Are the Sea Cadets part of the Royal Navy?
Do I have to pay for my uniform?
Do I have to wear a uniform?
How much does it cost to join the Sea Cadets?
How old do I have to be to join the Sea Cadets?
What is the process for joining the Sea Cadets?
Will I be insured?
Will I be paid as a volunteer?
The Marine Society & Sea Cadets is an independent organisation from the Royal Navy. The MSSC is the parent organisation of Hartlepool Sea Cadets but we are also our own independent charity along with the 400 other units across the country. Whilst we base our training and activities on the functions of the Royal Navy, and we are fully endorsed and supported by them, we continue to operate as a separate organisation.
We do receive some financial support from the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence but unlike the other cadet forces we are not fully reliant on them in order to operate and we raise the majority of our running costs ourselves due to our charity status.
As a cadet you will be required to wear a uniform. If your a Sea Cadet or Royal Marines cadet you will be issued with two uniforms (a working rig for routine events and a smarter rig for special occasions). If your a Junior you'll get one uniform.
If you're an adult you can decide if you would like to be a uniformed volunteer or a non uniformed volunteer. If you decide to become a uniformed volunteer you will also be issued with two uniforms.
As a cadet we ask that you make a £1.00 contribution each parade night you attend which helps towards the unit's running costs. There are also other additional camps and courses which you may like to attend which will incur costs for food and transport but the charge for these events vary and they are often subsidised by the unit. They are of course completely optional.
Adults are not required to pay anything on parade nights but may be charged for optional training courses and events.
You can join the Sea Cadets any time after your 10th birthday. Those aged 10 & 11 will be Junior Sea Cadets. Anyone aged 12 to 18 can choose to become a Sea Cadet and those aged 13 to 18 also have the option to become a Royal Marines Cadet.
We also have roles for people aged 18+ as adult volunteers within the unit in uniformed and non uniformed roles.
Volunteers are unpaid for the majority of the time which they donate to the Sea Cadets. Occasionally as a volunteer you may receive a "Volunteer Allowance" when attending a training course away from the unit but this only applies to uniformed volunteers and in specific circumstances.