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DIVISION 2. THE MILITARY FORCES OF THE STATE [100 - 567]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 389. )

PART 2. CALIFORNIA CADET CORPS AND VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS [500 - 567]

  ( Heading of Part 2 amended by Stats. 1947, Ch. 146. )

CHAPTER 1. California Cadet Corps [500 - 520.1]
  ( Heading of Chapter 1 amended by Stats. 1947, Ch. 146. )

500.
  

The students of any college, community college, or school in this state may be organized into a California Cadet Corps company or companies under such rules and regulations as the governing body of the schools or colleges and the Adjutant General of the State of California may prescribe. A California Cadet Corps company or companies shall be of such strength as may be prescribed by the Adjutant General.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 1. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

500.1.
  

Except as hereinafter provided, each college, community college, or school in this state in which there is not maintained a J.R.O.T.C. or R.O.T.C. unit may establish a California Cadet Corps company or companies under the rules and regulations as the governing body of the schools and the Adjutant General may prescribe. A California Cadet Corps company or companies shall be of such strength as shall be prescribed by the Adjutant General. A California Cadet Corps company or companies is not required to be established in a school, college, or community college unless a number of qualified students sufficient to constitute a company or companies of the strength prescribed by the Adjutant General voluntarily enroll therein.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 2. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

501.
  

California Cadet Corps companies shall at all times be under the guidance and control of the principal, president, director, or chief administrative officer of the college, community college, or school, whose duty it shall be to make regulations with the approval of the Adjutant General regarding the moral, educational, and physical welfare of the cadets.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 3. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

502.
  

Upon recommendation of the governing board having jurisdiction over the college, community college, or school, the Adjutant General may appoint officers, warrant officers, and noncommissioned officers in the California Cadet Corps for duty as commandants of cadets or assistant commandants of cadets in each college, community college, or school under the jurisdiction of the governing board. Except when ordered to state active duty by the Governor, the officers, warrant officers, and noncommissioned officers shall be under the immediate control and jurisdiction of the governing board of the college, community college, or school at which they are on duty, and pay, allowances, and expenses shall be disbursed from funds appropriated for the maintenance and operations of the college, community college, or school where they serve. Each officer, warrant officer, and noncommissioned officer shall hold his or her appointment at the pleasure of the governing board, or until a successor has been appointed and qualified, or his or her affiliation with the California Cadet Corps is severed.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 4. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

502.1.
  

The Adjutant General shall determine by the adoption of rules and regulations the grade and rank to be held by individuals appointed in the California Cadet Corps by reason of their military experience or professional knowledge, or both. These individuals shall be appointed pursuant to the rules and regulations adopted by the Adjutant General.

A person who has previously been an officer, warrant officer, or noncommissioned officer of, and discharged under honorable conditions from, the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Coast Guard, or any reserve component of such federal forces, the California National Guard, the State Military Reserve, or the active militia may be appointed in the California Cadet Corps in the same rank last held in such federal or state military forces. Each officer, warrant officer, or noncommissioned officer shall hold office pursuant to the rules and regulations adopted by the Adjutant General. Upon recommendation of the Adjutant General, the Governor may commission one executive officer of the California Cadet Corps as colonel, one assistant executive officer of the California Cadet Corps as lieutenant colonel, and the necessary number of regional advisors in the same grade and rank last held in federal or state military forces, not to exceed lieutenant colonel, pursuant to rules and regulations adopted by the Adjutant General. Upon the recommendation of the Adjutant General, the Governor may appoint Special Project Officers, warrant officers, and noncommissioned officers to the same grade and rank last held in federal or state military forces for service in the California Cadet Corps by virtue of their professional knowledge and experience. Pay and expenses shall be taken from the funds appropriated for the maintenance and support of the California Cadet Corps.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 5. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

502.2.
  

The executive officer as a colonel in the California National Guard, State Military Reserve, or California Cadet Corps; the assistant executive officer as a lieutenant colonel in the California National Guard, State Military Reserve, or California Cadet Corps; the regional advisors appointed pursuant to Section 502.1; and the individuals appointed in the California Cadet Corps according to rules and regulations adopted by the Adjutant General shall wear uniforms prescribed by the Adjutant General, including cap and collar ornaments and other distinctive marks of identification of the California Cadet Corps. Uniforms shall not be inconsistent with rules and regulations of the United States Army.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 6. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

502.3.
  

The Adjutant General may adopt rules and regulations providing for the promotion of officers, warrant officers, and noncommissioned officers of the California Cadet Corps.

(Added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 7. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

502.5.
  

The Adjutant General may order officers, warrant officers, and noncommissioned officers in the California Cadet Corps to duty at encampments, exercises, or other activities conducted by the corps. While on duty, officers, warrant officers, and noncommissioned officers shall receive the same base pay, without longevity, as members of similar grade in the United States Army together with their expenses. Pay and expenses for these purposes shall be paid from funds appropriated for the maintenance and support of the California Cadet Corps.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 8. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

503.
  

Cadet companies shall be organized and each shall consist of commissioned cadet officers, cadet warrant officers, and noncommissioned cadet officers as shall be prescribed by the Adjutant General, and as shall conform generally to the number of commissioned, warrant, and noncommissioned officers of companies of the California National Guard. Commissioned cadet officers shall be commissioned in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the Adjutant General and upon recommendation of the commandant of cadets and with the approval of the president, director, chief administrative officer, or principal of the college, community college, or school. The warrant and noncommissioned cadet officers shall be appointed by the commandant of cadets with the approval of the president, director, chief administrative officer, or principal of the college, community college, or school.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 9. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

504.
  

The Adjutant General shall adopt rules and regulations for the formation of cadet brigades, regiments, and battalions and shall adopt tables of organization and provide for the appointment of cadet brigade, regimental, and battalion officers and staffs. All cadet battalion officers, regimental, and noncommissioned officers shall be appointed, commissioned, or warranted in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the Adjutant General and upon the recommendation of the commandant of cadets with the approval of the president, director, chief administrative officer, or principal of the college, community college, or school.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 10. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

505.
  

The Adjutant General may order officers, warrant officers, and noncommissioned officers of the California Cadet Corps to temporary state active duty to perform functions in support of the California Cadet Corps. Pay for such duties shall be disbursed from funds appropriated for the support and maintenance of the California Cadet Corps.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 12. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

506.
  

All cadet officers, cadet warrant officers, and cadet noncommissioned officers shall be promoted according to rules and regulations adopted by the Adjutant General upon the recommendation of the commandant of cadets and with the approval of the president, director, chief administrative officer, or principal of the college, community college, or school.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 13. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

507.
  

Upon the recommendation of the president, director, chief administrative officer, or principal of the college, community college, or school in which the California Cadet Corps participates, the commission or warrant of any cadet commissioned officer, cadet warrant officer, or cadet noncommissioned officer may be canceled, and the cadet reduced in rank or dismissed from the California Cadet Corps, for deficiency in academic studies; misbehavior in the college, community college, or school the cadet is attending; misbehavior in the California Cadet Corps; or for any other reason deemed good cause by the president, director, chief administrative officer, or principal of the college, community college, or school.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 14. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

508.
  

The California Cadet Corps shall train in accordance with the appropriate manuals prescribed by the United States Army and by the rules and regulations adopted by the Adjutant General. A uniformed corps of cadets shall not be organized in any college, community college, or school except as authorized by this chapter, provided that J.R.O.T.C., R.O.T.C., and other federally approved military units shall not be subject to or limited by this code.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 15. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

509.
  

The Adjutant General shall provide suitable training regulations, books and courses of instruction, and the necessary forms for reports or other necessary purposes to be used by the California Cadet Corps. The Adjutant General may take such action as is necessary to promote the general welfare, strength, and morale of the California Cadet Corps and to provide for the recreation of cadets.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 16. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

510.
  

The Adjutant General shall prescribe the uniforms the members of the California Cadet Corps shall wear. The Adjutant General may issue to the California Cadet Corps necessary cap and collar ornaments and chevrons, training aids, insignia of rank and of the California Cadet Corps, awards and decoration, flags, colors, guidons, standards, slings and carrying devices, canteens and covers, belts, first aid packets, mess kits, shelter halves, haversacks, and such other military property or equipment in the control of the Adjutant General as may not be required for the California National Guard, other state military forces, or other military purposes. A regulation uniform for cadets shall be kept in the Adjutant General’s office to be used as a sample from which the uniforms for the California Cadet Corps shall be made. Such issues may be made by the Adjutant General without charge to the members of the California Cadet Corps or to the school or college or community college. The Adjutant General, after receiving written acknowledgment from the president, director, chief administrative officer, or principal of the college, community college, or school of the receipt of such property, shall account the same as a transfer of equipment.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 17. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

511.
  

A sufficient number of rifles suitable for drill or marksmanship purposes, or both may be purchased by the board of school trustees, board of education, board of directors or trustees of a college or community college, county superintendent of schools, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, or the Adjutant General out of any funds available and not otherwise appropriated.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 18. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

511.5.
  

Under rules and regulations adopted by the Adjutant General, the Adjutant General may purchase uniforms for the members of the California Cadet Corps, including caps, helmets, liners, shirts, trousers, belts, jackets, skirts, blouses, ties, and leggings.

The Adjutant General, with the approval of the Department of Finance, may annually determine the uniform cost per cadet.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 19. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

512.
  

Marksmanship practice shall constitute a part of the instruction to be given to cadets. Members of the California Cadet Corps may engage in rifle matches and competitions conducted or held in this state or at any place in the United States. The Adjutant General may purchase and supply to each of the colleges, community colleges, and schools a sufficient number of efficient rifles for field target work and gallery practice and the ammunition and equipment necessary for efficient rifle practice. A sufficient number of rifles suitable for field target work or gallery target firing and the ammunition and equipment may be purchased by a board of school trustees, board of education, board of directors or trustees of a college or community college, county superintendent of schools, or the Superintendent of Public Instruction, out of any funds available, and the governing body or governing officials of any school, community college, or college may purchase the necessary parts for and may repair any rifles acquired or furnished to the California Cadet Corps. All marksmanship practice shall be under the supervision of the president, chief administrative officer, director, or principal of the college, community college, or school, or under the supervision of an appointed officer or officers. Competent members of the California National Guard, State Military Reserve, or Naval Militia may be detailed by the Adjutant General, with their consent, and upon request of the president, director, chief administrative officer, or principal of the college, community college, or school as instructors of marksmanship practice in the California Cadet Corps. Instructors from the California National Guard, State Military Reserve, or Naval Militia on duty at a college, community college, or school for marksmanship practice shall be under the immediate control and jurisdiction of the governing body of the college, community college, or school. The expenditures may be paid out of funds appropriated for the maintenance and support of the California Cadet Corps.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 20. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

513.
  

The Adjutant General may detail from the organizations of the California National Guard, State Military Reserve, or Naval Militia, competent members who shall perform duties on behalf of the California Cadet Corps and who may act as training and marksmanship practice instructors for the California Cadet Corps. The Adjutant General may provide compensation for any person detailed for duty and service with the California Cadet Corps. The expenditures may be paid out of funds appropriated for the maintenance and support of the California Cadet Corps. The Adjutant General may conduct conferences and other events and activities for members of the California Cadet Corps and may utilize funds appropriated for the maintenance and support of the California Cadet Corps for these purposes.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 21. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

514.
  

(a) Whenever practical, members of the California Cadet Corps shall, under the supervision of the commandant of cadets, be permitted to utilize California National Guard rifle ranges for marksmanship practice when the ranges are not being used by the California National Guard.

(b) Whenever practical, members of the California Cadet Corps shall be permitted to utilize California National Guard facilities for training activities.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 22. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

515.
  

Units in their first year of operation shall receive an assistance visit to ensure assigned personnel receive the training and support needed to adequately prepare for their first formal, for-record inspection. The executive officer, the assistant executive officer, the regional advisors or military officers of the California National Guard, State Military Reserve, or Naval Militia detailed by the Adjutant General shall inspect units of the California Cadet Corps at least once every two years and annually for any unit receiving a rating of unsatisfactory in a prior year’s inspection. Inspectors shall report to the Adjutant General regarding the training, marksmanship, attendance, discipline, military knowledge and instruction, leadership, and condition of property of the California Cadet Corps. These reports shall consist of an inventory of the state property on hand in the cadet units at the time of inspections, and shall be made and forwarded in duplicate, one copy to the Superintendent of Public Instruction and one copy to the Adjutant General’s office, and shall bear the endorsement of the president, director, chief administrative officer, or college, community college, or principal of the college, community college, or school, containing remarks the officials may deem pertinent.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 23. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

516.
  

The president, director, chief administrative officer, or principal of a college, community college, or school shall be responsible for all public property supplied to units of the California Cadet Corps under their control or supervision and shall ensure the property and equipment is properly secured and cared for.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 24. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

516.1.
  

An encampment or encampments may be held by the California Cadet Corps to be of such duration and attended by such proportion of the strength of the corps as may be prescribed by the Adjutant General. The expenses of encampments may be paid out of funds appropriated for the maintenance and support of the California Cadet Corps.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 25. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

517.
  

Each board of school trustees, president, director, and chief administrative officer of a college or community college, board of trustees of a college or community college, board of education, principal or director of a high school, county superintendent of schools, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall facilitate the purposes of the California Cadet Corps and its instruction and the provisions of this chapter by cooperating with the Adjutant General.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 26. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

518.
  

The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all community colleges in this state, and the principals and governing boards of community colleges shall have the same authority as similar officials of schools.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 27. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

519.
  

Where a community college is located in close proximity to a school having a California Cadet Corps company or companies, the governing boards of the community college and schools may enter into an agreement to provide for the joint organization of cadet companies.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 28. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

520.
  

Any executive officer, assistant executive officer, regional advisor, or officer, warrant officer, or noncommissioned officer appointed or detailed pursuant to Sections 502, 502.1, 512, 513, 515, or 516.1, who is wounded, injured, disabled, or killed in the performance of ordered duty shall be entitled to receive compensation from the state in accordance with the provisions of Division 4 (commencing with Section 3200) of the Labor Code. In all such cases, these individuals shall be deemed to be employees of the state. The compensation for any such individual shall be ascertained, determined, and fixed upon the basis of his or her average income from all sources during the year immediately preceding the date of such injury or death, or the commencement of such disability, but such compensation shall in no case exceed the maximum prescribed in Division 4 (commencing with Section 3200) of the Labor Code.

In determining the benefits awarded to an individual under the provisions of this section, it shall be conclusively presumed that the average yearly earning of such injured or deceased individual is not less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Any injury, death, or disability shall be deemed to have been suffered in line of duty unless the injury, death, or disability resulted from misconduct or disobedience of lawful orders by the injured or deceased individual.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 29. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

520.1.
  

The principal and governing board of any private educational institution or military academy in which a J.R.O.T.C. or R.O.T.C. unit is not maintained, but which otherwise meets the qualifications prescribed by this chapter and any rules and regulations that may be adopted by the Adjutant General, may apply to the Adjutant General for permission to establish a cadet company or cadet companies, battalions, or regiments of the California Cadet Corps pursuant to this chapter. If the Adjutant General approves the petition, the principal and governing board of the private school shall have the same authority as similar officials of public schools, community colleges, or colleges to create units of and to become a member of the California Cadet Corps. Any cadet company or companies, or unit formed under this section, shall be governed by the provisions of this chapter as though it were a public school, community college, or college.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 630, Sec. 30. (SB 537) Effective January 1, 2012.)

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