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Enlistment -  Advanced Rank for Sea Cadets

For those cadets who decide to enlist in the military, their prior training as a Sea Cadet may allow them to join at an advanced pay grade. This means that a cadet who enlists may be eligible for a higher rank and pay than his or her non-cadet counterparts. Cadets who choose to enlist in the military also tend to do better and stay in longer. Each cadet who enters the armed services is a disciplined, well-trained individual who typically adjusts better to the rigors of military service than those with no experience.

 

COAST GUARD COMDTINST M1100.2F: USCG RECRUITING MANUAL
ADVANCED PAY GRADE ENLISTMENT OF NAVAL SEA CADETS Chapter 3, Section B, Subsection (1) (“Advanced Pay Grade Programs”) 

 

MARINE CORPS MCRCO 1100.1: ADVANCED PAYGRADES FOR MEMBERS OF THE NAVAL SEA CADET CORPS.
Refer to 4-39 thru 4-40

 

ARMY AR 601-210: REGULAR ARMY AND ARMY RESERVE ENLISTMENT PROGRAM
Chapter 2, Paragraph 2-18, Subparagraph (10) Advanced Pay Grade Enlistment of former Naval Sea Cadets

 

NAVY NAVCRUITCOMINST 1130.8K: NAVY RECRUITING MANUAL

Policy regarding Advanced Pay Grade Enlistments of members of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. References on pages 309, 333, 469, and 470.

 

 Admiral Visit

               Are you eligible to join the military? 

 

 

ASVAB

Official ASVAB Website

 

 

 Service Academy Programs

 

Military Service Academies offer an outstanding education and full four-year scholarships.  Tuition, books, board, and medical and dental care are all fully paid for all four years.  It is fiercely competitive!


Admissions criteria include:

Outstanding high school academic performance
Standardized test scores (SAT & ACT)
Athletics and extra-curricular activities
Leadership experience and community involvement
Congressional letter of recommendation (not required by the Coast Guard Academy)
Graduates of the academies receive a Bachelor of Science Degree and are commissioned as officers in their respective service branch.  There is a minimum of 5 years service obligation after graduation.

The service academies start their selection processes months earlier than most colleges and universities, so it is important to your success that you start compiling and submitting your information as soon as the service academy has your file.

Complete your file as possible during the summer months because you will find lots of competition for your time once school resumes in a few weeks.  SAT and ACT scores should be submitted directly to the service academy, and school transcripts, whether high school, prep school, or college must be submitted by your school.  The academies will provide you guidance on what to submit and how.

Being a Sea Cadet can help individuals become more competitive for certain programs. More than 12% of the incoming class at the U.S. Naval Academy were former Sea Cadets. Every year many graduating high school seniors are accepted into ROTC or OCS programs around the country. We think some of this can be attributed to the unparalleled training experience received as a Sea Cadet.

 USNSCC Service Academy Summer Programs

 

 

USNA Candidates Facebook Group

U.S. Naval Academy Candidates Facebook Group  

(Administered by Blue & Gold Officers)

This group is popular with other Sea Cadets applying to the Naval Academy

 

 

 

Service Academy Forums

Discussion board on preparing and applying for the service academies

 

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Programs

Once cadets have graduated from the Sea Cadet program and reach college, they can explore specific military branches by enrolling in ROTC programs provided by the Army, Navy, or Air Force. While the U.S. Coast Guard does not have an ROTC initiative, interested students can explore a similar training program, the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI). The goal of these college-level programs is to train future officers to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. To students who qualify, the ROTC programs offer scholarships that cover the cost of their education. In exchange, there is an expectation that students fulfill active duty services in their chosen branch of the Armed Forces. 

Guide to Understanding ROTC Programs

 

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