We are developing the means to admit persons who perform certain support functions as actual members of The SMVM. How quickly one can reach this laudable goal will depend upon the value and need of the support services rendered.
Roughly, we have broken up support functions into three levels of need: Basic, advanced, and critical.
Basic support consists of things like gathering wood or water, providing camp security, serving as Opfor, acting as a victim for training scenarios (such as a lost or injured person that we need to find or evacuate), or assisting the cook or photographer. To qualify as a member, you will need to perform these functions at 8 events in a year, or 7 if you qualify with a sidearm or rifle.
Advanced support consists of cooking, photographing or videotaping, transportation, or assisting the senior medic or senior radio operator in setting up a station. To qualify as a member, you will need to perform these functions 6 times in a year, or 5 times if you qualify with a sidearm or rifle. We encourage photographers to carry a sidearm instead of a rifle, at least under non-combat situations.
Critical support consists of setting up a camp first aid station or camp base radio. To perform these functions, you must have, at a minimum, either a current Red Cross Aid Card or an Amateur Radio license. If more than one person at a training can set up an aid station or communications base station, then they may all be counted as performing critical support, even if only one aid station or communications station is set up. To qualify as a member, you will need to perform critical support functions 4 times in a year, 3 if you qualify with a sidearm. While rifle qualification for critical support persons is allowed, we would prefer that senior medics and commo operators carry a sidearm.
The senior support person will coordinate support at training. This will also count as critical support.
Pistol qualification consists of hitting 6 out of 8 shots on a 9 inch target at 7 yards.
Rifle qualification consists of hitting 8 out of 10 shots on a 9 inch target at 100 yards.
Once qualified, you will be a member of The SMVM until the end of the following calendar year after you qualify. To maintain member status, then, for the year AFTER that, you should perform support functions again, to stay current.
These support qualifications will be submitted for approval in Feb 2013.
For now, feel free to read the information below, and we should update or support page in Feb 2013.
Behind every successful militia outfit, team, or operation, there invariably must be a support element in place. Whether lugging an extra crate of medical supplies, operating a video camera, or grilling some burgers or brats, these support folks make the difference between a decent training event and an excellent training event. Without such fine support teams, membership would be down, and morale would not be as stellar as it is today.
By no means should support persons be considered "second-line" or anything of the sort. Neither should there be any truly defined line between support crews and line elements. Level One or higher qualified people can (and do) easily step in and perform critical support functions. By the same token, support persons can (and do) step in to regular training and assume leadership roles.
In an actual emergency, it is likely that support functions, such as medical duties, communications, and transport duties, and other fun logistical efforts will be the true measure of militia effectiveness.
MILITIA LOGISTICS VIDEO ONE: RE-SUPPLY OF AMMO
MILITIA LOGISTICS VIDEO TWO: FEEDING AND RE-SUPPLY OF UNIT
The term "Field Support" is broad, but what I would like to focus on is how it applies to a non-funded, self sufficient civilian militia. First, keep the objectives of Field Support simple:
1. Transportation of Teams
Depending on vehicle size, a Field Support vehicle should be able to transport a five man team and gear plus unit First Aid supplies, food, water and ammo. SUV’s, Pick-up’s, Van’s (Mini & Full sized) and four door Sedans are what should be considered. If you happen to have a Deuce and a Half, even better.
2. Transportation of Injured
Any vehicle can be used as an Ambulance, but having the ability to lay injured personnel down would be ideal. This gives you room to work on them while getting to better medical facilities. Always have a designated ambulance at any event, ready to go with maps and locations of closest medical facility. Keep a squad sized or better first aid kit in your designated ambulance, and make sure that your senior medical staff or person inspects and evaluates the ambulance and first aid kit, and make sure that your senior medic, whomever that may be, also knows the route to the nearest hospital.
3. Set up Base and Aid Stations
A basic aid station should be established at any event. You don’t want to have to scramble about trying to pull out emergency gear when needed. Set it up at the beginning of the operation or exercise. A base for re-supply is always a good thing, with extra ammo, food & water. Teams can only carry so much gear. Plus, any comfort you can supply your team with is a morale booster when exhausted. Sometimes, this extra morale booster may make the difference between success and failure.
4. A Hot Meal
Above: Logistical Wizardry, and a trip to Gordon's Food Service, generates a low-cost meal package for 15 people, which costs a little over $2 per meal. This will keep for a long time, and in a pinch, can be eaten without cooking. (The steaks on the left are NOT included...)
The historical importance of this goes without saying. Keeping the team nourished in good times and bad is important. Keeping the meals simple and quick to prepare in any conditions is the challenge. I will be covering some ideas on what I found works best for me.
Note from Staff: Thumper...concocts new experimental meals...and he makes us eat them! Like the Sauerkraut meals....and The Pita Chips....He's a culinary beast, I tell you!
Cleanliness is next to… well you know. But sanitation procedures also keep your team healthy. Your Job !
Support persons must own a vehicle capable of
transporting no less than four persons and their gear.
Gear to be carried in the field on their person:
Appropriate clothing and outdoor footwear, in
accordance with season and terrain.
Personal LBE, in accordance with individual,
include at least the following:
Pistol with no less than 18 rounds.
2 quarts of water.
Squad first aid kit
Gear to be transported in vehicle:
Rifle with no less than 200 rounds. (Suggest
long-range caliber semi-auto with hi-cap
mags, bipod and scope.)
Platoon or larger first aid kit
Tarp no less than 12"X12"
100 feet of 550 cord.
Two blankets or poncho liners.
Food for 15 meals. Need not be yummy
5 gallons of water, water purification tablets
Michigan road map. Delorme Gazetteer suggested.
Shovel or e-tool, axe or saw
Notepad and pen
Optional: Digital camera, laptop computer.
8/10 with rifle on a 9inch plate at 100 yards, and 8/10 with pistol at 7 yards
Breakdown, clean, and reassemble both weapons
Some form of basic first aid training.
Apply a field dressing to an extremity and treat for shock
Start a fire
Build a field expedient shelter
Persons who are in the field 6 of 13
training or field
events during the previous or current calendar year,
or any 6 consecutive trainings will be qualified as
“voting support” until end of the following year.
Persons wishing to qualify as “support” may attempt
the abilities part of these requirements whenever they
wish. The gear inspection part will be done at the
discretion of the staff. Any gear deficiencies must be
remedied at the following event, in order for both
trainings to be counted toward the support
It is far, far more difficult to qualify as “support”
than it is to qualify as “Level One.” Support persons
are critical to the function of militia units.
Please check back here soon, and feel free to send your comments, ideas, and suggestions email@example.com.
Note: Most of the support material on this, and the linked support sub-pages, was written by Thumper.