not physically qualified to perform all duties may still participate with a waiver from National Headquarters (NHQ) considering the parameters of their expected contribution to the NSCC program.


Top Hatters Squadron is located at bulding B-30 on Naval Station Norfolk on the corner of Maryland Ave and Gilbert street. It can be seen below as the "L" shaped building in the satellite image below. The entrance is on the Maryland Ave side of the building and the unit is located on the third deck. Note that the other 3 doors to the building are locked or otherwise not the entrance for Top Hatters Squadron. Parking is available across Maryland Avenue. The marker on the map shows the correct door (blue double door with Sea Cadet Corps Emblem), however it is hidden from view.