California Cadet Corps


The California Cadet Corps (CACC) is a state program authorized by laws enacted by the State Legislature and conducted by the California State Military Department (California National Guard) in cooperation with the educational institutions.  The CACC was founded on 5 April 1911 and is the oldest school based youth leadership development program of its kinds in the United States and is part of the Youth and Community Programs Task Force of the California National Guard.  Currently in more than 60 elementary, middle, and high schools across the state, the California Cadet Corps serves 6,000 cadets annually. 

  1. a.MISSION.  The mission of the CACC is “to provide California schools and students with the a quality educational and leadership development program that prepares students for success in college and the work force.”
  2. b.GOALS. The Goals of the CACC are outlined in the tenets of the Cadet Code (spelling out the mnemonic device LEADERSHIP) which encourage:
    1. Loyalty – to self, others, and civic and government institutions.
    2. Education – The success of all cadets in the academic endeavors, including staying in school and pursuing higher education.
    3. Ambition – striving for excellence and lofty goals.
    4. Duty – lifelong habits of responsible behavior, excellent attendance and punctuality.
    5. Enthusiasm – a zest for life’s challenges.
    6. Respect – cooperation with school and public policies, regulations, and laws and respect for the dignity of all persons as well as an appreciation for the rich heritage of America and California.
    7. Service – to others, our state, and our nation and world.
    8. Health – fitness, and wellness, including avoidance of gangs, illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
    9. Integrity – positive choices by cadets with regards to private and public behavior.
    10. Personal courage – say no to that which is wrong and stand up for what is right
  3. c.OBJECTIVES.  The six California Cadet Corps Objectives are to:
    1. Develop LEADERSHIP.
    2. Engender CITIZENSHIP.
    3. Encourage PATRIOTISM.


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