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Review for US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Arlington, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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, 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.

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