The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a nationwide organization dedicated to helping American youth realize personal success and achievement through a nautically oriented training program. Through Sea Cadet leadership, young Americans ages 10 through 13 (Navy League Cadets) and ages 13 through 17 (Sea Cadets) develop interest and skill in basic seamanship and its naval adaptations, while learning the value of patriotism, courage, self reliance, teamwork and accountability.
The Ben Moreell Battalion & Training Ship Nicholas H. Anderson are sponsored by the Ventura County Council Council of the Navy League of the United States, a nonprofit organization of U.S. citizens deeply committed to the welfare of young Americans. With this sponsoring, the Ben Moreell Battalion & Training Ship Nicholas H. Anderson are able to offer low annual dues and low cost summer trainings to our cadets.
Sea Cadets train aboard U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships and shore activities, and are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms marked with Naval Sea Cadet insignia. Over 300 Sea Cadet units are opening in nearly every state as well as Puerto Rico and Guam, with some 9,500 members. Locally we participate in parades, color guards, marksmanship training, fireman training, and other activities. We also work on community service activities.
Membership in the Sea Cadets allows teenagers to sample military life with no obligation to join any branch of the armed forces. Should cadets decide to enlist in the Navy or Coast Guard, their training may allow them entry at an advance paygrade. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps affords equal opportunity for participation to all young Americans regardless of race, color, religion, gender or disability.
This program is NOT for everyone. Those who join thinking it’s playing “dress-ups” in sailor suits, or join to lose weight, or join because they’re forced into it by parents or others, generally don’t stay long. For those who want to learn the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment, and about Navy life, and want some discipline in their life, this is an excellent program. The training opportunities for Sea Cadets are tremendous, and are discussed on the next page.