Re: Exploring the National Guard
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Mon, 26 May 1997 13:20:45 -0500
Michael Paccerelli asked about "exploring the National Guard".
First, a little cautionary advice (free of course, but cautionary anyway):
In this era of "state militias", be firmly aware of three big facts: the
is that you CANNOT WEAR ANY MILITARY-STYLE UNIFORMS while
serving as members of the BSA (Exploring is a division of the BSA just like
Lincoln-Mercury is a division of Ford or Buick a division of General
Motors). The other two facts are that many Councils are trying to
"distance" themselves from "miltary education programs" and are leaving it
to programs like Junior ROTC and National Guard state camps to provide that
kind of programming, so PLEASE, PLEASE check with your Exploring
professional or your District Executive to insure that they ARE AWARE of
your Explorer Post's intent; and finally, make sure that you are dealing
with and working through your state's National Guard, which sounds like a
simple process, but it isn't.....we've had a instance in central Indiana
recently whereby a member of that state's Guard was also a member of a
"State Guard" and they did charter an Explorer Post....he was photographed
and interviewed by two newspapers in his "unit's uniform", which displayed a
higher military grade than the one that he was in the Guard. When the
lawyers finally sorted everything out, the mess was really unmanageable and
the State of Indiana is now asking Guardsmen to clear any participation with
Scouting/youth programs and the Guard through the State.
Now, that I've scared you into dropping the entire thing, let me also say
that there are very successful military-career Explorer Posts out there.
While they do not wear a military-style uniform, they do participate in
seminars with career fulltime and parttime soldiers, go to military museums,
participate and play military-related role games, and participate in military
reenactments during the year. It does not have the same "impact" that
participating in high school Junior ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps)
does, but then the idea is to introduce various aspects of military
life to those Explorers participating (JROTC is first and foremost a
citizenship and character-building program, then a "gentle introduction" to
How to do this the safe, right way, Mike?? Have your Advisor to write to
your State Adjutant General's office and request assistance in working
together within the Exploring program. Provide a copy to your Exploring
professional or District Executive, and encourage someone from the local
Guard armory to contact the professional FIRST, before he or she contacts
your advisor....this is so if there's any conflicts between the Council and
the State National Guard, those can be resolved BEFORE your Post gets
in the middle and feelings are hurt.
There's no books or materials from the Exploring side which would help a
military-career oriented Post......the best advice there would be to find
other Explorer Posts out there doing a similar thing (your
Exploring/District professional can help you in that regards; or write to
the National Exploring Division, BSA, at the National Office and request a
contact from another Explorer Post that matches your proposed speciality or
interest area) and get some ideas and sample documents from them.
The "paperwork" is all taken care of by the professional staff.....
Hopefully, this information would be of help to you and others that are
looking to do a similiar-type program!
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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