Former us naval sea cadets.

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by nielsenkc, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. nielsenkc

    nielsenkc 5-Year Member

    Dec 12, 2011
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    Hello is anyone on here a former us naval sea cadet? if so how do it help you so far in life.Did it help you get into the academy if you did?
    I am currently in the program myself and have been in it for a year now and been enjoying every bit of it,
  2. 1964BGO

    1964BGO 5-Year Member

    Nov 27, 2009
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    From my perspective as a BGO and Area Coordinator (I think I pre-date the existence of the sea cadet program) the cadets I have worked with appear to have benefitted from the discipline and organization of the corps as well as the boot camp and other training experiences in which they participated. In addition to the impact of that experience on the admissions end of the ledger, they also were better equipped than the average high schooler going into I-Day and Plebe Summer. I feel it is a very beneficial program.
  3. nuensis

    nuensis USNA 2016 5-Year Member

    May 23, 2011
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    Not a Sea Cadet, but from what I've heard from an old JROTC buddy, the little bit of advantage you have goes away almost immediately. Everyone else picks up very quickly.

    It is a little bit of a head start. At least you'll know how to salute, and you'll probably be giving your roommates some shoe shining tips. You might be a little more comfortable with the environment in general. You'll be used to some yelling. You'll be used to shutting up and keeping a face like stone. You'll be used to preparing a uniform and putting it on in three minutes. But it's all small stuff that everyone will be able to do at the end of Plebe Summer anyway. You'll just have an easier time with that stuff because it'll be a little less of a "culture shock".

    From an admissions standpoint, I got a JROTC nom with a solid recommendation, and a bit of a push on the BGO interview (my SNSI apparently had a few chats with my BGO). I knew a bit more about the Navy than the average sociable high school student, and that ended up helping me during the Congressional interview; questions that were obviously supposed to be curveballs that the average student would've had to go on Wikipedia to look up I could answer because it happened to be in the NJROTC curriculum.

    JROTC/USNSCC/CAP folks are the minority, and like I said the advantage, while certainly there, is small and vanishes as the average high school student gains the equivalent of your four years in JROTC in the six weeks of Plebe Summer.

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