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"Sea Cadets is more than a youth program; it's something that can change your life for the better." -Chief Petty Officer Xavier Garza, NSCC

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps recently celebrated 55 years of creating eye-opening experiences for our cadets. That's 55 years of creating leaders for our nation and providing unmatched opportunities that shape the lives of some of America's finest young people.

For some, it starts with a dream - to learn to fly or to serve one's country. For others, it offers educational training in STEM or computer programming that helps them succeed at a trade school or in college or at a service academy. For all, it is an experience that builds life skills, leadership attributes, and moral character. As one former cadet stated, "They taught me skills that pertain not just to the military, but also to civilian life such as teamwork, communication, organization, and conflict resolution. But most of all they have taught me how to fail, and fail gracefully. As a leader, you are going to make mistakes, and that is okay. But you must admit you made a mistake and then, learn from it."

We are helping to develop leaders with character who are going places. From the 2017 graduating class of more than a thousand Sea Cadets, 34% of the cadets intended to enlist in the military, while 52.6% went on to attend a two- or four-year college (including 23.3% attending a service academy or participating in a ROTC program). Cadets are becoming the Navy's future leaders, as reflected by the fact that every year, between 9-12% of the entering class at the U.S. Naval Academy are former cadets.

According to the Naval Academy, Sea Cadets, Civil Air Patrol, JROTC, and NJROTC comprised 17% of the class of 2021. At the beginning of plebe summer in 2017, USNA confirmed that there were 136 Sea Cadets out of 1,214 plebes in the class of 2021 or 11.2% of the class. There are twice as many former Sea Cadets at USNA than former CAP, JROTC, and NJROTC cadets combined.

Support the Sea Cadets today. Your donation will make it possible for us to reach more young people and volunteers, improve our world-class training, and expand our ability to provide unparalleled value for parents trying to raise the next generation of American leaders.


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