Marquette, MI – During the Marquette Fourth of July Parade, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets of Marquette marched their color guard down Washington Street front and center. These star pupils have gotten more training than most people realize, but it takes a lot of support to make these experiences possible.
Prior to this event, Todd Paz, host of 101.9 Sunny.fm’s The 8th Day, met with Lieutenant John Dawydko and ENS FaLave during the sea cadet fundraiser at Walmart. The first recruitment program youth are sent to is The Great Lakes Training Program based out of Chicago. Here kids, ages 11-18 attend a boot camp training. Among discipline and responsibility, these cadets also learn culinary skills, self defense and even SEAL training. After the completion of this first training the cadets can advance to attend a variety of other courses:
- AIRMAN TRAINING (BASIC & ADVANCED)
- AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TRAINING
- FAA GROUND SCHOOL
- CULINARY ARTS TRAINING
- MEDICAL TRAINING (GENERAL, FIELD, SURGICAL & DENTAL TECH)
- FIREFIGHTING TRAINING
- PHOTO JOURNALISM TRAINING
- CEREMONIAL GUARD
- SUBMARINE SEMINAR
- MARKSMANSHIP TRAINING
- CONSTRUCTION BATTALION (SEABEE) TRAINING (BASIC & ADVANCED)
- MINE WAREFARE OPERATIONS TRAINING
- MUSIC SCHOOL
- SEAL TEAM TRAINING
- EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL TRAINING
- AMPHIBIOUS TRAINING
- PETTY OFFICER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
- MASTER-AT-ARMS TRAINING (MILITARY POLICE/LAW)
- JUDGE ADVOCATED GENERAL (JAG) TRAINING
- SAILING SCHOOL
- SCUBA SCHOOL
- SEAMANSHIP TRAINING
- SHIPBOARD TRAINING
Along with the extensive training that can be achieved with The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, unlike the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, sea cadets have no obligation to go into a specific military branch, or even a military branch at all. If a cadet no longer wishes to continue towards a military career after the naval training, he or she can move towards a different path with new found skills that will help in any career! If, however, a cadet does go into a military branch, they usually move up a rank, gaining a pay raise upon entry because of their history with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. This pay raise varies from about $150.00 – $200.00 a month!
Though youth going through full Navy SEAL training may bring concern, LaFave explained that not all sea cadets obtain the ability to attend this training. Only specific cadets are picked for the SEAL program. Cadets must go through a transitional period where they must earn the right to handle weapons.
With the help of real Naval Officers and the Coast Guard unit based out of Marquette these cadets are obtaining training experiences to support any future career. Annually, 17 different scholarship funds are awarded to exceptional cadets who wish to pursue a college education.
The program is only 60 dollars a year! To take the burden of the parents, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps will actually pay for advanced training for the cadets. Most of the funding for this program is covered by the DOD, however, there is a large amount that this non-profit organization takes upon themselves to put these kids ahead. In order to send these kids to advanced training, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets of Marquette will be at Walmart to fundraise on both July 4th and memorial day weekend!
If you happened to be at Walmart and see these naval constituents, please consider making a donation or finding out more about the program for yourself! Any child age 11-17 may shadow on base once for free to see if they would be interested in the cadet corps.
If you would like to help support the sea cadets from home or have a child interested in becoming a cadets please visit any of the following websites:
Click here to reach the Sea Cadet Website
AND ENTER YOUR ZIP CODE
Click here for the Marquette based U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps
Visit the Sea Cadet Facebook Page
or call (517) 404-1908 to speak to Ens LaFave