U.S. Naval Sea CADETS: On the March By Meredith Jean Morris
What did you do during summer vacation?” This popular first day of school question gets an unorthodox reply from Jarod Anderson. “How many kids can say they saw a C-130, got to go on a tank, or had culinary training?” the 18-year-old George Jenkins High School student says. “Most other kids think it’s pretty cool.” Anderson is the chief petty officer in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps for the Marvin Shields Seabee Battalion. And, most summers, he attends a one- or twoweek training on a military base, where he learns about aviation, firefighting, photojournalism, ceremonial honor guard, submarines, scuba diving, and more. The Sea Cadets are a federally chartered nonprofit civilian training organization for youth ages 10 through 17, sponsored by the Navy League of the United States and supported by the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. When Anderson was 11, he joined the Sun Coast Squadron in Clearwater, after learning about the Sea Cadets at a McDill Air Force Show. “We found out about the Sea Cadets at the booth set up at the show,” says Anderson’s mother, Jennifer Anderson. “We would drive over once a month to the Coast Guard base for the trainings. My youngest was 3, so I didn’t sign up to be involved at the time.”
With their sites possibly set on joining the Navy, U.S. Naval Sea Cadets in formation prepare to graduate from Field Operations at the Green Swamp in Lakeland on MLK Jr. weekend. Photo provided to The 863 Magazine.
In the seven years since Jarod started in the Sea Cadets, Jennifer Anderson says there have been a lot of changes.
“My sister, Jessica, started a small unit at Auburndale High School and grew Continued on page 10
Published on May 10, 2017
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