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January 7, 2013

Naval Sea Cadet Corps seeks members

PLATTSBURGH — The Naval Sea Cadet Corps may establish a local unit.

Since 1958, the Naval Sea Cadet Corps has been committed “to providing American youth with a drug- and alcohol-free environment to foster their leadership abilities, broaden their horizons through hands-on training and guide them to becoming mature young adults,” according to a news release.

Now, the organization is interested in forming a unit in the Plattsburgh area.

The Naval Sea Cadet Corps is for youths ages 11 to 17 who have a desire to learn about the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.

Adult volunteers, called officers, are needed to instruct cadets, operate units and escort cadets when participating in events away from their home base.

People interested in becoming officers in the Sea Cadets may either be civilians, military veterans or retirees or current members of the Naval Reserve. The program does not require specific education or professional qualifications, but applicants with nautical or military experience are desired.

Officers must be American citizens at least 21 years old and in good health, who will pass a criminal background check and be free of felony convictions.

The program is designed to introduce youths to naval life, develop in them a sense of pride, patriotism, courage and self-reliance and teach them to maintain an environment free of drugs and gangs.

Sea Cadets are authorized by the secretary of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms marked with the Sea Cadet Corps insignia.

The group will meet or “drill” at their local unit regularly and will participate in community events, such as parades and fairs, and provide community service.

Individuals who are interested may contact Joseph Metchick at 322-0318 or jam64@juno.com.

For more information about the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets program, visit www.seacadets.org.

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