Why do Sea Cadets need more help?

We have 14,000 young people and many more hoping to join a local unit near them. But we need more volunteers to help and guide these young people so that they can grow and develop in a safe environment. If more adults helped out this would take the burden off our current volunteers and allow more young people to experience the thrill of being a Sea Cadet. More adults mean we can include more young people. We always welcome any help from adults.

How can I help with Sea Cadets?

There are many ways you can give your time to us whatever your gender, age, abilities and skills. Simply let us know your availability and how you would like to help and we will match this to roles within your local area.

My child is a Sea Cadet, is there anything I could do to help?

Yes definitely and we'd like to hear from you! Many of our volunteers have children, nephews and nieces in Sea Cadets, so they can see first hand how Sea Cadets benefits young people. Plus volunteering enables you to give something back, spend more time with your child. Volunteering for Sea Cadets is enjoyable, gives you more skills and allows you to share these with the next generation. Speak to your child's Commanding Officer to discuss how you might become involved.

Do I have to wear uniform?

No. Although Sea Cadets is a uniformed organisation, it will depend on the role you volunteer for, some adults in Sea Cadets do not have to wear a uniform.

What is the process for joining?

There is an application form to fill out which someone at your local Unit will be able to help you with. For some roles you will be required to meet a small group of people outside of the group to discuss the role you wish to take on. References are also required for some roles. An enhanced Criminal Records (or equivalent in Scotland or Northern Ireland) check is carried out on all volunteers.

Will I be insured?

Yes. All volunteers are covered under MOD indemnity our Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Policy.


Does it cost anything to join the Sea Cadets?

At T.S. Sheffield the current cost is £1 a night

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.

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, the British Sub Aqua club, 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 syllabuses 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, Music or Engineering 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)


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