By Lt. Damall Martin, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs
Aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial on March 28 the leading petty officer called, “sweepers, sweepers, man your brooms” as cadets grabbed their brooms and began sweeping the decks of the memorial, which is also known as the “Mighty Mo.”
“We are the Battleship Missouri Sea Cadets. It’s important we keep her clean,” said one cadet.
The cadets had just finished a full day of ceremonial drills, physical training, self-defense classes, basic military courses and the Coast Guard boating safely course. Before the end of the day, the cadets had one final muster and received instructions for the next drill before leaving for the day.
The U. S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps is a youth program for Americans ages 11-17. The cadets receive training on naval history and traditions, participate in community service and learn teamwork, discipline and leadership they will take with them for the rest of their lives.
For those cadets who join the military and have successfully completed necessary cadet requirements, they are eligible to enter military service as high in rank as an E-3. The Battleship Missouri Sea Cadets drill, conduct training and attend classes aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial.
The cadets are led by instructors who represent Navy, Coast Guard, Army and civilian personnel.
“Each drill, my goal is to work towards making sure that America’s future is in good hands by instilling in the cadets the Navy core values of honor, courage, and commitment,” said instructor Eddie Barinque, who is the recruiting and public affairs officer for the sea cadet unit.
“When our cadets make those their own values, America’s future is secure, whether the cadets choose a military career or not,” Barinque said.
The cadets said they enjoy being a part of the program and were eager to discuss why they became Sea Cadets.
“The training you receive gives you an insight into being in the Navy and I love the camaraderie,” said Seaman Coby Miller, who serves as the division leading petty officer. His sentiments were echoed by Seaman Daria Savchenko, the division’s assistant leading petty officer.
Savchenko said the people, the training and the overall experience were excellent.
“I love being a cadet,” Savchenko added.
Both cadets said they plan on joining the Navy and want to serve as naval officers.
The cadets drill every other Saturday and the next drill is scheduled for April 11.
The cadets also participate in various events including sailing trips, parades, visits to historic landmarks and military installations.
The Sea Cadets are currently looking for female instructors and cadets to help expand the program.
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