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Causes: Children & Youth, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans, Youth Development - Citizenship

Mission: We're building leaders of character.

Results: We provide compelling, life-changing programs for America’s youth that teach them the values of teamwork, discipline, service, and ethical leadership through our passionate all-volunteer force and our partnerships with the Navy and Coast Guard.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2017, we provided leadership and training experience to more than 9,500 cadets, age 10 through the completion of high school.

Geographic areas served: We have more than 380 units in 46 states, as well as in Guam and Puerto Rico

Programs: To develop an interest and skill in seamanship and provide instruction in leadership, courage and commitment, the usnscc training program acquaints cadets with cpr and first aid, swimming, lifesaving and water safety, health and hygiene in a drug-free, gang-free environment through lectures and hands-on practice. The standardized training program provides approximately 8300 training opportunities at navy or coast guard bases, ships and aircraft squadrons. Cadets have a diverse selection of advanced training including aviation, ship propulsion systems, submarine systems, medical/hospital/surgical, legal/jag corps, homeland security, navy seal, basic marine mammal sciences, sailing, scuba diving, amphibious operations, math, engineering and much more. The program emphasizes leadership skills, while cadets are exposed to a variety of civilian and military career opportunities and encouraged toparticipate in civic activities.

Community Stories

80 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Dawn R.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been involved with this program for a year now. He started in the Navy League and will become a Sea Cadet next month. The changes this program has made in him has been incredible. He has learned how to overcome challenges, how to meet and/or exceed his goals, and has shown a growth in responsibility. USNSCC is a TERRIFIC organization to be involved in!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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

1 Dorothy Salvesen K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best thing to happen to my son, such great opportunities & experiences he would never otherwise have had. Love our Sea Cadets family.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Lily L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Tracy C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Tammy P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Sherrianne Speakman S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I don't know where to begin, other than to say this is hands down the best youth program around. My son and I were both in the program. I learned as much as he did. The experiences gained build memories that will last a lifetime.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

William C.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great program that provides outstanding opportunities and teaches great life lessons.

Le Ann Rohm T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Sul S.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

1 Tom H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Kristin H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Erin C-K

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Tnt-rex

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

1 Mary Shane Bryson P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

1 Karen G.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Superbly run organization. #Blueangelssquadron. My son loves the experience and it has convinced him a military career is his future.

1 Shannon C.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband was a Sea Cadet in the 80’s so as soon as my kids were old enough we found a local unit to join. Initially I let this experience be between a father and his sons but quickly learned how amazing it is and signed up as an adult volunteer alongside my husband a year later. Not only is this program amazing for our youth, it’s also rewarding for adults. Seeing these young people grow emotionally, physically, mentally is something you have to witness to believe. The values we teach - honor, courage and commitment are just a drop in the bucket compared to the wealth of knowledge and values these cadets achieve in this program.

1 Cheri Ruppersberger P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter has always enjoyed listening to her father's stories about his time in the Navy and now has stories of her own. She has been in the program close to 2 years and just completed RTC in Great Lakes. She has benefited greatly from her training that has equipped her with confidence, organization, accountability, and courage.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, as a previous member of US Naval Sea Cadet
Miami Fl. Tremendously help start my life, I'm extremely grateful I'm currently 51 years of age.
Started at the Age of 13 with the Navy League then on to Naval Sea Cadets at the age of 17 after high school on to US Navy were i proudly served for 10 years..
For a young person don't know were to start your life or were your heading this a great! great! place to start.

Thank you! Naval Sea Cadet for my Life...

Peter Pedro Miami Fl
ppedro1158@gmail.com

2 George TJ W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I spent nearly five years in the service of the U.S.N.S.C.C. during my high school years; back in the late 70's and early 80's. The time I spent, the people I met, and the experiences I had; all had a positive affect on my life and contributed to making me the man I am today. Those lessons and experiences continue to have impact on my decision making process today, and the knowledge that I pass on to my children from those life lessons learned decades ago. I would, and have, advised friends and family that if their kids show any interest in the Navy, Coast Guard, or the sea. That they and their kids check out the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

As you approach "55", I'd like to say that the USNSCC is the absolute best thing to happen to my son bar none. A proud member for almost six years...learning honor and integrity plus some amazing training experiences he'll no doubt remember for the rest of his life. 2017 has been an amazing year. From USNSCC Advanced SCUBA & Rescue Dive Cert. at Pearl Harbor, HI to MIDN 4/C at United States Naval Academy. Congratulations and here's to another 55.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our son completed this program from age 10-18. He ended as a chief petty officer. My husband and I both volunteer for the program and our son has now returned as a midshipman. The program has given us much more than we have given it. Our son learned how to be a leader, discipline and respect. He is proud of his country and is a productive citizen. We owe much of this to the program. As a volunteer, it is very rewarding to influence and watch young people advance.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My youngest son joined this program over ten years ago. He growth in confidence as a person and willingness to try new things grew greatly during this time. He attended a nine-day boot camp. The growth in him was very noticeable in just those nine days. He attend many other trainings, participated in many events and became a youth leader in the program. He has since joined the Navy and has a successful career as a IT aboard a destroyer. I joined the program six months later as an adult volunteer. The program allowed me to learn and practice skills that I didn't use in my career as an engineering technician at Intel. I became a leader in the program along with leadership positons in veterans advocacy at the state level. I grew as much as any cadet. My other two sons while not members of the program were able to grow from secondary affects of the program. I was a 100% single Dad of the three young men in the picture below and the cost of the program was very reasonable. Though if you become an active adult volunteer you might end up donating significant time and some money to the program. It isn't all training as the cadets have fun, meet Pearl Harbor Survivors and participate in parades as a color guard at the Navajo Nation Days Parade in Window Rock AZ. The training programs are widespread and the more technically demanding ones are taught by professionals. While I am moving on at the end of the year due to opportunities in veterans advocacy, I will continue to advocate and support this fine program. The kids meet great other kids, meet Senators, Astronauts, military veterans from various time periods. Training courses available including boot camp, STEM, leadership and many others along with a possibility of international travel. A cadet and adults will get out of it what you put in to it including leadership, respect, character building and confidence in themselves.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While on active duty as a Navy Nurse I had the opportunity to volunteer at a local unit, first as the Medical Officer, then as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is by far the best volunteer, non-profit organization I have worked with. The programs they support through private and government donations are able to shape America's youth and the next generation workforce using the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. The administrative costs for the organization are extremely low so you know your donations are being used directly for programs to support the cadets.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent six years in this program and loved every second. I ate, drank, and slept it. My dream and passion was to serve in the military afterwords, but due to a severe sunken chest, it was hard to get a waiver. Instead of becoming upset and depressed, I took what the program had taught me, and 4 years later I am a wife, homeowner, and now own my own personal training business. I wouldn't be the woman I am today if it wasn't for the unforgettable experience, lifelong lessons, discipline, and opportunities the program gave me.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program has done wonders for my son who is been in it for three years. He has made new friends had adventures in his recently completed tecruit training. My husband and I both volunteer because we know it is such a worthy cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't even begin to explain how amazing this program is. I've been volunteering with them for four years now and I plan to for as long as I can. I've seen first hand how this program changes lives. The cadets are incredible young people and this program brings out the best in them. The USNSCC pushes them to their limits and they exceed all expectations. This program is traini by the future leaders and protectors of the USA and they will completely succeed in doing so with the lessons and skills learned in the USNSCC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joined The Pasco Division in Pasco County Florida in 1988. I was privileged enough to attend Corpsman Training. Coast Guard Stations all over the country and 3 International Exchanges. The leadership skills and skills I developed over the years are still applicable today. I can honestly say the Corps changed my life. I met my Husband while on the 1993 Bermuda Exchange. Over the years we lived in Bermuda my husband a Lt. In the Bermuda Corps and I were escort officers for several of the International Exchanges. The Sea Cadets gave me a confidence and inner strength I still carry today.

1 Margaret85

Client Served

Rating: 5

The USNSCC shaped the person I am today. I was a cadet from 1998 to 2005, and later was a midshipman in the program. I am extremely grateful to the staff/volunteers for teaching me the value of perseverance, discipline, patriotism, pride, and teamwork. I went to various medical and foreign exchange programs through Sea Cadets, and had selected a career path and lifetime goals far earlier than my non Sea Cadet peers that I have achieved. My teens were also far less turbulent because I had caring and attentive adults to turn to when I needed them. I am forever grateful for the gifts and memories from the Sea Cadet program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The USNSCC changed my life. My teenage years were filled with purpose and personal growth as a result of this program. I met and worked with incredible mentors who helped me to aspire to a career in nursing and to a fulfilling life as an adult. When I have kids, I truly hope they will participate in the USNSCC. It is truly one of a kind!