U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps San Antonio (LPD-17) Division

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Building 26

NSA Philadelphia Reginald McDonald

Ensign Reginald McDonald
Commanding Officer,
U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps

MISSION: The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a federally chartered, nonprofit, civilian youth organization for people ages 11 through 17. It is sponsored by the Navy League of the United States and supported by both the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.

VISION: Graduate mature, self-motivated young adults who are
prepared and wish to pursue higher education, family business or a military career. To accomplish this, we strive to provide the widest range of education and training available through the resources provided to us by the military.

Cadets advance from seaman recruit through chief petty officer by completing Navy correspondence courses and attending one- to three-week training events. These include, but are not limited to, recruit training (equivalent to Navy boot camp), seamanship, airman, JAG, medical, MAA, EOD, SEAL, sailing, submarine seminar, seaport and airport operations, music, food services, STEM, construction, dive operations and special boats.

Cadets may spend two weeks training at a Coast Guard Station, taking part in search-and-rescue operations, routine patrols and boat maintenance. Cadets may qualify for the international exchange program and spend two weeks in places such as Australia, Sweden, Japan, Bermuda and Canada or participate in hosting cadets from other countries in the United States. Cadets can also participate in the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Coast Guard Academy summer sessions where they shadow a cadet for a week.

Annually, scholarship funds are awarded to exceptional cadets who wish to pursue a college education.

There are units near all naval support facilities in Pennsylvania:

• NSA Philadelphia: San Antonio (LPD-17) Division, Building 26.
• Philadelphia Navy Yard: Mason Division (DDG-87) Division Training Ship Mason (DE-529).
• NSA Mechanicsburg: Constellation Division, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Robert I. Rudy Division, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

Sea cadets: 15
League cadets: 6
Officers: 4
Instructors: 3
Total: 28


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