So, this past October I joined our local militia. I got my boyfriend to join too. I didn’t know what I could offer or bring to the table, but have been wanting to join for years. My concern though was that it would end up being a group of wanna be weekend soldiers running through the woods simulating all sorts of things. Not all bad, but I have seen militias get into some trouble and make asses of themselves.
It took about 6 weeks before the man I contacted would meet up with me. Since I joined, we have only met twice. The first time in November where we met at the library so that two people, the squad leader or what ever his title is and another man could get to know me and my boyfriend. Supposedly the leader was prior military. We talked for about 2 hours where they asked us questions and I asked them questions, trying to get a feel for what they see as their mission and what they do as far as training, etc. The most I got from that meeting is that they don’t talk about guns or shooting or anything like that and his idea of a militia is helping people clean up their yard after a storm.
After that, I was sent an email about every month asking when were good days for us was to meet up and what are the things we would like to train and learn. My answers were always the same as our schedule is always the same and things I would like to learn involved map reading, fire starting, shooting, outdoor, survival, things of that sort. Weekends are always open and evenings.
Another email would arrive, same questions, and I would send off the same answers. My boyfriend would get text messages every two weeks with the same questions and he too answered the same way. Then, we started getting weekly check-in texts. “Everyone good?” “Yes” "ok, we’ll check in next week "
Last month we finally met up, again… at the library. This time the squad leader was there along with a different young man, apparently a paramedic. Three hours of this new guy getting to know me and my bf and asking us questions. Well, it was at this meeting that I decided to open up some as I thought maybe I was too reserved at the first meet up. We just talked about things I like to do, etc. and during the conversation I told him I had made a smoke bomb, but was trying to perfect it. Both of them like to have jumped out a window when I said that. I looked over at my boyfriend and he looked at me, both of us with the same confused look on our faces as to the reactions these two guys had. I thought “What the hell is the big deal? It’s a smoke bomb”. It was at this meeting that we realized that including myself and my bf, there are only 5 people in this militia for this area.
By the end of this meeting, the most we could get out of them as far as what and when we would be training was them saying they wanted to come to our house in May so that I could teach them canning. That’s it. Even though I said the paramedic would be able to teach us a whole lot as far as dealing with injuries and wounds, but all I got back from that was that he is licensed and can’t teach us things.
Two weeks ago my boyfriend sent a text saying that we should just pick a day, say for example every Third Sunday of the month, and make that our training day, regardless of trying to get everyone’s schedules to work. The idea seemed well received, but we heard nothing back. Then we get our weekly “check-in” text this weekend and that was about all I was willing to deal with. We sent a message back saying that we were done with this militia. It’s obviously too difficult for them to get 5 people together and we didn’t see the point.
So, I thought when I joined, that I would be around like minded people who wanted to get together on a regular basis (even once a month) and learn and train, but apparently that’s not what this militia offers. Is this normal for most militias?