Types of Sea Cadet Units
There are several different types of units in the Sea Cadets in the Chicagoland area, each with its own focus and strengths. You are not required to join the nearest unit; all units have cadets from all around the area. If there is another unit with a focus closer to your interests, and you can commit to the attendance requirements, you are free to join any unit.
There are four basic types of sea cadet units:
- DIVISIONS, such as AURORA, EDWARD C. BENFOLD (Cary), GENERAL COLIN L. POWELL(Matteson), GREATER QUAD CITIES (Rock Island), JOHN F. KENNEDY (Forest Park), MAJOR GENERAL JOHN L. BORLING (Rockford), PIMITEOUI (Peoria), and 9-1-1 (Great Lakes) are oriented more toward the surface fleet.
- SQUADRONS, such as GHOSTRIDERS (Naperville), are oriented toward naval aviation.
- BATTALIONS, such as CARL G. STOCKHOLM (Chicago), are oriented toward field operations and construction battalions (i.e. Seabees).
- TRAINING SHIPS are specifically League Cadet units, often associated with a Sea Cadet Unit, such as TS BUTCH O’HARE/9-1-1 Division.
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets offers fantastic training opportunities for those who want to learn the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment and about Navy life. Feel free to contact the AURORA DIVISION or any of the other units mentioned above to discuss observing at an upcoming drill to see if this program is for you. Join us for the Adventure of a Lifetime.