SERVICE - Introduction to the CSMR


The mission of the California State Military Reserve is to provide an adequately trained and organized State military reserve force under the exclusive control of the Governor. The CSMR is meant to be capable of accomplishing those State emergency responsibilities normally assigned to the National Guard, when the Guard is federalized or otherwise not available.

Those who can - do

Those who can do more - volunteer


Your Opportunity to Serve

The California State Military Reserve (CSMR) is an all-volunteer State Defense Force. Our primary mission is to support the Soldiers and Airmen of the California National Guard (CNG) in its Homeland Defense, Homeland Security missions and service to California during times of State Emergencies.

Prior military service is desirable, but not a requirement for enlistment in the CSMR. We welcome non-prior service men and women as well as experienced veterans. We are looking for candidates that reflect the diversity of the communities that we serve. Individuals who are loyal, passionate, highly motivated and committed with a desire to volunteer their time in a professional and challenging military environment.

High Demands, High Satisfaction

Soldiers and Airmen in the CSMR are sworn members of the California Military Department. Applicants must be California residents, be in good health and physically capable of performing the CSMR mission.

The CSMR is definitely a commitment

Our members are required to attend monthly drills and a minimum of 100 volunteer service hours each year. Also, in order to keep our professional standards, there are periodic continuing education requirements.

These could include on-site CSMR Schools, training seminars and online courses. In the event of a State emergency, you could be called to State Active Duty for days or weeks at a time. You will find that your service hours will add up quickly as you serve side-by-side with your National Guard counterparts in a variety of missions.

Do we have high demands, standards, and expectations?

Absolutely, but we offer you the opportunity to use your expertise and acquire new skills - to make a real difference in the lives of your fellow citizens. You will be doing something important. You will be serving with a group of proud professionals as a member of an elite group of highly respected and highly trained Citizen-Soldiers. California State Military Reserve Soldiers and Airmen are true Patriots in service to the Golden State!

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​(866) 526-4543

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