Skip to Main Content About Us The California Military Department is a diverse, community-based organization composed of four pillars: the California Army National Guard, the California Air National Guard, the California State Military Reserve and the California Youth and Community Programs. At our core, more than 23,000 soldiers, airmen and state military reservists stand ready to respond to emergencies in California and across the United States. In times of conflict or distress, our service members also deploy overseas in support of combat and humanitarian operations. Since the attacks on 9/11, California Guardsmen have mobilized nearly 40,000 times in the fight against global terrorism. The Military Department also fulfills a deep commitment to the communities in which its members live and serve. Each day, our Counterdrug task force supports local civil authorities in their drug-suppression and education efforts, and our innovative youth academies and programs engage young minds across the state with unparalleled educational experiences and leadership opportunities to help them reach their full potential. Across our organization, we are committed to improving, preparing and protecting our communities, state and nation. The California Military Department – we are a force like no other.