There are two types of opportunity for volunteers: uniformed and non-uniformed. Uniformed instructors serve a six month probationary period and if you have previous experience in the armed forces or Merchant Navy you can apply for direct entry. Many uniformed instructors are ex-cadets, passing on the skills they learned during their time in the ranks.
Non-uniformed volunteers can apply to join Sea Cadets at any age. Many are introduced to the charity when a son or daughter expresses an interest in joining. Quite often, both parent and child will join, and husband and wife teams are common.
Here is a brief insight into some of the roles available:
Teach cadets a wide variety of skills and qualifications. Eligible for promotion through the rank structure.
Earn useful skills and qualifications that will help you and the cadets in your care.
Non Uniformed Instructor
Use your skills to help train cadets You will be asked to take part in some training (Induction, Safeguarding, First Aid) to keep cadets safe.
Carry out a wide variety of tasks to help their local Sea Cadet Unit, for example: mini-bus driver, painter and decorator.
Unit Management Team (UMC)
Each Sea Cadet Unit is an independent charity and members of the UMC are the trustees of the Unit charity.
Parents and Supporters Association (PSA)
Supporting each unit is a PSA. The hard work and dedication of these volunteers helps to ensure the financial security of the unit. They provide a Stand Easy (tuck shop) for the Cadets on a Parade Night as well as running fundraising events throughout the year to support the unit. It costs in excess of £23,000 per year to run a Sea Cadet Unit and this crucial team helps fund this annual cost.
All volunteers, irrespective of their role undergo a criminal records disclosure check (CRB) when they join the charity.