The Pennsylvania 1st Brigade is a legal, unorganized civilian militia as authorized by the U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the State of Pennsylvania.
A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
The PURPOSE of these by-laws is to explain the mission, goals and organizational structure of the Pennsylvania 1st Brigade Militia.
To support the Pennsylvania Militia.
To defend the Constitution of the State of Pennsylvania and the Constitution of the United States of America. To uphold and to defend the Bill of Rights, seen as unalienable, and given by our creator to free men that they may remain free.
To support the County Sheriff's Department. To insure that all citizens-- regardless of race, color, religion, sex, physical characteristics, or national origin-- shall have the right and opportunity to due process of the law as established and guaranteed by the Great Document which guides this Great Nation.
It will be the goals of the Pennsylvania 1st Brigade to:
a) PRESENT itself to the citizens of this region as a well-regulated, well-trained, well-equipped, and knowledgeable militia unit consisting of ordinary citizens rather than professionals.
b) ASSIST citizens in the event of national disaster, civil defense, and in the defense of self and state.
c) ESTABLISH a cohesive command structure able to instruct and task as needs arise.
d) TRAIN its membership in many disciplines necessary to the function of the militia as a whole, and as members individually.
e) EDUCATE its members that a knowledge of this nationís early history reveals how the Word of God and manís will to be free, played such a powerful role in developing the firm resolve for just laws, a high respect for strict morals, and our Divine right of free choice, which becomes the envy of every nation on earth that yearned for freedom.
f) INFORM its members of local, national, and global events which would imperil the Constitution and impact the direction of the country.
g) ENCOURAGE its members to stand against all tyranny which threatens to undermine our form of government and these United States of America.
h) UPHOLD the pure constitutional rule of law whereby all citizens have the right to trial by a jury of their peers in a court of law.
i) SEEK the protection, wisdom, and the leadership of your creator and submit to Him to do His will in protecting the liberty and freedom He has given to all Americans.
3. ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE:
In order to achieve the goals listed above, a Command Staff has been created. All elements of the Brigade will be subordinate to the Command Staff. The general membership will be organized as A and B teams. The Command Staff will assign the leaders of these teams. Each team leader will be responsible for assigning rank and duties within their team. The mission of each team is to accomplish the goals of the Brigade as a whole. Upon taking the oath, each member will be assigned a position in a team.
3.1 The Command staff:
The command staff is made up of commissioned officers selected and appointed by the existing staff:
The Commander will hold the rank of Colonel.
The Executive Officer will hold the rank of Lt. Colonel.
The Communication, Public Information, Special Ops officers will hold the rank of Major.
The Chaplain will hold the rank of Captain.
The Sergeant Major will hold the rank Command Sergeant Major.
3.2 Field Officers:
All Field officer ranks will be assigned according to the task performed and/or experience.
3.3 Enlisted Personnel:
All Squad leaders will hold the rank of Sergeant.
All Assistant Squad leaders will hold the rank of Corporal.
All other members will hold the rank of Rifleman.
Officers and Noncommissioned Officers elected and appointed to command and support positions are given their authority by you. As a member, you are expected to support and follow the orders and directives of the Chain of Command. Trust and teamwork are the cornerstones of our organization. If you feel compelled to disobey or openly reject the Chain of Command, you should immediately withdraw from the militia, without prejudice. Provision is made to remove members who discredit the militia though a hearing (Court Martial) by the Chain of Command and upon appeal, a two-thirds vote of the members in good standing.
Membership in the Pennsylvania 1st Brigade shall be open to any citizen over the age of 17 regardless of sex, race, religion, physical characteristic or national origin. Membership is voluntary, and will last until the member withdraws or is dismissed by proper authority.
All militia members will be required to provide information about his/her self in order to best utilize their experience and background. Information provided will be kept confidential and will be used only for the functioning of the Brigade.
4.1 Types of Membership:
a) Member-- An active participant in the 1st Brigade activities, abiding by the rules and regulations of the 1st Brigade, and having completed the 90-day probationary period, providing information required by the Command Staff, signed and taken the oath. Members will be given an ID card with their name, rank and ID number on it.
b) Supporter -- An active supporter who chooses to remain anonymous. A supporter does not take the oath, has no voting rights, and has no say in the running of the 1st Brigade.
A member may voluntarily withdraw his or her membership in the militia at any time by notifying the Command Staff, in writing, of their decision. Following the 90-day probationary period, a member may be dismissed from membership only after a formal hearing by the Chain of Command. Two-thirds vote from the Chain of Command will be required.
Militia members are highly encouraged to live exemplary lives as outlined in the Pennsylvania Militia Code of Conduct and the laws of the State of Pennsylvania. Blatant violation of the law places the legitimacy of the Pennsylvania1st Brigade at risk. Just one member can jeopardize the Civilian militia by illegal acts when those wishing to discredit us look for such opportunity.
Therefore, in order to protect the body as a whole, militia members will be subject to a court martial made up of the Command Staff convened to hear the facts of the case before it. Members may stand trial for such acts that would discredit the Pennsylvania 1st Brigade or place the Brigade at risk. The accused will stand in his/her own defense. No charge will be brought to court martial unless supported by at least two witnesses. The maximum penalty for any offense will be permanent dismissal from the militia. After counsel the convened Command Staff will vote on action.
Any militia members may voluntarily withdraw from the militia at any time without prejudice for conscience sake. In such case, all issued equipment must be returned. It shall also be the right of each militia member to appeal to authority within the direct chain of command regarding grievances. In every case however, the militia member shall follow the order or directive first and make his appeal afterward.
Under no circumstances are militia members to discredit the Pennsylvania 1st Brigade by pressuring citizens to join or to contribute material or financial support. All material and financial contributions will be accepted with the clear understanding that the inalienable rights of all will be protected without qualification.
5. OATH OF THE MILITIA MEMBER:
All militia members will be required to take the oath and sign it, to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Pennsylvania and to protect it from all enemies.
5.1 Oath For Noncommissioned Members:
"I, (Name), do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Pennsylvania against all enemies, both foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me, for conscience sake; So Help Me God.
5.2 For Commissioned Officers:
"I, (Name), having been appointed an officer in the Pennsylvania1st Brigade, in the grade of (grade), do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Pennsylvania against all enemies, both foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will willing and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So Help Me God."
6. UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT:
As a member of the 1st Brigade, you are encouraged to procure and maintain items of uniform and equipment. When in uniform, you represent the 1st Brigade. Therefore your uniform will be clean, buttons buttoned, shirts tucked in, patches sewn on properly. Proper impression is very important to the public.
The primary weapon of a 1st Brigade member will be the rifle. It will be required of all militia members not otherwise opposed for conscience sake, to have his own rifle, ammunition, and knapsack.
Militia members are required to remain proficient in the maintenance and safe operation of the rifle and to have a minimum of 200 rounds of ammunition and 75 rounds per sidearm available at all times. The militia member's knapsack shall consist of necessary items to be determined, based on the member's assignment. Thus outfitted, the knapsack will be kept available at all times for rapid deployment by the militia member. If you are restricted to limited funds, set your priority on proper uniforms and attire rather than exotic military hardware. A professional image is more creditable than a lot of neat toys.
Militia members WILL be expected to obey all Constitutional state and local firearms laws. Militia members are normally expected to carry military style firearms. Only in self-defense will a militia member discharge his weapon. As with members of organized military units within Pennsylvania, militia members are expected to abide by all hunting rules and regulations pertaining to the use of firearms for that purpose.
In the case of a natural or manmade disaster, the role of communication is critical. Therefore, the Citizen band radio and ham radio will be the principal forms of communication for the 1st Brigade. Persons taking part in emergency communications should have a valid ham radio operator license.
8. ASSEMBLY MEETINGS:
Periodic musters and assemblies are necessary and shall be called to achieve the overall goals of the militia unit. Members must discipline themselves to set aside time each month, for assembly. Militia members will be notified of actual assembly times and places. While it is intended that the militia intrude as little as possible in the private lives of its members, it is also clear that individual members are volunteers and must be ready to meet periodically and to deploy as the need arises. It will be the objective of the staff to infringe as little as possible on the time of militia members, recognizing their responsibilities to their families and jobs.
None at this time.