Sea Cadets participate in veterans day parade in West Palm Beach

Why Choose Sea Cadets

A Message from the Commanding Officer to
Parents and Guardians.

Welcome to our public information website.

Allow me to thank you for considering the Naval Sea Cadet Corps and Navy League Cadet Corps as a potential activity for your son or daughter. This website is separate from the secure portal we use for scheduling, communication, active drills and training and is provided for information purposes only.

Though I may be biased in my opinion, I have not found a more credible and noteworthy program for kids. My involvement started with my son and even though he has long since graduated out of the program, I became so involved and protective of what the program represents and I have witnessed so many really great good things come from kids involvement with the Sea Cadet program, that I continue on volunteering today in the hopes that it may help many others.

As many people are aware from news reports and social media, there has been concerning major allegations of abuse claims in the world of youth programs. As a father of two, former police officer, little league coach and special needs volunteer and having worked with hundreds of kids from all over the world and all walks of life, I can say that we are all most assuredly concerned and on high alert. A child’s safety is not only a priority, it is a right that we cannot allow to be swept aside.

I am a long time resident of the Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens area and I know a lot of other parents in town that feel the same as I do. All the years I have been with the Sea Cadet program have all been in Palm Beach County. The Sea Cadet program has been in the West Palm Beach area since 1985 when it was housed in the old Navy Reserve Center on Riverside Drive in Palm Beach Gardens. It moved to the Navy Operational Support Center on Marine Drive in West Palm Beach across from Palm Beach International Airport in the late 90’s.

There are now 4 Sea Cadet units in Palm Beach County located in Boca Raton, Lantana, Royal Palm Beach and now in Jupiter. Our Squadron is new and started in October of 2020.

I take great pride in the fact that the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the Navy League Cadet Corps have been extremely proactive in prevention and not just combating this scourge.

I hope you will read through this entire posting so that you may get a better understanding of what this program can do and why it is so important. I have done my best to try and translate that in to words.

Cadet safety is always our first priority.

We have a long a storied history. For more than 58 years, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps has served American youth. Maybe one of the best kept secrets for decades, the Sea Cadet program is quickly becoming the premier preferred program choice for parents and their kids. In a time where you need to be watchful, alert and protective of your children, the Sea Cadet program stands apart.

We protect our cadets. Every adult volunteer whether they are current military or not, receives an extensive background investigation, must provide references, must attend ongoing professional education and must complete annual abuse prevention training through the Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children program. Just like cadets, they must adhere to a Volunteer Code of Conduct.

Prospective adult volunteers may shadow at a unit for up to two drill periods only (as defined in Training and Operations Manual 0201.2), but may not supervise cadets, be left alone with cadets, participate in overnight activities, or participate in hands-on or physical training until their application has been FULLY processed with all background checks complete and references verified. The USNSCC does not collect or use Social Security Numbers for cadets. Social Security Numbers are collected for adults to facilitate thorough background checks.

Minimum Two Deep Supervision. No adult shall be left alone with any single cadet. It is required that at least two adults always be present. A lone cadet may not be out of line of sight with any adult other than their own parent or guardian. In addition, in cases of female cadets, there must always be a female officer present. Cadets cannot receive a ride to or from home with a lone adult volunteer (other than their parent, guardian or someone designated by the parent in writing such as a brother, sister, aunt, etc.) even if the adult is known to that family.

Cadets follow the rule of three. Cadets moving from station to station, in between evolutions or in hold pattern shall always be in groups of three or more of the same gender. Cadets, Officers, and Staff will never meet or engage in counseling with Cadets without a minimum of three or more people present. Cadets, Officers, and Staff may at anytime remind other parties of the Rule of Three. The Rule of Three is for the protection and well being of all Cadets, Officers, and Staff.

We are often asked these questions:
Why should my son or daughter join Sea Cadets? What is different about Sea Cadets versus other youth groups or programs? What is Sea Cadets?

Let me begin by saying what the Sea Cadet program is not.
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is not:

  • A corrective program for poor behavior. Though we are disciplined, we are not a youth ranch. Cadets participate and voluntarily follow orders and follow a written code of conduct. Cadets in the program WANT to be in the program.
  • A military recruiting program. Future military service is NOT a requirement to join Sea Cadets. We do not try to convince your son or daughter to become a Navy SEAL, even though nearly all of them want to be one until they find out what it really takes to become a SEAL (I went through this cycle with my own son who graduated from the program, he is now in college to become a mechanical engineer). Cadets do get exposure to wide variety of jobs and careers that can range from photography and cooking to nursing, personnel management and yes, they can even train with Navy SEALs. These trainings often helps them decide what they may want to do in the future. Another example is one cadet that took a culinary training, fell in love with cooking, and went on to attend Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, the alma mater of Julia Child.
  • A babysitting program. While we do teach independence and self-reliance, parent or guardian support, involvement and encouragement is needed. We start on time so we need your cadet to be there before that time. Some days and some trainings can be tough. Your cadet may need encouraging words. Making time to make sure your cadet participates and is balancing school, Sea Cadets and other extracurricular activities is important. Helping support the unit where, how and when you can is also encouraged.

Now that we have reviewed what the program is not, let’s review what it is.

We are a disciplined organization modeled after the Navy’s professional development system that follows the Navy core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Cadets are expected to maintain military bearing and follow military customs and courtesies. Adhere to the Cadet Code of Conduct and all members adult or cadet must adhere to the Sea Cadet Core Values. Say “Yes Sir, No Sir” and “Aye, aye Sir” (or Ma’am depending on the officer). We are more disciplined then most youth programs.

We are a studious organization. Good academics are encouraged and a requirement to join and remain in the program. Cadets are required to complete written coursework and exams. League Cadets complete a four part syllabus appropriate for ages 10 to 12. Sea Cadets complete coursework that is modeled from the coursework provided in the U.S. Navy. Coursework and exams are required throughout your cadets time in the program.

We promote higher learning. Each year approximately 15% of the accepted candidates to the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman ranks are former Sea Cadets. This percentage represents the second highest group outside of high school sports. Approximately 70% of former cadets go on to serve in everything from military careers in all branches to becoming police, fire, EMT and paramedics to FBI, CIA, commercial shipping crew and Public Health Service and yes, occasionally, we do have one or two that become a Navy SEAL or fighter pilot or Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer. We are very proud of the high rate of Sea Cadets that go on to college in for civilian private sector jobs too!

We provide advancement and benefits. Most cadets score much higher than average on the ASVAB should they choose to enlist plus they get added benefits of higher pay and rate (or rank). This gives them an opportunity for a wider range of available jobs otherwise known as ratings in the Navy and Coast Guard or MOS in other branches. In addition, cadets get special consideration when applying to an Academy.

We serve our communities. The typical cadet that graduates from the program will have earned an average of 200 community service hours just from their Sea Cadet participation. This can be used towards high school graduation credit and qualification for the Bright Futures Scholarship. In addition, many colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning require community service hours to apply.

We offer activities and opportunities that less than 1% of youth in the U.S. will ever get to do or see.

Naval Sea Cadets and Navy League Cadets are afforded opportunities to train with active duty members from the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force and Merchant Marine.

All cadets must learn basic seamanship. There are performance standards every cadet must meet. While we do spend a lot of time learning to march, salute and how to properly hold a flag, we also get to do some really cool things.

One drill may find cadets learning how to save a sinking ship and another taking flight on a C-130 while still another they may feel the rotor wash of a Blackhawk helicopter. Cadets get to enjoy types of trainings. They can build and operate underwater and airborne drones. They can learn survival tactics and strategies. They can cruise on a Coast Guard cutter. They can learn to fly. Get private and special access to active duty Navy ships.

Cadets get to meet Admirals, Captains and Dignitaries. They march in parades and honor veterans. They learn first aid and life saving skills. There is so much offered that it is not possible to experience it all even if you started at 10 years old and stayed in the program until you were 17.

There are new and exciting plans for the future as well. Read the stories of their experiences from the cadets themselves in our quarterly magazine Seafarer, the official publication of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

Previewing a drill training is done by appointment only.

I invite you to contact us and get more information and arrange an appointment in person or via virtual meeting. Now is a great time to join. Even with current restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a great opportunity for your son or daughter to get a jump on program and be ready to excel. We are running both virtual and in-person drill trainings with safety restrictions.

Email me via the Contact Us page or message me on Facebook with your contact info and I will respond with my contact number. I look forward to meeting you and your future cadet!

LT Frank Verna
Commanding Officer
Jupiter/Langley (AC-3/CV-1) Squadron

Through a special agreement with the Bureau of Land Management, open air drills are held at Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse ONA.

Aviation related drills are held at the North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport.