More than 280 sea cadets attended their initial basic training at Recruit Training Command (RTC). These cadets, aged 13-18, completed many of the same requirements that regular recruits must pass such as firefighting, basic ship handling, fire-arms familiarization, swim qualifications and an initial physical fitness assessment. After they have graduated, the cadets will move on to attend any one of 83 other follow-on training opportunities throughout the country.
These training opportunities correspond with “A” schools and a number of officer designators offered in the Navy.
The intent of this training is to give the cadets a better understanding of life in the military and prepare them for the standards they will need to meet if they choose to join. Approximately 60-70 percent of sea cadets become affiliated with the military in their adult life.
“During their graduation, I tell the parents that the cadets are no longer kids, but responsible young adults,” said Lt. Cmdr. Brian Kobleur, commanding officer for the sea cadets, region 9. “I hear from parents how incredible of an experience this is and what a profound change they notice in their son or daughter. They have accomplished something and they value it. They will remember this experience for a long time.”
The sea cadets formed in 1958 under the request of the Department of the Navy and have just completed their 52nd consecutive year at RTC. The sea cadets are in all 50 states including Guam and Puerto Rico.
For more information about the sea cadet program, visit their webpage at www.seacadets.org.