US_Navy_Sea_Cadets_CrestMembers of the Thomas Jefferson U.S. Naval Sea Cadets gathered at the Ike Skelton National Guard Training Site in April to celebrate its 25th anniversary as a unit, one of only a handful of Midwestern units to exist for that long. The U.S Naval Sea Cadet Corps was created in 1958 and received a federal charter in 1962. The program allows young people a chance to get to know how the U.S. Navy works. It is targeted toward young men and women ages 13 to 17 and includes about 9,000 members in more than 380 units nationwide.