Constitution, Militia, Citizen, 2nd Amendment
Constitution, Militia, Citizen, 2nd Amendment
California State Militia, 2nd Infantry Regiment
California State Militia, 2nd Infantry Regiment

By Laws

The 2nd Infantry Regiment, California State Militia is a legal, unorganized civilian militia as authorized by the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the California State Constitution. Unorganized, defined to mean not financially supported by or under immediate control of any government agency for the purpose of deployment or assignment to duty. We are a community defense and service organization, and train to support, defend and assist our communities.  We do not advocate insurrection or rebellion and are NOT a paramilitary force or group as defined by CA Law.

Justifications:

Second Amendment:  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.

California Military and Veterans Code §120 to §130.                                                   

Definition of Unorganized Militia per California Military and Veterans Code §121 The unorganized militia consists of all persons liable to service in the militia, but not members of the National Guard, the State Military Reserve, or the Naval Militia.

Definition of "paramilitary group" CA Penal Code 11460

THE CSM, IS NOT, BY ACTION, INTENT, OR DESIGN, ANY OF THE FOLLOWING WITHIN THIS PENAL CODE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DENOUNCE SUCH ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIORS

(a) Any two or more persons who assemble as a paramilitary organization for the purpose of practicing with weapons shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment.

As used in this subdivision, “paramilitary organization” means an organization which is not an agency of the United States government or of the State of California, or which is not a private school meeting the requirements set forth in Section 48222 of the Education Code, but which engages in instruction or training in guerrilla warfare or sabotage, or which, as an organization, engages in rioting or the violent disruption of, or the violent interference with, school activities.

(b) (1) Any person who teaches or demonstrates to any other person the use, application, or making of any firearm, explosive, or destructive device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, knowing or having reason to know or intending that these objects or techniques will be unlawfully employed for use in, or in the furtherance of a civil disorder, or any person who assembles with one or more other persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm, explosive, or destructive device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, with the intent to cause or further a civil disorder, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment.

 

1.0 MISSION: 

To uphold and defend: The Constitution of the United States of America, and the State of California, including the United States Bill of Rights seen as inalienable and given by our creator to free men that they may remain free.

To support our County Sheriff's Department. To ensure 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 United States Constitution.  

To provide support to our communities in the event of any state and/or national disaster or emergency, through the participation in CERT, local town activities and in support of our local governments and County Sherriff

To vehemently oppose inciteful or militant behavior from ANY individuals or organizations that espouse violent actions or behaviors.

 

2.0 GOALS:                                                                                              

It is the goal of the 2nd Regiment to:

a) PRESENT to all people as a non-political, non-extremist, well-regulated, trained, equipped, and knowledgeable militia unit consisting of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers.

b) ASSIST all citizens in event of natural disasters, for civil defense, and in defense of self, our country, and our great state.

c) MAINTAIN cohesive identifiable command structure capable of giving and following lawful instructions and being able to perform a multitude of task as needs arise.

d) TRAIN members in skills necessary to the function of a community organization, militia, and individually. Including: Conflict Resolution, Critical Thinking, US Constitutional History, First Aid, Land Navigation, Emergency Preparedness, and Community Service.

e) EDUCATE members with knowledge of this nation’s early history both positive and negative, and how that history reveals just how a person’s 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 is the envy of every nation on earth that yearns for freedom.

f) INFORM members of local, national, and global events which would imperil the State and/or Nation and potentially interfere with the ability of our great nation to continue to operate as intended by the Constitution.

g) ENCOURAGE members to stand against all oppressiveness, inciteful behaviors and speech which potentially threatens to undermine our form of government, our freedoms, and these United States of America.

h) UPHOLD constitutional rule of law whereby all citizens have the right to trial by a jury of their peers in a court of law.

 

2.1 Our Core Values

(Adapted from US Army Leadership)

Loyalty - unwavering support and allegiance directed to the U.S. and State Constitutions, our unit, and our fellow citizens.

Duty - Performing tasks as assigned to the best of your ability. Fulfill obligations.

Respect - All individuals, surroundings, and community.

Selfless Service - Place the welfare of the Nation, State, and fellow citizens before your own.

Humility & Honor: The integrity to see the truth and admit mistakes.

Integrity - A personal quality, a moral compass that does not waver.

Personal Courage – The quality of spirit, that enables us to face fear, danger, or adversity.

 

3.0 UNIT STRUCTURE:

3.0.1 General membership consists of members within a region designated to serve together as a unit. Such units may be described as Battalions, Companies, or Detachments. Such designations are determined by the Command Committee at an agreement of 80% consensus. Each unit will at a minimum have 2 leaders, one (1) Officer, and one (1) NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer).

3.0.2 It will at times be necessary to activate or deactivate units. In this event, the CSM Command Committee shall discuss, develop, and implement necessary unit realignment or changes.

3.0.3 Unit Structure shall be determined by best practices within the US Military set of publications. From time to time, as doctrine changes, units will have METL (Mission Essential Task Lists) and TOE (Table of Equipment) reviewed and adjusted to fit the current needs of our organization.

3.0.3.1 The Command Committee will perform a review of these items annually.

 

3.1 Command Staff: Rank insignia determined at BN/company level.

3.1.1 For CSM Command decisions, a committee is utilized. This CSM Command Committee will consist of the Regimental Commander, ALL Unit Commanders, all assigned Executive Officers regardless of rank, or unit size, within the CSM. Each member carries ONE (1) vote of equal importance in all manners. All CSM matters which require a command decision shall be completed by this committee with a minimum 80% consensus of any particular matter. If a consensus cannot be reached within a reasonable time frame, then the issue will be presented to the entire active membership for CSM vote at an 80% consensus across all membership in good standing. The 80% per unit requirement is for the unit vote on an issue. Meaning each Unit has 1 vote, based on 80% of the membership. This will promote cooperation within the committee in order to speed decisions and avoid delays of a general membership decision.

3.1.2 For administrative actions, IE. SOP’s, Training Standards, Militia Field Training Manuals (FTM), an Adjutant Team is used to maintain all necessary administrative tasks for the regiment.  These tasks include Press releases, training standards, qualification records, and other administrative requirements.

3.1.3 The Adjutant team shall consist of the Regiment Commander, (1) Company Commander from each regional area, or their designee, (1) Regimental Adjutant from each region. The Adjutant Team shall reach 80% consensus on all matters in order for them to become effective and enforceable. If the Adjutant Team cannot reach 80% consensus, then the matter will be referred to the Command Committee for decision. If at that time neither the Adjutant Team nor CSM Command Committee can reach 80% consensus, the matter will be referred to vote by ALL members in good standing.

3.1.4 Regiment Command Staff is comprised of officers and enlisted members selected from existing members within the regiment on a member majority consensus of 80%. The term of said staff shall be 2 years.  Elections shall occur every two (2) years. (See item 3.5)

3.1.5 Company Command Staff is comprised of officers and enlisted members selected from existing members on a member majority consensus 80%.  The term of said staff shall be 2 years.  Elections shall occur every two (2) years. (See item 3.5) The command structure of the unit is amendable as needed based on unit growth.

3.1.6 Qualifications for Command Elected Positions

The following prerequisites ensure a level of experience in leadership, training standards, and administration of all Regimental SOP’s, and standards are obtained prior to obtaining a Regiment or BN Level command position.

3.1.6.1 Regimental Command Positions (Regimental Commander, SGM, XO):

Members of the CSM, in good standing, that have held any of the following positions are eligible for election into Regimental Command positions: All SGM, CO, XO, 1SG, Regiment Adjutant. Individuals must have a MINIMUM of 4 years in service with the CSM and minimum 2 years in a qualifying position.

3.1.6.2 BN Level Command Positions (BN CO, SGM):

Members of the CSM, in good standing, that have held any of the following positions are eligible for election into BN Command positions: All CO, 1SG, XO, PSG, PL. Individuals must have a MINIMUM 2 years in service with the CSM and a minimum of 1 year in service in a qualifying position. (Waivers may be issued by Command Committee if needed)

3.1.6.3 Company Command Positions (CO, 1SG):

Members of the CSM, in good standing, with experience in a leadership position (XO, 1SG, PSG, PL, SL) within the Regiment are eligible to voted to CO or 1SG. It is recommended that they should have held a leadership position for a minimum of 1 year in order to understand the duties and obligations within the company and regiment. A MINIMUM requirement of 2 years in service with the CSM is needed.

3.1.7 New members (less than 1 yr.) are not prohibited from being assigned a leadership position, however upper echelon positions such as CO, 1SG, XO, PSG are not eligible for new members and are recommended to come from existing and established membership.

3.1.8 Exceptions to Qualifications may be granted with the approval of Command Committee.

3.1.9 Any Member of the CSM currently elected or assigned to a leadership position that is elected or assigned to a higher-level position, shall relinquish current position to serve in the higher position. Election of a replacement shall be conducted absent of that members vote or influence.

3.1.10 If at any time a leadership position becomes vacant for any reason, the command committee one level higher may appoint a replacement for said position. The term shall be until next election window or 1 year whichever comes first.

 

3.2 Command Staff Duties/Responsibilities

Position

Duties

Regiment Commander

Elected (2 Yrs.)

Senior Officer in Regiment, overall command of units.

Responsible for Officer Professional Development

Provides mission oversight of companies, taskings, and a clear statement of intent to Regiment.

  • Adjutant Team assists to establish policies, procedures, SOPs.
  • Serve as liaison to Press and Community Officials.

Provide Regiment with clear and concise vision of mission.

Understand capabilities and limitations of organization.

Motivate and direct leaders into action to accomplish mission.

Regiment CSGM

(Command Sergeant Major)

Elected (2 Yrs.)

 

Command Sergeant Major is the senior NCO in the Regiment.

Responsible for providing the commander with personal, professional, and technical advice.

Focused on Regimental operations, training, and on how commander's decisions and policies are carried out.

Works with Commanders, teaching and training all NCO’s.

Maintains contact with subordinate and attached unit NCOs.

Regiment Adjutant (Major)

Appointed (2 Yrs.)

Regimental Commander’s principal staff officer shares second in command with other adjutants in a regional capacity.

Represents commander during absence, directing action IAW ByLaws, established policy and guidance.

Monitors overall operations, ensures reports are rendered, as necessary.

Supervises planning of future operations and provides commander with situational assessments as needed.

Commanders

Elected (2 Yrs.)

The company commander is responsible for training, safety, security, and discipline of members, within the company, and responsible for mission accomplishment.
Directs and supervises all phases of operations and employment of the unit.
Assisted and advised by officers and key NCOs in performing duties.
The following are among the commander's most important duties and responsibilities:

  • Establishes unit policies, procedures, and SOPs.
  • Ensures that unit readiness is maintained.
  • Serve as liaison to Community Officials

Executive Officer

(XO)

Appointed (2 Yrs.)

The XO is the commander's principal staff officer. Second in command. The XO also performs the following:

  • Transmits the commander's decision to staff sections in name of commander to subordinate units as needed.
  • Represents commander during absence, directing action IAW ByLaws, established policy and guidance.
  • Ensure Commander’s Intent is expressed to lower echelons of command

1SG

Elected (2 Yrs.)

The First Sergeant is the senior NCO in the company and assists company commander in execution of mission. First Sergeant must understand company's mission and be able to adjust administrative requirements to aid in accomplishing that mission. The first sergeant performs the following:

  • Manages company headquarters and coordinates company activities.
  • Assumes duties of company commander, in absence of all company officers.
  • Enforces Standards and Discipline.
  • Maintains duty rosters, Supervises company training as the senior trainer.
  • Oversee Training/Leader Development

PL

Appointed (2 Yrs.)

  • The platoon leader is responsible for planning patrol routes, assigning tasks, and positioning and employing members under command.
  • The Platoon Leader is responsible for everything the platoon does or fails to do. Held accountable for the training, efficiency, discipline, administration, and welfare of the platoon.
  • Leads platoon in support of company missions.
  • Informs commander of actions at all times.
  • Plans missions with help of platoon sergeant, squad leaders, and other key personnel.
  • Stays abreast of situation and goes where needed to supervise, issue FRAGOs, and accomplish mission.
  • Directs platoon sergeant in planning and coordinating platoon.
  • Receives status reports from platoon sergeant and squad leaders.
  • Checks work of platoon sergeant and squad leaders.
  • Ensures troops load is reasonable

PSG

Appointed (2 Yrs.)

The Platoon Sergeant is the senior NCO in charge of the platoon. Undertakes the task of assisting and advising the platoon leader In cooperation with and guidance from the Platoon Leader. The platoon sergeant also performs the following:

  • Enforces Discipline, Safety, Training Standards
  • Supervises, through squad leaders.
  • Coordinates squad training and operational activities.
  • Identify/Develop personnel to fill leadership roles in lower echelon NON-VOTED positions
  • Responsible for overseeing administrative tasks and training
  • Evaluate the readiness of the platoon and its members.

 

 

3.3 Personnel:

3.3.1 Rank is a representative concept to serve as hierarchical definition of authority. Position of the member shall supersede rank in most instances. Those that hold positions of command are equal regardless of rank for election and committee purposes. For the purposes of this sub paragraph, CPT, 1LT, 2LT are equal when the individual is in command of a unit. SFC, GYSGT and 1SG are equal with regards to 1SG position.

3.3.2 Rank insignia is determined at company level. Positions within each company are determined by the needs of each unit. All Units may develop and publish an SOP regarding positions, equivalent grades assigned, and eligibility for such. Rank insignia will be determined by each unit drawing from either US Army, USMC, or both (Land Based military)

3.3.3 Exception to unit decision of rank: For specialty assigned members such as: chaplain, drone pilot, photographer, Unit command, at their discretion, may designate the rank insignia of US ARMY, Specialist 4 be used for these individuals. This rank is issued as an identifier and not for positions of authority. (Non-NCO)

3.3.4 CSM recruits wear no rank until such time as they meet basic requirements.

Rank authority follows typical military standards (Exceptions See 3.3.1)

 

3.4 Authority:

3.4.1 All positions are given their authority by members. The Leaders and those they lead must work together while maintaining discipline and mutual respect. All members are expected to support and follow lawful orders and directives of the Chain of Command.

3.4.2 If a member feels compelled to disobey or openly reject the Chain of Command, that member should immediately withdraw, without prejudice.

3.4.3 Members that exhibit disrespectful, insubordinate or otherwise impugn the authority granted and/or exercised may be disciplined IAW paragraphs 3.6 or 4.2

          3.4.4 All officers and NCO’s must temper authority with the needs of the unit. Motivating members is key, and abuse of authority will be subject to review and dismissal if warranted.

 

3.5 Command Staff Election/Selection and duration of office.

3.5.1 Leadership positions in individual units within the regiment are not permanent positions. All results of elections shall be filed with the Adjutant Committee to ensure recording of member vote.

3.5.2 All command staff that are voted/appointed to a higher position will relinquish command previously held, and an election for their replacement will occur immediately (See paragraph 3.5.5)

3.5.3 Units may develop and publish an SOP to determine the method of election, provided that those methods are voted on with 80% consensus otherwise command committee will decide.

3.5.4 Upon completion of selected term of service individuals may, at discretion of command, be returned to rank previously held, as determined by force needs, provided they have not been voted to the same or higher position.

3.5.5 Elections must be held a minimum of every 2 years to ensure confirmation of members desires.  When an elected leader leaves the militia or 80% of members desire new leaders after the 2yr minimum term, elections may be held on the following dates: On or near: 10 April, Officers, and 10 October NCOs. In the event of departure between voting times, the command committee may appoint a replacement for the remainder of the term and then hold a vote for the position. Members Elected shall hold the rank commensurate with the position as identified below (Exceptions noted below as well)

3.5.6 Positions are elected by majority of votes to EACH position. Individuals may be eligible for multiple positions, there is no runner up, second place. EXAMPLE, Commander election, person one gets 12 votes, person 2 get 4.  In this instance person 1 becomes company commander and person 2 DOES NOT automatically get assigned a position. EACH position must be voted on according to standard. Elected individuals may according to paragraph 3.5.6 appoint those individuals to such positions, but it is NOT required.

ELECTED BY CSM MEMBERSHIP

1: Regiment Commander (O5)

1: Regiment SGM (E9)

ELECTED BY COMPANY MEMBERSHIP

1: Company Commander, (O3) (for smaller units, commander may be 2LT)

1: 1SG, (E8)

APPOINTED

2: Regimental Adjutant (O4) (Appointed by Regiment Commander, Reviewed/Approved by Command Committee)

1: Company XO, Minimum Rank (O2) (Chosen by Company Commander)

1: PL, (Platoon Leader) Rank (O1) (Chosen by Commander and 1SG)

1: PSG, Minimum Rank (E6) (Chosen by Commander, 1SG, PL)

4: Squad Leaders, Minimum Rank (E4) (Chosen by PL and PSG)

 

3.6 Relief of Duty for Cause

          3.6.1 Members holding positions of authority (CO, 1SG, PSG, etc…) are held to high standards that all members should try to emulate. As such, leaders may be relieved of duty for failure to uphold standards, insubordination, dereliction of duty, and other actions that interfere with discipline and good order of the organization or affect unit cohesion or impact the image of the organization.

1) Relief of duty for cause is a significant action and must be perform in only the most extreme circumstances.

2) If a member is relieved for cause theat member is NOT automatically removed from the organization. Members can be relieved of duty and still remain a member.

a) Relief and removal from leadership is not a removal from the organization. Members may still perform duties within the units.

b) If a member is relieved of duty and still remains in the unit, they will be placed into a position of non-authority and have a reduction in rank commensurate with the position they are placed.

c) At no time will a relief of duty be used to solve personality conflicts.

3) The immediate supervisor of the member must first perform the following actions unless there is an immediate danger to members or the organization.

a) First, the member in question must be notified in written form or verified oral form, of the issue, offense or condition that is causing a potential relief of duty. The member must be given the opportunity to correct the issue so long as threat to members and unit is not immediate.

b) Second, if the member does not correct the deficiency, then a formal proceeding involving a review of the command committee will occur immediately.

3.6.2  The command committee will adhere to the following procedures to ensure a fair and factual review of the circumstances.

1) Review shall be performed in an expedient manner to allow continuity of leadership and not punish an innocent individual due to a misunderstanding or personality conflicts. The review may be performed via teleconference, in person, or other live methods available.

2) Review must include the following members at a minimum: 1 Regiment Commander, 1 Regiment Adjutant in the members area, 1 Unit Commander, 1 Additional Officer, 2 Senior NCO, 1 peer of members choice

a) Members may present evidence and pose questions in their defense during such review.

b) Decisions must meet 80% vote from the Panel for decision.

c) Members may appeal ONLY once within 15 days of notice of decision. d) Appeals may be verbally communicated, however, written formats will allow for accurate historical records to be maintained.

          3.6.3 Any member relieved of duty will be eligible for election into a leadership position after 6 months have elapsed since the decision. The Command Committee may give exceptions to this rule.

 

3.7 Administrative Staff

          3.7.1 Administration and tracking of pertinent information necessary for the operation of the CSM shall be handled by members assigned to staff positions that mimic the military staff positions. In some instances, Staff positions and duties may be combined if there is a lack of personnel.

          3.7.2 Positions are best filled (but not mandated) by members who have experience in specific skills necessary to perform the functions described by the staff office. However, if a member is assigned a position that they are unfamiliar with, training should be provided as needed.

a) These positions shall be identified as S-Shops

                             1) S1 – Personnel

                             2) S2 – Information, Intelligence

                             3) S3 – Operations and Training

                             4) S4 – Supply and Logistics

                             5) S5 – Civil Liaison Office, Public Affairs

                             6) S6 – Signal/Communications

          3.7.3 Members assigned to these staff offices can hold any rank deemed appropriate by the unit chain of command. (Not to exceed Corporal without Command Committee approval)

3.7.4 Members assigned to staff offices as the supervisor of the office may, at the discretion of the chain of command and based on manpower, may hold the rank of either CW1 or 2LT as a supervisory rank over the entire section of that particular staff office.

 

4.0 MEMBERSHIP:

4.0.1 Membership in the California State Militia is open to any citizen over the age of 17 regardless of sex, race, religion, physical characteristic, political stance, or national origin. Membership is contingent on passage of background clearance and personal interview. Membership is voluntary and continues until the member withdraws or is dismissed by proper authority.

4.0.2 All members are required to provide information about his/herself in order to best utilize their experience and background. Information provided is kept confidential and will be used only for the functioning of the unit.

4.0.3 The Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968, effective 30 September 1996, makes it a felony for those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence to ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms or ammunition. The Amendment also makes it a felony to transfer a firearm or ammunition to an individual known, or reasonably believed, to have such a conviction.

4.0.4 In order to be a member of the unit and participate in field training exercises all individuals must within 30 days without exception provide proof of state/federal firearms eligibility using ONLY the following methods: A Firearms Safety Test Card IS NOT ACCEPTABLE

1) Valid CCW permit, or employment that requires background checks.

2) DROS approved confirmation within last 24 months or DROS approved Ammunition Sale

3) An Approved California State Personal Firearms Eligibility Check

4) An Approved DROS ammunition background purchase

5) Employment with agencies that require a background check may be granted exception on case-by-case basis and reviewed by command level one higher prior to approval.

These are the only methods available for verification of eligibility without exception and must be verified every 5 years.

4.0.5 All members are subject to background checks at any time, members will sign a liability release at the beginning of their membership authorizing checks to be done. Due to changing laws, the CSM may review a member’s background to avoid conflict with laws that arise such as in paragraph 4.0.3. If a member departs the CSM, the information obtained, and ALL digital or physical records of such will be destroyed by appropriate methods. Should a member return, they will be required to perform all the background requirements again. Exceptions may be granted within one year only and through Command Committee approval.

 

4.1 Types of Membership:

a) Recruit- A new member that has completed new member paperwork and is attending a training exercise for the first time, or has attended less than 3 trainings, or has not completed level 1 training.

          1) Recruits have no authority or decision rights in the units

          2) All New members or Recruits will serve a probationary period spanning 3 (Three) FULLY ATTENDED FTX with a minimum of 1 (One) overnight during the probationary period.

b) Member- An active participant in CSM activities. Active defined as fully attending training regularly, maintaining communication within the unit, abiding by the rules and regulations, having completed the appropriate probationary period, providing information required by the Command Staff, signed, and taken the oath.

1) All Active members maintain Voting rights in all matters that require member consensus.

c) Supporter - An individual who may choose to remain anonymous. A supporter does not take the oath, has no voting rights, and has no input or influence on the operations of the CSM.

d) Advisor – An individual that has chosen to offer knowledge and experience but not considered an active member for voting purposes

e) Inactive-- A member of CSM in inactive status is a member that has:

1) Been absent from training without reasonable communications for a period of 3 consecutive months

2) Requested inactive status for a period of more than 2 months due to personal reasons or otherwise.

3) Is not considered in Supporter status.

Attendance Inactive members lose voting authority for 6 months following the period of inactivity.

Requested inactive members retain selection voting authority at sole discretion of command staff.

Requested Inactive status may only be granted in 6-month intervals for a maximum of TWO (2) 6-month inactive service periods in 3 calendar years.

f) Dropped from Rolls-- A member who has either:

1) Resigned from CSM whether in writing, orally or otherwise

2) Has been absent from training for a period of more than 4 months in a single calendar year. Exception:  Members who voluntarily choose inactive status but do not exceed limitations of inactive memberships. Members who have brought their issue to the chain of command and have been granted exception.

Members who are dropped from rolls can rejoin the CSM provided they complete a new firearms check, and a new probationary period.

 

4.2 Withdrawal/Suspension/Dismissal/Relief of Duty:

a) Withdrawal

1) A member may voluntarily withdraw membership at any time by notifying the Command Staff in writing, or any media of their choice, of their decision.

2) If a member withdraws, all records, physical or digital, including but not limited to training, promotion, attendance, counseling, and other identifying information will be destroyed by appropriate methods.

3) In the event a member chooses to return at a later time, they must perform all background requirements, sign new liability waiver, and reconfirm training skills.

b) Suspension/Dismissal

1) After the probationary period, a member may be suspended/dismissed from membership for cause.

a) Suspension of a member is allowed for violations of law, violence, repeated disciplinary issues, insubordination, and other serious offenses that affect unit cohesion and the unit’s image.

                             b) A member may be suspended by written or verbally verified notice

                             c) A member may request command review of suspension

i) Suspension review shall be performed in an expedient manner so not punish an innocent individual. The review may be performed via teleconference, in person, or other live methods available.

ii) Suspension review must include the following members at a minimum: 1 Regiment Commander, 1 Unit Commander, 1 Additional Officer, 2 Senior Enlisted, 1 peer of members choice

v) Members may present evidence and pose questions in their defense during such review.

vi) Decisions must meet 80% vote from the Panel for decision.

vii) Members may appeal ONLY once within 15 days of notice of decision. Appeals must be in writing.

2) If a member is dismissed for any reason, all records, physical or digital, including but not limited to training, promotion, attendance, counseling, and other identifying information will be destroyed by appropriate methods.

         

4.3 Conduct:

4.3.1 Members are encouraged to live exemplary lives as outlined in the CSM Code of Conduct and the laws of the State of California. Blatant violation of the law places the legitimacy of the CSM at risk. One member can jeopardize the Civilian Militia by illegal acts when those wishing to discredit us look for such opportunity.

Therefore, to protect the body as a whole, members will be subject to a Dismissal Action Panel IAW Paragraph 4.2

4.3.2 Members may be considered for dismissal for such acts that would discredit the CSM or place the CSM at legal risk. The accused will stand in their defense. No dismissal action will be started unless supported by at least two (2) witnesses. The maximum penalty for any offense will be permanent dismissal from the CSM. After presentation of evidence the convened panel will vote on an action.

4.3.3 Any member may voluntarily withdraw at any time without prejudice for any reason. While not required, a reason will be asked for to ensure appropriate command actions if necessary, to correct that reason or ensure continued unit cohesion. In all cases, any equipment loaned, issued, or otherwise shall be returned to the original owner of said property.

4.3.4 It shall also be the right of each member to appeal to authority within the direct chain of command regarding grievances. In every case (except direct violations of law) however, the CSM member shall follow the order or directive first and make his appeal afterward.

 

4.4 Digital Media Behavior

          4.4.1 Digital media is a large component of our society. The CSM acknowledges this and makes every attempt to avoid posts, comments, videos, or pictures that appear racist, inflammatory, or otherwise inappropriate to the general public.

4.4.2 As such, The CSM is an open and honest organization. As such, social media is a concern, as misunderstandings can occur over comments made as many posts cannot be interpreted properly due to communication cues such as tone, modulation of volume, facial expressions, and other factors of online comments.

4.4.3 The CSM does not and will not censor or require a member to “bite their tongue”. Support of the 1st amendment is always important. Members are advised to make sure their comments, while not restricted or prohibited, are not a representation of the CSM. Any member who, publicly or in private chats, makes any statements that can be considered inappropriate shall be informed of the potential issue. (See 4.4.1)

4.4.4 If any member participates in digital behavior that is called into question, the member will have the opportunity to explain (If necessary), and an appropriate level command review will determine if proceedings are necessary under paragraph 3.6 or 4.2

 

4.5 Recruitment:

4.5.1 Under no circumstances are members permitted to discredit the CSM by pressuring citizens to join or contribute material/financial support. All material and financial contributions will be accepted with the clear and unequivocable understanding that the inalienable rights of ALL will be protected without qualification or exception. No Quid Pro Quo under ANY circumstances

 

5.0 OATH OF MILITIA MEMBERS:

All members will be required to take an oath and sign it.

“I, (Name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States, against all enemies; I will support and Defend the State of California, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me, I take this obligation freely, without any reservation or purpose of evasion.”

 

6.0 UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT:

6.0.1 Members of the CSM are required to procure and maintain items of uniform and equipment. When in uniform, members represent the CSM. Therefore, members uniforms will be clean, buttons buttoned, and patches either attached with Velcro or sewn on properly. Proper impression is especially important to the public.

6.0.2 The primary weapon of a CSM member is critical thinking and rational thought. Clarity of mind allows for rational thought and actions. Secondary to this and as a means of protection ONLY, is the rifle. Caliber is at the member’s discretion; however, it must be in accordance with the law. It will be required of all members to have their own rifle, ammunition, and equipment. Members are always required to remain proficient in the maintenance and safe operation of the rifle and to have a minimum of 400 rounds of ammunition for rifles and 150 rounds per sidearm available. 33

6.0.3 Equipment consists of necessary items determined and based on assignment. Equipment will always be kept available for rapid deployment by the member. If a member is restricted to limited funds, PRIORITY is proper uniforms and basic equipment rather than exotic military hardware. An equipment list is available for reference. A professional image is more creditable than a lot of neat toys.

6.0.4 Members ARE expected to obey all Constitutional Federal, State and Local firearms laws. Members carry firearms during certain training. Only in articulable defense will a member discharge their weapon. Members are expected to abide by all hunting rules and regulations pertaining to the use of firearms.

 

7.0 COMMUNICATION:

In the case of any disaster, threat or invasion, the role of communication is critical. Therefore, radio and ham radio will be the principal forms of communication for the CSM. Members are expected to obtain a basic HAM license as soon as practical.

 

8.0 ASSEMBLY/MEETINGS:

Members have committed to train. Therefore, they must discipline themselves to set aside time each month, for assembly. The CSM trains once a month on a chosen weekend. Most units have chosen EVERY 3rd weekend (Sat/Sun) of each month. However, the weekend may change based on holiday or other needs. The Unit Chain of Command may decide on different weekends as needed and may, at their discretion, set a standard weekend differently if the unit so chooses. Members will be notified of actual assembly times and places. While it is intended that the CSM intrude as little as possible in the private lives of its members, it is also clear that individual members are and have made a commitment to the CSM and must be ready to meet periodically and to deploy as the need arises.

 

9.0 STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOP)

9.1 Regimental Command Staff shall develop and issue SOPs for the Regiment. SOP development shall also include any members skilled in the discipline that is being developed as an SOP. All Regiment SOP’s will be reviewed within the command committee.

9.2 Units may choose to use current Regiment SOP’s and regulations or develop and publish SOP’s specific to their units’ operations and will maintain a printed version which is kept in a binder readily available for review at all trainings.

          Unit SOP’s may “Add to” a higher commands SOP as an enhancement, however the unit may not negate any order, procedure, or rule in such SOP’s.

 

10.0 PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

          10.1 Physical fitness is important for the general health of all members.

          10.2 The Regiment may implement certain physical requirements to create a minimum standard using health guidance from various organizations if needed. The command committee will also consider members physical limitations when determining minimum standards.

          10.3 Requirements and standards will be reviewed annually to ensure they reflect best practices of health and physical readiness needs of the CSM.

 

11.0 AFFILIATIONS

11.1 At this time, the CSM shares no affiliations with any Militias in the State of California or any other state. Affiliation means support, joint training, or equipment or material sharing. The sharing of information is the only instance where the CSM will communicate with other entities and for the express purpose of gathering information.

          11.1.1 Members that engage in training with outside militias outside of the CSM must obtain approval PRIOR to training. It is the policy of this organization to not train outside of our units to prevent potential legal liabilities of the organization.

11.2 The CSM further will not affiliate with or support any organization that advocates, trains, or espouses the overthrow of government, violence against citizens, trains with the intent of altercation against citizens exercising their right to protest and voice grievances.

          11.3 The CSM also will not affiliate or support organizations that attempt to train, represent behave, or represent an authority to act in a Law Enforcement capacity, including training designed specifically for such use.

          11.4 Any affiliations of the CSM will remain in accordance with ByLaws and not be based on political beliefs, ideological constructs, or discrimination. At all times, the support of Law Enforcement, Just Government and Constitutional Law will be the focus.

 

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