Do I have to pay for my uniform?
No it is provided by the charity and will be issued to you on joining as well as any other equipment you might need to carry out your Sea Cadet activities. We ask for a uniform service charge of £20 when you are issued with your uniform, but other than cleaning you will not have a further charge for the uniform you are issued with.
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.
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 Armed forces and their enthusiasm along with the experience and skills they have mean that Sea Cadets benefit from a unique insight into the adventure activities we offer them, along with the rank structure we operate.
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. 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)