"Whatever you’re thinking, think bigger!"
Rear Adm. Charles Beers, USN (Ret.)
(Former) Commander, Submarine Group Ten
"I joined the Naval Sea Cadet unit when it started up at the local Naval Reserve Center when I was an eighth grader in Pasadena, CA. My father was in the Navy and when he was transferred to Washington, D.C., I transferred to the Sea Cadet program there [Henry E. Mooberry Division]. I attended boot camp in San Diego as a Sea Cadet and my experience served me well when I joined the Naval Reserve and when to boot camp again . . . and for sure my entire Plebe year at the U.S. Naval Academy. I spent three years in the Naval Sea Cadet Corps and believe that it gave me great training for the future I faced then, as well as the future I look forward to now. It cemented my belief that I wanted to join the Navy; but I know that if I had not decided to pursue a Naval career, my Sea Cadet experience would help me in any field."
Brigadier General Hugh B. Tant, III, USA (Ret.)
"I will always be grateful for my wonderful experience as a youth member of the Navy League and Naval Sea Cadet programs. They clearly taught me to respect my people and they would respect me. Thanks to the Naval Sea Cadet Corps for helping me achieve Flag Rank through your dynamic leadership program."
Captain David C. Leestma, USN (Ret.)
Director of Flight Crew Operations, National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
"I remember joining the Navy League Cadet Corps when I was in the 8th grade and was living in Southern California. A close friend's father was one of the officers in the new unit and he convinced me to attend some of the first meeting. I enjoyed the discipline, the close order drill, the anticipation of receiving a uniform, and looked forward to actually sailing on a REAL Navy ship! We met in one of the old blimp hangars at the Marine Corps Annex in Tustin, CA. It was a thrill for me to be able to get on the base. This was my first experience with the military service and it appealed to me. My career in the Navy has been exciting and eventful -- from conning ships, to flying F-14's off aircraft carriers, to flying in space. The sense of honor and accomplishment in serving in the Navy will be with me all my life. My time spent in the Navy League Cadet Corps was the beginning of this journey with the Navy that has been a lifetime experience."
The Honorable Gordon England
Former Secretary of the Navy
"The Naval Sea Cadet Corps has a long and proud legacy of developing future leaders not only for future military service but also as good citizens in our communities."
Admiral Gary Roughhead, USN
Chief of Naval Operations
"For half a century now the Sea Cadet Corps has helped countless young Americans truly understand the importance and impact of responsible citizenship. In teaching cadets about our rich naval traditions and core values of 'Honor, Courage, and Commitment,' these young men and women stay on a true, even course for productive and responsible citizenship."
Admiral Thomas H. Collins, USCG (Ret.)
Former Commandant of the Coast Guard
"The Sea Cadet program offers young people opportunities for adventure, leadership, and learning...The experience and maturity cadets gain provide a sound foundation for success in whichever direction they choose for their adult lives. I am proud that many Sea Cadets choose to continue to serve our nation as members of team Coast Guard."
Admiral Robert E. Kramek, USCG (Ret.)
Former Commandant of the Coast Guard
"The Sea Cadet Corps has a solid record of successfully training our nation's youth in positive leadership, personal discipline, and dedicated service. I applaud your impressive record of preparing these fine young men and women to be responsible citizens.
In addition, I very much appreciate the tremendous support the Coast Guard units nationwide receive from the augmentation by Sea Cadets each year. They display unusual maturity and professionalism beyond their years. I salute your many accomplishments."
Admiral Jay L. Johnson, USN (Ret.)
Former Chief of Naval Operations
"Our nation's youth deserve the best care and guidance we can give them. The USNSCC helps fulfill that goal by providing critical mentorship, training, and leadership opportunities to young people, enabling them to reach their full potential."