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.
Talk about a difference-making nonprofit organization ! The US Naval Sea Cadet Corps has been incredibly life-changing to so many youth in America. Instead of over-exhausted screen-time, playing video games, watching TV, or having their noses in their smartphones texting their life away, the USNSCC allows patriotic young adults the opportunity to not only experience some real-life carreer-building trainings, but also develop the attributes of a solid citizen with respect, discipline, and love of country.
My twins boys, Adam & Aaron Binner have excelled both in and outside of their USNSCC Division, The Sullivan's, of Buffalo, NY. Both have gained from the program, growing into mature, hardworking young men. They have had the opportunity to travel to trainings across the US, developing the skills and attributes they will benefit from for years to come. The Leadership qualities they have garnered will yield great results as they progress through college and into their careers. Another fascinating part of this program is the lasting friendships that I know my boys will be able to cherish. It's a unique group of kids that are a part of this program.
Without the support of the volunteer leadership of the Sullivan's, this all would not have been possible. So a big Thank You needs to be mentioned here.
As you look at the way society has allowed for so much distraction and interference with teenagers, I cannot imaging not being a part of this program, and I encourage any parent to give this program a look. It changes Adam & Aaron's lives. May be it'll help someone you know as well.
Jim Binner - #prouddad
Spent nearly a decade affiliated with USNSCC, and made many great friends, learned many lifelong lessons that I have carried through life.
Sea Cadets has changed my life for the better. Sea Cadets gave a girl who was very lost in life, a purpose. Sea Cadets taught be how to act under stress. Sea Cadets taught me how to be a leader. Sea Cadets taught me that I can do anything that's I set my mind to and work hard at. Sea Cadets gave me lifelong friends. Sea Cadets gave me the opportunity to travel overseas in an International Exchange. Sea Cadets is amazing
From 2001-2006 I spent my summers traveling around America attending two-week-trainings as a US Naval Sea Cadet. Two of these trainings were at Naval Medical Center San Diego and what is now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. I have so many wonderful stories from these trainings (such as getting locked out of the back operating room area, and being taught by a junior sailor how to place IVs). Although Sea Cadets was not my inspiration to go into medicine, these experiences greatly influenced my decision to become a Navy doctor. The program as a whole taught me the importance of personal responsibility and qualities of an effective leader. I owe a great deal of my success to this organization. LT K. L. Cortez, MD
I enrolled in the Navy League Cadets in 2001. In 2003 I transitioned to the Naval Sea Cadet Corp. By 2006 I had attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer in Constellation Divion, Harrisburg, PA. I can attribute much of my current character and accomplishments to values instilled in me while I was part of the program. Currently, I am a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve and a Second Mate aboard a merchant ship. The experiences I had while in the USNSCC are invaluable to me and I would be honored to have my son join the program when he is old enough.
Best program for youth hands down!! My 16 old son has learned and experienced so much in two years. Most teen his age have no idea what they want to do in life, but because of the seacadets my son not only knows what he wants but has a plan on how the achieve it. Thank you seacadets for helping give direction to our youth! Everywhere I go, when I meet new people I talk and talk about how amazing this program is!!! Photo is PO2 Nick Ottinger receiving his promotion from CO Lisa Stoyonovich Wolverine Division Monroe Mi
I came into the program when I was 12 just joining because my cousins were in it. As every other 12 year old I was immature and squirrelly but little did I know I had made the best decision in my life up to that point. I am now 15 almost 16 and have been in the program now for 3 almost 4 years. This program has transformed me from being timid to bold and authoritative. It's taught me how to lead from the front and that it is ok to go against the flow. Honestly this is one of the best programs out there by far
The Naval Sea Cadet Corps gives young boys and girls the opportunity to challenge themselves in ways they can't get through any other youth program. They learn to be responsible, respectful, how to follow, and how to lead!!! The program gives hope for our future!! Any money donated to this program provides far more in dividends returned in helping to give our youth direction!!!
Excellent program. Great experience for kids that is hard to impossible through other programs.
I was a cadet, now midshipman. I loved every moment, at drill and at trainings. During the short time staffing a training, I learned more about being a leader than I did in my entire life. Whether you choose military or not, it is a great program where you can meet a lot of great people and have experiences not every teenager gets to have. Even though I only see people in my unit twice a month, they are my closest friends and I trust them with anything. It is the best choice I ever made and I don't regret joining. Now I am really happy to help my unit while in college.