Go to the "What's Sea Cadets Like?" page and check out the brand new Sea Cadets video!
We're a program for teens and middle-schoolers who are looking for a challenge and some adventure. We meet once a month on weekends and learn what it's like to be in the Navy, Coast Guard, or Merchant Marines. You get a chance to see what life is like in the service, get treated like adults, and earn some respect. Learn what it means to have Honor, Courage, and Commitment!
We know that our program isn't for everyone. In fact, we don't want just anyone to join! We are looking for the people who are looking for us. We want people who are looking for a challenge based on the maritime services.
Manatee Division drills at Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, Florida usually on the second weekend of each month. The Sea Cadets are for teenagers 13 through 17 years old. We also have a Navy League Cadet unit for people 11 through 13 years old.
The purpose of the Sea Cadets can be summed up in our charter:
We provide a fun and challenging environment that is free of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and gangs. We develop leadership abilities and broaden Cadets' horizons using hands-on and self-paced training. We guide them to becoming mature young adults whether they decide to join the military or not. For those that choose to join the Navy or Coast Guard, the education and training they receive will help them obtain advanced rates if they enlist. Some other branches also award advanced placement. Participating and excelling in Sea Cadets is also helpful to those who are looking to create an impressive application package for Service Academy and NROTC opportunities.The best part of being a Sea Cadet is the Advanced Trainings. After you finish a 2 week Recruiting Training, you can choose from dozens of Advanced Trainings. Check out the Advanced Trainings section to find out more.
Interested in becoming a cadet? Click the "Want to Join?" link on left. Already in Scouts, 4H, Boys and Girls Club, or sports? That's OK, most of our cadets are, too! Just like in the military, you can have other outside interests and hobbies. We just give you one more way to have fun, make new friends, and have new challenges.
Want to learn more about the Sea Cadets? Go to the national website at: www.seacadets.org
Last reviewed 31 DEC 12
Congratulations to Petty Officer Casey McCain for making Petty Officer Third Class on April's Drill.
Also Congratulations to our new Ship's Leading Petty Officer LC6 Israel Diaz
Congratulations to our Essay Contest Winners!
League Cadets: SLPO Diaz
Sea Cadet 1st Place: PO3 Hand, 2nd Place PO2 Arnold.
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Congratulations to PO2 Arnold on his recent promotion!
Congratulations to Seaman Casey McCain for being selected as Manatee Division's Cadet of the Year. He was awarded the Navy League US Theodore Roosevelt Youth Medal and the Commendation Ribbon. Also, congratulations to Cadet Izaak Evans for being selected at the League Cadet of the Year, and receiving the Navy League Youth Ribbon!
Congratulations on our recent promotions! PO2 Kimberly Vickers and PO3 Tyler Hand.
Congratulations to our Winter Training Graduates
The following cadets were at Winter Training:
Our LPO PO2 Goodpaster staffed Recruit Training
Our ALPO and MAA PO3 Vickers and PO3 Arnold graduated from Petty Officer Leadership Academy. PO3 Vickers received the Academic Excellence Award!
SA Hladic, SA Rickett, and SA Stamper graduated from Culinary Arts and cooked for the entire training making more than 6000 meals!
SA Stewart, SR Opalka, and SR Rooney successfully completed Recruit Training.
20 GOOD REASONS TO BECOME A SEA CADET
U Uniforms/Unlimited Opportunities
S Self Confidence Building
N Naval Heritage and Traditions
A Advancement Opportunities
V Visit Military Commands
A Advanced Training Opportunities
L Leadership Training
S Service Opportunities
E Enjoy Meeting New People
A Armed Services Affiliation
C Community Service
D Develop Self-discipline
E Employment Insight
C Command Opportunities
O Organization Training
S Social Opportunities