HELPING TO CREATE OUR NATION'S NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS
We firmly believe that the only way to create leaders is to have them lead. This year, we took a deeper look at the leadership experiences of our senior cadets. These are the cadets who lead their peers at our national training events and within their local units. The experience of giving cadets the responsibility of leading their peers is special to our program, and we take it seriously.
Here's what our cadets have to say
“What do I need to do as a leader? This is a question I have pondered ever since I entered into this program… When I first began my journey in the program, I was a timid and frightened individual. I can honestly say that after putting in seven years with the Naval Sea Cadets, I have become an independent and confident young adult.”
–Sierra Slobodecki, Former Sea Cadet
“I realized that, while a leader should be steadfast in pursuing the objective, it is important to listen to your squad’s ideas about reaching your goal. I can’t overemphasize the importance of hearing out my cadets’ ideas.”
-Joseph Patrinostro, Former Sea Cadet
“I believe that leadership by example is the most important and effective principle of leadership. As a squad leader at Recruit Training, I led my squad in simple tasks like cleaning the barracks. At seamanship training, I was put in charge of a company of 12 cadets… When tasked with disciplining… I volunteered our company for cleaning detail. As their leader, I did not watch them clean – I cleaned right along with them.”
– CPO Christian Hirsch, NSCC
“I have found that the two separate ideas of patience and motivation become tightly woven when in charge of many recruits. You must instill esprit de corps and encourage them to embrace the heritage and history of the Navy and Coast Guard, yet you have to let time and your leadership ability mold them into the team you have taught them to be.”
– PO1 Maxwell Yonkers, NSCC
“The biggest thing I realized during those two weeks was that I was training the next generation of NSCC leaders. In a few years, the recruits I put through boot camp will be the petty officers and chief petty officers that are in the same shoes I am in now. This revelation gave me the determination to share everything I know about the Sea Cadets, so that in a few short years when they’re in my position, they will be as good as - or better - than I am."
– CPO Jessica Perry, NSCC
"Whether at a SCUBA training, Recruit Training, or even at a regular drill, your battle buddy, is simply put, your lifeline. As a cadet, I would often tell myself that I had to act like the kind of battle buddy everybody wants in their life. Even now, as a chief I still aim to be that. Set the standard and good battle buddies, wise mentors and even greater opportunities are sure to follow."
- CPO Ruby Stith, NSCC
"In my opinion, it doesn't matter what rank you have; you must always lead by example. Those three words can change the atmosphere of a division or training ship."
- PO2 Rea Smith, NLCC