The California State Military Reserve is looking for more men and women who are ready, willing and able to proudly share their knowledge, experience and dedication to duty.
The CSMR’s Regional Support South is announcing the start of its “Commitment to Serve,” a recruitment campaign across Southern California and beyond that begins this fall. The goal: get the word out that the CSMR is looking for thousands of qualified personnel to serve statewide.
As an element of the California Military Department, the CSMR is an all-volunteer operational force that helps train the California National Guard and assists civilian authorities in times of emergencies such as earthquakes and wildfires. CSMR Soldiers and Airmen are subject to call to state active duty by the Governor, but are not eligible for any federal military deployment.
Veterans from any of the U.S. military service branches will be sought after by the CSMR as well as those with no prior service but who have useful or transferable civilian experience. The campaign’s goal is to find those who can take on the challenge and rigor of fulfilling military missions while using their skills and talents to aid the state.
Among the many types of industries, trades and professions of those now serving: teachers, truck drivers, lawyers, musicians, paralegals, doctors, nurses, warehouse workers, law enforcement officers, journalists, marketing specialists, sales people, mechanics and engineers.
Those who do qualify and are sworn in as CSMR Soldier enlistees or commissioned officers will wear the uniform and follow the rules and regulations of the U.S. Army. Those seeking assignments as CSMR Airmen enlistees or officers must have prior service in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard or Civil Air Patrol. They will wear the Air Force uniform and follow its rules and regulations.
Although there is an annual uniform allowance and very limited occasions for paid state active duty and other modest remuneration, most of the service time by CSMR personnel is on an unpaid, volunteer basis. There are, however, opportunities for certain types of tax deductions.
“Some in the CSMR say they stood up and joined for the camaraderie or for the adrenaline rush of putting on the uniform — either for the first time or as a returning veteran,” said Col. Donald J. Thornley, a former Marine who is commander of the CSMR RSS, which is headquartered at the Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos. “But the best reason we have for wearing the uniform — whether paid or unpaid — is because we are proudly giving voice to something about service, commitment and professionalism.”
For more information about the CSMR and its state defense force missions, and how it can use your help in defending California and the United States, contact the CSMR at: 1-866-526-4543. Or, visit the Reserve online at: calguard.ca.gov