Our Training Program Sets Us Apart
This was our biggest training year yet. Thousands of cadets learned about leadership, teamwork and seamanship through 332 national training events with subjects ranging from field ops to cyber warfare to scuba. Making training applicable and accessible is our priority and we feel great about our work this year.
Focus On The Future
With an increased focus on STEM, we had some exciting developments this year.
- Our CyberPatriot team from Fort Fisher Division (San Diego, CA) placed third in the nation in the all-service division and was the winner of the Cisco Networking Challenge. While many of their competitors practice their skills during school hours, our cadets practice in addition to their obligations to their units, schools, and extracurricular activities. This shows an incredible level of commitment that we think exemplifies the extraordinary nature of Sea Cadets.
- We pride ourselves on the depth and breadth of our training program. So, we are very excited about the STEM trainings that we added this year. In California, we held our first-ever Cyber Warfare Training, where cadets of all skill levels graduated with sufficient knowledge in securing networks and preventing cyber attacks. In Pennsylvania, cadets built Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, at our first training of its kind.
Join the SEA CADETS – See the World
We believe in the transformative power of experiencing new things. It builds character and fosters a sense of responsibility. In 2015, we sent 18 cadets and seven officers to seven countries. They brought back fresh perspectives on teamwork, camaraderie and life. You can read their stories here.
You’re Nothing Without Your Team
In 2015, we strengthened our existing relationships with organizations like CyberPatriot and SeaPerch, as well as with the Navy and Coast Guard. We also worked hard to cultivate new relationships. We created a partnership with Tall Ships of America in an effort to provide special training for our cadets aboard tall ships.
With the Young Marines and through the support of our friends on Capitol Hill, we held the first gathering of the Military Youth Programs Congressional Caucus. This caucus, co-chaired by Reps. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA), will help us reach more people and engender future support on Capitol Hill.
Using questions submitted by cadets in their home district, we interviewed members of Congress for our publication, Sea Cadet Quarterly. In 2015, our cadets interviewed Rep. Madeline Bordallo, Rep. Duncan Hunter, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Rep. Kenneth Calvert (R-CA). Our members also connected with their congressional representatives by inviting them to drill and national training events.