On Nov. 18, 2015, in partnership with the Young Marines, we kicked off the Military Youth Programs Congressional Caucus. Co-chaired by Rep. Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), this caucus was created to educate its members about our organizations, advocate for continued congressional support, and ensure that our programs thrive well into the future.
You can write to your representative to encourage them to support the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps by joining the Military Youth Programs Congressional Caucus!
1. Find your representative by clicking here and typing in your zip code.
2. Contact your representative by sending them an email. You can write your own or start with the downloadable template below.
Current Members of the Military Youth Programs Caucus:
Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam) - Co-Chair
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) - Co-Chair
Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL)
Rep. Kenneth Calvert (R-CA)
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)
Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)
Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA)
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA)
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT)
Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA)
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ)
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)
Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)
Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA)
Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ)
Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)
Delegate Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-American Samoa)
Rep. Peter Sessions (R-TX)
Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is the only congressionally chartered, military-oriented youth program where the participants (cadets and volunteers) are responsible for paying many of the program expenses out-of-pocket.
In 2001, it became apparent that the training program had become too expensive for many cadets. The USNSCC set a goal to find sufficient additional funding ($2M) in order to “buy down” the individual’s training costs to a reasonable amount. At our request, our Navy sponsor, the Navy Recruiting Command, input this amount into the President’s Budget request as an unfunded requirement. Only through on-going congressional support, via additional funds, were we able to maintain this program.
Congress appropriated an increasing portion of the unfunded requirement from FY 2001 ($1M) through FY 2005 ($1.7M). In FY 2005, conference language was added to the Defense Appropriations Bill strongly urging Navy to fund the entire requirement. The Navy then included the last congressionally appropriated amount ($1.7M) in their subsequent budget request and maintained that funding level since, though training costs and enrollment numbers have continued to increase. Congress has supported the program through additional funding beyond the Navy-programmed funding level in subsequent legislation.
Below are the FY16 funding requirements for our program:
Full Requirement: $4.984M
Total Federal Grant: $2.905M
Navy Budget Request: $1.700M
Unfunded (Congressional Add): $1.205M
The Navy Budget Request and the Congressional Add equal our total federal grant amount. This amount sacrifices our goals of reduced enrollment fees and the total defrayment of all uniform and unit costs. This amount will allow for program maintenance, but will preclude any significant program growth. It is the minimum requirement to maintain program viability.