Do I have to pay for my uniform?
No it is provided by the charity and will be issued to you on joining. 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. The Junior Section (10-11yrs) have a different uniform. This is purchased at cost to the indivudual for just under £20.
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. As you 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 complete 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)
Does it cost anything to join the Sea Cadets?
We ask cadets to pay a small sub each month which works out at £1 per parade night. There are charges for training courses and camps but these are kept to a minimum. Some activities like offshore sailing and expeditions can, in certain circumstances, be supported by bursaries or grants. All our Duke of Edinburgh Expedition training is subsidised to help keep participation at its highest. BTEC quailification is delivered Free Of Charge.