California Cadet Corps

The California Cadet Corps was founded in 1911 by Brigadier General Edwin Alexander Forbes, then Adjutant General for the State of California Military Forces. The Cadet Corps program is part of the Youth Programs Directorate of the Joint Forces Headquarters of the California National Guard. The California Cadet Corps in the San Bernardino Unified School District is identified as the 11th Brigade.

Funded jointly by the State of California and local school districts, the California Cadet Corps strives to achieve six objectives with the middle and high school cadets it serves:

  1. Develop qualities of leadership
  2. Promote citizenship
  3. Encourage academic excellence
  4. Foster patriotism
  5. Teach basic military subjects
  6. Provide education in fitness and wellness


The California Cadet Corps curriculum includes but is not limited to:

  • Developing qualities of leadership
  • Developing self discipline
  • First Aid
  • Adult / child / infant CPR
  • Land navigation
  • Orienteering
  • Leadership
  • Care and display of the flag
  • Military courtesy and customs
  • Drill and ceremonies
  • Personal hygiene
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Patriotic songs
  • Physical fitness
  • Healthy choices
  • Vocabulary development
  • Test- and note-taking strategies
  • Participating in a Color Guard and flag detail
  • Leadership traits and principles
  • The leader's code
  • Community Service
  • Career path selection
Updated: August 2019

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LTC (CACC) Chris West
Brigade Support Officer
[email protected]


Antonio Escarzaga
California Cadet Corps Secretary, CAPS Central
a[email protected] 

WHAA Building
CAPS Central
1535 West Highland
San Bernardino, CA 92411

Ph: (909) 880-6767
Fx: (909) 473-7461

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777 North F Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410 | Phone: (909) 381-1100 | Fax:

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