The following are our rules and guide lines for C Company of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Preservation Association. These guidelines are for our Members, they are simple and for the betterment of C Company and living history as a whole. As members we all adhere to these basic rules at all times, they aid us in our impression, making it safer and more accurate.
If you feel after looking at an overview of our rules that we are not for you, then thank you for your time.
In order for you to become a member in C Company of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Preservation Association, all New Recruits will be sponsored in by a Unit Member in good standing.
The sponsoring Unit Member will assist the New Recruit in obtaining the required kit, learning drill and most importantly learning the Battalions history.
New Recruits have one year to complete the required kit list. If you have not completed the required kit list within the allotted time frame then your membership will be on probation.
The age for regular membership is 18 years of age.
Members of C Company of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Preservation Association must pay annual dues of $25.00 CDN, due in January of each year. These dues go towards the Unit Insurance, MAMH Membership fees, mailers, administration costs, (like this website), and to purchase Unit Equipment and Stores.
New recruits will not have voting rights until they have attended one event as part of the Unit. After this event the recruit will be subject to the approval of the unit command staff. To retain membership in C Company you must attend at least three events a year, attend scheduled meetings and pay your dues. Becoming a member of this Unit is not inexpensive, our members have made an investment of money and time and have made a commitment of themselves to continue the memory of this Battalion, so these basic guidelines must and will be followed.
Rank in C Company of the 1st Canadian Parachute
Battalion Preservation Association will be assigned by
the Company Command
Staff. ALL New
Recruits will start off as Privates (Pte.)
and will advance in rank
according to their ability and the number of Members with in the Unit. We cannot have a
company of Generals, and we will not promote a Member if they lack the ability to
lead others and get the job done. However all Members will be put in
Command positions from time to time
and those who show initiative will be schooled. If a group of friends join
the Unit together we will try to place them in the same Section.
Service chevrons denote years of service during the war and as our Unit portrays C Company from June 1944 all of our members will wear four red service chevrons on their right sleeve. The White service chevron was used to show a 1939 volunteer and are only reserved for our Charter Members. Charter Members will wear five chevrons, one white and four red with the white chevron closest to the cuff of the right sleeve.
MEDALS, RIBBONS AND DECORATIONS
We did not earn them and we will not wear them !!!!!
It is illegal in Canada to wear decorations that you did not earn and are not entitled to wear. If a Member has earned a Post war decoration the wearing of these on an Historic Uniform would not consistent with the uniform or the time period being portrayed.
main goal is to promote the
memory of the Original Battalion. To be able to do this our uniform is consistent
with that worn by Members of the Operational Parachute Companies during the war. As a
Unit Member we will strongly encourage you to participate in a civilian
Parachute Training Course. If you already have your Parachute Qualification through the Armed
Forces we encourage you to come out and jump with our Newer Members for their first
We jump because they did, we cannot portray them without understanding what they went through. As a Member of C Company of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Preservation Association you will talk with Veterans of the Original Battalion and other Airborne Soldiers, you should have an idea of their role and the feeling of getting your knees in the breeze.
The following expectations are necessary to accurately portray members of this elite Second War unit. There will be no exceptions!! Haircuts and facial hair will be typical of the styles worn during the Second World War. The hair must have a taper cut at the rear and the sideburns will not extend beyond halfway down the ear. No beards, moustaches must be neat and trimmed and if they extend beyond the lip, they must be waxed, no goatees. Eyeglasses when worn will be of a style consistent with that of the 1940's.
Members must be fit and maintain a neat appearance at all times. Re-enacting can be physically demanding and we strongly encourage all of our Members to get on a physical training schedule and improve your overall fitness. Being an Airborne soldier is being and Elite soldier, physical fitness is part of it. If you are not fit, get out and get running and get in better shape, it is for your benefit in the long run.
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