The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is committed to fostering the leadership and citizenship skills of American’s next generation.
Sea Cadets learn, practice and in some cases become certified in adventure skills such as rappelling, rock climbing, zip lining, sailing, SCUBA diving, kayaking, land navigation, wilderness survival and marksmanship. Sea Cadets also fly aboard various Navy and Coast Guard planes and helicopters, sail on ships and submarines, work with police and fire/rescue agencies and provide volunteer services to the community.
The Sea Cadet program provides youth an opportunity to learn about and experience military life and to interact with the military’s finest people and most exciting equipment without any future commitment to join the military.
The program is open to any male or female U.S. Citizen between the ages of 11 and 17 who maintains a minimum academic grade point average of 2.0 or better, who is capable of passing an athletic physical examination, can meet minimum physical standards, desires to participate in challenging and fun training and is willing to abide by a code of moral conduct, both inside and outside the program. Applicants with medical limitations may apply for accommodation according to the provisions of the American’s with disabilities act.
Cadets drill three days per month, usually Saturdays, for 6 hours, the following Sunday for 3 hours, and the last Sunday of the month for 3 hours. Drills may consist of adventure activities, presentations and training delivered by subject matter experts, demonstrations of equipment, team building and physical training, gun safety and target practice, water survival, sailing, CPR and first aid, field training exercises involving military tactics and field navigation. Cadets participate in community service events, usually to benefit active duty military and veterans. Cadets will have the opportunity to complete advanced trainings. They will be introduced to the people and equipment of the U.S. military, particularly the naval services. Cadets will witness active duty personnel in the execution of their duties aboard helicopters, aircraft, ships, submarines and land vehicles. Cadets earn rank through a combination of demonstrating proficiency, time in grade, completion of correspondence courses and attendance of extended trainings.