Scott Arnold-Biography

Scott Arnold has been a volunteer with the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps since 2011. His son, Cole Arnold joined Manatee Division in 2009 as a League Cadet and advanced through the ranks to become the Division's Leading Chief Petty Officer. Cole now serves in the US Army as a Forward Observer.

Scott is a Florida native, graduating from Tampa Bay Vocational/Technical High School. He attended the University of South Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science and Master's degree in Civil Engineering with a focus in Structures. He is a registered Professional Engineer and has worked in Structures design and inspection for over 30 years.

Inspired by the previous Commanding Officer, LCDR Todd Dunn, and looking for a way to serve the unit, Scott started out as an Instructor and became the Training Officer in 2012. His focus was on physical training and course work. Over time he earned the rank of Ensign and became the unit's Executive Officer in 2014. When LCDR Dunn became a Regional Director, that provided an opportunity for Scott to take the next step to Commanding Officer in September of 2015 where he was also promoted to LTJG. 

Scott does not have prior military experience, but he has always appreciated the armed services and is well versed in history. He holds an open water dive certification and is a boating enthusiast. With the NSCC he has staffed an RT at Recruit Training Command,Great Lakes, IL  where all naval recruits attend for the formal naval training. He also staffed a marksmanship training in Minnesota. He earned his Amateur Radio license and small boat certification as part of the program. Scott is a member of the Navy League.