Do I have to pay for my uniform?
Yes, we charge a £20 one-off payment for issuing Cadets with their Uniform. This money goes towards badges, cleaning and replacing the Uniform when needed. As your child grows, we will replace their items on a one-for-one basis for no further charge.
What is the rank structure in Sea Cadets, how does that work?
Owing to our heritage our rank structure is aligned to the Royal Navy. Both cadets and volunteers enter a rank structure on joining Sea Cadets. Following a six month probabtionary period, and as you learn and master new skills you can rise through the structure; more qualified Sea Cadets often share in the guiding of younger less qualified Sea Cadets and volunteers can rise to the rank of Commander. Those joining the Royal Marines cadets follow a rank structure aligned to the Royal Marines.
Can I participate in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Sea Cadets?
Yes and you can compete for it as part of your normal sea cadet activities. We have had Cadets achieve all levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) within the last 12 months at Beccles Sea Cadets. The scheme is open to Cadets and Staff aged between 14 and 25.
What national qualifications can I achieve as a Sea Cadet?
There are many. You can gain qualifications from the Royal Yachting Association, British Canoeing Union, St John's Ambulance brigade, the Institute of Leadership and Management and others. You can achieve BTEC qualifications in a range of subjects. We are always looking to update our syllabi to make them relevant to young people, and, where appropriate, align them to nationally recognised bodies.
What is a BTEC qualification?
As a Sea Cadet you can work towards a BTEC in Public Services as part of your normal Sea Cadet activities. This is a nationally recognised qualification which is the equivalent to four GCSEs at grade C (four standard grades at level 3 in Scotland) You can also gain a BTEC in Music or Marine Engineering, however you must attend specific courses to acheive this.