U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Seaman Apprentice Mikesell, Centurion Battalion, participates in beach physical training. The Sea Cadets is a federally chartered non-profit youth development program for ages 11 through the completion of high school.
U.S. Naval Sea Cadets "dress left" to align themselves in formation.
Sea Cadets wait for instructions during beach physical training. Once enrolled in the Sea Cadets, members must attend a mandatory two week training camp before they can join their local division. The curriculum is approved by the U.S. Navy and standardized at all training sites.
U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Petty Officer 3rd Class Foster, Palm Beach Division, makes a "sand angel" during beach physical training.
Central Florida area U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps members participate in beach physical training on the same beach that is recognized as the birth place of the U.S. Navy SEALs. From 1943 to 1946, thousands of volunteers were trained here as members of Naval Combat Demotion Units and Underwater Demolition Teams, the precursors to the SEALs.
U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Petty Officer 1st Class Overfield, Centurion Battalion, does push-ups during beach physical training. After successful completion of recruit training, Sea Cadets may choose from a wide variety of advanced training opportunities including, Petty Officer Leadership Academy, Basic or Advanced Underwater Scuba, the United States Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Introduction Mission.
U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Seaman Apprentice Cadiz, Centurion Battalion, provides a rallying cry to his shipmates during beach physical training. Cadets perform a variety of types of community service benefiting their hometowns, by participating in roadside and park clean-up efforts, and volunteering at public libraries and museums. Cadets also provide support to veterans through outreach programs and honor guard detachments for memorial services.
U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Seaman Apprentice Wilson, Palm Beach Division, braces himself against the surf of the Atlantic Ocean that is about to wash over him during beach physical training. Recruit training is designed to familiarize cadets with Navy life and Navy-style discipline, advanced training focuses on military and general career fields and opportunities.
U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Petty Officer 3rd Class Schindele, Centurion Battalion, helps Recruit Cadet Ouvier, Palm Beach Division, prepare for a memorial service for former U.S. Navy SEALs who have died in 2016. During the ceremony, cadets provided a ceremonial guard, flag detail and ushered guests.
U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Seaman Recruit Terner, Palm Beach Division, waits for her shipmates to get settled for a group photo. Cadets are not required to join the armed services upon graduation; however, when they do, According to former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, each cadet who enlists saves the Navy more than $14,000 in life-cycle training costs.