Draw Your Own Future

For 162 years the Sea Cadets uniform has given people a headstart in life.

The uniform is more than just a jacket, trousers and cap. It's a tool used every week by 14,000 young people to make more of themselves. It will help you thrive, express yourself in new ways, find confidence, and help you achieve new qualifications and skills, allowing you be the best you can be.   

Get the best out of you, join the adventure

There are hundreds of activites available to cadets across the country. All you need is enthusiasm and the drive to want to achieve more and go further. Sound like fun? Joining Sea Cadets is a couple of clicks away. Use the button below to find your nearest unit and get in contact with them about joining. Want to learn more? Read more about what Sea Cadets offer here

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Questions about joining? We've got them covered below

    • You can join Junior Sea Cadets at 10, Sea Cadets at 12. Find your local unit. Get in touch and they’ll be really happy to arrange a visit, so you can look round the unit and see what’s involved, and speak to volunteers and cadets, before deciding if you’d like to join. If you do, there’s an application form to fill out which the unit can go through with you.

    • It depends on the unit, but all charges are very low and heavily subsidised. We are determined that nobody should miss out because they can’t afford it, and help is always available. There are charges for training courses and camps but these are kept to a minimum. Sometimes you can get a bursary or grant for activities like our week-long voyages sailing offshore.

    • Most of the uniform is provided by the charity and will be issued to you on joining. Cadets have to purchase their own boots and Junior Cadets have to buy a Sea Cadets jumper and t-shirt. When joining speak to the unit's Commanding Officer to find our what you'll need. 

    • The Royal Navy is our biggest supporter and we work according to their customs and traditions, which means that cadets enter a rank structure on joining. As they learn and master new skills, cadets rise through the structure and progress up the ranks. More qualified Sea Cadets often share in the guiding of younger, less qualified cadets. A cadet can progress from a New Entry Cadet all the way up to Petty Officer Cadet or Cadet Sergeant. If you wish to go on and join the Royal Navy, great; but Sea Cadets is for everyone, whatever you want to do in life.

    • There are many, and they 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 very current and relevant to young people and where appropriate, align them to nationally recognised awards.

    • As a Sea Cadet you can choose to work towards a BTEC in Teamwork and Personal Skills or Music 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).

    • Yes you can and, even better, you can complete it as part of your normal Sea Cadet activities because our activities and training programme naturally tick off all the sections required.

    • The Royal Navy is our biggest supporter and in 2017 we completed a renewal of our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry Of Defence. This, together with a Partnering Charter, reaffirms the strong relationship between the Sea Cadets and the Royal Navy and sets out the basis for this going forward. You can read about this in more detail here

When can you join?

You can join as a Junior Cadet when you are 10, and enjoy summer camps and making new friends as you head towards becoming a Sea Cadet at 12, or Royal Marines Cadet at 13.


Head to our Unit Finder and put your postcode in to find the Sea Cadets units nearest to you. You can then contact them directly to arrange a visit and discuss joining up. They'll be delighted to welcome you!

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