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Oath Keepers is Going “Operational” by Forming Special “Civilization Preservation” Teams

October 30, 2013



Oath Keepers is Going “Operational” by Forming Special “Civilization Preservation” Teams

Oath Keepers is instructing its 30,000 members nation-wide to form  up special teams and sub-teams in each Oath Keepers chapter, at the town  and county level, modeled loosely on the Special Forces “A Team” (Operational Detachment A ) model, and for a similar purpose:   to be both a potential operational  unit for community security and support during crisis, but also, as  mission #1, to serve as training and leadership cadre, to assist in  organizing neighborhood watches, organizing veterans halls to provide  community civil defense, forming County Sheriff Posses, strengthening existing CERT, volunteer fire, search-and-rescue, reserve deputy systems, etc., and eventually to assist in forming and training town and  county militias (established by official act of town and county elected representatives).  We  want our chapters to organize themselves as a working model that we can  then take to other veterans organizations, such as the VFW, American  Legion, Marine Corps League, etc. in each town and help them establish such teams  within their already existing veterans halls.   And likewise, to serve as  a model and training cadre to help churches, neighborhood watches, and  any other civic organization organize.

We are basing this on the Special Forces model, which has  a twelve man “A team” of specially trained soldiers who are inserted into a  community to train and lead that community in resistance to oppressive  regimes (hence their motto: “De Oppresso Liber).   SF’s primary mission is to teach, organize, and lead, rather  than to directly fight.  They can fight, of course, but they are most  dangerous as a force-multiplier by helping an entire community to fight.    We will do the same – be force multipliers to help prepare  communities so they can preserve civilization by providing their own  security, disaster relief, infrastructure preservation, emergency  communications, strategic food reserve, and medical care.

In an SF team, there are:

Two communications experts.

Two Medics.

Two Combat Engineers (who can do more than demolitions.  They can also  build bridges, dig wells, install water-treatment, irrigation systems,  etc. ).

Two weapons experts.

An Operations NCO.

An Assistant Operations NCO who also does intelligence. A commanding officer, and his assistant commanding officer.

Each SF soldier is first trained to be light infantry.   They all go  through Army Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training (AIT)(usually  at the Infantry School at Ft. Benning), Airborne School, and then the SF  Selection course, where they learn land navigation (including a  difficult timed night land-nav course), wilderness survival (including a  graded field “survival” exercise), and patrolling (including  reconnaissance, ambushes, raids, reacting to ambush, movement to  contact, etc), along with a timed ruck march, obstacle course,  rappelling out of helicopters, and hand-to-hand.   And then they learn  their specialty of one of the above – medic, commo, engineer, weapons,  etc.  Then they put it all together in a field training final phase  where they are dropped into the fictitious country of “Pineland” (in the  mountains and forests of North Carolina) and have to teach and lead the  indigenous people (played by other recruits waiting to enter the  training) in irregular warfare against the enemy.

Then, once they graduate and make it to Group, they all cross train,  each specialized team of two training the others so they are all pretty  good at all tasks, but experts within their chosen specialty.  They  bring each-other up to a high standard of capability.   And by having  two of each specialty, they have redundancy (two is one, and one is  none) and the ability to split into two teams of six if needed.  They  can function as a very capable fighting squad if they need to, but their primary mission is to train and lead others in irregular warfare.

Oath Keepers is using that successful model and adapting it to our mission, to form Oath Keepers “Civilization Preservation Teams” (we have already received critical input from some of our Special Forces members, and are actively seeking more input from others within the Special Forces community)

The following is a preliminary draft of what we intend to do, to be further modified and improved with our members’ continued input.  This is not written in stone – it is just a start.    All who read this, please help us make it better by leaving in the comments your suggestions for improvement.  What are we missing?  What needs to be changed?  How can we make it better?

So far,we plan to have the following in each Operational “Field” Team:

Two Communication Experts

Two medical experts (with a special focus on grid-down emergency medical and wilderness medicine)

Two Engineers To assist with fuel, shelter, emergency  power, clean water, sewage, etc. build bridges, clear roads,  construction, facilitate field distribution of supply and logistics,   etc.

Two Strategic Food Reserve (SFR) specialists (who focus on the critical need for food reserves for the whole team,  dependents, and especially for the community and who distribute food aid  in the field).

Four to Six “Scouts.”

All Scouts will train extensively in tracking, land navigation, search  and rescue, reconnaissance and observation, precision rifle shooting,  wilderness survival and other “bush skills,” camouflage, small unit  tactics, and patrolling (and then will serve as a teaching cadre to  cross-train all other team members in the basics of all of those  skills).  But within each Scout sub-team will be, ideally:

a.  Two tracking experts

b. two precision shooting experts

c. Two close combat and small unit tactics experts

Those are the operational specialties and sub-teams within each field  team at this time.  Each specialty will train in-depth and become true  experts in those sub-category skills.

As of now, our intent is for each field team of 12-14 people to elect their  team leader and assistant team leader themselves, from within their own  team. But let us know if you think it should be done a different  way, and if you think that once a team leader and ATL are elected, that  their slots need to be filled with other people joining the team.  Can  they lead and still do their specialty, or is it important enough that  they concentrate on leading (including intelligence functions and  liaison with military, police, local government, state, other groups,  etc.) that they should not be expected to perform field duties within  their specialty, but instead an additional person should be added to the  team to fill those slots?  Let us know what you think.  Within each chapter will also be a Support Team (Logistic Supply/Support  Group (LSG).

This will be an auxiliary to assist the Field team with  supplies and transport.  The people within that support team will also  train extensively with the field team.  Picture older veterans with  extensive knowledge, but who no longer feel fit enough to go out into  the field.  They can serve as trainers, and then as support for  operations, and as part of a field HQ to give direction and advice over  the radio to the field units.   They can also drive vehicles, prepare  shelter and rear -recovery area for the teams, etc.  For example,  imagine an old Marine Scout Sniper vet with bad knees, or an old Special  Forces vet with a bad back.  Neither of them will likely be interested  in humping a ruck up and down mountains, but they can sure train the  hell out of the younger guys.   Ditto for retired medics and communications/radio men.  Their knowledge is priceless, and can and  will save lives and could save our country, if properly applied and  then amplified and spread.   They can train the Field  Teams, and make sure they really know what they are doing, with no bull  allowed, and  then they can be there as part of the Support Team, and as  part of the HQ element that is likely going to be with the Support  Team.

Within that support team, will be critical supply and logistics  personnel, such as strategic food reserve, who get the food ready to go  and help deliver it to the field SFR personnel, and same for back-up and  support for the other Field Team specialists.  And also within that  team will be general supply and logistics, motorpool, and base station and portable HQ  communications experts, an intel team, and a base station medical team  which may even be able to set up a mobile field hospital (presuming the  expertise is available, and the supplies).       Along side the support team will be a chapter headquarters unit, consisting of the local chapter leader and assistant chapter leader.  We will flesh this out with  more formal structure shortly.

So far, that is it for the field team(s) an the support team.  What  are we missing?  Anything need to be added, or changed?

Within each chapter should also be the following sub-teams for use both during “normal” times and also during emergencies:

Peace Officer Liaison and Sheriff /posse Team.  Focused on making  sure the local Sheriff is a “constitutional Sheriff” who understands the Constitution and the duty to defend it, and making sure there is a posse to back the sheriff  up, but also reaching out to city  police and deputies.  This team would preferably be led by a retired peace officer, who will get to  know all local police.    That team will also serve as the HQ liaison  between the chapter HQ and local, state, and federal law enforcement  (with a focus on the locals).

Military and National Guard Liaison.  To communicate with and  build relationships with local military and national guard units, and  serve as liaisons during operations.

Neighborhood Watch Team.  To help form neighborhood watches throughout the local community and liaison with them.

Local Government Team.  To get to know the local town council,  county government, judges, county attorney, etc, and observe each town  and county government meeting.  This is the team that will draft and  introduce militia bills, posse bills, and nullification bills, among  other items to support liberty at the local level, and will help liaison  with them all during emergencies.

Intelligence Team.    To gather, analyze, and disseminate intelligence on who is doing what, where, when, and why.

Chapters can form additional teams as needed in their own area and circumstances, but those are the basics.

Like SF, all Oath Keepers will be expected to learn light infantry skills.    They will all be encouraged to attend an Appleseed Rifle Program and  shoot to “Rifleman” standards.  Just as the Marines say that every  Marine is a Rifleman (even the cooks) so will every Oath Keeper be a  rifleman.   After learning solid rifle marksmanship, they will learn  individual movement and tactics, then buddy team, fire-team, and squad  movement and tactics (shoot, move, communicate).   All of you infantry  veterans need to step up and teach these skills to everyone else.  So,  it is not just the Scouts who will learn those skills – everyone on a  field team will learn them, and even the support team members should at  least train in the basics so they can defend themselves.

All will learn land navigation, basic wilderness survival, basic  first aid and combat lifesaver skills, and basic patrolling and small  unit tactics.

as in SF, each will pick one (or two, if they have the time) specialty  sub-categories to train in-depth in, and then each will cross train in  other specialties.  Ideally, all would at least be exposed to training  in tracking and precision shooting.   With other team members training  to a high state of capability, and available to cross-train other  members, the only real limitation is time to train.  Each has a focus, but is encouraged to cross-train extensively.

Within a chapter, when you get enough people to form more field teams,  you do it.   Replicate and multiply them like cells dividing and  multiplying.

All who are interested in  each specialty will train together for two months, and then form the field teams  and train as a whole team.   For example, if ya chapter had four or five people  interested in the medical specialty, they would all train together, to  set training goals, standards, gear selection, SOPs, etc (with bonafide  medics, corpsmen, and EMTs taking the lead, but anyone would be welcome to train  for the team who commits to that track).   They train together for two  months before you set up any Field Teams, but even after they are sent  into field teams, those medical track personnel still get together for  ongoing training among themselves.   Within each two man sub-team, the  one with the most knowledge is the lead between the two.  For example, a  prior service medic or corpsman would be paired up with a newbie who  would serve as his apprentice while the newbie gets trained up.  All  would be encouraged to seek formal training, such as local college EMT  classes, Wilderness Medicine classes, and tactical medicine classes  (which are rare, but do exist for civilians).  But no one would be  turned away just because they are new to the field.  All who are  committed to that specialty track will be welcome, but expected to train  their butts off, and they will be under the direct supervision of those  with more training (by the way, this is how volunteer fire departments  do it.  The older and wiser guys train the newbs).

And the same for all the other specialties.   What will be of utmost  importance is that those with real-deal experience and professional  training in any of the above need to step up and help train up these  specialties and sub-teams within their local chapter and community.   Duplicate yourself, replicate yourself!  Teach others what you know, and  help them form up into working teams.  Even if you are too old,  injured, or whatever to go out  into a field situation humping a ruck, you can still teach, and help  them get squared away.

And remember, the primary mission is to build up a competent training  cadre, as force multipliers, with a working model, to then get the local  veterans groups to form up similar teams within their local veteran  hall, and then to go out and help the community form similar teams in  neighborhood watches, mutual aid associations, within churches, and then  within the broader town and county.   Therefore, all the medics, even  the older guys who are not able to go into some field conditions, will  be on the teaching team when they go out to teach others during “normal”  times. Ditto for all the other specialties.

And so, you should not just be forming these teams within your local Oath Keepers chapter and helping local veterans halls do the same, but also within  your own family and circle of friends, and within your own neighborhood  (who’s on your buddy team, who’s on your fire team, who’s on your  squad?).  Start a neighborhood watch and then build a solid field team  and a support team within your own neighborhood.

When the crap hits the fan, you need well-trained people around you,  with complementary skills, who can help you get through.   Like Kevin  Reeve of Onpoint Tactical says:  “training trumps gear.  And community  trumps both training and gear.”  You can’t know it all, or do it all,  and you have to sleep sometime.   So build a team, build community,  and preserve civilization.

It starts with you, your family, your small circle of most trusted  friends, then your neighborhood, your church, your veterans halls in  your town, the Sheriff’s posse, the local search and rescue,  volunteer fire, etc., and then out to your county and state.


In addition to this being part of our mission  anyway, we feel like we are flat running out of time and we need to get  as prepared as possible as fast as possible.   The Oath Keepers national  Board of Directors war-gamed what we think is the most likely move by  our enemies to scrap the Constitution.  On the BOD at the time were a  Special Forces Major, an Army Ranger, and a Marine Scout-sniper veteran,  as well as a retired Navy Commander and several Vietnam combat vets, and several other combat arms veterans.    Playing devil’s advocate, and putting themselves in the enemy’s shoes,  we estimated that the most effective course for “them” to follow would  be to:

1.  Intentionally trigger a catastrophic economic collapse as an  economic “neutron bomb” (kills the people, but leaves the land intact).   With the current intentional lack of a Strategic Grain Reserve, our  population is in a strategic “checkmate” position where an economic  collapse could be a near-extinction event for our population.   During  the Cold War, the U.S. government maintained three years worth of grain  in a Strategic Grain Reserve for the entire US population because they  knew that in the wake of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union, it  could take three years to recover and grow crops again.  Without that  reserve, those who survived the exchange would starve to death before  they could possibly restart growing enough food.  We now have no such  Strategic food reserve, which means that any catastrophic interruption  in food delivery could kill millions of Americans.  Such a disruption  could occur because of even a limited nuclear exchange, an EMP strike  (either man-made, or natural, as a result of solar activity), or, an  economic collapse.

Currently, our economy is in such a weak state that an economic collapse  could be intentionally triggered at any time.  Because of the lack of a  food reserve, and because few Americans store food on their own, such a  collapse would lead to mass starvation, just like in the aftermath of a  nuclear exchange.

The US government is spending billions of dollars on ammunition, armored  vehicles, and weapons for DHS and local police.  It is spending nothing  on food for the people.   They are preparing to control and contain us,  and to shoot us, but not preparing to feed us. Why is that?  You know the answer.

2.  Let the country descend into chaos. A national economic collapse  would be like a “national Katrina” but lasting far longer, and because  it is nation-wide, it would be far more intense.   The cities would  implode.  All the government would have to do is contain them and let  them implode.   in the midst of that chaos, they could also do a  decapitation strike on the leaders of the liberty movement, but other  than that, “They” could just sit back and wait a month, two months, or  three to be really sure the people are at a maximum level of starvation,  weakness, and chaos, and then:

3.  Ride in like the cavalry, to “save” us by means of martial law and  scrapping our constitution once-and-for all.   They could blame the  collapse on the so-called “free market” and on not having enough  government power, and they could blame delays in relief on the  “extremists” in the patriot movement (i.e. “we would have gotten the  food trucks in sooner, but the extremists were ambushing our safety  check-points and resisting the necessary relocation to relief camps”).   Their ready to go solution would be a world-wide version of the Fed, and  scrapping what’s left of the Constitution.  People would be told to “just turn in your  guns, and you’ll get food” and “just turn in the extremists, and you’ll  get food.”

ADDITIONAL ANALYSIS:  To the above, we now add Brandon Smith’s insight  that with a war in Syria, the elites can trigger an economic collapse  with a war – with Russia and China using economics as a weapon in  retaliation.  All China would have to do is dump US treasuries and  refuse to trade with US dollars.  That would begin the final  death-spiral of the dollar.

The Chinese would be blamed for the collapse, rather than the banksters.   “They” would tell the American people that the evil Chinese are to  blame for the death of the dollar, and anyone who resists the “emergency  measures” by the US government would be accused of aiding the enemy.   They would say “domestic extremists took advantage of the Chinese  economic attack on us to push their own racist and extremist  anti-government agenda, making the collapse worse by attacking  peace-keepers and international relief volunteers, and by attacking and  resisting US officials who were trying to restore law and order.”

It is because of the systemic weakness of the American people, and our  strategic checkmate position of having no strategic food storage and no  effective local security, that we feel the need to take Oath Keepers  operational and put our focus on each chapter being a training cadre to  get their communities as prepared and organized as possible in whatever  time we have left.

We urge you to presume the worst in the short term, and to work in  three or four month sprints – assume that a collapse will be triggered  this fall/winter and do all you can to get yourselves and your  communities ready.

If it doesn’t happen in the next four months, then do another sprint, of  three or four more months of preparation.   And keep going until it  happens – which it will eventually, no matter what anyone does.  The  dollar is doomed.

We encourage each individual to build a food reserve, to set aside  food for their neighbors (10% of their food is for others), and to have  basic communications (at least a hand-held dual band radio), basic  medical, and water purification, shelter, and weapons and ammo.    We will post more details on our recommendations for preparedness in a follow-up post.

Everyone is encouraged to use the above team building model and template to  build a team within their family, extended family, and friends, and to  then do the same in their neighborhoods, and in their civic  organizations.  From the individual, to the family, neighborhood, civic  org, town, county, and state.  Bottom up.

OK.  Let us know how to improve the above.

For the Republic,

Stewart Rhodes

Founder and President of Oath Keepers
PS –    As a reminder and clarification, from the beginning of Oath Keepers we have had two prongs to our  mission:1.  Reinforce the oath-keeping of the current serving.2. Reinforce the oath-keeping of the veterans (and any citizens who want to join us in our efforts).From the start, we have been about more than just RTI to the current  serving, and well over a year ago we launched our Operation Sleeping  Giant, to help put more focus on waking up veterans groups and on the  critical need for people to implement preparedness, security, economic  independence, and local sovereignty, in their local communities as part  of our effort to restore the Republic from the ground up.

However, that aspect of our mission has still not gotten the attention  it deserves among our members.  All too often I see and hear members  describing their mission as just “RTI” to the current serving and not  fully implementing the other half of our strategy.

So, to bring that second prong of our mission back where it belongs –  with equal attention paid to it along with RTI to the current serving –  we will be including the Operation Sleeping Giant mission on our main  website, rather than having it on some sister-site (which is not getting  it done).

And,  most importantly, we will be instructing our members, and our  local and state chapters, to form up into operational mutual-aid and  community-aid teams, just like we are asking the veterans groups to do.   Some of our local chapters are already doing this, but we need  to make it a nation-wide effort, and a main part of our mission.

We have been asking VFW halls, Marine Corps League halls, etc. to see  themselves as a unit, as a source of stability and aid to their  communities, as the pool of manpower that can serve as a civil defense  unit for their town and county, as the Sheriff’s Posse, and as a pool of  manpower that can serve as the militia for their community (preferably  established by formal act of their city or county government).  Likewise  for churches, neighborhood watches, etc.

If we are going to ask veterans groups, and neighborhood watches, to see  themselves as such a unit, then we need to do the same within our own  org, and especially within our local chapters at the town and county  level.  That way, when we talk to veterans groups, we won’t be asking  them to do anything that we are not doing ourselves, and we can also  work out the bugs and have a working model for what we want them to do.

The ultimate goal is not to have all the veterans join  Oath Keepers and have a bunch of Oath Keepers teams doing all the work  in each town and county.  Instead, the ultimate goal is for us to help  them get their already existing veterans orgs organized into well  trained (and training), well equipped, and organized teams.  And, even  broader than that, the goal is to enlist their help in then establishing  strong neighborhood watches throughout their community, and then strong  town and county level civil-defense units, posse, and ultimately,  strong town and county militia, on the way to fully restoring the state  militia.

As I said above, think of this as a Special Forces type mission.  SF can do direct  action, but their primary job, and what makes them a serious force  multiplier, is to train and then lead others.

An SF A team is first and foremost a cadre of teachers, who help organize and train others to take care of themselves.

That is how we should see ourselves.  Our primary job is not to have Oath Keepers try to be the security force in our towns and counties, but to help the entire  community, and key parts of it, get their crap wired tight so they can  take care of themselves.  That way, we are a force multiplier, much like  SF.  Trust me, our enemies will not be happy about us doing  this!   They would much rather we try to form ourselves into some exclusive,  members-only “militia” that will only get so big.   They don’t want us  going into already existing veterans orgs and reactivating those  veterans and helping them turn their local VFW into a working unit.  Nor  do they want us to help folks establish effective neighborhood watches  (with teeth) and effective mutual aid associations in churches, Tea  Party groups, and at the town and county level.  Nor do they want us to  help form up a posse to back a good sheriff.

So, let’s do what they don’t want us to do.

And let’s lead by example for the following  reasons:

1.   So we walk our talk.  We can say with a straight face that we are  not asking anyone else to do anything we are not doing ourselves.

2. So we have a working model of what we want other groups to do, where  we work out the bugs on what works, and what doesn’t, and which they can  adopt as an easy, “turn-key” solution, with our recommended structure,  SOPs, recommended training priorities, and equipment lists.  Of course,  they can adapt and modify what we do to their particular needs, but at  least we can offer them a good start by our own example.

3.  So we have a solid training cadre of specialists in key skills who  can then work to replicate themselves both within our org and also  within the broader community.  And a big part of that replication will  be to get other veterans orgs to realize they already have members of  their halls who have unique knowledge who can serve as their own version  of an operational team as well as a cadre of trainers who then go out  and train others in the community.




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