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Frontier Period / Re: Frontier Skils Group
« Last post by Sturmkatze on April 24, 2016, 10:11:31 PM »
I thought you couldn't have guns down under??
American Area / Re: Officers or not?
« Last post by Sturmkatze on April 24, 2016, 10:10:36 PM »
Some guys feel they should be an occifer. It's all ego... Most of them "just don't get it." Like dorks who wear modern glasses... especially in ancient impressions. I know a couple of Roman reenactors who just don't get that wearing glasses, ESPECIALLY modern glasses is wrongW@W
American Area / Re: Officers or not?
« Last post by Viking1 on April 21, 2016, 04:23:18 PM »
I was more or less looking at the reenactor who plays a LT or Captain, and only wears the uniform of "X" unit, once a year for a city's parade, Veterans, or Memorial day.  And as a group they would put on a small presentation on how the unit operated....
American Area / Re: Officers or not?
« Last post by Karl Helweg on April 21, 2016, 12:44:39 PM »
I like where you are going with that thought.  I met one Major/Colonel/General reenactor who was an E-4 kicked out due to morbid obesity and only got bigger.  He could not look or act like an officer.  He had to ride an ATV to the battles since he could not walk that far.  Just a worse case example.  Met a green beret MSG who portrayed an officer almost too well.

Oddly the question gets a little circular in some states like North Carolina: where some reenactor units are legally recognized as part of the state militia and, when possible, maintain their same ranks and chain of command.  One of my past "colonels" (nicest guy you ever met) was tickled to death when his governor recognized him formally as a colonel then was a little surprised to find out that he and his unit had effectively been "drafted" and the governor could call him in the event of a disaster that needed more volunteers.  So someone could potentially become a "real" officer by reenacting as one....

If any reenactor would feel more comfortable portraying an officer by becoming an officer first (I can see this) there are several paths open including where any active adult member who serves can be awarded the rank of 2nd Lt in six months if they complete some basic course work.   Even these folks are serving more than many of our politicians. 
Frontier Period / Re: test
« Last post by Karl Helweg on April 21, 2016, 12:22:05 PM »
Testing for what? 
American Area / Officers or not?
« Last post by Viking1 on April 21, 2016, 11:51:46 AM »
I see a lot of WWII reenactor groups that feature members portraying military officers from from the ranks of Lieutenant to even a Field Marshal.  So my question is this.  Who can portray a military officer?  Does the part have to be portrayed by a retired or active duty military officer (either service), who wants to be in charge of a unit; or, can it be played by a civilian with no military experience, but is the officer in charge because he decided to form the unit?

So what is the real reenactor regulations on a person portraying an officer?
American Area / boots and more boots
« Last post by Viking1 on April 21, 2016, 10:01:01 AM »
I see that there officers uniforms and officers boots, especially among the Cavalry members of WWII.  Were officers cavalry riding boots only for officers, or did NCO's who could afford a pair of officer riding boots buy them for themselves out of their own pocket?

I know that in WW1 better made sweaters for use by soldiers could be bought by anyone who wanted to spend a bit more money.  I also know that in our current mid-east conflicts that soldiers who wanted better armor could have friends of families purchase a set for them to use.  So I was wondering if the NCO's who did not like the standard issued smooth leather ankle boots and leggings, bought the more expensive and better made cavalry boots.
Frontier Period / test
« Last post by Le Loup on April 20, 2016, 08:09:29 PM »
test  oo-P
Frontier Period / Re: Frontier Skils Group
« Last post by Le Loup on April 20, 2016, 04:56:22 PM »
Would love to be able to help, but unfortunately I & my group are in New England Australia. I will though add a list of skills that we learn & practice.
Regards, Keith.
Woodsrunner’s Skills.
New England Colonial Living History Group 1680-1760.
This is a list of basic skills in which we expect an 18th century woodsman or woods-woman to have some experience with in our group. There is no time limit set, learn in your own time & if we can help just ask.
•   Flint & steel fire lighting
•   Wet weather fire lighting
•   Fire-bow fire lighting
•   Flintlock fire lighting
•   Flintlock use, service & repair
•   Marksmanship with either gun or bow.
•   Field dressing & butchering game
•   Blade sharpening
•   Tomahawk throwing
•   Making rawhide
•   Brain tanning
•   Primitive shelter construction
•   How to stay warm in winter with only one blanket
•   Cordage manufacture
•   Moccasin construction and repair
•   Sewing
•   Axe and tomahawk helve making
•   Fishing
•   Hunting
•   Evasion
•   Tracking
•   Reading sign
•   Woods lore
•   Navigation
•   Primitive trap construction & trapping
•   Open fire cooking
•   Fireplace construction
•   Clothing manufacture
•   Drying meat & other foods
•   Knowledge of plant tinders & preparation
•   Knowledge of native foods & preparation
•   Knowledge of native plants in the area and their uses for other than tinder and food.
•   Scouting/Ranging.
•   Basic first aid.
•   Finding and treating water.
•   General leather work.
Events Calendar Info / City of Marina, Ca; 2016 labor Day Parade
« Last post by Viking1 on April 17, 2016, 10:23:27 PM »
The City of Marina, Ca; is having its annual Labor Day Parade, and this year we would like to include all Allied WWII Re-enactors.  Unfortunately since this is our first military re-enactor parade, German military units are not being invited.  However, if this works out, maybe we can begin to have German military re-enactors come and march.

The city over the years has maintained a very close working relationship with the Army, and the former 7th infantry Division Light.  We have a very large retired military population, Federal Civilian Workers who still work for the military at the Presidio of Monterey, and retired Federal Civil Service Employees.

Parade Information:
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016   
Starts at:  11:00 am
Parade route:  1.5 miles
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