WHO WE ARE
TS Echo, Llanelli Sea Cadets is a unit of the Sea Cadets Corps, the nations largest maritime youth training organisation. We are one of the four MOD recognised youth organisations along with the Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps, and Combined Cadet Force. Although we receive funding from the MOD under a Memorandum of Understanding, we are not a pre-service organisation, and we do not recruit for the armed forces. We are an independent civilian youth charity.
The Aim of the Sea Cadet Corps is to help young people towards responsible adulthood by encouraging valuable personal attributes and high standards of conduct, using a nautical theme based on the customs of the Royal Navy
The aim is achieved by:
Providing exciting and challenging training of an adventurous nature. This generates self-confidence, self reliance, initiative, loyalty and a sense of duty.
Encouraging leadership qualities and team working
Discouraging behaviour that is not in keeping with the aim of the Sea Cadets.
Benefits of Being a Sea Cadet
The Sea Cadet Corps offers many activities for cadets. All activities give the chance to achieve qualifications orawards. Some of these qualifications and awards are from external bodies, like the Royal Yachting Association(RYA) or British Canoe Union (BCU). Where there aren’t any external bodies we train on a structure scheme based on Royal Navy standards. This is the case for Marine Engineering, Seamanship, Communications, Cook Steward and Meteorology. Cadets enjoy a varied training timetable including Sports, Shooting, Swimming, Drill.
Cadets are also encouraged to participate in the Duke Of Edinburgh & CVQO award schemes.
The Unit believes strongly in the importance of organized competition and takes part fully in inter unit competition at local and national levels. Cadets who volunteer to compete are expected to train hard and do their best, so that they can be proud of their effort whatever the result. Normally this attitude leads to successful results. We hold an annual award ceremony where achievements over the year are recognised.
While we are not here to recruit for the Royal Navy, cadets that want to join the Navy will find that the Sea Cadets gives a unique insight into naval life. However, even those not wanting to join the forces will find that a record of achievement folder full of certificates earned during a Sea Cadet career will impress employers and colleges.
Sea Cadet Values
Whilst being a cadet brings many benefits, membership does bring responsibilities. We ask for certain standards of behaviour. Cadets have to live the Sea Cadets Values, these are.
Staff encourage cadets to adopt these values. Staff have to live up to the values also, they are expected to be thoughtful, professional, and caring in the way they behave. All uniformed staff have been interviewed both at a District and local level and are subject to a CRB check. The Sea Cadet Corps Code of Conduct lays down rules for staff behaviour.
When cadets finish their basic training they will make the Sea Cadet promise:
The Sea Cadet Promise
"I promise to serve my God, the Queen, my Country and the Sea Cadet Corps, and obey the orders of my superior officers. I will be proud of my uniform, and be smart and seamanlike in wearing it, and always do my duty."