KENT ISLAND — In 2019, Queen Anne County has seen a new U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, a program for boys and girls, ages 10 to 18.
Queen Anne’s County Public Schools does not offer a Jr. ROTC program one might find in other schools, however the Sea Cadet program does offer some of the same training. The U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Corps is a youth leadership development organization that fosters interest and develops skills in naval related topics. It imparts character building and life skills through leadership and technical opportunities modeled after the professional development system in the U.S. Navy.
The units operate throughout the year running drills and participating in parades, encampments and special events. It is the official program for the U.S. Navy and U.S Coast Guard.
It is not a military recruitment program, however. The program does not require the cadets to join the armed services after they graduate high school, even though many do so. The program was formed in 1958 for young males. In 1976, the program permitted the participation of females. Cadets are from various backgrounds. Ethnic minorities make up over 40 percent of the program, and 20 percent is female.