Content Standards and Objectives


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CONTENT STANDARDS AND OBJECTIVES - The California Cadet Corps curriculum teaches to eight core standards and objectives designed to support the California Content Standards in Physical Education, Health, English/Language Arts, English Language Development, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  The California Cadet Corps curriculum is infused with writing, reading, mathematics, fitness/wellness activities, academic vocabulary, study of current events, and a variety of career and college preparation components.  
Standard #1: Cadets participate in patriotic activities and develop a spirit of patriotism.
a. Know the meaning of as well as proper care and display of the American Flag.
b. Sing a variety of patriotic songs.
c. Participate in a flag detail to raise and lower the flag. Sample lesson here
d. Participate in Color Guards to present the colors.
e. March in parades.
f. Know the Pledge of Allegiance and proper honors to the flag and National Anthem.
g. Know the significance and history of important American symbols and documents (e.g. U.S. Constitution, Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, The White House, Washington Monument, Declaration of Independence, and Medal of Honor). Sample lesson here
h. Know important events in U.S. and California History, especially as they relate to the California Cadet Corps.
i. Know the five democratic values of liberty, equality, justice, majority rule, and minority rights.
Standard #2: Cadets learn strategies to improve school performance and be good citizens.
a. Know how to properly take notes.
b. Learn "academic vocabulary" that is used across academic disciplines.
c. Know test-taking strategies.
d. Use the writing process to communicate their ideas.
e. Learn conflict resolution and anger management strategies.
f. Know strategies to work effectively with others. Sample lesson here
g. Use a variety of study strategies. Sample Lesson here
h. Learn to take personal responsibility for their actions.
i. Know the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
j. Know techniques for effective listening.
k. Know the different learning styles and how they affect success in the classroom.
l. Know the seven citizenship skills of cooperation, patience, fairness, respect, strength, self-improvement, and balance.
m. Practice reading comprehension with a variety of texts.
n. Know about current local, state, national, and international events.
o. Develop their oral speaking skills. Sample lesson here
p. Know techniques for planning and presenting lessons to other cadets.
q. Develop skills of sensitivity to different cultures and gender roles in society.
r. Develop skills of personal organization, time management and planning.
Standard #3: Cadets learn basic military subjects.
a. Know the history, objectives, and motto of the CACC.
b. Use the principles of military courtesy.
c. Know the rank structure of the Cadet Corps and all branches of the United States Military.  Sample lesson here
d. Know and use the Chain of Command as well as the NCO and Staff Support Channels. Sample lesson here
e. Know the "Cadet Code" and live by its components.
f. Properly wear the Cadet Corps Uniforms.
g. Know the General Orders and proper execution of Guard Duty responsibilities.
h. Know skills for bivouacking, including shelter set up, food preparation, and field hygiene and sanitation.
j. Know techniques of surviving in mountain, desert, ocean, and snow wilderness circumstances.
k. Know the contributions of important military and civilian leaders in American History.  Sample Lesson here
m. Know rules of Hunter Safety.
n. Participate successfully in marksmanship activities.
o. Learn about various career options, including all branches of the United States military.
Standard #4: Cadets participate in a variety of fitness and wellness activities.
a. Know all the dimensions of personal wellness, monitor their personal wellness, and plan and implement a personal wellness plan.
b. Understand the concept of the Healthy Fitness Zone on the Fitnessgram test.
c. Know the components of a fitness program (warm-up, conditioning, cool-down), plan and implement a personal fitness regimen.
d. Enhance their level of overall flexibility. Sample lesson here
e. Enhance their level of overall strength.
f. Enhance their aerobic capacity and physical endurance.
g. Know the rules and proper techniques for playing a variety of team sports.
h. Take the California Physical Fitness Test each semester in which they are enrolled in the program.
i. Understand the impact of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco on the body and are taught strategies to avoid their use.
j. Become critical consumers.
k. Understand the impact of various media (e.g. TV, music, advertising) on people
l. Able to effectively manage personal and business finances.
m. Learn the signs, symptoms, and modes of transmitting sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.
Standard #5: Cadets participate in Drill and Ceremonies.
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a. Know how to use their command voice.
b. Know how to teach individual and unit drill to others.
c. Properly execute close order drill. Sample lesson here
d. Properly participate in squad drill.
e. Properly participate in platoon drill.
f. Properly participate in company drill.
g. Properly command a squad.
h. Properly command a platoon.
I. Properly command a company.
j. Correctly participate in a Pass in Review.
k. Properly execute the Manual of Arms. Sample lesson here
l. Properly march with arms.
m. Know how to properly form units from the Brigade Level down to the Squad Level.
n. Able to march to music and cadences.
o. Know how to conduct a military inspection.
p. Participate in a variety of competitive drill events.
Standard #6: Cadets know principles of First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
a. Know general principles of triage, head-to-toe exams, standard precautions and body substance isolation.
b. Know how to stop bleeding.
c. Know how to perform CPR on infants, children, and adults.
d. Help conscious and unconscious choking victims. Sample Lesson here
e. Know the signs and symptoms and how to treat for shock.
f. Know how to properly care for burns.
g. Provide appropriate first aid treatment for sprains, strains, and broken bones.
h. Know how to treat head, neck, and spinal injuries.
i. Know how to treat asthma attacks, diabetic emergencies, allergic reactions, stroke, poisoning, bites, stings, and food-borne illness.
j. Know how to treat heat and cold injuries. Sample Lesson here
k. Know how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
l. Know how to correctly activate the Emergency Medical System.
m. Receive certification by the American Heart Association and/or American Red Cross at Basic First Aid and Infant, Child, and Adult CPR.
n. Know strategies to prepare themselves and their families for natural disasters and public emergencies.
Standard #7: Cadets know how to read and use a variety of maps and compasses.
a. Know how to read road maps.
b. Know the marginal information on a map, including the symbols and colors used on topographic maps.
c. Read six and eight digit coordinates on a topographic map.
d. Know how to use the scales on topographic maps to measure distances.
e. Know how to use magnetic and lensatic compasses.
f. Know the three types of north and how to calculate and use the differences between them using declination diagrams.
g. Know how to measure direction using an azimuth. Sample Lesson here
h. Know how to identify the major and minor terrain features on topographic maps and can read contour lines and elevation markings.
i. Know how to read an orienteering map.
j. Successfully complete an orienteering course.
Standard #8: Cadets know and apply theories of leadership.
a. Know the definition of the traits, principles and indicators of leadership.
b. Know the conditions of followership necessary to be an effective leader.
c. Know the definition of a leader and leadership and know the Cadet Leader's Code from memory.
d. Experience a variety of practical leadership scenarios.
e. Know the responsibilities of Cadet Staff members. Sample Lesson here
f. Know the roles and responsibilities of non-commissioned officers.
g. Know the roles and responsibilities of officers.
h. Properly utilize Cadet Corps regulations.
i. Correctly perform a variety of cadet staff functions.
j. Experience the responsibilities of command.
k. Employ leadership counseling techniques.
l. Use problem-solving strategies with their peers.
m. Know the leader's code and apply its principles.
Last Modified on 6 September 2016