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

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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