Introduction as a Soldier into Co. A, 3rd Maine Regt. Vol. Inf.
As is the case for all
members of Co. A, 3rd Maine, your first year of membership is as a probationary member without voting privileges. This is to allow everyone
to become acquainted with you before you assume the privileges and responsibilities
that come with regular membership. This also gives you time to obtain
sufficient equipment to participate with the unit in the prerequisite
minimum of six events or meetings before a regular membership status is
awarded. At a regular meeting falling on or after the anniversary of your
application, the regular members of the unit will vote on whether to accept
you as a regular member. Your regular membership status will be maintained
so long as you pay your annual regular membership dues (individual or
family) on time.
In the Infantry, your
education and training will be provided by the Training Corporal, other
NCOs, and other veteran members. The training NCO or First Sergeant
can provide you with your copy of the REB. The REB outlines four major
areas in which a new recruit must demonstrate knowledge and achievement
before basic training can be considered complete. This period of training
typically requires several months. You will be expected to possess a complete
uniform and to demonstrate the ability to wear, maintain, and correctly
describe the various parts. You will be expected to acquire knowledge
taught in the School of the Soldier, which includes the formation of the
company, platoon, and squad and the basic evolutions of these formations.
You will be expected to possess an infantry weapon and accouterments and
be able to demonstrate the evolutions while under arms and to demonstrate
the safe handling and competent maintenance of your weapon. You will also
be expected be familiar with the methods for the safe loading and firing
of your weapon while within the ranks. Finally, you will need to demonstrate
basic field craft, including the ability to pitch and maintain a shelter
tent, knowledge of the layout and parts of the camp, and fire safety.
Co. A, 3rd Maine usually provides a one to two day-long school of the
soldier each spring which provides training that will help you meet the
REB requirements. In addition, School of the Soldier and manual of arms
training is described in Hardee's and Casey's books on infantry tactics.
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