My son has been a part of the program for 7 years. In that time he has developed a healthy sense of responsibility, citizenship, leadership and character. He has grown into a man that knows no limits to what he can accomplish. There are several things I as a parent, love about this program. The experiences he has had are beyond belief. Everything from volunteering in the community to cruising on a front line aircraft carrier in the Pacific to training with some of the military's finest special operations personnel on an active military base and the list goes on. In addition he has been exposed to other young adults with very high aspirations as well as a group of great adult volunteers that serve as mentors constantly guiding, pushing and motivating him. All in all I can't imagine a better youth program to get your child a head start in life.
My son joined when he was 12 and attained CPO before he graduated from high school. He continued as an adult leader after graduation. I started working with our local unit shortly after he joined. I have now been with them for 14 years. I have witnessed cadets grow and learn and mature. They have developed leadership skills, learned self-reliance and teamwork. I have watched their eyes light up when they get to try new things that they never knew existed. I've seen them burst with pride when in their uniforms during ceremonies and parades. I've witnessed cadets step up and help their younger or newer shipmates with the basics of their book work or marching, shining their shoes or remembering their general orders. The cadets have developed long-lasting friendships with other cadets across the nation and around the world through the numerous training opportunities available. I've had the pleasure of writing recommendation letters for cadets applying to the academies and colleges. I've had an even bigger pleasure of receiving thank you letters from former cadets.
I'm so glad we found this program.
I am an Army veteran and never knew about the Sea Cadets until my son heard about it from a friend and decided to check it out. Well, 2 years into it he was getting SO much out of it I decided I needed to volunteer as an instructor to give back to the organization that had given my son such a great foundation. It's been a year now and WOW!! I believe I am getting just as much out of it as my now 15 year old son! The friends I've made and the fun I have had is just amazing! The Sea Cadet program has far exceeded my expectation and my sons' and has taught him SO many things - from basic citizenship, to first aid to survival skills and that doesn't even count all the Navy related instruction! Too may things to list but I can easily give this organization 5 stars!
The US Naval Sea Cadet program is an awesome program that has provided my kids and thousands of others with opportunities they would never have had. The program teaches our youth how to be servant leaders, how to have self-confidence pushes them to achieve new heights. It isn't summer camp ... it will test them ... and they will learn they can do more and be more than they ever thought they could! The program shapes today's youth into tomorrow's leaders!
My 17 year old son joined the Naval Sea Cadets 15 months ago and I can't begin to emphasize the impact this program has had on him. His grades have improved, he has more self confidence, and he has learned many valuable life lessons that most teenagers don't learn until they are adults. He attended a 2 week "recruit training" which started the day after Christmas last year. He has learned to present colors prior to Professional sporting events and in parades as part of the Sea Cadets color guard. They attended a Navy Football game last fall, they have had several camp outs and learned how to safely shoot a weapon. He learned the basics of scuba diving, how to rock climb, and survival skills (including how to trap and eat a rabbit and which plants are edible)
My son was in this program and eventually enlisted in the Navy. The program taught him responsibility, honor, love for his country and true appreciation for the freedom he enjoyed. He grew to be an honorable man who served others and put his country and his family before himself. He learned how to be self-sufficient and knew that he was responsible for the way his life was lived. He never expected anyone to give him admiring but knew that he had to earn it. He shared this with cadets that came after him and was proud to be able to teach them.
As a young 14-year old in the late '60's, I wanted nothing more than to join the US Navy. I loved ships, watched naval movies and drew pictures of ships in class when I was supposed to be doing classwork. When I heard about the USNSCC having a unit at the old USN/USMC Reserve Training Center in San Bernardino, CA (long gone), I jumped at the chance to attend the next weekly meeting. I immediately joined and it wasn't long before I got to go on my first weekend training cruise aboard the USS Hooper, DE -1026 (also sadly long gone) based out of the Long Beach Naval Station (ALSO long gone...seems to be a pattern here). I was taught and learned hard, not only about seamanship but about discipline (always drew the mid-watch for some reason), dedication, responsibility and teamwork. The following Summer, I attended Recruit Training (Boot Camp) in San Diego. For a 15 year old, the training was amazing...fire-fighting, gunnery, swimming, marching and of course memorizing the dreaded 11 General Orders. Having my head shaved was just part of the fun. Seriously, I cannot think of any other youth organization that can have such a positive life-long impression than this one. Things I learned 45 years ago I still hold dear. I would recommend the organization to any young person as a valuable learning tool.
The US Naval Sea Cadet Corp is one of the best kept secrets. I'm prior Navy and never knew about the program until my step-son brought it to our attention. He participated for 3 years and achieved First Class Petty Officer, attended numerous trainings, and learned how to be a better person. My wife and I both volunteer with our local unit, staff regional trainings, and love seeing the difference we make in our community.
I started in the program in 8th grade. I was clueless as to what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to serve my country. It taught me valuable life lessons as well as how to lead others. I graduated out of this amazing program after reaching the highest rank attainable. I am now a Naval Officer serving both my country and continuing to give back to the program that has given me so much. Hooyah Sea Cadets!
This program is an excellent youth leadership program. It challenges youth to rise up and be leaders in their units and in their communities. The opportunities provided while involved in this program are excellent and it is an amazing way for youth to explore and develop their interests in so many fields, not just the military. It fosters self-discipline and self-confidence while emphasizing teamwork. Sea Cadets make lifelong friends at their trainings.
I have been associated with the NSCC since 1981. This is one of the best youth programs available that will give our next generation leaders the foundation to lead us into the next century.