From Sea Cadet to Sailor

By Seaman Grant Bruley, NSCC, Seaman Cierra McCaskill, NSCC, and Seaman Alyssa Vossen, NSCC

Wolverine Divison, Monroe, Mich.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Julia Murphy, USN, is 21-years-old and in the U.S. Navy. She serves aboard USS Blue Ridge as a culinary specialist, responsible for feeding around 200 officers. The mission of USS Blue Ridge is to maintain the peace with Asian countries. Her ship is stationed in Japan, her longest deployments have been three months, and she has been to numerous countries, including Thailand, Australia, South Korea, and the Philippines. To date, her favorite country has been Thailand.

Murphy was in the Naval Sea Cadet Corps for six years and was our unit's first chief petty officer. Her time in the program has helped her prepare for life in the Navy. Her days are around 12 hours long, and she speaks to family every other week. Life aboard the ship is “very noisy.” In the galley, there is the constant banging of pots and pans. Add that to the waves that are either crashing or caressing the side of the ship, depending on the swell of the sea, and the squeaking of the ship as it moves. When the ship is in port, she gets the opportunity to explore the country, catch up on sleep, and enjoy time with friends. She also started to further her education by enrolling at the University of Maryland, studying International Business.  

“Life aboard is hard sometimes. It’s claustrophobic, noisy, and the hours are long, but I wouldn’t want to do anything else,” says Murphy. “Sea Cadets changed my life, gave me direction, gave me a family, and helped to shape my future.”

Our unit is very proud of Petty Officer Murphy. We believe she is who she is partly because of the USNSCC. Petty Officer Murphy, thank you for your service to the Sea Cadets, the Navy, and the United States.