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The Manatee Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps is seeking youth, ages 13 through 17, and the Navy League Cadet unit is seeking youth, ages 11 through 13, to join.
The Manatee Division provides a fun and challenging environment that is free of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and gangs. At the same time it helps develop leadership abilities and broaden horizons using hands-on and self-paced training. Members are guided to become mature young adults whether they decide to join the military or not.
For those that choose to join the Navy or Coast Guard, the education and training they receive will help them obtain advanced rates when enlisting. Some other branches also award advanced placement.
Interested youth and their parents can visit the drills at Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, in Yankeetown, on the second weekend of each month drill.
For more information, go to www.manateediv.org or call Commanding Officer Lt. Todd Dunn at 352-212-5473.