North Palm Beach Sea Cadets take a break at Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet

FAQ

What is the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps?

Our junior program, the Navy League Cadet Corps, is for youths ages 10 through 13. Our senior program, the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, is for youths age 13 through completion of high school. At each level, cadets are mentored by committed adults and peer leaders.

Sea Cadets train aboard Navy and Coast Guard ships and on shore activities. They are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) to wear U.S. Navy uniforms appropriately marked with Naval Sea Cadet Corps insignia. There are over 400 units in operation and found in almost every state in the union and including Guam and Puerto Rico. Over 9000 young Americans are participating. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps affords equal opportunity for participation to all American youth without regard to race, color, religion, or sex.

Official support of the USNSCC by the Navy is promulgated in OPNAVINST 5760.5D. Commander, Naval Recruiting Command is responsible for coordinating the U.S. Navy’s support of the NSCC. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps has also been designated by the United States Coast Guard as their primary youth program; official support of the USNSCC is outlined in the USCG External Affairs Manual COMDTINST M5700.13.
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For Parents

A complete overview for Parents and Guardians of potential cadets is available by clicking here. You can also download the Parent Handbook, a guide for parents during their child’s involvement with
the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
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Follow along new recruits and staff cadets during a typical day at Sea Cadet recruit training. This recruit training was held at Fort Indiantown Gap in the summer of 2016.

What are the requirements for membership?

Prospective cadets must be drug-, alcohol- and gang-free while attending school full-time, unmarried, have parental consent, and possess good moral character in addition to being interested in the program. Cadets must be prepared to attend and participate at monthly drills and special events.
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Will Sea Cadet training detract from schoolwork?

Not likely. Many cadets have multiple extracurricular activities such as sports and clubs. Most of our cadets are top performing students at their respective schools. Our Squadron meets the second and fourth Saturday of each month during the school year. Training away from home is usually conducted only during vacation periods. Away trainings are from 5 to 14 days long.

The Sea Cadet program emphasizes self-discipline and it’s not uncommon for parents to an increase in grades as a result of participation in the Sea Cadet Program.
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What will you learn as a Sea Cadet?

Sea Cadets study a broad range of subjects. Some are designed to help them to become better citizens. They study naval history, customs and traditions, seamanship, navigation and similar subjects, which would improve their chances for success, should they decide to join the sea services. There is no obligation to consider military service for any cadet that participates. The Jupiter/Langley Squadron focuses on Naval Aviation and related careers.

Throughout the year, cadets regularly meet for activities with a local unit. During school vacations, cadets have the opportunity to
participate in training events around the country. We offer programs in areas such as aviation, field and medical training, leadership development, military police science, scuba diving, seamanship, photojournalism and sailing. Cadets train aboard U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships and can meet Sea Cadets from around the world on our International Exchange Program. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a member in good standing of the International Sea Cadet Association.
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What are the chances for promotion?

Promotion within the Sea Cadets is based on merit. Promising young men and women, upon fulfilling specified qualifications, are given command positions and encouraged to develop qualities of leadership. Structure is the same as the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard starting with Seaman Recruit (SR) and goes up to Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO). In the Jupiter/Langley Squadron, once a SR completes his/her basic training and has reached the second level of Apprentice, they are referred to as Airman Apprentice and Airman respective of their rate (AA, AN). Learn more about promotions and training on our National Training Center page.
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The Jupiter/Langley Squadron is sponsored by the Palm Beach Council of the Navy League of the United States and supported by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt. The Navy League has provided a powerful voice for a stronger sea service to Congress and to the American people. The Navy League has grown into the foremost citizens’ organization to serve, support and stand with all the sea services – the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. flag Merchant Marine.
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Who instructs the Sea Cadets?

Sea Cadets are instructed by military personnel (former, active, reserve and retired) and by other adult leaders willing to devote their time and knowledge on a volunteer basis. The Jupiter/Langley Squadron is under the command of LT Frank Verna and LT Matthew Callander. Both have outstanding various qualifications and many years experience with the program.

Commanding Officer: LT Frank Verna is currently a Blue and Gold Officer of the United States Naval Academy (USNA). Blue and Gold Officers can help guide cadets through the admissions process if they desire an Academy appointment. He works closely with high school counselors, teachers and administrators throughout Palm Beach County. LT Verna is also the 2021 Executive Vice President and current Vice President of Youth Programs for the Palm Beach Council of the Navy League of the United States. In this capacity he works closely with officers and enlisted personnel from all branches and supports the efforts of other youth programs such as the Navy (NJROTC) and Marine Corps (MCJROTC) Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) located at high schools in Palm Beach County. He has been an officer for 7 years and has supervised and trained hundreds of cadets from all over the United States and serves as an International Exchange Officer.

Executive Officer: LT Matthew Callander is currently a commissioned officer (AMDO) with the U.S. Navy Reserve Force and the Lead Aircraft Tech for the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Aviation Division. He has a BS Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University. He taught Aerospace Science at Embry-Riddle, Palm Beach State College and Boynton Beach High School. He is a FAA certified and licensed Commercial Pilot-Airplane Multi Engine, Helicopter Pilot, Remote Aircraft Pilot (Drone), Airframe & Power Plant Mechanic Advanced and Ground School Instructor.
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What is the main purpose of the Sea Cadet training program?

While Sea Cadet units are organized along military lines, the main purpose is to foster good citizenship and an interest and appreciation of our nation’s seagoing military services (mainly the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the Merchant Marine).
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Membership Benefits

Cadets have the privilege of wearing the U.S. Navy uniform with appropriate Sea Cadet insignia. Cadets have absolutely no commitment regarding future military service, but cadets who do decide to enlist may be eligible to enter at an advanced paygrade. Cadet experience also helps individuals become more competitive for commissioning programs such as the United States Naval Academy (USNA) and Naval ROTC Scholarships. In addition, over 50 college scholarships are available to cadets who graduate the program in good standing to go to any higher education institution they choose. These scholarships are granted through the USNSCC as well as other scholarships granted from former members and supporting organizations. Additional benefits can be found by clicking here.
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How much does it cost to join?

To join the Jupiter/Langley Squadron there is an initial enrollment includes National fees which include administrative processing, insurance, and background checks of $90 and a one time unit uniform rental fee of $300 for as long as you are in the program. The uniform rental fee covers three sets of uniforms for Sea Cadets, Service Dress White (SDW), Type III Navy Working Uniform (NWU) and Coveralls. After your first 30 days, there is $30 unit dues each month. The current annual membership renewal is $100 and is due on the anniversary of your enrollment each year.

  • One Time – $390 Initial Enrollment (inc. NHQ fees and uniform rental)
  • Monthly – $30 unit dues
  • Annually – $100 membership renewal

Initial enrollment fees are preferred to be paid upfront but may be paid over a 90 day period at the discretion of the Commanding Officer.
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You may access the national website for detailed FAQ’s.