ASM Questions and Answers
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What is the purpose of the Arizona State Milita?
To serve as the primary resource for the state and local government, in the event they call upon the militia. Additionally, we prepare to assist our local citizenry during disaster or similar situations where we can assist them. 

Our goal is to grow and develop our ASM community for long term security and sustainment during any catastrophic event that may occur. By pursuing this goal we will be better able to fullfill our mission.


What does the ASM Training Program look like?
Purpose
The purpose of the ASM Training Program is to insure each member of the Arizona State Militia has successfully completed a course of instruction in the legal requirements, structure, policies and procedures within the organization. Successful completion of these courses will allow each member to advance within the organization and assist in the continual improvement involving unit operations and community support activities.

Each section of the training requirements are designed in a specific logical order to build on prior training. It is essential only specific instructors are used that are certified and/or professionally trained in the subject area. Successful operation of this course will hinge on unit sponsorship, leadership participation and the removal of personal feelings that can become training distractors.

Integration Training: 
-For new members
-Must complete in order to pass the probationary requirement
-Non-optional training
-Coordinated, resourced and documented by the Training NCO(s)
-Some classes may be waived on a case by case basis


Basic Skills Training:
-For members assigned to the tactical platoon
-Team leaders and Squad Leaders are the primary trainers
-Evaluated by Squad Leaders and the Platoon Leader
-Ongoing training that should be reviewed and practiced regularly


Leadership Training:
-For all leadership positions
-Specific courses for tactical and non tactical designed to assist in successful operation of the applicable element
-Intent is to have classes semi-annually


Company Training:
-Training for an entire company
-Must be re-trained annually
-Scheduled by the Company Commander
-Will be reviewed by the state every two years



What is the difference between ASM and 3%ers?

3 percenters, or iii%, is a national movement with local chapters. They are not a militia but still are citizen volunteers. 

While many citizens call themselves iii% it is the same as many saying they are militia, though most are not actually members 
of a iii% chapter or militia group. iii% are volunteers using a network of people to learn from and are considered more of an armed assistance group to lead, coordinate, assist other civilians as needed. iii% groups tend to have training and activities based on the local organizations individual desire, size and commitment. They have leaders they operate more like a committee pursuing the groups goals and desires. The closest comparison in concept would be the oathkeepers. Although both groups are very different.

The militia, like ours, follows a military type structure and heirarchy. Our group has an established training schedule, training objectives, method of advancement, and other requirements. For us, like many, this is to have a trained force that can assist the citizenry, sheriffs, state or local government if called upon. Not all militias are equal. In concept many groups that identify as militia operate like iii% or oathkeepers. At the end of the day it is about determining what the individual is looking for and finding the organization, regardless of name, that best meets their individual/family need.

While some militia tends to have a more structured design and written policies, standards and established schedule, that doesn’t make it better or superior to iii% or other patriot groups. The differences create options for citizens to join an the organization that best fits their needs, desires and availability.


Does ASM allow guests at training events?

Occassionally on a case by case basis. Typically are guess are associates of current members or they are a pending applicant that has already spoken with a representative and established a rapport.


If I am a guest can I participate in training?

That depends on the training. Most instruction is available to guests. However, training involving firearms, vehicles, rappelling or similar require a release of liability waiver, non disclosure and background check.


What events can I bring my family to?

Most events are family friendly. We have quarterly socials, bbq, christmas party's and during other common hoildays we often have get togethers. Recruitment meetings, especially when co-located with a training meeting is a great opportunity to meet other members. Our statewide training events often involve family members as they are typically 2-4 days long. When we do this we insure ample family time is scheduled and invite family members to participate in some classes and training.


How would you involve and interact with a muslim in a militia group? 
Have you attempted to educate them on why the core values of their faith that are contrary to our Constitution?

Our organization doesn't look at their religious beliefs different than anyone else's. We have a wide range of faiths as well as agnostics and atheists. Our vetting process has nothing to do with religious affiliation and everything to do with local and national criminal record checks, watch lists etc. Religion is one of many topics discussed to explain the purpose and point of view of our organization; where and when some subjects (such as religion) are appropriate and inappropriate for discussion. We clarify the line in the sand as far as behavior, personal differences, conversations etc. to show what is acceptable vs. intolerable. Our organization takes the posistion as community based, meaning we are a community. To us, like minded doesn't mean same minded and that shared goals come with varying opinions, regardless of what the personal differences are; religious, political, conspiracy, opinions of law etc. After two years of this approach we have discovered a couple consistent results. First, those that probably shouldn't be here withdraw themselves without issue and often commend our posistion. Second, those that join have gone from about a 50% retention within a 3-4 months to over 90% retention after 18 months (and getting longer). 

We don't see ourselves as experts or educators on other peoples belief systems. We don't debate or use a recruitment period to change a mind or open eyes etc. We have a probationary period that allows new recruits to evaluate us while we evaluate them. That has greatly assisted in some realizing how accepting we are of different opinions, beliefs and choices. That has given some a place to feel welcome and comfortable for the first time or one of a few times. This led to several open and honest discussions on many topics without conflict or incident. I am sure this won't work for everybody but it has definetly worked for us. New recruits see we are a training organization with priorities and goals and that these type of subjects have no impact on what we do or the decisions we make.


What kind of training do you provide?

Currently we plan training by quarter around the wants and needs of each company. We have programs designed around map reading, close quarters marksmanship, leadership, firearms that our goal is to provide to the general public. Additionally, we provide instruction and evaluation of small unit tactics, security, surveillance, self defense to our members as well as a long list of individual classes. 

Through this process we identify, teach, coach and mentor our members to become instructors and/or leaders based on their individual desire and availability. As a matter of policy, we limit any training referred to as "tactical" to 50% of our training plan.

We strive to develop leadership, problem solving, critical thinking and results driven decision making across the organization.


What kind of leadership development/training does the ASM have?

We have a leadership training and assessment course. The course has several hands on activities, hands on evaluations, written tests with either a pass/fail or percentage passing score. 
Purpose: To prepare new and incoming ASM leaders with the necessary background, knowledge, expectation, requirements and motivation to effectively fulfill their position.

Task: To conduct TLC Phase 1 IAW ASM Policy
Conditions: Given an instructor, appropriate pre course information, training location and relevant material, you will participate in an individual and collective task training exercise and skills development class
Standards: Passing standards will be explained onsite for the portions that are graded. This is a pass fail course which is determined by an individual interview, group participation, testing results and peer review


What are the goals of the Arizona State Militia?

The intent succinctly describes what constitutes success within the organization. The Arizona State Militia's endstate for all training and operations is based on a concise five point plan.

1. Assist in building a foundation based on efficient performance, values alignment and collective habits.
2. Influence others while remaining open to being influenced; Varying skill sets and thinking styles are critical to team success.
3. Give information a purpose: every topical discussion should result in one of two outcomes, a decision made or a problem solved.
4. Have clear direction: establish goals and desired outcomes in order to identify the best ways to proceed.
5. Don't attempt to standardize everything; blending to perceived norms and status quo fails to address uniqueness. Focus on development which is fluid and actionable, reinforcing individual skills.


Often we here the question “am I to old?”, or “am I to injured.”

That varies in several age categories and a wide range of severity from person to person. 

Typically we don’t tell anyone that it will limit them. We explain what we do, how often and the participation requirements. Some choose not to join.

We have Members that are retired and some with physical limitations, but not many. We find their wide range of life experience and professional backgrounds to be of great significance sharing knowledge, teaching and providing expertise in a wide range of topics. They also tend to be highly motivated and eager to be part of a group where they can contribute.

If you or someone you know falls into one of these categories it may be worth your time to meet some people and see that there is something to offer and similar folks in each of our companies.

What is your training methodology (the how and why)
This Article provides a great description.


How far im advance will I know about training dates, times and locations?

As a matter of policy...
At a minimum ,every company will have a constant 90-day training calendar. The90-day training calendar will include, at a minimum, specified training dates, general training information and a tentative start and finish time for the training, event, meeting or other.

At a minimum, every company will have a constant 30-day training calendar, which is the beginning of the 90-day calendar. The 30 Calendar will be specific in nature and provide all necessary information needed for members to attend.
a. Who will be conducting the training
i. Named instructors, assistants and their responsibilities
b. What specifically will be trained 
i. Outline all tasks
c. Where the training will be
i. Specific location
d. Why we are doing this training
i. How it builds from past training and into future training
ii. How it will benefit the company
e. When the training is
i. Specific timeline of events and tasks with a written schedule specifying all timeslots
f. How we will do the training
i. All necessary equipment and material needed
ii. All suggested equipment and material that may assist or make the experience easier

g. All necessary equipment or material needed to train

h. All suggested material or equipment to assist in training


How often do you meet and train?
The schedule varies depending on location. Each company publishes a schedule at least four months in advance, in some cases 6-8.

Minimum requirements are one meeting and one training a month. Most companies train twice a month with an occasional overnighter. Each company also has a quarterly social get together for families. Typically these are bbq, Christmas parties, family day at a park or getting together for dinner. 

State wide training happens three times a year in March, June and September. We have additional training coordinated by Members with unique work schedules. Additionally, we schedule specialized training for individuals based on their duty position and/or need.

Why do you have background checks?

The number one reason is to insure there are no prohibited possessors. Additionally is to insure potential members are willing to make the effort to join and have no criminal record that may inadvertenly put existing members in compromising positions. 
Additionally, we do work in conjunction with Border Patrol, law enforcement and members of the legislature on occasion. As a non profit we have a responsibility, to our members and the community, to make every effort to perform any function within the existing law that doesn't violate the constitution.


How do I get a background check?

Background checks are fairly simple at this time. Any current CCW is the easiest way. Other options include a local records check from the Sheriff (only available in some counties) or DPS. Also, any state background check with fingerprint card. Examples are the Arizona Armed Guard License or background checks for medical professionals. You can get more details from your recruiter.

Where can I get manuals to reference?

Our Library has several manuals covering a wide range of subjects. Some can be downloaded most are links.

I need to zero my rifle. Where can I get targets on the cheap?

We have free targets you can download and print. These are designed for AR-15 platforms. The targets indicate if they are meant for a 14.7 or 20 inch barrel.


What is the probationary period and why do you have one?

Probationary periods exist for the purpose of evaluating new membership and to monitor the performance of newly assigned positions. Additionally, it provides each member the time to insure they can and want to continue in the organization or new position.
This allows new members adequate time to insure they have the time and availability to attend meetings, trainings and FTXs while meeting the minimum attendance requirement. We define that requirement as once a month on average over a six month period.

This probationary policy applies to new members and also new assignments within the organization. Some assignments and promotions have differing probationary guidelines based on the requirements for that position.

What uniforms do we wear?

Uniform patterns are Multicam, ATACS-AU assigned by region. Each company has a primary and secondary pattern due to the multiple terrain types located throughout the state. When you meet with a recruiter this can be discussed in further detail.

After completing the 90 day probationary period you'll need to acquire one uniform top/bottom by the time you reach 6 months. This amount time is provided to insure you have adequate opportunity to make the purchase.

Multicam      ATACS-AU
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