by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) offers a unique opportunity for youth ages 13 -17 to learn about the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine, as well as develop self-reliance and leadership skills. Cadets meet or “drill” at local units twice per month. These meetings foster teamwork, camaraderie and an understanding of the military command structure.

“The values I have learned in the NSCC have given me the motivation and dedication to push myself beyond what I thought was possible in both academics and sports.” ~ Chief Petty Officer Rombach 

In addition to participation in local units, cadets go through a variety of rigorous training programs which take place during the summer months and school breaks. The first training is a scaled down version of the Navy’s boot camp. Upon successful completion of boot camp, cadets can take part in advanced training schools, including medical training and Navy SEAL team training among many others. The cadets also have the opportunity to live aboard Navy and Coast Guard ships and shore stations for two weeks. Participation in the Sea Cadet Corps is especially beneficial to those who wish to attend a military academy or join one of the service branches.

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