Many, Together, as One
One of the many aspects that makes the Frontiersmen different than other prepper networks or survivalist groups is our structure. The Frontiersmen is not a top-down organization where there is a "national headquarters" and various satellite chapters throughout the country. It is much more similar to an association or co-op, where everyone is considered an equal part of the organization. Of course the binding thread amongst all Frontiersmen is adherance to our official charter and the values contained within. This is the mortar that holds the bricks in place, allowing us to form one single defensive wall shielding those within.
A Frontiersmen Troop is a group of friends and family who unite together in a common bond to prepare themselves for any disaster. The Frontiersmen do not require records of membership within individual Troops, only the contact information of the Troop Leader themselves. This limits dissemination of private information and enhances the overall privacy of our members.
Troop Leadership Roles
When a new Troop is formed within the Frontiersmen, there is a structure that is followed to keep everything organized. All positions within a Troop serve a specific function needed to maintain focus and readiness of the whole, in addition to allowing for direct communication with others. While units will vary from one to another in requirements, the basic positions of Troop Leader, Corps Leaders, and Team Leaders are similar throughout the entire organization. All positions are elected by the Troop membership to serve for a period of six months. At the end of each term, leadership can be altered or remain in place based on their individual performance and the needs of the unit.
The Troop leadership structure is the highest structured control in the Frontiersmen.
A "company" refers to all the troops in a given county or parish. All members in a company have the same Troop ID number which is their state abbreviation followed by their county number. For instance, Portage county, Ohio troops are all part of the OH067 and would wear these company IDs on their uniform. Each troop is then identified internally with an alpha designation, based on their length of membership. The oldest troop would be identified as "Alpha", the second as "Bravo", and so on.
Your troop may be the "OH067A" or "OH067B", but all are collectively part of the 67th Ohio Frontiersmen. When a new troop is formed in a county, they are given the next designator. When a troop leaves the Frontiersmen, all troops behind them in seniority are advanced up to the correct designation.
Companies are encouraged to work together and network amongst themselves for training, local meet ups, and the like.
In the Frontiersmen, all the Troops in a single state are referred to as a "Regiment". Members of a Regiment work together to address issues, plan state-wide activities, and to assist in the creation of more Troops. Sometimes a Regiment may have to address some larger issues, ones that cannot be handled on a Troop level. In such a case, the Regiment would call a State Assembly. A State Assembly is made up of one representative from every Troop in the Regiment (generally the Troop Leader).
The National Organization
Although the national organization organizes new units, maintains policies, and facilitates the networking of members, it is only to maintain the integrity of the Frontiersmen program. Each unit is an autonomous part of the whole, which is to say there is no individual who exerts influence or control that is not a direct and elected member of that specific Troop. All Troops act according to their own processes when a crisis occurs - based on their own situation, capabilities, or dictates. There is no county, state, or national "command & control" apparatus within the organization. We work together and support each other in times of need, building communication channels and spheres of control between units as the situation requires.
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