From time to time, it’s good to refocus on the primary purpose one does or does not do a thing. Here at DTG, our primary purpose is to provided preparedness training against the day civility fails either through natural or man made disasters. Some of the training involves learning basic light infantry skills; some of the training does not. In any event, DTG stands with the authors of, “A Failure of Civility,” Mike Garand and Jack Lawson in stating the need for, and training people to establish Neighborhood Protection Plans and Teams.
To be sure, there are other references available; many ways to peel this onion, however, for the average person working every day trying to make ends meet and at the same time, assuage any concerns of his family or neighbors about, “what if?,” we’ve found that “AFOC” more than meets those needs. In fact, Garand and Lawson put it very succinctly as to what we train for, what we are, and what we are not:
“1-You’re not a Militia or law enforcement…[t]he Neighborhood Protection Plan (NPP) should not be interpreted by you as your Neighborhood Militia, forming a Militia or acting as law enforcement. You are simply citizens protecting against fire and maintaining civility, law and order in your neighborhood and protecting yourself, your family and property within your neighborhood. You are not citizen soldiers… you are your Neighborhood Guardians.”
Keeping the opening statements of the first chapter in mind will come in very handy when going through the rest of the book and keeping to its focus and goal. Yes, you’ll learn and practice various skills that are the same as those learned and practiced by other, less locally focused groups and organizations, but your mindset, if you stay focused, will demonstrate the difference between you and your NPT and others.
And in doing so, you embody the principles within the unanimous Declaration (aka, ‘Declaration of Independence’) and the Constitution and Bill of Rights. You are supporting your community, taking up when those typically charged with maintaining order are unable to do so in times of extreme emergency. Helping keep the helpless ones safe from harm is a noble calling.
Otherwise, this is what they (and you) face once amoral people decide to take what is yours because there is nobody to stop them:
If you haven’t read or purchased the book, you can get it at the AFOC link above. It’s well worth the money, and will help you immensely.