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

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  Volunteer