Tuesday, July 13, 2010

SoL vs Militia..the confusion continues.

the pre-revolutionary anti-British forces here in America..the Sons of Liberty, among others...
did not represent the Militia in their actions or politics.

many of them were MEMBERS of the local militias..as were most able-bodied men of the time. but that is not the same thing as saying the SoL WERE the militia. the militia were EVERYONE. the SoL and other such groups were only a small percentage of that.

why do I bring this up?

because individuals, and even groups of individuals, can have whatever political or religious beliefs they like. but they do not represent the militia in those beliefs.

the unorganized militia should never have been used as part of any political or religious cause. it's members, acting on their own, certainly can. but there should be a boundary between the two.

remember..the MILITIA is not a rebel organization until AFTER it starts getting shot at.

the Sons of Liberty...well..they have no such restrictions.

the "army model" and why it's bad news

the current model that is being put forth for a "legal militia" here in NH is flawed. this is the US Army model. which I from what I can tell was designed for draftees in the 1960's and hasn't really been revised.

I don't think they have used this system on purpose. honestly I don't think the organizers know any other way (being ex-career army). which is part of the problem. we are NOT the army.

the regular (non-special forces) army model is based on the assumption that backups exist and will, for the most part, be available. this is the flaw in using the army system. the militia has no backups. no supply chain. no artillery. no air support. no evac helicopters, medical or otherwise. no ANYTHING. we will be forced to improvise everything..because "comshaw" and "junkyard wars"-style supply will be the only way we will get what we need, when we need it.

for this, we do not need an ARMY mindset. we need a SEABEE mindset. which is....get the job done. I don't care how. you don't have to be "pretty" just effective. improvise or comshaw what's needed. just GET IT DONE. unit structure, discipline, and training should reflect this. an army model reflects an inherent resistance to adapt quickly, or adopt local standards and customs.

throw out the army model. I understand some of you are going to it like an old security blanket. but you need to look at what's needed and available, and structure accordingly.

(side note..militia commanders should NOT be excited about the prospect of dress uniforms or parades. EVER. we're not here to be pretty. we're not here to go to the governor's ball and show off medals. we're here to get a job done and GO HOME.)