US Naval Sea Cadet Corps Manatee Division
The Sea Cadets are run on the local level by a dedicated corps of adult volunteers.

Click here to find out more about what they have to say at the national level about volunteering.

Below is a message from the Commanding Officer of Manatee Division, LTJG Scott Arnold, NSCC.

Dear Prospective Volunteer,

I hope you've taken a look at most of our website and maybe the National website (www.seacadets.org) before getting here. I want you to understand the "why" of being an adult volunteer.  Some of us have had the opportunity to serve in the military and it certainly helps someone new cut through all the jargon and understand a military organization.

However, many (if not most) of the people who are adult volunteers don't have a military background.  Most of the Officer/Instructor Corps is made up of parents and guardians of cadets.  This program will not work without a strong cadre of dedicated volunteers.

I try to create a rewarding and enriching environment for my adult staff.  You give a lot of time and effort to be on my staff and you should feel enriched by it.  Here's what I try to provide:
  • A sense of reward and appreciation for the work you are doing.
  • Opportunity for training, advancement, and a sense of forward momentum.
  • Leadership opportunities.
  • If you want (and meet physical standards) support for wearing Navy uniforms and to advance through rank in the Officers' Corps.
  • I also endorse my officers and staff for opportunities like staffing Advanced Training that they find interesting.
  • If your child is in the program, you have something that you can participate in together (yet separately) that gives you a common touchstone and provides a way for you to shine a positive light.
  • A way to proudly use your skills to positively impact our Nation's youth.
I try to find billets that meet your skills and the Division's needs.  There will be a demand on your time and we all are accountable to the Cadets, each other, and to the Chain of Command.  All prospective adult volunteers must complete the Officers Midshipman Study Guide prior to me submitting their package. I want them to be fully briefed and understand what they are getting into.

If this sounds appealing, regardless of whether you have cadets in the program or not, get in touch with me to discuss your options. 

Very Respectfully,
LTJG Scott Arnold, NSCC
Commanding Office