USNSCC Uniform Guide

USNSCC Sea Cadet Uniform Guidelines


The unit will issue surplus Navy uniforms to cadets, typically for a reasonable fee or deposit. Uniforms are issued to the best of the units ability within the limits of the uniform supply available to the program from the U.S. Navy. Typically, uniforms may be exchanged throughout the cadet’s participation in the program at no additional cost. Remember that these are used uniforms and not all sizes are available.

Though we try to do most alterations during “Rope Yarn”, it can fall on parents to be responsible for alterations as needed. If the cadet leaves the program, ALL ISSUED UNIFORMS MUST BE RETURNED! Not all required items may be issued; items such as white hats, black socks, second shoes, and other miscellaneous items may be required at the cadet’s expense.

Name Tapes and Flashes

Nametapes and NSCC flashes are required on all uniforms to identify the cadet and his/her affiliation with the NSCC. Nametapes are strips of material with the cadet’s name embroidered on it. Information regarding the proper placement and wearing of the Sea Cadet uniform can be found in the NSCC Uniform Regulations.  These can be purchased at

Personal Grooming

Good grooming and personal appearance practices instill pride and self-confidence in cadets. All cadets are expected to be clean and well-groomed at all times. Uniforms are expected to be clean and pressed with all patches and nametapes attached securely in the proper position. Cadets will be taught grooming customs and traditions early so that they may assimilate into the unit with as little disruption as possible. Parents can help by being aware of the following grooming standards and reminding the cadet that these are the grooming expectations while in uniform.

Male: Hair must be short, above ears, no sideburns and no facial hair. Nails trimmed even with end of finger and clean. No earrings may be worn; a religious medal may be worn if it is not visible.

Female: Hair must not fall below the bottom of the collar. If long, it must be put up and pinned flat against the head. Ponytails and braids are not allowed. Hairpins should match the hair color. Makeup, if worn, should be light and natural looking and jewelry should be one pair of silver ball earrings only. A religious medal may be worn if not visible. Fingernails may not be more than ¼ inch past the end of finger. The use of light natural nail polish is acceptable.

Uniform Handbook 


Navy Working Uniform  (NWU)

  • NWU Utility Blouse
  • NWU Utility Trouser
  • NWU 8 Point Cover
  • Blue Undershirt
  • Black Belt with Silver Tip
  • Silver Buckle
  • Black Boot Socks
  • Black Combat Boots
  • Blousing Bands





 Cadet Dress White Uniform

(Dress/Summer Whites)

  • Dress White Jumper
  • Dress White Trousers
  • Dixie Cup Cover
  • White Undershirt
  • White Belt with Silver Tip
  • Silver Buckle
  • Black Neckerchief
  • Black Dress Shoes
  • Black Dress Socks
  • Ribbons
  • Medals
  • Name Plate





  Cadet Dress Blue Uniform

(Dress/Winter Blues)

  • Black Dress Jumper
  • Black Dress Trousers
  • Dixie Cup Cover
  • White Undershirt
  • Neckerchief
  • Black Dress Shoes
  • Black Boot Socks
  • Ribbons
  • Medals
  • Name Plate




Ironing Dress Whites:

When the dress uniforms are pressed, make sure the uniforms are INSIDE OUT so that the creases are inverted when you put it on.

Below is a graphic representation and instructions of how the enlisted uniform is folded and ironed. Although the uniform depicted is the dress whites, the dress blues are folded and ironed exactly the same way.

Remember: The jumper and trousers (whites and blues only) are NEVER creased from the outside. ALWAYS turn the jumper and trousers wrong-side out as shown below.

When ironing dress whites use a damp piece of sheet between the hot iron and the fabric as the synthetic fabric will melt or discolor if the iron is too hot. The damp cloth also helps set a sharp crease.

When ironing is completed and you turn the uniform right-side out and you should see that all creases EXCEPT the front middle crease and the three creases on the collar flap are turned inward, not out outward.

How to clean your uniform:

Navy Working Uniform (NWU) can be washed and dried in a normal washing machine.  Do not use starch or bleach as they degrade the stain resistant fabric.

Dress Whites should be washed inside out in a normal washing machine.  Bleach or oxygen based whitening products can be used to remove stains and restore bright white color.

Dress Blues MUST be professionally dry-cleaned.  Never wash your dress blues in a washing machine.
Do not let the dry cleaners press your uniform.  They will press it in incorrectly.


How to Fold and Tie your Neckerchief




Rolling your sleeves:

The sleeves of the Navy Working Uniforms (NWUs) may be rolled up during times of warm weather.

For the NWU, the sleeves will be rolled with the inside out, with the cuff folded over, forming a roll approx. 3 inches wide, and terminating at a point approx. 2 inches above the elbow.

  1. Lay the uniform on a flat surface, face up and sleeves extended out, with the button at the end of the sleeve unbuttoned.
  2. Flip the sleeves inside-out by folding the cuffs of the sleeve up towards the armpit area. Pull it up until it almost touches the inside seam of the armpit region.
  3. Roll the bottoms of the inside-out sleeves in three inch rolls upwards until you reach the cuffs.
  4. Fold the end of the cuff down over the rolled portion of the sleeve.
  5. Secure the button and flap. Repeat on opposite sleeve.