CPT Cook-Askins

California Cadet Corps 380th Battalion Riverside Preparatory Middle School & High School

Home of the 2013-2014 school year California Cadet Corps Superior Unit!  Our unit is ranked as one of the top 10 units for the State of California!

Commandant of Cadets: CPT Cook-Askins kenneth_cook-askins@riversideprep.net

California Cadet Corps Mission Statement: The mission of the California Cadet Corps is to provide California schools and students with a quality educational and leadership development program that prepares students for success in college and the work force.

California Cadet Corps Objectives: Develop LEADERSHIP Engender CITIZENSHIP Encourage PATRIOTISM Foster ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE Teach BASIC MILITARY KNOWLEDGE Promote HEALTH, FITNESS, AND WELLNESS

About the California Cadet Corps: The California Cadet Corps was founded on 5 April 1911 by Brigadier General Edwin Alexander Forbes, whom at the time was The Adjutant General (Commander) of the California National Guard. The California Cadet Corps is currently available in more than 50 elementary, middle and high schools across the State of California. The California Cadet Corps is a vital component of the California National Guard (California Military Department).

The California Cadet Corps provides applied leadership opportunities for cadets by allowing them to conduct training for junior cadets, to perform as leaders in their cadet military units, and by demonstrating proper behavior and citizenship at their schools and in their communities.  As part of their training, cadets provide assistance and support to the school and community.  Examples include color guards, participation in parades, serving as student leaders and peer mentors and escorts or monitors for activities.

The most recent independent evaluation of the California Cadet Corps proves conclusively that cadets stay in school, contribute positively to school safety, and do not join gangs.  Statistics indicated, as a result, that cadets do better academically than their peers, have better attendance, less suspensions and expulsions, do better on the California Physical Fitness Test, and do significantly better on the state academic standardized reporting and assessment system (STAR) tests.  The Cadet Corps motto is "ESSAYONS" - a French word meaning, "Let Us Try". It goes to the heart of the California Cadet Corps' applied leadership concept.  Our Cadets learn, mature, and develop by leading.

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