What is it like to be a Naval Sea Cadet or Navy League Cadet?
To start, first allow us to describe what it’s not. We are often asked if the Sea Cadet program is a scouting organization, like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or Sea Scouts. The USNSCC (United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps) is not associated with any scouting organization. While both programs are beneficial to all youth and some parts of our mutual programs may be similar, there are distinct differences.
What You Are as a Cadet in the USNSCC Palm Beach Division?
When you are a cadet in an USNSCC unit, you are part of the US Navy family and a partner of the US Navy established under an Act of Congress. As a USNSCC Cadet in the Palm Beach Division, your home port is a Naval Installation, you train and learn from active duty, reservist and former military personnel from all military branches.
You are authorized to carry the colors of the maritime branches in honor. The US Navy flag, the US Marine Corps flag, the US Coast Guard flag, the US Merchant Marine flag and of course the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps flag. You wear the uniforms of the United Sates Navy distinguished by by a USNSCC flash on the shoulder or breast pocket. You train using the same correspondence course materials used by the US Navy and your applied Recruit and Advanced trainings are modeled upon actual US Navy curriculum, reviewed and approved by the US Naval Service Training Command.
You are a member of a team from the squad level to the Division level. You depend on your shipmates and they depend on you. You have structure, a command chain and job to do. You will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those among us who do. You will live a non-drug and non-alcohol life. You abide by strict self-discipline and live by the Navy Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.
You have expectations to fulfill.
What You Can Expect as a Cadet in the USNSCC Palm Beach Division?
By choosing to join the USNSCC Palm Beach Division, you pledge yourself to a new way of life. We will train, mentor and anchor your life in the culture of being a Sailor. This process is called Sailorization.
Sailorization is a program designed to integrate Navy life into your everyday life, shape your expectations for future duty assignments, and give you the tools needed for career and personal success. The leadership and staff of the Palm Beach Division work to provide the you with world-class SME’s (Subject Matter Experts) who possess the skills necessary to teach you maritime the services.
The mission of the Palm Beach Division is embodied in the Recruit Division Commander’s Creed;
“These recruits are entrusted to my care. I will train them to the best of my ability. I will develop them into smartly disciplined, physically fit, basically trained sailors. I will instill in them, and demonstrate by my own example, the highest standard of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.”
You can expect to get out of the program as much as you put in to it. These are the values and commitment you can expect from us.
What is Expected of You as a Cadet in the USNSCC Palm Beach Division?
As a Cadet in the USNSCC Palm Beach Division there are many expectations. First and foremost is attendance. All Cadets are required to attend at least 75% of mandatory drills and events. Attendance is critical to insure you are learning lesson which are required for promotion in the unit. You are expected to be ready with a good attitude and to follow orders of your officers and your senior Cadet leaders. You will have both written coursework and hands on training to complete with specific timelines. You must maintain a military bearing at all times when participating in unit drills, while on a military installation and when addressing you shipmates and officers. Participate in team drill evolutions, field training exercises (FTX) and voluntary events.
You will get the most from your time with us when you are involved. Give us feedback on your training and what you want out of your time with us. Most importantly, make friends, have some fun and learn as much as you can.
What will You Do as Cadet in the USNSCC Palm Beach Division?
You will grow, you will learn and you will become your own person while learning to work with others. You will get to do things and see things that most will never have the opportunity to experience. You will understand the reason for structure, the importance of service, the meaning of teamwork. You will get to meet people in Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, Army, Air Force and National Guard who will tell you stories and share their experience with you. Astronauts, Captains, Admirals, Ship Builders, Policemen, Firemen, Doctors, Engineers, Information Technology experts, Generals, Colonels, Sergeants, Petty Officers, Privates and so many others, you will meet them and learn from them.
You will get to go aboard active duty Navy and Coast Guard ships, tour Naval Air Stations, attend advanced trainings locally and away from home. You can choose to train to learn about a job like Photojournalism, how to cook for a ships crew, be a military policeman, fly a UAV, how to catch a drug dealer on the water, fix an jet engine, be a Navy SEAL. What will you choose? There so many options you have, you can try several each year if you want. It’s up to you, but don’t take our word for it.
Listen to our Cadets tell you about their experiences.
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