While those activities are fun and a great reward for our Cadets, the most important training that occurs in a typical summer is Recruit Training, the "Sea Cadet Boot Camp". Every Sea Cadet must graduate from RT to receive their first promotion to Seaman Apprentice and to be eligible to register for Advanced Training. With COVID shutting down much of the country, the Sea Cadets introduced a new hybrid Recruit Training. The knowledge portion of RT, including items like the Sailors' Creed and General Orders of a Sentry, were taught to Cadets in an on-line format. Next, in an in-person phase of the training, Cadets learned proper wear of the uniform, drill and ceremony, and military customs and courtesies. Of course, they also had to pass the Sea Cadet Physical Readiness Training Test.
RT would not have been possible without the help of our Cadet Cadre: PO1 Issac Arredondo, PO1 Christavella Arredondo, and PO2 Nicholas Lamendola. Our US Navy Sailor-volunteers ensured that the quality of the training and the welfare of the Cadets was first-rate. We sincerely thank Arredondo Seafood Cafe (get the fried oysters!) for the use of their facilities and for the tremendous hospitality.
Alamo Battalion had eight Cadets graduate from RT this summer, ensuring a healthy influx of new Cadets who will be ready next year to participate in Sea Cadet Advanced Training and ultimately to become leaders of the Battalion. BZ to our newest Cadets!