What did you do on YOUR summer vacation?


Each year, we send cadets all over the country to train with active duty, reserve, and retired military personnel, along with seasoned Sea Cadet Officers. Though there are dozens more opportunities available throughout the country, here is a quick summary of trainings.

Recruit Training - "Boot Camp" for Sea Cadets. 9-14 days of military indoctrination training just like you see in the movies.  All Sea Cadets are required to attend this training before they can do any advanced trainings.

Petty Officer Leadership Academy (POLA) - Leadership training for cadets ready to take on a more active role in their units. Instruction on Teambuilding and counseling skills provided for use at home units. Required for advancement to Petty Officer Second Class. 

Seamanship and Shipboard Training - Basic nautical skills and boat handling are taught at this one week course.  

Master at Arms (MAA) Academy - Masters at Arms are the Navy's version of Military Police.  Cadets earn the basics of law enforcement on both the Navy and Civilian side.  For two weeks they train with the Navy Security Force at NAS Oceana as well as Virginia Beach Police and Sheriff's Department.

Culinary Arts - Cadets learn food safety, preparation, and service. Hands on and classroom instruction provided by Active Duty US Navy Culinary Specialists. 

Heavy Vehicle Maintenance - Cadets learn basic mechanics skills while working on large military vehicles.  


STEM Program - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are put in focus in this 7 day training.  Cadets learn to build underwater robots as part of the Navy's Office of Naval Research program.  

Field Operations - These trainings focus on combat and survival training skills. They are outdoor, advanced level programs for those interested in  special operations training, the Marine Corps or the Army.

Marksmanship - Cadets can hone their shooting skills while working with a variety of weapons in a safe environment.  

International Exchange - Senior cadets and escort officers travel around the world or host international guests to learn sea going skills from international sea cadet programs.   

Music - Cadets and staff practice and perform with US Navy Band throughout the Washington DC area in concerts and special events.

Medical - Medical training is offered to cadets, who learn basic first aid and life saving skills as well as more advanced medical techniques. 

US Coast Guard - Cadets learn by working alongside Coast Guard servicemen and women at various Coast Guard Stations.  

Seabee - Cadets learn construction skills from Navy Construction Battalions (Seabees). 

Navy League Cadet Orientation - This is the League Cadet version of boot camp. Cadets learn basic Navy knowledge and nautical skills as they learn to work as a team.