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Max
Jul 25, 2021
In Starting a Society
A chapter requires a minimum of 2-3 members to start. Membership is open to all: enlisted and officer, active-duty and retired, sister services, and civilians. Each chapter will devise its own guidelines for setting times and dates for meetings, topics and activities of meetings, assignments for members, etc. For the society to fulfill its purpose, chapters should meet at least once a month, even if only part of the membership can attend. Consistency is key. To remain in good standing, each chapter must produce products of professional relevance every month. This may take any number of forms, from decision-forcing cases to articles or recorded talks. Chapters should send their materials to Mr. Jay Hall, the Warfighting Society Chapter Coordinator. He can be reached at: halljn19@gmail.com. Chapters should keep a list of its members and their email addresses (preferably commercial email addresses). Chapters will share a copy of this document with the society’s leadership team. The leadership team will use it for announcements, sharing of files, invitations to Dropbox folders, etc. Chapters must keep some form of leadership. The leadership organizes meetings, runs them, and stays in contact with society’s leadership team. What form this leadership takes is at the discretion of each chapter. The members of each chapter are strongly encouraged to wear civilian attire at their meetings. Meetings should have an informal, yet professional and focused, atmosphere. For meetings, chapter members are strongly encouraged to address all other members as “sir/ma’am,” “Mr./Ms./Mrs. ____,” or by first names. Whatever a chapter chooses, members must remember that rank, experience, and billet should not stand as obstacles to the free, frank, and critical exchange of ideas. Chapters are required to record minutes of each meeting and send these to Mr. Jay Hall (halljn19@gmail.com) within 1-2 weeks of the meeting. The Warfighting Society Chapters should inform the society leadership team of any planned meetings, along with the topic or activities planned for the meeting. All communications of this sort should be directed to Mr. Jay Hall (halljn19@gmail.com). Wherever possible, the society leadership team will support chapters in their meetings however it can. All society members will subscribe to the Warfighting Society’s charter: The members of the Warfighting Society have entered into a voluntary association, one which any member can leave at any time, to foster progress through criticism within the U.S. Armed Forces and develop military minds of investigative curiosity, analysis, and synthesis. The members of the group will organize themselves into chapters that will meet regularly and produce products of professional relevance. These may take the form of interactive talks, articles, decision-forcing cases, tactical decision games, staff rides, wargames, etc. Each chapter shares products of its meetings with the rest of the Warfighting Society. The society leadership team will make available copies of all work through Dropbox, www.themaneuverist.org, Facebook, and other forms of social media. *The Warfighting Society is a voluntary network of communities of practice spread across the U.S. Armed Forces and modeled after the Military Society of Gerhard von Scharnhorst. It, and its constituent chapters, have no official ties to the US Department of Defense or any components thereof.
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