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Sea Cadets put best foot forward for annual inspection

Sea Cadets put best foot forward for annual inspection

A young Sea Cadet displays strong mental focus after standing at attention for an extended period of time. Discipline is one of the many character building focuses of the Sea Cadets.

POSTED February 21, 2012 11:09 p.m.

All hands were on deck for the annual inspection of the U.S. Naval Cadets Corps Princeton Division, held last night at the California Army Nation Guard Armory in Turlock.
The Sea Cadets are the official youth program of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. Cadets in the Princeton Division hail from Turlock, Ceres, Los Banos, Merced and Patterson. Ages range from 11 to 18 years old.
Throughout the year Cadets practice drill and formation three times a month. Commanding Officer Lt. Cmdr. Dave Autore says the inspection is about showing off the progress, discipline and expertise.
"The Sea Cadets is not a recruiting program for the Navy but it is a youth program that introduces the kids to careers in military and civilian fields," said Autore. "There is no pressure to join the military but of course it helps for those who choose to go the military. We've had kids who have gone on to attend service academies and enlist in the active duty military,"
In summer months Sea Cadets often attend U.S. Armed Forces bases to explore career fields such as aviation and criminal justice.
Sea Cadet Seaman Andrew Arroyo, a freshmen at Patterson High School, had the opportunity to spend a week on board the USS Abraham Lincoln during carrier sea qualifications and visit Naval Air Station Lemoore to work on Super Hornet jets.
"It was a great learning experience and I will never forget it," said Arroyo. The young man plans on joining the U.S. Marine Corps upon graduation from high school.
Former Princeton Division Sea Cadet Alfonso Arciga, from Livingston, graduated in 2004 and immediately joined the U.S. Army.
"Sea Cadets taught me a lot about leadership, teamwork and discipline. By the time I joined the Army I had been promoted to E-3," he said. Arciga would like to help the Princeton Division as an instructor in the future.

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