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The California Cadet Corps (CaCC) annual Individual Major Awards and Drill Competition is taking place on Saturday, April 5, at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB), located at 11200 Lexington Dr., Los Alamitos.

Check-in is located at JFTB Building # 15. The public is invited to attend this event. A photo ID is required to enter the Base.

Cadet Leadership from the state staff will arrive on base on Friday afternoon, April 4, to prepare the drill pads, and classrooms necessary for the following day of competition. Saturday’s competition will begin at 12:00 noon on the apron of the airfield.

The awards ceremony will take place between 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Liberty Theater, JFTB Building # 6.

Over 500 of cadets will be in attendance from schools statewide.

The Drill Competition portion of the day will involve individual cadet competitions, small teams of 7 cadets, and large teams of 15 cadets performing specified routines in accordance with Army drill manuals. The Individual Major Awards competition is akin to “Cadet of the Year” in which cadets deliver a prepared 3 minute speech, answer questions covering the gamut of their prescribed curriculum, and are evaluated on poise and military bearing.

The California Cadet Corps, a component of the California Military Department, is the oldest military youth training program in the nation. Founded in 1911, the program utilizes a military platform to afford youth leadership laboratory opportunities. The Junior ROTC was designed on the National Guards CaCC model.

The mission of the California Cadet Corps is to provide schools and students with a quality educational, leadership, and civic development program, preparing students for success in both academic and occupational pursuits. Within a military context our mission is accomplished through the six core objectives: developing leadership qualities, engendering citizenship, encouragement of patriotism, fostering academic excellence, teaching basic military knowledge, and the promotion of health, fitness, and wellness without regard for race, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic standing.

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