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PLEASE NOTE–THIS COURSE IS NO LONGER USED, and much of the information presented is outdated or (now) incomplete. This should be taken as a guide for how to get a unit started (it still serves well for that purpose) but should not be relied upon for expressions of current official policy or practice. When questions arise regarding specific organization policy, please look to other areas of the website, our Unit formation/Chartering documentation, or consult with a member of the National leadership team.
STEP SIX – Dress the Part
NOTE – Some of this has changed, and there is a great deal of flexibility with regard to uniform (based on your geography and other factors). Changes in the preferred appearance must be approved, but we’re pretty open-minded so long as some basic continuity is observed.
If you played sports in high school, chances are good you were taught some important lessons that will help you as you proceed through life, and particularly in endeavors like this. Two of those lessons, though, you may have missed altogether, or perhaps take for granted.
Why does everyone on the field wear the same clothing? It makes the members of your team easy to identify. It gives you and your fans a common “theme” you can build around. And it emphasizes the fact that you’re a “team” and not just one individual.
There’s another thing, though, that you probably forgot about. Did your coach make you travel to games in “dress” attire? That shows respect for yourself, your fans, and your opponent. It makes you look professional. It shows you’re serious.
We want all of those benefits to extend to our organization, so we’ve opted to require a basic uniform for all of our participants. Obviously, if you’re just having a barbecue in Joe’s back yard, the uniform isn’t important; but if you’re showing up for a civic duty, parade, awards presentation, or combat–we want you in your Civilian Defense Force duds.
This identifies you as professional, serious, and part of a national organization. It makes it easy to identify you on the battlefield, too. And it just looks good.
When we were contemplating the uniform requirement, we decided it was important not to make cost an impediment to participation, or to make it a requirement that you purchase your uniform from us. We will have complete uniform components and packages available in our Merch shop, but we don’t expect you to get them from us unless you want to. Moreover, we don’t require a particular, specific brand or type; only the specific “look”. As long as a member’s look matches our requirements, the clothes themselves can come from Walmart, Amazon, or Goodwill! We really don’t care.
There are actually three official uniform requirements for members of the CDF, worn at different times and in different ways depending upon the occasion. Again, the actual fabric is not strict (though we’re pretty firm on the “combat” uniform), but the overall appearance is. We’ll cover the other two uniforms in detail elsewhere on this site, but the Dress Uniform, shown below, is what you should be looking to acquire prior to your first meeting. Bear in mind that you won’t wear the dress uniform to every meeting, but for this first one we think it would be the right message to send.
The dress uniform is worn for all non-casual functions, including formal affairs such as dinners and awards ceremonies that do not require “formal wear”, and consists of a pressed button-up oxford shirt in navy blue (long sleeve preferred; short sleeve acceptable) with khaki-colored pants or, to suit the occasion/locale, shorts. Ideally, the pants are of pleated or chino form in the “cargo pant” configuration to allow tactical use without the addition of other garments. The uniform is rounded out by a sensible belt, navy socks, and dress-casual shoes (loafers, boots, or tactical footwear), khaki to brown in color.
We are exploring the addition of a red armband to identify leaders, but that has not yet been decided so we’ll forego that at this time. If we do introduce that to the uniform, we will have those available for purchase within the Merch store when the time comes.
To the standard dress uniform shirt, a United States Flag, 3” x 1 1/2”, shall be sewn or otherwise attached to the left shoulder. On the right shoulder, at the same but opposite location as the United States Flag, shall be affixed the official NCDF Insignia patch.
These patches, flags, and other adornments will be available in the Merch store shortly. Flag patches that meet these requirements are widely available from other sources at this time, if you prefer to get them from someplace other than the CDF.
Until we make these things available on this site, however, the proper SHIRT, PANTS and BELT/SHOES will meet the requirements, especially for this first meeting.
This is an example of what the basic dress uniform looks like:
So, your assignment for this step is to acquire the proper uniform components so you may “dress the part” for your first meeting.
STEP SEVEN – A Rough Mission
While your eventual group, particularly your leadership team, will finalize a mission statement, you can’t go into your first meeting without at least a rough idea of the mission of your organization. You’ll need to not only have it, but be able to articulate it clearly and interpret it if/when prospective members have questions. For this reason, you’ll want to write it out and practice it until you can rattle it off at will. Then, really examine what each sentence means and why it’s there.
While it’s appropriate to base your mission statement off of our organization-wide Mission Statement, it’s not a good idea to just copy it outright and try to pass it off as your own. Your statement should perhaps say everything ours does, but you’ll want to “personalize” it for your location. Adding things like “…from South Heights to the Sandy Shore” or “…including the monuments at the Sharpsburg Military Cemetery” reinforces the local nature of your organization and fosters a greater sense of caring among your local members. You can mention anything from school systems to city parks, even adding things like your Sheriff’s Department or Neighborhood Watch program in for “flavoring”. Just be sure that the final document remains consistent with our overall theme and it’s inclusive wording. Try not to alter the point and purpose of our wording; just add to it.
You need to be prepared to encounter people of different mindset than you politically, but who still are Patriots at heart and want to do something about what’s going on. These are our friends also; the people who are our “enemies” are those who won’t tolerate differing viewpoints, won’t accept anything other than their way–which is anti-American on it’s face, and in their case they are representing an anti-American agenda to begin with. Without sacrificing our Mission, or violating our Guiding Principles, take in those of differing viewpoints and offer them a home among the Patriots too. Remember, we are seeking Americans of good character; that’s the only real “qualification”.
The assignment for this step is to prepare and memorize your own unit’s Mission Statement, in line with the Mission Statement of the national organization but personalized to reflect your area and people.
STEP EIGHT – Application, Affirmation, Accreditation
[NOTE – This process is no longer used. Unit formation is now handled as part of the Membership Process.]
Complete the application on this page to be granted tentative accreditation for your CDF Unit.
Please download the actual application here, print it, fill it out, sign it at the bottom, and then take a picture of it (signature page only).
Next, fill out the form that appears below. It is the exact same thing, complete with affirmation check-boxes. At the bottom of the form is an area to upload; use this to send the picture of your signed signature page from the form you downloaded. The combination of these two steps constitutes your absolute agreement and oath.
If for some reason you are unable to print the form, you may hand-write a note stating the following:
I have read the Civilian Defense Force Provisional Unit Formation Agreement, and agree to be bound by it’s terms.
Then PRINT YOUR NAME and UNIT NUMBER, SIGN and DATE it. Take a picture of that, and attach the picture file to the bottom of this form.
These steps are very important; your unit will not be considered to be certified in any way by the CDF without this step being completed in it’s entirety, exactly as described. CDF Provisional Unit Formation Agreement
I, ________________________, as Provisional Unit Commander for ______________________, located in ______________________ county/parish in the state of _____________ and designated “Civilian Defense Force Provisional Unit ___________”, hereby swear and affirm the following:
- I will lead the formation of this group faithfully, honestly, and with the courage and conviction of a true American Patriot.
- I will honor at all times the Civilian Defense Force Mission Statement and Guiding Principles (attached).
- I recognize that the Civilian Defense Force is open to all American Patriots of good character regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or creed, to the extent that a member or prospective member’s creed respects the language, intent, and purpose of the Constitution of the United States of America as well as the published Mission Statement of the Civilian Defense Force. To this end, I will not discriminate in any way in selecting or approving membership applications, or when recommending for/posting to positions of leadership within the organization. Likewise, I will not tolerate attitudes or conduct from members of my unit that could reasonably be characterized as discriminatory based solely on a person’s race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
- I will obey the laws of the United States as well as my state/county/municipal ordinances, particularly as they relate to firearms and other weapons, and I will form and run this organization in accordance with all laws regarding civic clubs (or other applicable rules) imposed by my jurisdiction on organizations of this nature. This includes all filings, licensing, fees, tax documentation and other necessary paperwork to keep my CDF Unit and our National Organization operating legally and free of undue scrutiny.
- I will propose an initial leadership group within this organization, also on a provisional basis, and once this leadership group is in place it shall construct Unit Bylaws upon which the organization will operate. These Bylaws will contain a mission statement consistent with the mission of the Civilian Defense Force (as outlined below); will include a provision for the free and fair election of leadership, including means to recall and replace leaders and fill leadership vacancies; and will enumerate no less than three (3) leadership positions, established in direct succession to one another, so that at least two leaders are available for organization decision-making at all times (barring unusual vacancy conditions).
- I will see to it that these Bylaws are submitted to Civilian Defense Force National Headquarters for approval within sixty (60) days of the date of this affirmation. Upon approval, the “provisional” status of your organization will be converted to full, accredited status.
- I will faithfully work to pursue and maintain the Civilian Defense Force mission with regard to my unit; to grow the organization as fully and quickly as practicable; to train and prepare my unit to defend our area of operation; to assist law enforcement and other emergency services to the best of our ability when called upon to do so; and to be a general benefit to our community at all times.
- I will maintain at all times, following the submission of Bylaws, a unit consisting of no fewer than ten (10) members, and I understand that in the event my unit membership drops below that threshold or otherwise fails to maintain a consistent level of activity correspondent to our stated purpose, the unit may be absorbed into a neighboring unit or dissolved altogether, at the discretion of Civilian Defense Force National Leadership. I further understand that failure to abide by the decision of National Leadership with regard to such structural change will immediately and irrevocably nullify accreditation by and association with the Civilian Defense Force.
CDF Mission Statement
The Civilian Defense Force is an all-volunteer community-based civic organization dedicated to defending and protecting our neighborhoods from threats that may overwhelm existing safeguards. These threats may include natural disaster, the activities of foreign adversaries on American soil, or domestic lawlessness and oppression. We stand in opposition to those who seek to reduce or otherwise tamper with our constitutional rights or would interfere with the free exercise thereof, including via means of coercion such as intimidation through violence. We train to present a strong, united response when faced with crises such as these, to protect our lives and the lives of our neighbors; our property; and our established way of life. We do this without regard to race, creed, or religion, and with an abiding respect for the United States Constitution and the laws which spring from it.
CDF Guiding Principles
[ CDF ] is a volunteer, equal opportunity organization that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We strive to provide a welcoming environment for all, members and non-members alike.
[ CDF ] promotes that its members should strive for tolerance with other members of like and dissimilar backgrounds. Differences, if they arise, are to be approached with maturity and graciousness to each other. To the extent possible, we strive to honor each other in the area of personal differences to minimize friction in deference to our united vision. We remind members that our common loyalty to the mission and purpose of CDF is our uniting focus. We affirm individual differences and welcome all into our ranks.
[ CDF ] does not endorse and is not affiliated with other organizations that are premised on racial, sexual, sexual orientation or any other special political interest. CDF encourages local units to collaborate with other local organizations of like values to CDF in support of the CDF mission. In the event of uncertainty, local unit leaders are encouraged to engage national leadership for direction.
[ CDF ] does not endorse current attempts at militant multiculturalism. We do not believe America is by-and-large a racist country, and we refuse to be threatened or intimidated into somehow “recognizing” that we are. Our nation is multicultural as a matter of course, and has been for a very long time; we reject the idea that we must now be coerced into recognizing this as both patently incorrect and dangerously ill-considered. To the extent that members of differing cultures wish to volunteer with the CDF, our ranks will reflect that multiculturalism naturally. We oppose any attempt to artificially interfere with that process in any way or to any particular ends.
[ CDF ] rejects “identity politics”. Our organization embraces freedom of thought and equality under the law.
[ CDF ] respects and vows to protect the right of all Americans to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and the rights protected for us by the United States Constitution, including the right of every American to assemble, demand redress of grievances, and have their voice heard; but we oppose those voices that rise to violence, intimidation, and destruction in furtherance of fundamentally anti-American agendas that disregard our American rights and ignore the rule of law. We dedicate ourselves to defending our neighbors and countrymen from those who seek, through these nefarious and lawless means, to disrupt the free exercise of our civil rights.
[ CDF ] expressly denounces the terrorism, rioting, and violent civil disobedience that is currently engulfing our country, disturbing our peaceful American way of life without regard to our Constitution and other laws. Moreover, we call out the radical elements in this country that have inspired a revolutionary insurrection against that way of life and the peaceful people who practice it.
[ CDF ] respects and supports law enforcement at every level, from local police to the DEA, Homeland Security to the Border Patrol. We vehemently oppose those who want to defund/disband our law enforcement agencies while smugly justifying violence against the officers thereof. We vow to “have the backs” of all of our brothers and sisters who maintain the thin blue line against lawlessness and aggression, so long as they bear true faith to the United States Constitution and to the original principles of Liberty codified by the Bill of Rights.
[ CDF ] supports the right of every American to keep and bear arms, and will bear allegiance to the effort to oppose further gun control. We support the right of every American to a swift and fair trial, due process of law, the right to keep and own property, the right to privacy, and protection against unwarranted search and seizures. We oppose efforts to apply unequal justice, to deprive Americans of property, or to extend government and corporate surveillance into private lives.
[ CDF ] specifically opposes the movement to dismantle the fabric of our society to replace it with a Marxist/communist/socialist one.
I HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS DOCUMENT, AND VOW MY SACRED OATH TO HONOR THIS MISSION AND DO MY DUTY AS AN AMERICAN PATRIOT, AS ENUMERATED HEREIN.
STEP NINE – Prepare Your Bullets
No, not those bullets–your bullet points!
You need an outline of what you want to discuss, and do, in your first meeting. You don’t want to go in unprepared; these first few recruits will be the ones who make or break the unit, literally; if they’re satisfied that it’s a good idea and worth investing their time in, they’ll increase your ability to build exponentially, and they’ll be great word-of-mouth for others who might attend your next meeting.
On the other hand, if they decide it’s not worth it, or you’re weak and un-serious (which is what it looks like when you’re not prepared) they won’t bother. You don’t need to impress the daylights out of them, but you do need to keep their heads nodding and the meeting moving forward to a natural, powerful conclusion. I think of it like a good fire-and-brimstone church service. Start it calmly but organized (remember how the hymns all seemed to be appropriate to the preacher’s message for that week?). Get a couple of “rote” things in there (roll call, short introductions, the Pledge of Allegiance perhaps). Then get into the meat of the meet and greet; why are you all there? What do you hope to accomplish? What’s at stake if you all just go home and forget about the whole thing? Is it only about combat, or are there other important considerations?
Make sure that your potential recruits understand the fundamentals of what the Civilian Defense Force is all about; it isn’t just about wearing camo and shooting guns. We’re a civic organization first, police backup second. If you have a laptop, especially with the ability to project, show the website (the main gateway site, not the HQ site). Get the point across immediately that we aren’t just about guns and training for violence–though that’s part of the mission and will be offered (not mandatory) to everyone. We’re people training to help people in whatever way we can, including standing as guards in the event that becomes necessary.
Once you’ve reached the point where you’ve gotten the point across, open the floor to questions. Answer what questions may be asked. On that note, never, ever, EVER “fake it”–there is no shame in not knowing the answer, as long as you say you’re not sure but you’ll certainly find out and you’ll get back to the questioner. Then follow through on that. Don’t be afraid to say that you’re new to this, too. It actually will help put people at ease, knowing that nobody is certain of anything other than knowing that something must be done, and Patriots (like those in the room) must be the ones to do it. As with the section we did earlier, don’t be afraid to appeal to your attendees’ sense of Patriotism and duty; there is no shame in that, given that this is the most America has needed it’s Patriots in nearly 250 years, and it is the duty of every Patriot to heed that call.
When the questions stop, it’s time to “ask for the sale”. If you’ve ever worked in sales, one of the main reasons the sale isn’t made is because the salesperson simply doesn’t ask for the sale. “Are you ready to sign up? GREAT!” Have pre-printed contact forms available to hand out to those who indicate that they want to come on board (we’ll have them on the website shortly). If for some reason you do not, get name/address/phone number/email address. Make sure you point them in the direction of the civiliandefenseforce.org website so they can register officially and agree to the background check. This will then forward them to here (the HQ site) where they can become more familiar with the organization and our mission, and can begin interacting with fellow Patriots to help stoke that fire.
Ask those who have indicated that they want to join if they are willing to help steer the organization of the unit. This is where you find additional leaders. Given the opportunity to be a bigger part, rather than “just” a cog in the machine, is often a pretty good motivator. Make sure you get the contact info for those folks, absolutely get them signed up here, and between you and us we’ll get them started into the nuts and bolts of how to lead. Then don’t be afraid to delegate responsibilities to them. Don’t just push the hard stuff, or the less “fun” stuff on them; try to match their responsibilities with their interest level and skill set…but put them to work.
Finally, before the meeting breaks, set a rough date for the next meeting. Make it at least two weeks out, but stress the shortness of time and how much needs to be accomplished before all Hell breaks loose.
Items to have at your meeting:
- A tablet/notepad for you.
- Pens for everyone.
- Contact/Membership forms.
- Your “bullet points”, including your Mission Statement.
- A laptop, if you have one, on which you can bring up the CDF website (optional).
- A friendly attitude and a smile
- The knowledge that you’re doing your Patriotic duty.
Those last two parts are important. The attitude and smile are to make you seem welcoming (because you are), and the knowledge of your duty (and the fact that you’re fulfilling it) will help you to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and do things that don’t seem natural to you (like public speaking).
It may also be helpful to have refreshments of some sort, but this is more dependent on when you’re meeting, where, and how many you are expecting. You’ll figure that out. A drink is the most important of these, but none of this needs to be “fancy”. That isn’t what this meeting is about. This is about getting together to work hard to save America. We’ll drink afterwards!
So, your assignment for this step is to make final preparations for your first meeting. Gather your materials, and your thoughts, and step out of your comfort zone. Go out and sell your unit, the organization, and the need to the Patriots who attend. It shouldn’t be a difficult “sell”; these folks know the nation is in trouble, and they want to help.
Go have a great meeting!
THIS IS THE END OF THE “UNIT FORMING” MODULE