Today our Charleston Council has about 130 members from the business, professional, and retired communities. We carry out the mission of the Navy League in many ways. Each year we present swords to the
#1 Navy and Marine Corps midshipmen at The Citadel’s ROTC Unit, recognize top NJROTC Cadets, local Sailors and Coast Guardsmen of the Year and OMBUDSMEN. We also host receptions for visiting ships, both U.S. and foreign, and support those ships that have their commissioning ceremonies in Charleston.
We also sponsor a local sea cadet division, the Hunley-Yorktown division. Throughout the U.S., there are about 250 Sea Cadet units training 4000 young men and women, of which many join the armed services. Our unit averages about 30 members from year to year. These Sea Cadets train in maritime subjects such as seamanship, piloting, boating, and damage control. They go on ship cruises and many go to boot camp for a special session. They learn leadership and discipline, but they are not members of the armed services. They find out in this manner whether or not the military life will suit them.