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  1. for hearing protection; walker razors is a good value brand that has done well in recent years, and it is mentioned in the list. water is mentioned also, but only as a bladder. If water if plentiful in your area & you are only away on short missions 1L may be the way to go, but anything more I would look at a 2 or 3L. there are also low profile options for the larger bladders. keep in mind (depending on the training & mission) you dont have to fill them all the way up. I would also suggest carrying a small tube of tent repair, or the like, to fix a punctured bladder. there is also the option of core performance which can also double to regulate body temp. boots vary per user. there's a hand full of good brands. when looking at reviewers make sure they are doing activity similar to what you plan to do, and look at a few of them. the input I would give is use "walk dry" footwear when its hot, & water proof footwear when its cold. my years of experience in military issue boots is; they will break ones ankle due to how "skinny" the sole is, the tread isnt great, and the insole sucks. active duty that are in for more than 1 contract generally buy other boots.
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    Proficiencies

    I break these down into 3 main groups; “Individual Ability” this one is pretty basic info and I don't think it needs a deep dive. Name, rank, attendance, fitness, and standardization. Standardization can be its own blog later on. Next is “Readiness”, this allows you to judge who is capable of going on the mission. Most of this has already been hit on in the ‘Logistics’ blog. In short, you are not part of big daddy government. When your food & supplies run out, you’re SOL. The areas to judge here are: food/water, ammo, line gear, mobility, & finances. I’d recommend the goal for these is a year. Third is “Training”. This varies widely by group, but should be centered around shoot, move, communicate, & plugging holes. These can easily be lines up in an excel doc to be kept track of. I also use a rating system 1-4. I use color for the computer & Xs in the cells so that on can read it in a black & white print off. An example of the rating is; 0(red) = less than 3 months, X(yellow)= less than 6 months, XX(yellow)= less than 9 months, XXX(green)= 12 months or more of food storage I would only use a rating of 4 for those that specialize in that field. For example; if someone was an EMT, an ER nurse, a surgeon, or a combat medic I would rate them a 4 in medical.
  3. Welcome all! feel free to say hi & a bit about yourself, or what you're looking for.
  4. there are already other devices that use ham for a text signal that are encoded, & if that time comes im not too worried about the gov. sending location points (not the map itself) is less of an issue I feel because you are giving away your position every time you key up. ive seen people who are less than intermediate in skill do this. depending on the subject matter, sometimes communication is more important than opsec. good points though, thank ya
  5. yea its pretty nutted. thats why the guy just uses it as a reference. what do you mean by "this fact"?
  6. let me preface that I dont have a license, yet... but I do still have a concept the I see more & more people thinking about. (I'm a reffrence guy so get ready for some vids.) The concept I see is how to integrate maps, comms, & some data sharing offline with minimal bulk. Many that are looking into a convoy, linking up with other groups, group planning, & a stationary (or mobile) HQ should be looking to link these puzzle pieces together. what would cover all of this? ATAK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXuQERL_e8M this vid breaks down what that is, why we dont have it, & the parameters for the ability we need. while looking into convoys concepts I found this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC-upXJyVvg this is where I was introduced to HAM radio heads. from this I've found 2 that may do most of what I'm looking for, but I need help on specs for these. frankly, im out of my depth. The 2 I've looked at so far are; Yaesu FTM-400DR & Icom ID-5100A The pros & cons so far; both are user friendly, touch screen, dual band monitoring, both can bluetooth to a device to work with map & GPS. Yaesu is smaller, in color, screen seems to respond a bit faster, and can send & receive on APRS (i think its called) basically it can let you know where everyone in the group is. The mounting could be better & I think you have to get an another part to make it bluetooth capable. Icom is mono colored (but that may make it easier in low light), has an easy mounting system, has a bigger screen & foot print, & has Dstar which (if around a compatible tower) lets your radio (with use of internet) talk anywhere around the world (which is cool, but does your group even need that). I'm leaning toward the Yaesu. But like I said, I'm out of my depth here. (will I have to get another HAM to do HF bands like this guy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH4ivIHOUNs , if so how is his setup?) Ok, now for the offline aspect. I cam across this gym https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY6m6fS8bxU and was curious if it could be integrated into the above, & what is its potential? The HAM heads above have the ability to bluetooth with android. so does that mean I can take advantage of the OsmAnd app (as shown in the 1st vid link) and go completely offline while integrating it to the above? could all these boil down to the HAM head, meshtastic device, & a android tablet/device so as to make this available for our purposes?
  7. This seems to be the crux of an organization. Since Bob has X ability shouldnt he have rank? No, no he should not. Let me explain; As stated previously, ranks are an organizational and communications tool. Throwing rank at folks because of a niche ability (although kind and well intentioned) is not helping. If someone has a useful or specialty skill allow them to operate in that role, it doesn't mean they need a higher rank. For example; Bill joins the militia. He’s wet behind the ears on many things. However, he worked at a local state/national park and he is great at land navigation and knows a bit about foraging. Bill can teach land nav effectively. Have him teach it, he doesn't need rank for that. Fred joins and he ran a range for the LEOs. He can be a safety on range days and not need rank. I hope you’re picking up what I’m putting down. If all that's true, when and how do I rank people? In the beginning, when its you and a few friends, agree on who’s in charge. If its a hand full of you the highest rank will be a corporal or sergeant (this is covered in growing your ranks). Later on it’ll depend on who is active, shows up, is proficient, and isn't a power hungry ahole. Proficiency are up next.
  8. prior to the rona there was definitely a freedom movement that was mostly world wide. however; the world is not my concern. with so many variables and such a large scope, there's too many plausible outcomes. so what about the US? there has been a growing tension in America for a few generations. We are not taught about our rights, or the ability to think critically anymore. Then theres the mixing of culture & the lowering of the nations IQ. This is causing the main divide because people are taking action with no concept of a solution, & the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The historical markers are checking off more boxes on the revolution side rather than the civil war side. I (and many others) think that there must be a succession of states where the parasites are free to fail. Does it have to be heavily violent? no Will it be completely peaceful? probably not we must take back our sovereignty, restrict the government, & further bind it to prevent parasitism in the future.
  9. leadership can be key https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9b1DG86a4k
  10. i think more ranks should be available between captain & general as the need arises. also, as numbers grow duties of rank should naturally delegate. ive also have a blog on ranks which is similar.
  11. i made a "proficiency" chart for our group. at a glance you can see who is capable for 'deployment'. idealy they should be standardized, geared up, have food/water, the ability to mobilize with everything, not put themselves or their family in a financial bind, & be trained on the things the mission dictates. thats the short version anyway.
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    Growing You’re Ranks

    when i used the term "role" i meant things like, HAM trainer, social media manager, treasurer, and so on. not distinguishing leadership roles could work in a small team, but get confusing in a larger group. no rank designations would get confusing when working with other organizations as well.
  13. wquon

    Growing You’re Ranks

    militias arent new. this is for folks that want to put a structure together, not for teams/groups that arent looking to grow. i see many militias who are trying to do this, but fail. theyre options are usually 1) stick with an failed rank structure, 2) start all over.
  14. You chose ranks, and now have an idea of how they differ from the military. Time for the next considerations. In my experience some groups do it backwards when starting out. They’re the general, they get some friends and they’re colonels, and then the lower ranks trickle in. please don’t do this. Start with the small ranks and move up (refer to the pic above). Battle Buddy Teams are important (thanks to General Marshal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRjvBhiJwj8However; I have a caveat to this. 3 people form 1 CPL and 2 PVTs, the next rank comes in at 7 people; 1 SGT, 2 CPLs, 4 PVTs. So what do you do between 3 and 7people? simple answer, go heavy in the lower rank. Example; 4 ppl = 1 CPL, 3 PVTs 5 ppl = 2 CPLs, 3 PVTs 6 ppl = 2 CPLs, 4 PVTs and so on. (I’ll leave a pic below) These numbers will depend on your groups activity which can vary wildly. If a group takes a loss in numbers, shift down in rank. When you get multiple areas or a state wide group (weather its zones, districts, area codes, however you want to break it down) you will need a higher rank, and there will most likely be a rank gap between the state and local level. This is okay and I will explain why next time. For now, this is a good stopping point. Take care folks.
  15. Yay! You’ve chosen a rank system, now what? Now may be the time to take a look at what role a rank plays in your organization. In the military rank is used for organization, but so much more is connected with it. Pay is a big one, status another, proficiency… eh, you’d be surprised. Rank in the militia is a tool for organization and purpose. Unlike the military, rank should be much more fluid meaning; John is a Captain and has been here over 3 years. A life event has happened and John can’t give the role the attention it needs, he steps down and Fred steps up. This is not a negative on John. Knowing ones limitations (and asking for assistance) is a strength, and a group that can share the yolk of burden in trying times will most likely weather the storms in life. Ranks can be used as an organization for communication as well. One should consider people who can teach rather than ones who are proficient, but can’t show others to do the same, for leadership roles. Some folks get hooked on how the military operates and how they treat lower enlisted/ranked. In the military you are in a legal contract, if you tick off the wrong person they can ruin your life. This is not how it should be in the militia. People are lazy, poor listeners, and flaky. It is what it is, but you can not start yelling at them like they’re some private. They are patriots, or at least have some modicum of themselves that wants to be. In a later blog I intend to talk about “proficiencies” and accountability which should help in choosing people for ranks. And just a reminder, you don’t need a rank to be a leader. Thank you and stay tuned.

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