Living in the Great Lakes State has its advantages. One of them is an opportunity to be part of an amazing hands-on program: the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. It's a non-profit youth program for kids ages 11 through 17.

The Great Lakes Division Sea Cadet program provides real life experience in maritime and underwater exploration and training. 

With highly qualified staff aboard the research/training vessel, the Pride of Michigan, professionally led missions are conducted throughout the Great Lakes system.

Cadets can get their dive certification, hands on experience in ship handling and navigational skills all while on-board and operating the 81-foot Pride of Michigan. They learn engine room operations, engine and generator maintenance and repair.

Partnering with the nation's armed forces, an all-volunteer staff teaches programs that instill the values of teamwork, discipline, camaraderie and service.

Slideshow: U.S. Sea Cadets aboard the Pride of Michigan

Published On: Jul 08 2014 10:38:43 AM EDT
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