Re: Paramilitary Ranks in Exploring
W. Scott Smith (JamesRiver@mci2000.com)
Thu Jun 25 09:20:28 1998
Yes, at reenactments, we wear period military uniforms and rank, fire
flintlock muskets and a 3 pound cannon, march in formation, salute each
other, change guards, and all kinds of military stuff.
Yes, because of my involvement with the 7th Virginia Regiment, the Governor
of Virginia designated me as an Aide de Camp with the rank of Lieutenant
(ceremonial only) in the Virginia Defense Force (trust me, it means
nothing). But our Explorers have absolutely no military involvement.
At meetings and other trips, military decorum goes out the window and
everyone is making momma jokes and jumping around like the pack of silly
monkeys that they are.
W. Scott Smith
From: James A. Wells <email@example.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thursday, June 25, 1998 10:11 AM
Subject: Re: Paramilitary Ranks in Exploring
>In response to Jere's post about the para-military ranks,
>Historical Re-enactment, Sea Scouting and Air Scouts are in no way
>para-military organizations, nor is there any danger for someone to
>become one by having any special uniform, rank patch, system of
>designating officers. All three of these organizations have a
>support structure and program that utilizes a "chain of command"
>similar to the military, and in the case of Smith's Re-enactment
>Post, wear "period" ranks on their uniform clothing. I may assume
>they even carry rifles, pwder, ammunition, and occasionally fire a
>cannon -- but they are NOT anything para-military. The same goes for
>Sea and Air Scouts (which I have less experience with).
>Bottom line, not all Posts now wear, or have to wear, an official BSA
>uniform on the outings that they attend, and so the systems the use
>(or that have been suggested) are highly appopriate.
>James A. Wells
>Sam Houston Area Council