The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps (Sea Cadets) is a maritime based youth program sponsored by the U.S. Navy and supported by the U.S. Coast Guard. Cadets train on naval bases and other military installations in a variety of military disciplines, always choosing adventure, seeking challenges, and stepping outside of their comfort zones to prove to the world that Greatness Has No Age.


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The Sea Cadets was established by the Navy League of the United States at the request of the Department of the Navy in 1962 to "create a favorable image of the Navy on the part of American youth". 

Today the Sea Cadets continue to further the image of our maritime services by:

  • Developing an interest and ability in seamanship and seagoing skills

  • Instilling virtues of good citizenship and strong moral principles in each cadet

  • Demonstrating the value of an alcohol-free, drug-free and gang-free lifestyle

  • Exposing cadets to the prestige of public service and a variety of career paths through hands-on training with our nation's armed services

The mission of the Sea Cadets is to build leaders of character by imbuing in our cadets the highest ideals of honor, respect, commitment, and service.