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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. In our 2016 graduating class, 32% of our cadets went on to attend a two- or four-year college or university, while 57% of this class of cadets indicated that they were planning to pursue military service. To date, more than 170,000 youth have graduated from the Sea Cadets.

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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