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US Naval Sea Cadet Corps

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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

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 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 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.

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.

2

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.

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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!

1 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.

1 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.