The Sea Cadet Corps
The Sea Cadets are a uniformed, disciplined youth movement based upon the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy. Their aim is: To help young people towards responsible adulthood by encouraging valuable personal attributes and high standards of conduct using a nautical theme based on Naval customs.
Many Sea Cadet Units known as Training Ships are based in inner city areas where they continue to promote the origins of the movement, providing worthwhile activities for young people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to develop their life skills.
Core training is based on seamanship and traditional maritime skills, but Cadets can also study mechanical and electrical engineering, communications, cookery, computers band musician, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and a host of associated subjects to prepare them for adult life.
The Combined Cadet Force (Royal Navy)
The Aim Of The CCF Is To: "provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that pupils may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance."
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a military training organisation comprising Army, Naval and Royal Air Force Sections. Most CCF(RN) Sections are integrated in schools. Membership is usually voluntary but may be compulsory in some schools, (mainly Independent schools). There are approximately 4000 CCF(RN) Cadet members in 120 sections.
The Sea Scouts
Sea Scouting in the U.K. began in 1908, one year after the establishment of scouting itself. During World War I Sea Scouts performed duties as coastal lookouts and in World War II the scheme was converted so that Sea Scout groups who show themselves able to reach certain levels of proficiency could apply for stores and grants to help train young men in basic seamanship before entering military service. Although there are some 425-450 Sea Scout groups throughout the UK, the MoD recognises a maximum of 101. In order to remain in the scheme groups must maintain high standards.
Unlike the Sea Cadet Corps, Sea Scouts are not financially supported by the MoD, apart from an annual capitation grant to the Scout Association. The driving force behind groups applying for and remaining in the Royal Naval recognition scheme is the kudos and associated pride.