Texas State Militia Structure and Bylaws
Declaration of Purpose
A legitimate Militia pursuant to the ends of Amendment 2 of the United States Constitution, shall preserve the life, liberty, and property of all law-abiding citizens within its area through the preparation, training, and support of a lawful citizens’ group outside the jurisdiction of government. To better aid the defense of liberty, Texas State Militia shall train citizens within a well regulated organization dedicated to upholding our natural and inalienable rights and the constitution of the State of Texas.
Pursuant to 10 United States Code chapter 13, all citizens not counted as members of the armed forces or otherwise exempt or barred by law from military service are members of the unorganized militia. The unorganized militia may be called to service by the governor of the State of Texas to aide state authorities in the lawful execution of their duties, or by general consensus of the population should the state fail in the execution of its constitutional duties.
Each unit shall consist of no less than one company commanded by a Captain and First Sergeant. A state authority consisting of a board of directors shall convene regularly on matters affecting two or more companies. The board shall consist of company commanders each having one vote, and matters shall be decided upon a two-thirds majority of all voting members. A chairman of the board shall be elected yearly to convene meetings of the board and mediate discussion with no other authority outside his/her one vote. Should a board member be unable to attend a board meeting they shall delegate another board member to proxy vote upon verification by no less than one other member of the board.
Each company shall consist of no less than a commander holding the rank of Captain and one four man fireteam led by a Sergeant. When a unit reaches four fireteams, they will separate into two squads of two fireteams, each commanded directly by a Staff Sergeant
Membership and Leadership Standards
Oath of Office:“I, _____, having been appointed an officer in the Texas State Militia, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Texas against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”
All citizens are eligible for commissioned officer status. Candidates must have no criminal background, be of sound mind and body, and able to discharge the duties of a commissioned officer. Military service is not required but a thorough understanding of military theory and conduct is necessary. Candidates must demonstrate a general competency in the fields of leadership, administration, basic soldier skills, and light infantry tactics and strategy.
Commissioned officers carry the ultimate responsibility of command, directly assuming liability for the training, equipment, conduct, and livelihoods of troops as well as citizens within the area of operations of Texas State Militia. Authority of command is derived from the imminent need for informed and impartial decision making and extends solely to facilitate commanders in the execution of the mission of Texas State Militia. Commanders will at all times conduct themselves accordingly.
Oath of Enlistment:
“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Texas against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will abide by the Texas State Militia bylaws, and follow the orders of the officers appointed over me. That I will willing and faithfully discharge the duties of the position upon which I am about to enter.”
All citizens are eligible for enlisted service in Texas State Militia. Candidates must have no serious criminal background, be of sound mind and body, and able to participate and learn the duties of enlisted militia personnel. No prior experience is required however recruits must be able to attend training and willing to learn basic infantry skills. Recruits need no gear, however they must be willing to acquire minimal items to facilitate their service in Texas State Militia.
Unless otherwise specified, recruits will enter Texas State Militia at the rank of Private, eligible for promotion to the rank of Sergeant after completing Advanced Training Level 2. Candidates eligible for immediate placement in a team leader position will be evaluated by company commanders on a case by case basis if prior military or other service exceeds the standards of Militia Basic Training. Militia enlisted personnel will be responsible for furnishing their own food, gear, ammunition and other necessary materials for training and deployments, however this may be pursued as finances permit after the recruit has joined Texas State Militia. A minimum attendance of meetings and trainings will be required to maintain membership as well as a continuous pursuit of learning basic soldier skills.
Potential recruits will be contacted as soon as possible by the webmaster and sent to their respective company commanders to be evaluated for background, experience and leadership potential. Provided candidates have no serious criminal background and are able to make required trainings they will be immediately assigned to the unit located closest to their contact address. If candidates can demonstrate a thorough understanding and ability to execute the requirements of a leadership role they will be commissioned at the appropriate rank and introduced at the next company meeting.
Minimum Required Equipment and Uniform
Gear and uniforms maintained as a minimum by TSM are for the benefit of the individual and their ability to contribute to the mission of the militia. Items listed are only the minimum for training and more is required to sustain operations for an extended period of time. Individuals are encouraged to pursue completion of their gear setup continuously as finances permit and seek the guidance of experienced members when making selections of important and/or expensive pieces of gear.
The uniform for the Texas State Militia Infantry will be a minimum but not limited to:
2 Matching top and bottom sets of durable camouflage clothes suitable to the unit area of operations
1 Set of serviceable boots in a subdued color
1 Hat matching or similar to clothing camouflage pattern
1 Set of non-reflective eye protection
The minimum gear loadout for Texas State Militia Infantry will be:
-semiautomatic rifle in assault rifle caliber (5.56, 7.62 x 39, etc)
-minimum 210 rounds/7 magazines if your rifle uses magazines
-minimum 1 full tang knife, minimum 4” long
-quality plate carrier or rig with appropriate pouches (g.i. webgear is good for a budget)
-IFAK (individual first aid kit)
-water source (minimum 2 quarts)
-cleaning kit for rifle (a dry container with rag and oil)
-magazine dump pouch
-assault pack and/or rucksack for at least 72 hours
Texas State Militia Infantry training will consist of a 3 level training plan as specified on the Texas State Militia website. Level 1 will consist of Basic Infantry Training and will be required for all members to assume active status as Infantry in TSM. Level 2 will consist of Advanced Training focused on applying individual skills learned in Basic Infantry Training to a unit level and improving Infantry skills. Level 3 will consist of Leadership Training and will build upon all previous training fostering skills above that of average militia troops in tactical operations, critical thinking, and leadership skills. Training is not mandatory but completion of training will be required for advancement in rank. A minimum attendance of 1 classroom training per month and 1 field training per quarter will be required to maintain membership in Texas State Militia.
Unit commanders are responsible for developing a schedule of training that incorporates constant basic training for new recruits while facilitating development and growth of leaders. Priority of work should be given to locating and maintaining suitable locations that allow both classroom and field training preferably with the ability for live-fire training. Scheduling should be consistent and cooperate with the availability of as many unit personnel as possible, maintaining redundancy in order to facilitate members who are unable to attend regular sessions.
Redress of Grievances
Lawful orders within the jurisdiction of Texas State Militia command shall be carried out upon receipt without immediate recourse provided they do not present a danger to the life, limb, or property of law abiding individuals. For redress of grievances an open-door policy shall be held by all enlisted and commissioned members of Texas State Militia and any orders found to be in violation of established policy shall be immediately rescinded or corrected by the appropriate level of command. Violation of Texas State Militia guidelines is punishable by corrective action to include immediate dismissal from service.