? is the CSMR!

The California State Military Reserve is the official state defense force, and enables the Golden State to do more. It is a part of the California Military Department, along with the state’s National Guard and Air National Guard. Its mission is to augment the National Guard in a variety of support roles, and to specialize in homeland defense and emergency management missions.
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What is the CSMR?

CA BearThe California State Military Reserve is the Golden State’s official state defense force. It is a part of the California Military Department, along with the state’s Army National Guard and Air National Guard. The CSMR’s mission is to augment the National Guard in a variety of support roles, and to specialize in homeland defense and emergency management missions.

State headquarters are located in Sacramento, and the CSMR Commander is Brig. Gen. Timothy Albertson. There are CSMR units all across California, with regional commands established in the north and south.

CSMR Soldiers wear uniforms nearly identical to those of their National Guard counterparts, the main difference being the “California” name tape on the front of the Army Combat Uniform, in place of “U.S. Army.” Some CSMR units are tightly integrated with National Guard detachments for training and other purposes.

While CSMR Soldiers are not paid for drills and some voluntary active duty, they do receive the same pay as their CNG counterparts while on state emergency duty. For example, during the wildfires that plagued California in 2007 and 2008 hundreds of CSMR Soldiers were deployed in a wide variety of support functions, working alongside the Guard.

While many CSMR members have prior military service, many do not. The CSMR welcomes both, offering veterans an opportunity to use their skills and providing “non-priors” an opportunity to serve in uniform. The CSMR has need of many occupational specialties, including law enforcement, medicine, legal affairs, public affairs, logistics, personnel management, communications and more.

CSMR Soldiers drill at least one day a month (usually a Saturday); some units more often than that. Each Soldier is expected to do 200 hours a year of service in a combination of drills, classes and other support activities.

The CSMR is not part of the federal armed services; its commander-in-chief is the governor of California. However, the President of the United States has constitutional authority to call all state militias (which would include the CSMR) to national service in an emergency. CSMR Soldiers take an oath to uphold the state and federal constitutions, and to obey the orders both of the governor and the president.

Even without a federal role, the CSMR has, from time to time, stepped over state lines. When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005, CSMR Soldiers were activated and sent to the New Orleans area to assist in recovery. CSMR Soldiers also assist in the Global War on Terror, by helping train National Guardsmen in a variety of functions, including weapons and tactics.

Although our Soldiers are not routinely paid, they do receive some material benefits. Soldiers with perfect drill attendance receive an annual $125 uniform allowance, and CSMR Soldiers in good standing are eligible for a free college tuition program, along with their National Guard colleagues.

For most of our Soldiers, however, the biggest benefit is to serve their state and country in uniform, continuing a tradition going back to the Minutemen at Lexington and Concord.

http://www.calguard.ca.gov/members-veterans/organization/state-military-reserve?LeftNav=No

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18 Comments

  1. Ira Salom's Gravatar Ira Salom
    October 7, 2012    

    The “What is the CSMR?” page is so well written, I’d like to use it as a model for description of the role of the New York Guard.

    ‘Plagarism’ is defined as stealing from one source and ‘research’ as stealing from many. Kidding aside, I ask for permission to use the structure of the web page as part of a research effort to come up with improvements to the public face of the New York Guard.

    Please contact me at

    Ira Salom, MD
    MAJ MC NYG
    S1 244th Medical Clinic, NY Guard

    • Tim Grizzle's Gravatar Tim Grizzle
      May 7, 2013    

      MAJ Salom,

      Did anyone reach out to you about your request?

      Please advise as I’ll help get you in contact with the right PAO people.

      SGT Grizzle

    • May 8, 2013    

      Permission granted!
      Let me know if you need any other assistance in your tour.

      RCA

  2. John P. Boatwright Jr.'s Gravatar John P. Boatwright Jr.
    January 4, 2013    

    I served in the CSMR, Oroville, C> under Lt. Col. Wayne Houseworth in the Early 1980′s. After reading “What is the CSMR” It makes me wish to re-enlist and also wish the CSMR would reopen a post in Chico, CA. If you did I would gladly raise my right hand again.

    John Boatwright Jr. (Former Sgt. CSMR)

    • Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
      July 22, 2013    

      Have you thought about starting a Unit there? You can contact Sacramento CSMR to find out how. We would love to have you back in uniform.

      SPC Mckinney
      RTF-S

  3. Rick Garcia's Gravatar Rick Garcia
    June 7, 2013    

    I’ve applied to the CSMR and am eagerly awaiting news of acceptance and orders. Question: If my packet was submitted in April, around when do you think I will receive notification?

    • PAO CSMR's Gravatar PAO CSMR
      June 11, 2013    

      Mr. R. Garcia;
      It often takes at least six months. If a bunch of applications preceded yours, then you will need to stay patient.
      Someone will contact you.
      I hope to meet you.
      Thank you f/ your interest.
      CPT R. Alexander
      PAO CSMR RSS

      • Rick Garcia's Gravatar Rick Garcia
        June 18, 2013    

        Thank you CPT. Alexander for the reply! This is an excellent organization and I am hopeful to lend my knowledge and skills to the accomplishment of any mission. I will stand-by until ordered to report.

    • PAO's Gravatar PAO
      December 27, 2013    

      Follow-up – Have you received any assistance on your efforts to join the CSMR?
      R. Alexander PAO

  4. Dan Ramirez's Gravatar Dan Ramirez
    July 25, 2013    

    Question: Does SMR service count toward National Guard retirement? Example, if I had 15 years of creditable service in the National Guard, could I continue to serve in the SMR and earn retirement points to complete my 20 years? Thank you!

    • Tim Grizzle's Gravatar Tim Grizzle
      October 29, 2013    

      Mr. Ramirez,

      Basically no. CSMR service, while comparable to the National Guard in some aspects, does not constitute service for the purposes of paid retirement. There are a very select few State Active Duty positions within the SMR which can go toward retirement, but those are the precious few exceptions.

      SSG Grizzle

    • PAO's Gravatar PAO
      December 27, 2013    

      Please refer to this page and follow-up on any new information: http://projects.militarytimes.com/guard-reserve-handbook/retirement/basic-plans/
      R. Alexander PAO

  5. August 2, 2013    

    Simply want to say your article is as surprising. The clearness in your submit is simply nice and i can assume you’re an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to take hold of your feed to keep updated with approaching post. Thanks 1,000,000 and please carry on the gratifying work.

  6. Robert Lee Rye, Jr. CSM (Ret) CA's Gravatar Robert Lee Rye, Jr. CSM (Ret) CA
    November 9, 2013    

    I was with the 302nd Bn., 3rd Bgd, Southern Area Command until 1998. I throughly enjoyed serving and wish they had a similiar organization in Kansas where I now reside. ” En Guardia”

    • Ronald K Thompson's Gravatar Ronald K Thompson
      November 21, 2013    

      Reply to Robert L Rye

      Good to see your comment.
      Ronald K Thompson COL (RET) CA.
      Former Cdr. 302 Bn. Van Nuys, California.

  7. ROBERT ROOTS SR's Gravatar ROBERT ROOTS SR
    February 24, 2014    

    I AM A US ARMY VETERAN AND I GOT OUT OF THE MILITARY BACK IN EARLY 9O’S I CURRENTLY RECEIVE A 20 PCT DISABILITY RATE FROM THE V.A. BUT I AM REALLY INTERESTED IN JOINING THE CSMR I REALLY MISS PUTTING ON TNE UNIFORM AND ALL THAT GOES WITH IT. I HAVE TWO OLDER SONS WHO SERVED IN THE AIR FORCE,AND I HAVE YOUNGER CHILDREN NOW AND I WOULD LIKE TO SHOW THEM WHAT DAD CAN DO THEY ARE FULL OF QUESTIONS. I HAVE WORKED IN VARIOUS POSITIONS IN THE ARMY AND NG I HAVE BEEN A MP IN THE 270TH MP CO IN SAC TWO ENLISTMENTS ALSO I WORKED AT THE SAC RECRUITING CMD IN SAC ALSO MORALE SUPPORT AND SUPPLY AT SAC ARMY DEPOT AND TANK AND HVY VEH MECH AT VARIOUS BASES I WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT IF I QUALIFY BECAUSE I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THAT MILITARY FEELING AGAIN WHERE DO I GO OR SPEAK TO THANKS FOR REPLY OR HELP (RWR Sr). robertroots88@yahoo.com

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