California Cadet Corps - 186th Battalion

About Cadet Corps

The California Cadet Corps, officially founded in 1911 by the California Legislature and then Adjutant General BG Edwin A. Forbes, is thought to be the oldest known program of its type in the country. The Cadet Corps is a school-based, applied leadership program conducted within a military framework and is designed to provide maximum growth and leadership opportunities for cadets from the elementary through the high school levels and stresses six objectives:


• Develop leadership skills

• Enhance academic achievement

• Foster good citizenship

• Promote patriotism

• Provide basic military knowledge

• Encourage health, wellness, and fitness


The California Cadet Corps motto is “ESSAYONS” – a French word meaning, “Let Us Try.” It goes to the heart of the Cadet Corps’ applied leadership concept. Our cadets learn, mature, and develop by leading.


The California Cadet Corps program is offered through school as part of the total school mission and curriculum. The California Cadet Corps class can be taken as an elective or as an alternative for physical education.


The value of the Cadet Corps is reflected in its long history, successful graduates, and continued support from the Governor, the California Legislature, the California National Guard, educators and civic leaders throughout California. CACC offers many resources and opportunities for cadets and school programs.


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186th Battalion

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