The Sea Cadet Mission
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 11 through 10 (Navy League Cadets) and ages 10 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 Aurora Division is sponsored by the Aurora 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 Aurora Division is able to offer reduced annual dues and low-cost summer training to our cadets. The Aurora Division includes both Sea Cadets and Navy League Cadets (ages 10 through 13). While many other units are specifically Sea Cadets or specifically League Cadets, in the Aurora Division they serve together.
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, firefighter 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 advanced pay grade. 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.