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  • Naval Sea Cadets train at the lake

  • Although not yet old enough to join the U.S. Navy, a group of young men from Jefferson City underwent boating training recently on the Lake of the Ozarks.
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  • Although not yet old enough to join the U.S. Navy, a group of young men from Jefferson City underwent boating training recently on the Lake of the Ozarks.
    Members of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets and Navy League Cadets out of Jefferson City visited the lake on Saturday, August 9. Eighteen cadets, ranging in age from 10 to 17 received training from TowBoatUS and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The on-the-water experience was provided by Captain Charles Meyer, Auxiliarist and owner of TowBoatUS, Lake of the Ozarks. Also assisting was fellow Captain Dave Anderson. The cadets actively participated by assisting with the securing and towing of the vessels.
    The cadets had recently received classroom boating safety instruction from U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarists Ernie Venis and Dick Johnson.
    The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps was developed for older cadets, ages 13 through 17, while the Navy League Cadets are for ages 10 through 13. Both programs are supported by the Navy League of the United State, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. The cadet programs were created at the behest of the Department of the Navy in 1958 to foster a favorable image of the Navy in American youth.
     
    The goals of the cadet programs are:
    •Develop an interest and ability in seamanship and seagoing skills
    •Instill virtues of good citizenship and strong moral principles in each cadet
    •Demonstrate the value of an alcohol-free, drug-free and gang-free lifestyle
    •Expose cadets to the prestige of public service and a variety of career paths through hands-on training with our nation's armed services
     
    The younger cadets are exposed to basic seamanship and leadership while the older program is designed to demonstrate "the full rigors of a military training program" in which cadets are required to attend a mandatory two-week recruit training camp.
    The overall mission strives to "provide compelling, life-changing programs that instill the values of teamwork, discipline, camaraderie and service through our passionate all-volunteer force and our partnerships with our nation's armed forces."
    Units in Missouri are based out of St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and Jefferson City.
    For more information, go to www.seacadets.org and http://cgaux.org/about.php to learn more about both organizations.
     

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