Every year, Congress authorizes and appropriates additional funding to ensure our training is covered for the coming year. This year, the entire 13,000-member Naval Sea Cadet Corps is receiving just $1.7M in federal funds, but there is an additional appropriations request that is in its final approval stages. The House Appropriators have recommended that an additional $5M is added to the Sea Cadet funds in the Navy FY18 budget, but the Senate has not recommended any additional funding. As budget negotiators make a final decision, you can write your senators and representatives to ask for their help in ensuring the additional $5M in funding.
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SUBJ: U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Funding for Fiscal Year 2018
Dear Congressman/Senator ________,
I’m _________, a League/Sea Cadet in your District/State, and I attend ________ School where I’m in the ___ th grade. I want to quickly write you about a funding issue before Congress this month. As you know, the Sea Cadet program is a great organization, and I’ve learned a lot about _______ over the past several years. The Sea Cadet program has made me a better person and has given me great exposure to the sea services and life-changing leadership experiences. I’ve really grown as a person while serving with the Sea Cadets.
Every year, Congress authorizes and appropriates additional funding to ensure our training is covered for the coming year. This year, the entire 13,000-member Naval Sea Cadet Corps is receiving just $1.7M in federal funds, but there is an additional appropriations request that is in its final approval stages. The House Appropriators have recommended that an additional $5M is added to the Sea Cadet funds in the Navy FY18 budget, but the Senate has not recommended any additional funding. As your budget negotiators make a final decision, I’m hopeful that your office could help ensure that the $5M in funding from the House takes precedence, and the Sea Cadets receive an additional $5M in funds for our training.
Thank you very much,
[Full Name, Hometown]
Thank you for your support!
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 FY18 funding requirements for our program:
Full Requirement: $6.7M
Total Federal Grant: Not yet determined by Congress (the DoD has been operating under a Continuing Resilutuon from October 1, 2016 through January 19, 2018).
Navy Budget Request: $1.70M
Unfunded (House Appropriations Congressional Add): $5.0M
The Navy Budget Request and the Congressional Add equal our future total federal grant amount. This amount is unknown, and can vary greatly. If the House’s request for an additional $5M in funding is not approved, it will result in an amount below $6.7M. A reduced amount below our $6.7M requirement 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 and jeopardize training opportunities. Please contact your Representative and both Senators to ask for their support of an additional $5M in congressional funding for the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.