How Do I Become a Sea Cadet

First Things First

Your First Step


Please contact Ens. Kim Ferrell at: kferrell@233rdseabeebattalion.org. Fill out the required forms on the Links page and bring them with you for an interview.

You will need to fill out the entire Cadet Application Form (11 pages).  In addition to the application, a copy of immunization record and Medical Insurance ID card are required. 

WHAT DOES IT COST TO JOIN THE SEA CADETS?

Initial enrollment fee is $200.00 for 1 year. This fee includes premiums paid towards the Sea Cadet Group Accident and Health Protection Plan. In addition to the Insurance Plan, it will cover your ID, ribbons earned, your rate insignia, flashes and use of most of your dress uniforms. Upon re-enrollment the cost is $100.00 per year. Any additional uniforms are $50 each.


Out of pocket expenses will include getting your BDU's, boots (preferably steel toed), cover, belts, t-shirt, socks, etc... Most of these can be purchased at your local Army/Navy Surplus stores or online.


Any additional money required would be for buying meals on drill dates if no meal is brought with the cadet or possibly for field trips and/or supplies needed for a particular drill. Cadets will know what to bring based on the POD (Plan of the Day).
 

WHAT DOES IT COST TO ATTEND TRAININGS?


While it is necessary to take at least 1 training each year, cadets may take as many as they would like. Trainings start at $150 for 5-7 days, $220 for 9 days and $300 for a 2 week training. Other various trainings may cost $400 or more for those going to locations outside the Continental United States.


The above training fees do not include the cost of transportation to or from the training. Some may require flying, others may be driven by vehicle. If traveling by vehicle and there are other cadets taking the same training, then carpooling is recommended.

Additional training fees may include, but are not limited, to the following:
Training Materials, Berthing, Meals, Possibly T-shirts and/or Covers

WILL SEA CADET TRAINING DETRACT FROM MY SCHOOL WORK?
Not likely. We try to meet one weekend per month. Occasionally due to some community service events and/or Color Guard Presentations we will meet an additional weekend day in a month but that would be for a few hours at most. If these events are not scheduled on an actual drill date then on most occasions these additional dates are optional in attendance. However the cadet will not earn community service hours towards their ribbon.
Homework may be brought with them to drill weekend and if necessary other cadets familiar in various subjects may tutor struggling cadets. We are here to try and help each and every cadet succeed in their future, wherever it may lead them.
Trainings are held during the summer months. However, there are usually a limited amount of trainings during the winter and spring breaks.
WILL CADETS BE PROMOTED?
Promotions are based upon merit, time served, attending trainings and the completion of course work. With those promotions, cadets are given increasingly more responsible positions and duties which are encouraged in order to develop qualities of leadership.
WHAT IS COURSE WORK?
Course Work is a series of assignments/tests. You will study the B.M.R. (Basic Military Requirements), Seaman, Petty Officer 3rd, 2nd and 1st Classes and finally the study guide for Chief.
At least three (3) of these assignments are due at each drill. More than 3 assignments turned in per drill is not only acceptable but is encouraged. This will help in getting your advancement/promotions in a timely fashion.
These assignments/tests are all open book except for when you advance to any of the Petty Officer positions (3rd, 2nd & 1st Classes). These Petty officer tests will be administered at the unit and then graded towards your advancement.
ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?
Yes! You must reach the rate of Seaman in order to qualify for the scholarships available through the U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Corps. Talk to your Unit Officers about the available list of scholarships.
WHO INSTRUCTS THE SEA CADETS?
The cadets are instructed by qualified volunteer adult leaders and/or veterans willing to devote their time and knowledge to this worthwhile activity.
If you are an adult and would like to volunteer please Contact Us for additional information.
WILL CADETS BE REQUIRED TO JOIN THE U.S. ARMED FORCES?
No. Sea Cadets have absolutely no commitment regarding future military service. However for those cadets who do decide to enlist in the Navy, Coast Guard or Marines, prior Sea Cadet training and a rate of Seaman may permit entry at an advanced pay grade.
WHAT IS THE MAIN PURPOSE OF SEA CADET TRAINING?
Sea Cadet units are organized along military lines, their main purpose is to foster good citizenship, leadership and an interest and appreciation of our nation's maritime services.

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