Do I have to pay for my uniform?
No it is provided by the Charity and will be issued to you on joining.
What is the rank structure in Sea Cadets, how does that work?
Owing to our heritage we operate on similar lines to the Royal Navy. Both cadets and volunteers enter a rank structure on joining. As they learn and master new skills they rise through the structure. More qualified Sea Cadets often share in the guiding of younger, less qualified cadets. A cadet can progress to Petty Officer Cadet. Volunteers begin as civilian instructors (other than those joining unit management teams) and after a six month probationary period is completed can opt to be uniformed instructors, they could rise to the rank of Warrant Officer or be selected as Officers, some can rise to the rank of Commander. Those joining Royal Marines Cadets follow a rank structure aligned to the Royal Marines.
I’ve been in the Armed Forces and I’d like to support my local Sea Cadets, can I do that?
Many of our volunteers have been in the Royal Navy or other Armed Forces. Their skills, experience and enthusiasm give cadets a unique insight and can add to the cadet experience. We also welcome those with experience in the Merchant Navy and other youth organisations.
Do I have to be in the Royal Navy to be a volunteer?
No, not at all, we are looking for people with enthusiasm and energy and who are committed to helping young people reach their goals.
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.
What national qualifications can I achieve as a Sea Cadet?
There are many, which include; qualifications from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), the British Canoeing Union (BCU), the British Sub Aqua Club, St John Ambulance Brigade, the Institute of Leadership and Management plus others. You can also achieve BTEC qualifications. We keep our syllabuses modern and relevant to young people and where appropriate, align them to nationally recognised awards.
What is a BTEC qualification?
As a Sea Cadet you can choose to 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 equivalent to four GCSEs at grade C (four standard grades at level 3 in Scotland)