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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 2020 alone, we have served 9,600 cadets. Despite the global pandemic, our cadets have stayed motivated and determined to become stronger leaders, rooted in the values of honor, respect, commitment, and service.

Geographic areas served: We have more than 400 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

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6 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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3

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.

2 David378

Client Served

Rating: 5

The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a great program for youth aging from 11-17. Military training for a little over $100 a year, couldn't ask for a better deal

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been attending with enterprise division in Miami FL for 2yrs and he has learned so much and has had so many experiences he already knows what he wants for his future he loves it.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 Justin57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The united states naval sea cadets has help me change my life around and find my life goals that I want and will with the help of the USNSCC

3 Porsh C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you have time to watch their video, you will get to see what my son has been doing, and will get to do someday in this program. It's amazing how this Sea Cadet turned my son into a great individual! My shy and introverted son has finally came out of his shell. He learned how to make a right decision, becoming a responsible person and he is now becoming more independent. Still making sure that his academic grades is the top priority. But then, seeing him enjoying time in Sea Cadet is priceless! Getting into Color Guard is the greatest experience for him. Thanks you Naval Sea Cadet. I'm a proud parent of this awesome kid!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with the Sea Cadets for 3 years, as Administration Officer. The volunteer work of keeping track of all papers for each cadet was a challenge, but working with the cadets was fun. Teaching them the responsibility of paper work being completed properly and neatly was interesting. The cadets were always willing to do what they were told to do. This is the best offer for children to learn responsibility and pride.

3 Beverly33

Volunteer

Rating: 5

USNSCC/USNLCC is an amazing youth program. I have two sons in the program who started out as Leaguers. I have seen them grow in confidence and self reliance. It has helped shape their characters with a sense of purpose, commitment, honor and integrity. The training opportunities that are offered are incredible. I am also serving in the unit as an auxiliary instructor and I have valued the opportunity to work with all of these young people and amazing adults. It's an amazing program all around!

3 Mike191

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best youth program in the nation! It provides incredible opportunities for teens, and experiences that last a lifetime.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 12 year old son joined the USNSCC this past summer and it has been the best experience for him. I am so impressed with the program and the dedicated people who run it who make this opportunity possible for our youth. My son has found his path.

3 Laura322

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came into the program when I was 16 years old. By the time I turned 18, I had expanded my knowledge to be great leader to the youth and to this country. I only made it to E-3 Seamen but with thst rank, now I can get automatic advancement in the military if I choose to join. Learning not just leadership, but learming how be strong and brave and courageous.
With 4 training under my belt, I am ready what the military has to offer, and even the world if I choose civilian life instead.
This is an excellent program fkr both males and females. Oorah to the Sea Cadets!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best program for the next generation of leaders and decision makers. Watched my son progress and grow with a deeper understanding of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. Go Sea Cadets.

2 Emily151

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son has been a cadet for almost a year now and he is loving it!! I was just recently cleared to be an Adult Leader and I'll be attending my second drill this weekend!! Great leaders & a great group of kids with a TON of potential!! It's going to be AWESOME to watch them grow & see all the things they'll be able to accomplish because of what is offered by the USNSCC/USNLCC!! BRAVO ZULU COAST GUARD GROUP PORTLAND DIVISION (Portland, ME)

2 Blaine2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a Cadet since I was 10 years old, now approaching 18. I am a Chief Petty Officer responsible for approximately 50 Cadets ranging in age from 10-17. My job in short is to help each of them exceed their "limits" while helping them reach their potential as future leaders.

As I prepare to graduate the program, I can't help but be completely amazed at the opportunities I've been given as a result of the effort I put in. I've lived a lifetime in just 8 years and the only thing I would trade it for would be the opportunity to do it again!

The education, the friendships, and the experiences have prepared me for the next chapter of my life as I move on. And I can not wait to go after my future goals!

If you are considering a youth leadership development program, I guarantee you that you will not find a better one than the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

Expand Your Limits!

Chief Petty Officer Blaine Bradley

1 Christopher85

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The USNSCC taught me many life lessons, from hard work pays off to how to build and foster relationships. It motivate me to continue my service in the Armed Forces. I am a former CPO in the Sea Cadets. Currently, I am a 19 year Army Veteran serving as a Warrant Officer and Blackhawk pilot with 5 combat tours.

2 Angela172

Donor

Rating: 5

The USNSCC teaches many things, but the most important thing I noticed with my son is confidence!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sea Cadets inspires young people to do hard things and succeed! During the almost eleven years I've volunteered with Sea Cadets, I've seen shy, scared kids grow into confident, self-disciplined, organized young adults. Cadets meet during the school year in their local community and do service projects, hands-on learning, drill, exercise, ship tours, and lots more. In the summer they go to one or two week training programs where they can try out future vocations including firefighting, medicine, aviation, law, law enforcement, seamanship, culinary arts, and photojournalism, among others.

The pinnacle of a Sea Cadets career is the elite International Exchange Program in which cadets travel to countries around the world to meet and work with foreign cadets. This amazing opportunity builds friendships and helps move towards us closer to world peace.

Boys and girls enjoy Sea Cadets. Beginning in middle school and running through the end of high school, the program offers challenges and activities which cannot be found in any other youth program. It's truly an outstanding opportunity for young people become the person they want to be!

2 Amy_298

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best organization for teaching young people about leadership, service and responsibility.