The Naval Lads’ Brigade was born in 1856 to help orphans of the Crimean War who were sleeping in the back streets of England’s seaports. To help them, coastal communities banded together to provide places for sailors to pass on nautical skills and training to give these destitute young people a future. But in 2021 when can you join the Sea Cadets?

Soon, Naval Lads’ Brigades were springing up across the country, and in 1899, Queen Victoria marked their importance to young people by becoming Patron and giving £10 to the Windsor unit for uniforms. Today HM The Queen as the Patron.

The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, joining at Dartmouth in 1939 where he won the prize for best cadet, then swiftly rising through the ranks to serve as First Lieutenant during the Second World War, eventually taking command of a frigate, HMS Magpie.

His Royal Highness served as Admiral of the Sea Cadets Corps from 1952 to 1992 as well as having served the Royal Navy as Lord High Admiral of the Fleet and Captain General Royal Marines.

Prince Philip was considered part of the Sea Cadets’ family for 40 years of dedication and service to cadets and his continued deep interest in launching young people for life.

Many of the cadets have also greatly benefitted from His Royal Highness’s inspirational Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme which continues to enable many thousands of young people around the world to prepare for their future lives with confidence, skill, and positivity.

Ensigns across Sea Cadets were flown at half-mast for the mourning of Prince Philip.

Indeed, Phillip first met the future Queen Elizabeth while a cadet at naval college at Dartmouth, where they were introduced by Lord Louis “Dickie” Mountbatten.

Joining the Sea Cadets

Regardless of what you want to do when you leave school, Sea Cadets will give you a great experience including:

  • Orienteering across Dartmoor
  • Travelling abroad
  • Rock-climbing
  • Rowing
  • Ceremonial drill and parading with a band
  • First aid
  • Engineering
  • And a whole lot more

The Sea Cadets will help you to become confident in new situations and listen to others with more experience in life than you because you will see how useful this advice can be.

In turn, you will learn how to support people who are less experienced than you, which you can use to captain a sports team and stand out in interviews.

You will gain positive habits and thinking that will last a lifetime as well as obtaining useful qualifications.

Most cadets find that what they learn at Sea Cadets makes it easier to listen and focus at school, and be organised. This can make keeping up with schoolwork less stressful, giving presentations and gives you more time for other things.

While looking for a job you will know how to present yourself well, so people will welcome and remember you.

When can you join the Sea Cadets?

You can join as a Junior Cadet when you are 10 and enjoy summer camps and making new friends as you head towards becoming a Sea Cadet at 12, or Royal Marines Cadet at 13.

The Sea Cadets helps teenagers to stretch themselves and become the best they can be.