California Cadet Corps Developing Leaders since 1911

The California Cadet Corps (CACC) was founded on April 5, 1911 by then Adjutant General of the State of California, Brigadier General Edwin Alexander Forbes; the California High School Cadet Act created a statewide organization for all secondary schools enrolling 40 or more boys in grades 9-12.

Brigadier General Edwin A. Forbes

The program has existed in nearly every California high school: public, private, parochial, and military, at some time since 1911. The original purpose of the program was to prepare commissioned officers for service in the United States Armed Forces. Over time, the program's purpose became more comprehensive.

Cadet Circa 1912
Governor Ronald Reagan visiting El Camino High School Cadets, 25 April 1972
Governor Jerry Brown watches as 1,000 members of the California Cadet Corps pass in review at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base, 9 April 2011.

Today, the program's objectives are to develop leadership, citizenship, patriotism, promote academic excellence, encourage personal health and wellness, and teach basic military subjects.

The CACC has trained more than a million young people since its inception.

Some of today's cadet activities include the annual summer encampment, bivouacs, drill competitions, leadership schools, marksmanship training, and Community Emergency Respose Team (CERT) training

Preparing for the first formation- Summer Camp 2014
Land navigation training before going to the field- Summer Camp 2015
Drill competition participants - April 2013
Cadet James receives her award from Brigadier General (CA) Gabrielli after the drill competition - April 2013
Medic training - Summer Camp 2014
Cadets in the Leaders' Reaction Course (LRC) - Summer Camp 2016
CERT training

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