Who Can Join
You must be between the ages of 18 and 64, never convicted of a felony, never adjudicated mentally deficient, and not a member of a hate group to be eligible to volunteer.
Additionally we require a background check prior to becoming a full time volunteer.
Training is a vital part of our operations and occurs continuously. The training atmosphere is professional and very skill focused with emphasis on learning and executing skills correctly, rather than on rigorous physical resistance type training. All training is conducted with safety in mind. While we do attempt to make it as real as possible, safety is foremost. Some of the skills we specialize in include:
First Aid / CPR
Road Clearing / Disaster Relief
All Weather Survival
CBRN Preparedness (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear)
Civil Unrest / Rioting Preparedness
Search and Rescue
Land Navigation (Map, Compass, and GPS)
Radio Communication / Hand Signals
and many others
Training and meetings occur on the first Saturday of every month. We conduct field exercises quarterly, however not all training takes place in the field. Often we will have medical classes taught by certified Doctors or EMT’s. Our training standards are broken into three progressive skill levels which are guidelines for each individual. When a skill is covered at training, you will receive a go, no-go evaluation. We simply ask that you do what you can, when you can.
Role of the Militia
Today’s militia has a wide spectrum of missions, from disaster relief to terrorism prevention. The slogan echoed now is “Community Service and State Defense.” One role of the militia is defense of the state from terrorism or invasion. Other roles include disaster relief, search and rescue, emergency preparedness education and serving the community. We can serve our communities through aid programs like Harvesters, Habitat for Humanity, Project Warmth, Blood Drives as well as raising money for charities benefitting military veterans, cancer research, or volunteering at local food pantries and shelters. Given that the militia is primarily defensive in nature, it is natural that much of its resources should be aimed at bettering the communities from which it is derived.
The Militia and You
The biggest challenge for militias’ today is the lack of people involved. The population today is much bigger than in 1776 and the role of the militia has been expanded tremendously. Because of this, the militia today is in need of more dedicated men and women in order to fulfill its role. With the current threat of terrorism, our unprotected borders, and the Armed Forces sent abroad, the nation is more vulnerable than ever before. You may be saying, “what can I do?” or “I don’t have any training for that!” We understand. The militia is unlike anything you’ve probably ever experienced. It requires you to ask more of yourself, to learn new skills, and to take the path less traveled. It requires courage, integrity, and strength of character. In the militia you will be charged with defending your fellow man, helping those in need, facing disaster and taking a stand when it is much easier to do nothing.