Information on the Sea Cadets/JPJ Division

Who are the Sea Cadets? 
We believe we are the best youth organization around. Our purpose is to build character, core values of respect, team work, self confidence, leadership, and most important of all to make the right choices in life that will guarantee each of them success. And yes, we do have a lot of fun doing it.

What do the Sea Cadets do? 
The Sea Cadets are well respected throughout the Navy, Coast Guard, and the community. Sea Cadets are provided the opportunity to visit Naval and Coast Guard ships, bases and stations, provide color guards for community functions, and have the opportunity to do many other exciting experiences other youth only dream about. We encourage and aid American youth to develop an interest and skill in basic seamanship, and in its naval adaptations, to train them in seagoing skills, and teach them patriotism, courage, self reliance, and kindred virtues. Our local staff instructors and senior cadets provide training on military and civilian subjects such as ship and aircraft identification, ranks and insignias, computer safety awareness and a host of other topics. Guest speakers, both civilian and military also provide educational training in first aid, boating safety, fire fighting, and many other interesting topics.

Are Sea Cadets obligated to join the military?

No. Our purpose is not to train recruits for the military. When training with the Navy, US Naval OPNAV INSTRUCTION 5760.5C (Navy Support and Assistance to Youth Groups) direct that “Active recruiting of members of youth groups shall not be undertaken while guests of the Navy”.

Who supports the Sea Cadets?

The Officers, Cadets, and Cadet Parents of John Paul Jonese are proud and grateful to receive the unit’s primary support from the generosity and hard work of the board of directors, officers, and membership of the Navy League of the United States – Panama City Council.

Who runs the program and who is in charge of all of this?

There is a command structure that strictly adheres to the Naval Sea Cadets Corps Regulations and follows US Naval protocols and traditions. The Commanding Officer down through the chain of command is comprised of a staff of very dedicated individuals who perform and oversee all aspects of the John Paul Jones Division. From the administrative side that keep personnel and division records up to date, to training, operations, supply, medical, to the Parents Chairperson and Staff Advisor, to the Navy League Committee Chairman, all are here for the cadets. No one gets paid or compensated, and many long hard hours are volunteered at times outside of our Saturday drills to insure that the cadets’ experience is complete in every respect.

How did the Sea Cadets get their start?

The NSCC was established by the Navy League of the United States in 1958 at the request of the Department of the Navy. The NSCC was well received and grew rapidly in both number of units and in the number of young people enrolled. In 1962, the NSCC was federally chartered by Congress under Public Law 87-655 as a non-profit civilian organization with specific objectives and purposes in regard to training of American boys, this training to be accomplished through organization and cooperation with the Department of the Navy. The law established the NSCC as a legal entity, separate from the Navy League, and set forth the corporate powers and other enabling details for the functioning of the NSCC. In 1974, Public Law 87-655 was amended by Public Law 93-504 to permit enrollment of girls in the Corps.

Who can join?

In order to join the Navy League Cadet Corps (ages of 10 and 13)
or Naval Sea Cadet Corps (ages of 14 and 17).   Applicants must meet the following criteria:

–  Pass a qualifying physical examination by a qualified Medical Facility. *****

– A full time student and maintain satisfactory grades (2.00 “C” grade point average).

–  Free of felony convictions.

–  The commanding officer, or a designated representative, must interview the parent(s)/guardian(s) of each cadet applicant to ensure their understanding of the goals and objectives of the NSCC, the nature of the training, and the need for their support in the conduct of training.

******* A medical examination similar to a high school sports physical is required for all cadet applicants to the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) or Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC). No one will be denied admission to the NSCC/NLCC due to a medical disability. Where a medical condition precludes full, unlimited participation, a Request for Accommodation (NSCADM 015) may be presented by the parent or guardian for review so the cadet may participate in NSCC activities to the maximum extent possible.  Adult applicants must be in good health commensurate with their age group and be free from any ailment or condition that would prevent them from satisfactorily performing their primary duty of supervising youth. NOTE: Adults not physically qualified to perform all duties may still participate with a waiver from NHQ considering the parameters of their expected contribution to the NSCC program.*********

The United States Naval Sea Cadets is a place for youth to be a part of knowing that it will be free of drugs and gangs. There is no bias towards race, religion, color, or ethnic background. The only color here is Navy Blue.

How do I advance in rank?

Once a new recruit is brought aboard you will never be left behind. When properly earned (as per regulations), you will advance in rank through your own hard work and determination, with the guidance, help, and leadership of your superiors. You are your own individual, but more importantly, you will be part of a close knit team that strives for success. As you advance in rank, you will be fostered into a leadership role to pass on your experience and knowledge by teaching the ones below you what you have learned in order to maintain the unit evolutionary cycle.

Summer Training Programs 

Some of the training for the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps takes place over the summer months and occasionally during winter and spring breaks. Cadets who join during the current school year may be eligible to apply for summer training. The first training evolution for all cadets is Recruit Training, better known as boot camp. It is a scaled down version of the Navy’s boot camp. During Recruit Training cadets are instructed by active military personnel, reserve military personnel, Sea Cadet officers, and Sea Cadet Staff in military drill and discipline, physical fitness, seamanship, shipboard safety, first aid, naval history, and leadership. Sea Cadets who have successfully completed Recruit Training, may participate in any of the various Advanced Training offered in locations throughout the United States.

What Summer and Winter Advanced Training’s are available?
– Airman Training (Basic & Advanced)
– Air Traffic Control Training
– FAA Ground School
– Culinary Arts Training
– Medical Training (General, Field, Surgical & Dental Tech)
– Firefighting Training
– Photo Journalism Training
– Ceremonial Guard
– Submarine Seminar
– Marksmanship Training
– Construction Battalion (SEABEE) Training (Basic & Advanced)
– Mine Warfare Operations Training
– Music School
– Seal Team Training
– Explosive Ordinance Disposal Training
– Amphibious Training
– Petty Officer Leadership Academy
– Master-at-Arms Training (Military Police/Law)
– Judge Advocate General (JAG) Training
– Sailing School
– SCUBA School
– Seamanship Training
– Shipboard Training
-Opportunities also include living aboard Navy and Coast Guard Ships and Shore Stations for two weeks.

In addition to the above, those cadets who exhibit extraordinary initiative and leadership ability may participate in annual exchanges with Sea Cadet Corps’ around the world.
– Foreign Exchange Partners
– Australia
– Belgium
– Bermuda
– Canada
– Hong Kong
– Japan
– Netherlands
– Russia
– South Korea
– United Kingdom

Is there any kind of scholarship program if I choose to go to college?

Yes. There are five separate scholarship programs, each established for the purpose of assisting cadets, and former cadets, in continuing their education at an accredited four year college/university. The individual programs are:

– NSCC Scholarship Fund

– NLUS Stockholm Scholarship Fund

– San Diego Gas & Electric Scholarship Fund

– Lewis A. Kingsley Foundation Scholarship Fund

– NSCC Named Scholarship Program
For more information on becoming part of our team or when our next open house will be held contact:

Ltjg. James M. Fath