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Although a naval cadet corps had existed earlier, the present Sea Cadet Corps was established in 1899 as the Navy League Boys' Naval Brigade. The present title was adopted in 1919 when the Navy League obtained Admiralty recognition. In 1955 the Commandant General Royal Marines expressed a wish that a Marine Cadet Section should be formed to fit into the existing organisation of the thriving Sea Cadet Corps. Starting with five detachments, the Section had expanded to forty detachments by the Royal Marines Tercentenary in 1964. The Section currently consists of one marine cadet unit - the former Chatham RMVCC and ninety-two detachments within Sea Cadet units with a strength of about 1200 cadets aged 13 to18 years old. It is anticipated that the section will soon be joined by a detachment at Deal where the former RMVCC is undergoing a probationary period as a Sea Cadet unit.

Besides carrying out both military and nautical training, which reflects the Royal Marines connection, marine cadets learn to operate as a team, develop leadership skills and how to become a responsible citizen in today's society. Most units operate the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and adventurous training is a major item in Sea Cadet Corps programmes. There are opportunities to travel abroad on expeditions, such as Alpine Venture in Bavaria, and on cadet exchanges world-wide.

There is a continuing need for adults, particularly those with former RM/RMR service, to serve as instructors. Details may be obtained from The Staff Royal Marines Officer, Sea Cadet HQ, 202 Lambeth Road, London SE1 7JF (020 7928 8978).

The Sea Cadet Corps Marine Cadet Section aims to develop the self-confidence, sense of responsibility and leadership potential of young men. If you are aged between 18 and 55 and would like to help, please contact the Staff Royal Marines Officer at Sea Cadet Headquarters (020 7928 8978) Adult instructors are usually entered as a SNCO or officer after a probationary period. These uniformed appointments attract some remuneration for time and travel.

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