Since my son and I joined in 2004, it has been an amazing and awe inspiring experience. Three of my children have been through the program, two of them attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer. It has fostered their love of country, taught them to honor those who have walked our battlefields, and encouraged self-reliance, confidence and a spirit of service.
My Name is Stephen Adney. I joined the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, Bryce Canyon Division, back in 1968. Between 1968 through 1973 I worked my way up from a junior Navy League Cadet to Senior Sea Cadet, E-6. In 1970, I was promoted to the position Lead Petty Officer and had the pleasure of leading my highly trained and highly skilled men through National Competition to win the title of the number one Sea Cadet division in the United States for three years running. Bryce Canyon Division had incredible leadership through Lt. Cdr. Gordon Meighan and Cmdr. William Bryan. Both these officers and their staff of junior officers taught me and my fellow cadets about the various aspects of military life. We learned how to march and how to take care of our uniforms. We also learned how to how to communicate through semaphore and Morse Code. We learned how to tie knots, administer first aid, how to safely and accurately handle various military firearms and the initial aspects of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. We also spent two weeks each summer going through basic training (boot camp). This is where we learned what discipline and responsibility was really all about. Boot Camp was in no way easy but we all grew physically and mentally and learned the importance of team work.
Sea Cadets was the best thing that could happened to me. Following High School graduation in 1973, I enlisted in the Navy for a period of six years. My training during the six years in the Sea Cadets made my transition from a civilian to a Navy seamen much easier. In addition, my Sea Cadet training made it much easier to study and rise in the ranks. Just prior to separation from Activity to Reserve Duty, I was promoted to Electronics Communication Technician, Petty Officer 2nd Class. I have to say that my education and training through the U. S. Naval Cadets organization made my enlistment far easier and attaining the rank of E-5 far more rewarding. Following my discharge, I attended college completely which was paid for by the GI Bill. It doesn't get much that. All this because I had the opportunity to participate in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets.
I love the USNSCC. That is the best way to summarize everything I'm about to say. It's given me community, the best memories of my entire life, and the skills to lead. The best part is I still have two summers left in the program, and my only regret is not joining sooner. If you get involved here, it will change your life.
I joined the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps in 2013 along with my brother. After joining I immediately became passionate about the military and learned a lot about responsibility and honor. I encourage any child and teenager to join sea cadets because of the positive effect it has had on my life. Currently I am a college student and I am constantly reminded of the lessons I have learned and skills taught through Sea Cadets. I am so incredibly grateful to have been a member of this organization and wish this same opportunity for others.
As a parent you try to engage your child with all sorts of activities. Our daughter tried Dance, gymnastics, softball, soccer, drama, 4H, scouting and music but nothing clicked. We heard about the Sea Cadets and figured we'd give it a try. At the end of her first day she ran up to my wife and me and she told us she got her stuff and she really wants to do the program. She is now 15 years old and currently is a Petty Officer 3rd class and loves the program. My wife has also signed up as a parent volunteer. By far the best kept secret in America
Best thing to happen to my son, such great opportunities & experiences he would never otherwise have had. Love our Sea Cadets family.
This program has been a blessing for my son and also my daughter. The great people that volunteer to help shape these kids and give them something to work towards.
Awesome opportunities for kids! Where else can they develop leadership and communication skills all while pushing their own limits learning new things and discovering themselves.
These kids give back to their communities by volunteering with the veterans, plant flags and wreaths at the memorials as well as color guard and present the colors at many events and veterans events.
I am honored to be a volunteer with my 3 kids.
I could not be more grateful for this program. It all started for our family when my daughter dreamed of being a Sea Cadet at 8yrs old. As soon as she turned 10 she joined. We are now almost 5 years into our Sea Cadet Journey and both my husband, myself, and all four of our children are cadets. The training and leadership gained from this program along with the opportunities has changed our lives!
My daughter is just starting her 3rd year as a Leaguer. She loves everything she has done with the Sea Cadets! She has been able to do Photojournalism training in CA, Honor Guard & Ceremonies in WA & is signed up to go to Field Ops in Or & Aviation in CA this summer! She is motivated to do all that she can do while in the Sea Cadets!
Our youngest daughter join Sea Cadets and she learned SO MUCH! We were adult volunteers with the unit for 4 years. Our daughter went from a guiet person to a leader in the unit by the time she finished high school. She served the unit as LPO for 4 years and achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Between what she learned from the retired Navy Officers in her unit and the two trainings a year. She went from quiet to a real leader. She did not end up serving in the Navy but is graduating with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and found the skills she learned from leading a very diverse unit very helpful in her college career. We enjoyed being volunteers and all the experiences we had with the unit. As the person who input and tracked the assignments the cadets completed it was challenging at times. Especially over the years learning three different websites and procedures for inputting the data.
Wouldn't have missed it for anything!
My three children are learning teamwork, leadership and respect for themselves and others. The required detail oriented activities are giving them a self confidence that they did not have before.
My son joined in March, finished RT last month and we drop him off in a few hours for the Culinary arts program. This program is excellent, recommend it for everyone. Could not find a more motivated group of future leaders. As an old Salty Marine, could not ask for a better program for my son
I have to sons in this program for four years. Oldest is shipping out with the Navy this summer. Youngest recently promoted to Chief. It’s a great opportunity for like minded and high achieving teenagers to come together and learn leadership opportunities.
In the Sea Cadets, young adults find out who they are and prepare for bright futures! Whether they choose the military life, or civilian life, they can learn about various careers and who they are and what they want out of life. They learn how to believe in themselves - and how to work as a team. My only regret is not getting my children involved sooner!
I’m a cadet Chief Petty Officer about to become a midshipman in this program, and it’s honestly one of the best programs I’ve ever seen. It’s taught me tons about leadership and given me amazing opportunities to work with the military and civilians all over the world. The Sea Cadets has made me a better leader and a better person, and I’ve learned and honed skills, including time- and stress- management, and attention to detail that will serve me well as I progress into the next phases of my life, in college and in the Navy.
My kid has been a Cadet for 6 years. It’s become a family affair as we all volunteer. These kids will make you so darn proud!! These are the future leaders we need!!
Never knew something like this existed! Once we found out my son and daughter joined immediately! They are now completing their RT. It is an opportunity of a lifetime that will help them mature, become more responsible and offer them a promising future!