Militia Rules of Engagement

usCrow Militia Rules of Engagement

The following CMF Militia ROE (Rules of Engagement) have been outlined by CENTCOM for the purposes of clarifying operational guidelines and mission parameters during domestic SENSTAT (Sentinel Status – Defined in Mission Objectives) and Wartime. Violation of the ROE will subject militia service members the Standard Uniform Code of Military Justice. We operate as a public militia and our primary mission at all times to be seen as the safeguards to American liberty, any action to compromise that image is an action against the CMF.

Domestic Wartime Defined for the Militia

The CMF Militia operates as a national organization, networking between local militias and CMF Partners. Domestic Wartime will be enacted in response to; seizure of firearms enforced by the federal government, unlawful amendments to the constitution, clear violations of sovereignty and etc. In order for Domestic Wartime to be declared, regional commands (PMCOM, CMC, ECOM, ATCOM) must be in unanimous agreement.

Concept of the CMF Militia Operation
  • If you are operating as a unit, squad, or other formation, follow the orders issued within the chain of command.
  • There is nothing in these rules negates your individual right to use reasonable force to defend yourself against dangerous personal attack when you or your unit are faced with loss of life or bodily harm.
  • These rules of self-protection and rules of engagement are not intended to infringe upon your right of self-defense. These rules are intended to prevent indiscriminate use of force or other violations of law or regulation.
  • RC (Regional Command) selected by states, will instruct their personnel on their missions. This includes the importance of proper conduct and regard for the local population of non-combatant domestic civilians and the need to respect their private property. All federally owned lands are owned by US personnel via the US Constitution and allow for facilitation and engagement of that land in situational need. Expect that all missions will have the inherent task of force security and protection.
  • ROW-CMF cards will be distributed to each deploying asset establishing legitimate identification.
Rules of Self-Protection for all Members

usCrow CMF Militia Members will protect themselves from threats of death or serious bodily harm. Deadly force may be used to defend your life, the life of another, or the life of innocent civilians. You are authorized to use deadly force in self-defense when:

  • You are fired upon.
  • Armed elements, mobs, and/or rioters threaten human life.
  • There is a clear demonstration of hostile intent in your presence. (Hostile intent of opposing forces can be determined by unit leaders or individual assets if their leaders are not present.)
  • Hostile intent is the threat of imminent use of force against usCrow CMF assets or other persons in those areas under the protection of usCrow CMF i.e. (farm/land owners, production facilities, power plants, religious establishments, communities and etc.)
Additional Elements to take into Consideration
  • Weapons: Are they present? What types?
  • Size of the opposing force.
  • If weapons are present, the manner in which they are displayed; that is, are they being aimed? Are the weapons part of a firing position?
  • How did the opposing force respond to the usCrow forces?
  • How does the force act toward unarmed civilians?
Other aggressive actions.

You may detain persons threatening or using force which would cause death, serious bodily harm, or interference with mission accomplishment. You may detain persons who commit criminal acts in areas under CMF protection. Detainees should be given to military police as soon as possible for evacuation to central collection points established with friendly civilian police (see paragraph d below).

The assets under the protections of the usCrow CMF National Militia have been threatened or are in danger of being seized. These facilities would include but are not limited to; coal mines, nuclear power stations, water substations, crops and etc. Your mission includes safe transit of these materials to the populace when not being deployed by National Guard forces.

Militia Deadly Force Requirements
  • You or your unit is being fired upon.
  • Clear evidence of hostile intent exists (see above for factors to consider to determine hostile intent).
  • Armed elements, mobs, and/or rioters threaten human life, sensitive equipment and aircraft, and operational success.
  • In situations where deadly force is not appropriate, use the minimum force necessary to accomplish the mission.

Patrols are authorized to provide relief supplies, CMF assets, and other persons in those areas under the control of militia forces. Patrols may use deadly force if fired upon or if they encounter opposing forces which evidence a hostile intent. Nondeadly force or a show of force should be used if the security of militia forces is not compromised by doing so. A graduated show of force includes:

  1. An order to disband or disperse.
  2. Show of force/threat of force by US forces that is greater than the force threatened by the opposing force.
  3. Warning shots aimed to prevent harm to either innocent civilians or the opposing force.
  4. Other means of non-deadly force.
  5. If this show of force does not cause the opposing force to abandon its hostile intent, consider if deadly force is appropriate.
Militia FOB (Forward Operating Bases)

Unattended means of force (for example, mines, booby traps, trip guns) is authorized in surrounding areas of militia FOB’s but can not deployed in rural non hostile areas. If the bases are attacked or threatened by unarmed hostile elements, mobs, and /or rioters, civic forces will use the minimum amount of force reasonably necessary to overcome the threat. A graduated response to unarmed hostile elements may be used. Such a response can include:

  1. Verbal warnings to demonstrators.
  2. Shows of force, including the use of riot control formations
  3. Warning shots fired over the heads of the hostile elements.
  4. Other reasonable uses of force, to include deadly force when the element demonstrates a hostile intent, which are necessary and proportional to the threat.

All weapons systems may be employed throughout the area of operations unless otherwise prohibited. The use of weapons systems must be appropriate and proportional, considering the threat.

CMF will not endanger or exploit the private property of the local population without their explicit approval. Use of civilian property should be compensated by contract or other forms of payment. Property that has been used for the purpose of hindering our mission will be confiscated. Weapons may be confiscated and demilitarized if they are used to interfere with the mission of usCrow CMF.

Operations will not be conducted outside of the landmass, airspace, and territorial seas of the United States of America. However, any RU (Reaper Unit) conducting a search and rescue mission shall use force as necessary and intrude into the landmass, airspace, or territorial sea of any country necessary to recover American citizens.

  • Hostile weapons are considered a threat to civic forces and the relief effort whether or not the crew demonstrates hostile intent. Area generals are authorized to use all necessary force to confiscate and demilitarize hostile weapons in their area of operations.
  • If an armed individual or weapons crew demonstrates hostile intentions, they may be engaged with deadly force.
  • If an armed individual or weapons detail commits criminal acts but does not demonstrate hostile intentions, civic forces will use the minimum amount of necessary force to detain them until custody of detainee can be transferred to participating police department personnel.
  • Hostile weapons or any weapon system that requires more than one individual to operate. Hostile weapons include, but are not limited to tanks, artillery pieces, antiaircraft guns, mortars, and machine guns.

Within those areas under the control of civic forces, armed individuals may be considered a threat to civic forces’ operations, whether or not the individuals demonstrate hostile intent. Commanders are authorized to use all necessary force to disarm and demilitarize groups or individuals in those areas under the control of civic forces. Absent of a hostile or criminal act, individuals and associated vehicles will be released after any weapons are removed/demilitarized.

Use of riot control agents (RCAs)

Use of RCAs requires the approval of the RC. When authorized, RCAs may be used for purposes including, but not limited to–

  • Riot control in the division area of operations, including the dispersal of civilians who obstruct roadways or otherwise impede operational success.
  • Riot control in detainee holding areas or camps in and around material distribution or storage areas.
  • Protection of convoys from civil disturbances, terrorists, or paramilitary groups.
Detention of Personnel

Personnel who interfere with the accomplishment of the mission or who use or threaten deadly force against civic forces, US or relief material distribution sites, or convoys may be detained.

  • Detained personnel will be treated with respect and dignity.
  • Detained personnel that are American citizens will still retain all of their constitutional rights and the mirandizing of detainees during detention is a requirement.
  • Detained personnel will be evacuated to a designated location for turnover to police.
  • Troops should understand that these people are our countrymen and any decision to use RCA’s against unarmed hostiles should be an absolute last option.

28 thoughts on “Militia Rules of Engagement

  1. It appears that this site is less active and i have never seen any videos or articles of CMF forces or militias besides this website. Where are the militias that this website claims to reside over? Do they have any pictures or websites? Have they participated in any standoffs or relief efforts?

  2. You have reserved your right to disarm civillians, but isnt citizen disarmament one of the reasons that the Militia forces would take up arms against the U.S. government? So I am being rescued from being disarmed by the Government, only to be disarmed by your forces? Please clarify this. It seems as if I shouldn’t trust your organisation any more than Uncle Sam’s corporation.

      • From the War College at Carlisle PA:

        “Any member of the armed forces of a state with which another state is at war; also, any person in an armed conflict, including terrorism, who could be properly detained under the laws and customs of war because of their provable or probable involvement within a terrorist group, or on their behalf.”

        This is the most widely accepted and currently utilized definition in the US armed forces.

        Found in the ROE: “Commanders are authorized to use all necessary force to disarm and demilitarize groups or individuals in those areas under the control of civic forces.”
        This would be Unconstitutional and in fact would constitute an unlawful order – by definition – and as such could be ignored by subordinates and certainly by those you would be attempting to disarm. You would do better by recruiting them to your side of the isle. The author of that statement has little, if any, understanding of Constitutional principles or military command and operation. But as stated else ware – this group is still learning and growing – and over time those ROE and policies will change and evolve as more experienced leaders step into command positions I would hope.

        Here are some references for your edification and education.

        The Uniform Code of Military Justice is more concerned about failure of military personnel to obey legitimate orders than it is about refusal to obey illegitimate orders, but it does address the subject. In Section 16c(1)(c) it provides:

        Lawfulness. A general order or regulation is lawful unless it is contrary to the Constitution, the laws of the United States, or lawful superior orders or for some other reason is beyond the authority of the official issuing it.

        These provisions allow for the disobedience of illegal orders, but such orders may themselves constitute a crime, or be part of a criminal conspiracy, either under military or civilian law. Under federal law, 18 USC 242, it is illegal for anyone under the color of law to deprive any person of the rights, privileges or immunities secured by the U.S. Constitution, and under 18 USC 241 it is illegal to conspire to violate such rights. It is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. This could be applied to military personnel who abuse the rights of citizens, either military or civilian.

        So if the point of a National Militia is to protect the Constitution and the Constitutional rights of citizens, it is diametrically inconsistent to deny their Second Amendment, 4th Amendment (secure in their properties without warrant), 5th Amendment (..nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process) rights under the guise of preserving their Constitutional rights. This is Prima Fascia evidence of a total lack of understanding of the Constitution and our founding principles.

        Much growing is needed indeed.

    • As far as I can tell, usCrow is still not yet fully organized in New England. Several posts here indicate there many others here who are eager to organize, but are frustrated with the lack of communication. I am in Massachusetts as well, searching for already established groups if we can’t get a group together under us Crow.

  3. I live in Texas and I am a conservative at heart and want to defend and protect America, what are my options for enlistment and do y’all and full time services.

  4. I am from New York, wife and two children. So many unanswered questions, afraid for their safety. I would be willing to take up arms with a reputable militia group here in New York.

    Not sure as to bug in, or bug out. Also not familiar with rules of engagement as a citizen if law enforcement comes to disarm my family.

    Been going crazy here trying to prep, but not sure how. I would love to speak with someone who can advise my family and I.

  5. Regarding ROE: Common sense and responsibility must prevail at all times. In a situation of unchallenged lawlessness and anarchy, where a CMF is the only form of organized force attempting to protect life and property and promote a lawful and safe, self sustaining civil structure, the senior officer or NCO at the scene of any doubtful situation is responsible to maintain a sufficient degree of safety and security in the most compassionate and humane manner possible under the circumstances.
    In such situations officers and NCOs must be prepared to make HARD DECISIONS and their orders MUST be followed weather those under their command agree or not. The WORST DECISION IS NO DECISION, or a breakdown of command.
    We must remember that the military does not practice Democracy, they Defend it!!. You can’t do both at the same time.

    • Regarding your thoughts regarding the ROE:

      The Uniform Code of Military Justice is more concerned about failure of military personnel to obey legitimate orders than it is about refusal to obey illegitimate orders, but it does address the subject. In Section 16c(1)(c) it provides:

      Lawfulness. A general order or regulation is lawful unless it is contrary to the Constitution, the laws of the United States, or lawful superior orders or for some other reason is beyond the authority of the official issuing it.

      So of course, under the Constitution, and military law and custom not all orders MUST be followed – only lawful ones. That Darned Constitution is hard to get around. While I agree the military is not a democracy – it still must follow and respect the Constitution and the Constitutional rights of the very persons whom you claim to be protecting their Constitutional rights for.

  6. I don’t have an military training as such but when I was a kid I made a fort in the woods and pretended that invaders from another village were coming to conquer me and rape my imaginary sisters. So I killed them all with a stick. Does that count?

  7. “Property that has been used for the purpose of hindering our mission will be confiscated. Weapons may be confiscated and demilitarized if they are used to interfere with the mission of usCrow CMF.”

    “Within those areas under the control of civic forces, armed individuals may be considered a threat to civic forces’ operations, whether or not the individuals demonstrate hostile intent. Commanders are authorized to use all necessary force to disarm and demilitarize groups or individuals in those areas under the control of civic forces. Absent of a hostile or criminal act, individuals and associated vehicles will be released after any weapons are removed/demilitarized.”

    NO. You will make enemies this way. I would fight the militia just as I would fight the government to keep my arms and freedom. I am not willing to trade one tyrant for another based on good intentions. We ask our servicemen to honor their oath to the Constitution and disobey tyrannical orders. I would ask usCrow members to do the same. Uphold your oath to the Constitution if you have ever taken it and uphold the values and principles of FREEDOM which I hope you all possess. If not you WILL be just another enemy when times are bad.

  8. i put in 3 enlistment apps. still no response. 2 this year of 2014. and one last year of 2013.

  9. “Within those areas under the control of civic forces, armed individuals may be considered a threat to civic forces’ operations, whether or not the individuals demonstrate hostile intent. Commanders are authorized to use all necessary force to disarm and demilitarize groups or individuals in those areas under the control of civic forces.”

    I have reservations about this paragraph, if push comes to shove, if ANYONE comes to confiscate my firearms, there WILL be a problem.

  10. Rules of engagement are to maintain a level of humanity and to keep people who are Against ROE from ruthlessly killing innocent civvies or provoking UNNECESSARY aggression from other militia units, Neutral Groups focusing on self-defense or Unidentified military forces. And in a lesser sense to keep our groups from being a bunch of looters and bandits themselves. Being in a Militia is to perform our sacred Duties as American to defend our Family and Friends, Country, and way of life. it takes a sense of duty and honor to serve in that role. Self Control and Discipline are KEY to the success of the defense of the USA by militia forces.

    if you feel that ROE’s are a waste of time it is best to stay out of it. If the current situation tumbles out of control as it already is, there will be enough needless death and chaos. The duty of the Militia is to protect the Civilian population and to provide strategic support to the remaining loyalist factions of the United States Armed Forces to the People of the US… NOT THE GOVERNMENT. I stand by the ROE, if we don’t then we are nothing more than another group of armed thugs.

    • You miss my point; just because I disagree with disarming someone doesn’t mean I disagree with the ROE. You going to protect me? ! Just like calling 911 today, “when seconds count, law enforcement is just minutes away”.

  11. Suppose I had a machine gun(Hostile weapon), and set it up to repel an armed and dangerous criminal element (in self defense). Would I be subject to an attempted disarmament by CMF? Notice the word ‘attempted.’ Hypothetical situation: Societal and economical collapse resulting in rampant looting and roving armed gangs.

    “Within those areas under the control of civic forces, armed individuals may be considered a threat to civic forces’ operations, whether or not the individuals demonstrate hostile intent. Commanders are authorized to use all necessary force to disarm and demilitarize groups or individuals in those areas under the control of civic forces.

      • My question directed to CMF was, are you going to try to disarm me because I have a GPMG? The CMF ROE seem to say yes. What it seems to say is that if they do not trust me, they will try to “use all necessary force to disarm and demilitarize” me. Believe me, I do think that we need ROE, this is my only issue with the CMF ROE.

  12. What difference does it make to the citizen in Heartford Connecticut who disarmed them? Wether it‘s the tyranny of their own state´s legislature enforced by the CT State Police or some grisly old vet serving in the 2nd Mountain Militia, the result is exactly the same. Stop! Let us not go totally retard. We are Americans, we have the right and I argue the duty to carry weapons in a time of crisis. Absent criminal acts or hostile intent an American has the right to be armed, even in an area under control of civic forces. If we are going to violate or deny our fellow citizens their civil rights, whom do we expect to preserve ours? The hardest tyrant to subdue, is the one in your…our mirror.

  13. I do not believe in Rules of Engagement, Laws of War or any Geneva type conference rules. The dead and the hopelessly maimed know what such thinking produces….Defeat.

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