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.
So far, the decision to join Sea Cadets has been one the very best decisions of my life. Instead of sitting at home playing video games during winter, spring, and summer breaks I got to do things like qualify for an advanced SCUBA certification diving in Key Largo, FL, pilot a yard patrol ship around Lake Michigan, build underwater remote control vehicles, torpedoes, and rockets from scratch at Camp Pendleton, fight to harden networks against professional hackers during the National Finals CyberPatriot competition in Washington, DC, sail a 19th‐century schooner around Catalina Island off the California coast and earn an expert marksmanship ribbon with an M4. It wasn't all just fun and games, though. A large part of the program is giving back to the community through hundreds of hours of volunteer service and honoring those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Whether providing escort services for WWII honor flights or ringing the bell during a sunrise memorial while widows watch the ashes of their fallen SEAL husbands be spread across the ocean, I know what I do makes a difference in the lives of others. Over the past six years I have developed valuable leadership skills and learned so much more than I ever believed possible. Sea Cadets is an INCREDIBLE youth program!
Review from Guidestar
My daughter began her journey with the sea cadets over a year ago. This has been a blessing to our family. Faith is extremely talented and smart but she had no direction. When she came home telling us she wanted to join the navy upon graduation I began research. That's when I came across the Sea Cadets. I didn't even know this existed and we have military background. Since the first drill I have watched her grow and learn. She takes on new challenges and has gained a confidence she never had before. She's one of only 3 sharp shooters in her unit and the only female sharp shooter. The staff care about the children and guide them in their strengths and help with their weaknesses. I could write a book about the program. You won't regret a moment. Honor. Courage. Commitment.
I joined the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps when I was in Eight Grade. I've always knew what I wanted to do in the, but I never knew how to get to that path. The USNSCC gave me knowledge, opportunities and the tools to get me to the right direction to achieve my dreams of flying. I am very humble that I joined the USNSCC. Without the guidance of the USNSCC, I don't think I would be flying today.
This is my last year as a Sea Cadet, I am extremely grateful for this excellent program and I can confidentially say that I am ready to overcome the challenges in my near future!
Thank you letting me be apart of this excellent program.
Hooyah Sea Cadets.
Our daughter has gotten so much out of Sea Cadets in less than a year. Met new people, made new friends, went to Canada and Sea Air and Space in Maryland.
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.