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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

82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 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

I was a member of the Nevada Division US NSCC in Reno,NV from 1984-1988 including being chosen for the Canadian exchange program. I made life-long friends as well as this great organization prepared me for my Navy Intel job. Special thanks to Captain Stan Ellexson, who has dedicated more than 40 years to this organization. Marla Mueller Wetterling (cadet)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was in the USNSCC from about 1981 through 1986. The New Jersey Division, which at the time was operating out of Bridgewater / Raritan High School. I attended a two week Navy Bootcamp in Orlando, FL. I attended four or five Army - Navy football games at Veteran's Memorial Stadium in Philly. We attended about four or five Sea Cadet Parades in the Washington Navy Yards in DC. I spent two weeks aboard the USS Briscoe / DD-977, and spent two weeks at the USCGS at Manasquan Inlet, NJ. We even assisted in the opening day ceremonies of the USS Intrepid Sea/Air/Space Museum in NYC.

I was always going to be in the Navy, until I met a Vietnam Veteran Marine, who brought our unit out on night maneuvers at NAS Lakehurst, NJ, which completely changed my life course. I ended up spending eleven years in the USMC.

In this attached photo, two of these guys that I am still friends with about thirty five years later, and a third (not pictured), one retired a full Colonel in the US Army and one retired a Commander in the US Coast Guard, and one became a servant of law enforcement I have a successful career in private aviation now, and I owe everything I have to the Sea Cadets.

If I could do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing.

Mikey, Rich, and Nifty-Swifty, love you brothers. Semper Fi.

2

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!

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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2 Nicole183

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Virginia36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Liz_94

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 13 year old has been a League Cadet for a year. She went from almost failing school to A's in PreAP classes. She's developed focus, commitment, and made friends she will have for life. There is no better youth organization out there!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 Jeanine H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Laura336

Client Served

Rating: 5

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)

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

4 Chris244

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 Mike197

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Dorie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Lastly,
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.

Sincerely,
Jim Binner - #prouddad
Buffalo, NY

1 Wayne25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spent nearly a decade affiliated with USNSCC, and made many great friends, learned many lifelong lessons that I have carried through life.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 Trevor5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2 Amanda258

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

2 Brendan H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent program. Great experience for kids that is hard to impossible through other programs.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4 William98

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been involved since my daughter joined in 1983. This program keeps me young, and makes me feel like I am doing something useful for the community and the nation.

Bill Safford

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has been involved with USNSCC and USNLCC for three years. It has been enormously positive. I am overwhelmed by the commitment of the volunteers who make this their passion. My children have benefited immensely from the program.