Youth who are a part of the US Naval Sea Cadets in the Roanoke are learning a lesson about the armed forces through structure and discipline.

Some of the cadets in the program are as young as the age of 10, learning all about responsibility. The Sea Cadets in Roanoke had their annual inspection Sunday morning. It gives them the chance to show what they have learned throughout the year.

“The most important thing that I have learned would be developing my leadership skills,” said Sea Cadet Charles Greely.

Iryan Sisson says he’s learned a few things from being in the program “Definitely military bearings and responsibility by far,” he said.

The group members come from all walks of life. Participants between the ages of 10 and 13 are called League Cadets, who later advanced to Sea Cadets until graduation. Those who work with the cadets say the skills they learn on the base can be use in everyday life.

“With any aspect of life, whether it's civilian or military, you learn how to operate in a group, work as a team; you learn how to study,” said Sea Cadet Executive Officer Rich Brooks.

Laura Clingenpeel is a sophomore at Salem High School and says being a cadet has helped her figure out what career path to take.

“Maybe going into the Navy as an officer and work in aviation is mainly what I'm looking at right now,” said Clingenpeel.

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