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Unit Formation Basics

[PLEASE NOTE – If you reside in one of the following six states, you may NOT form a new local Unit using this method. Residents of these states are served by a State Corps and must begin membership with that Corps. Contact the Corps leaders for more information. Most State Corps offer local “garrisons” to provide for community-centric assistance and defense. The six states served by a State Corps are: Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Contact the Corps Commander for those states individually (or the Region 3 Commander, if no State Corps presently exists within your state) by locating your state on our map page and recording the contact information found therein.]

Those who do not live in one of the six states mentioned above may continue with this page.

Forming a new local Civilian Defense Force Unit is easy. In fact it’s mostly a matter of deciding to do it, and then acting on that decision.

  • Here are the key components to beginning that process once you’ve made the positive decision:
    • If you are an American citizen aged 18 or older; physically located within the borders of the United States or it’s territories; of good character, without drug/alcohol dependency issues, who has never been in trouble with the law (outside of basic traffic violations); who loves America and cherishes our history and the American Way; and who agrees to honor our Mission Statement and Guiding Principles, you are eligible to apply to form a Civilian Defense Force Unit in your area.
    • You must determine the area your Unit will serve. More on this below.
    • If you have not already done so, you must establish a Protonmail email account. This account is free. Protonmail is end-to-end encrypted and based in Switzerland. We use Protonmail to ensure maximum security for our communications. This email address will be used for official CDF communications, and will be displayed as your contact point for others who wish to join from your area upon finding your Unit on our map.
    • You must fill out a basic Unit Formation Application, which among other things includes details sufficient to perform a background check as well as acknowledgement that you are submitting these details for that purpose. These details are kept confidential and are stored securely. Submitting this form will make you the de facto Unit Commander.
    • As part of this application, you must agree to honor several commitments (including maintaining our purpose as defined by our Mission Statement, abiding by our Guiding Principles, and operating in accordance with all laws applicable to your locale).
    • Also as part of this application, you must choose an appropriate name for your new Unit. The name must include “Civilian Defense Force” or “CDF”, and cannot contain content that is unprofessional or offensive. Simple names like “Kennesaw Mountain CDF” or “Lincoln County Civilian Defense Force” work best. Bear in mind that “Civilian Defense Force” and “CDF” are federally trademarked designations and may only be used by groups approved for charter or functioning within the pre-charter process leading to obtaining an official charter from the Civilian Defense Force organization. Any other use, by any organization or person, including the continuation of use following denial or removal of charter, is strictly prohibited. Only recognized, chartered Civilian Defense Force Units and Members (or those legitimately in the process of becoming officially recognized) are permitted to use Civilian Defense Force/CDF names, logo, images, etc. Your chosen Unit Name will be entered into the Unit Formation Application.
    • You must establish a rudimentary location address. For our purposes, this should be a set of coordinates that is NOT the actual physical location of you or any of your members, but IS in or very near the center of your proposed Area of Operation. This will be used to geo-locate your Unit on our map. A spot in the middle of a road, river, lake, or cemetery, generally away from houses but very near your actual residence (or the center of the area you will be serving), is a good place to choose. Others are police and fire departments, hospitals, libraries, and other public buildings. This information is entered into the Unit Formation Application, with instructions provided for how to determine the coordinates and where to input them.
    • You must review our “QUICK Start Guide to Forming a Civilian Defense Force Unit”. This is an online page that gives you a thumbnail of the best way to move forward. Contained within that guide are links to other resources to get you started.
    • You must download our detailed “Chartering a Civilian Defense Force Unit” guide [NOTE: this guide is not quite ready, but will be available on our Unit Formation Resources page by 9/15/2021] which you will use to complete the chartering process within sixty days of applying. This guide tells you in detail everything else you need to know about becoming chartered and maintaining your charter.
    • You must complete the chartering process and become an official, recognized CDF Chartered Unit.
    • You must get busy! There is no time to waste.

This is all that is needed to get started. Of course more in-depth activity is required as you proceed, but none of it is difficult and you’ll have two months to complete these additional steps and receive an official CDF Charter.

Choosing Your Unit Area of Operation

Using our map, you must find and specify in some detail the area you wish to serve.

  • Use the following parameters when determining your AO:
    • Pick a spot that is central to the area you’d like to represent, preferably very near to where you actually live and will most conveniently operate. Your area can be as large as a 20 mile radius from that spot (this is our default area assignment), but can be smaller either by choice or by virtue of the location of other established CDF Units or other border considerations (as detailed below). We will charter smaller Units down to an area representing just a city block or two in urban areas, or a five mile radius in more rural settings.
    • For political and legal reasons we prefer that our chartered Units do not cross county lines, and we really prefer not to cross state lines. In areas where a county or state line is encountered, that line will typically represent the edge of your Area of Operation. Our public-facing map will try to reflect this, but our official, in-house map will absolutely reflect it. You will receive these details when you receive your Charter.
    • Under specific circumstances, judged on a case by case basis, we will allow an AO to extend beyond a county or state line (or both). You’ll have to make a compelling case for this, though, and we’ll have to be fairly certain there is no legal or geopolitical reason it should not be done. Rarely is doing this necessary or prudent, which is why it will rarely be approved.
    • You must understand and accept that as circumstances arise demanding it, your AO may be adjusted, even after it has been approved and you are operational, to accommodate political/legal realities or the addition of other Units. As a rule we try not to do this, and when we do it is typically only to create a more “granular” operating environment (serving specific neighborhoods or streets, as opposed to a generalized area), but this is generally done only as a last resort and typically at the edge of existing Unit AOs. This is why we suggest that you choose coordinates representing the center of your specific area, rather than a wholesale county or metropolitan area, and that you attempt to serve smaller areas as opposed to more vast expanses.
    • Related to this, you may choose a city or county to represent with your Unit, and draw members from that entire city or county. However, it is highly likely that your Unit will not always represent that entire area. For instance, what starts out as the Pittsburgh Civilian Defense Force will very likely eventually become the “Homewood CDF” and the “Carnegie CDF”, and those areas will over time quite likely become the “Andrew Street CDF”, etc. Large geographical areas, particularly serving larger population centers, are not discouraged; however, those areas are almost guaranteed to be broken down into successively smaller AOs as new Units are proposed and come on board. This is the best way to serve and protect an expansive area or large population. All Unit Commanders in such areas are expected to realize the necessity for such steps, and to cooperate fully with one another as they begin sharing borders or serving AOs that may have once been represented by a different Unit. All Areas of Operation that involve such dissection will be determined by National, and all affected charters will be amended to include these divisions if/when they occur.
    • The above considerations are the reason we require, for the most part, that people who are already served by an existing Unit join that Unit. In extraordinary circumstances, judged on a case-by-case basis, we may allow a second Unit to be formed within or including a portion of an AO served by an existing Unit, but the reasoning behind permitting such a move must be extremely compelling. Under most circumstances, additional units such as this will not be approved/chartered.
    • The Unit Commander Application includes a section that represents a wholesale AO selection (5 Mile Radius, 10 Mile Radius, 20 Mile Radius). However, a prospective Unit Commander can submit a specific, detailed map of the area s/he would like for their Unit to serve, which will be considered by National and approved or disapproved. This map can be smaller or larger than the default area offerings. If you submit such a map, you will be informed when the decision is made as to it’s viability. If the map you submit includes any concerning items (crossing county or state lines, adjoining or entering into an existing Unit’s AO, or representing too large an area geographically or in terms of population) it would be better to wait until that map is approved before continuing the Unit building process. National may approve an alternative map that is substantially similar to but not an exact match for the one you submitted, at which point you will be free to accept the approved version or decline to form a Unit, at your option.

It is important to realize and accept that all Areas of Operation are ultimately approved/determined by National, and may be altered by National at any time, with or without notice. We try not to adjust AOs once they’ve been approved and a Unit formed, but it can and will happen on occasion. We try to give Unit Commanders advanced notice of any changes to an AO that are anticipated, but this will not always be the case. Unit members occupying an AO that has been served by one Unit but is now served by another will have the option of remaining with the existing Unit or joining the new Unit, at their discretion (bearing in mind that the new Unit now serves their actual location).

These items are spelled out in such detail because these circumstances can lead to disagreement and discord; however, it is very rare that such situations will be encountered, and even more rare that they cannot be worked out to the satisfaction of all Units and parties involved.

Relatedly, Unit Commanders are strongly encouraged to self-dissect their Areas of Operation when it makes sense to do so. An example of such a situation would be when a member of your Unit has demonstrated strong leadership capabilities, and operates from the outskirts of your existing AO. It is often in the best interest of the citizens of that AO, the member, and the existing Unit that this member “spin off” from the current Unit and form one of his/her own which serves (on a more granular basis) the neighborhood in which s/he resides. This kind of cooperation and professional recognition goes a long way toward fostering community goodwill and providing superior defense for an area should the need arise.


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Hello patriot. My name is Jeff Cole, and a year or so back I founded the Civilian Defense Force. I'd like to quickly tell you a little bit about why we exist and why, I think, you're here. Those two "whys" are one and the same.

America is in trouble. Anyone who has lived in this country for more than a few years knows this. Our nation--and the world, because if America falls the world tumbles along with it--is under attack from enemies without and within. These evil bastards are Hell-bent on tearing down the legacy of freedom and responsibility this nation was founded upon and has represented for two and a half centuries. They're well organized, well financed, ruthless, and relentless...and they're inside the gates. All of the protections we've traditionally depended on to hold off their manipulations are at perilous risk right now, because too many good people have stood by silently while the enemies of America took control of the machinery.

The Civilian Defense Force was created to help stand in the way of all that, and to give awakening American patriots a place to step up and finally do something. That's why you're here, isn't it?

While the goals are broad (because they have to be), our mission is simple, direct, and vital. The Civilian Defense Force exists to gather American patriots together within their own communities; train them to defend themselves and those communities; and by extension, give them the strength and knowledge to reclaim the systems that have been usurped to indoctrinate our children, propagandize our media, and pervert our way of life.

The simple fact is that we're Americans. We bend the knee for NO ONE. The whole world knows this, so our enemies set about to infiltrate the country and destroy our heritage and will to be free. Through the corrupt media/entertainment complex, complicit "news" operations, compromised educational systems, and a far-too-complacent public, they weaseled their way in like parasites and now they infect the minds and bodies of too many of our countrymen. This makes it seem as if fighting them is fighting ourselves. We bend for no one out there, but we'll roll right over when it's our own who are doing the damage. They counted on this very phenomenon, which is why they implemented these programs in the first place. In the summer of 2020, they set their mindless minions loose upon a few test cities, and we watched helplessly as they burned those cities to the ground. This was just the beginning.

They've followed this with a puffed-up "pandemic" designed to allow them to pervert our election process and keep us under control, restricting everything from our movement to how or if we work and demanding, with little scientific backing and utterly ignoring the many viable alternatives, that we turn to a "vaccine" that will keep us bound to them forever. They've begun the process of punishing those who push back against them, and will continue that process right down to the classroom where your children are sitting right now.

Your town will soon be facing this relentless assault, if it isn't already. And if you think the black-clad minions of evil won't eventually show up with their molotov cocktails, bricks, and bike locks...think again. This is all coming to you sooner or later, especially if you and your neighbors offer any resistance to the established plan.

But we're Americans. We bend the knee for NO ONE. And as liberty-loving, patriotic Americans awaken from our induced complacency, we are indeed beginning to resist. This means they're going to have to bring the fight directly to our doorsteps.

And they will.

That's why the Civilian Defense Force exists. Our safeguards are being stripped away as we speak. Police are being defunded or targeted for violence; prosecutors are being replaced with anti-Americans who willfully ignore laws or apply "justice" unevenly; schools are being subjected to asinine mandates, held hostage by self-serving anti-American teacher's unions, and forced to indoctrinate our children with a curriculum straight from Hell itself; and even our military, once vaunted and still honored as the pinnacle of American might and right, has been gutted of any America-first attitude, it's leaders proudly wearing their latest medal--a "Joe Biden" campaign button.

Facing such an onslaught, it's hard to see how anyone can stand against it. But we--you and I--are American patriots. We bend the knee for NO ONE and personally, I sure as Hell don't intend to start now. Do you?

Here's the good news...there are lots and lots and LOTS of us, and we're all getting awake. And boy, are we PISSED! You know it--you talk with your neighbors every day. You hear and feel their anger. You know this dam is about to burst.

The time has come for that anger to be collected and directed.

That's what we exist for. Our goal is to gather the growing patriot crowd and whip them into "fighting" shape. That is as much metaphorical as it is literal; we will be ready to stand in the gap when the minions come to spread their lawlessness and mayhem, but in the interim we're also intent on helping our fellow citizens survive the hard times to come. We do this by organizing our resistance while creating community-based paths to self-sufficiency. When no one else is, we will be there for our communities as they desperately seek someone strong to turn to. In the process we will slowly but pointedly make every effort to retake control of the mechanisms of government, from the ground up. We'll start with our school boards, town councils, and county commissions. We'll take over the political parties, if necessary, by captaining precincts. We'll remind the enemies of America that ours is not a top-down dictatorial affair, but rather a nation of, by, and for the people.

To do all of this, we need your help. I don't want your money--you already have enough of that soaked out of you. What I want is your commitment to your community and your country. I want your effort. I want the patriot blood that flows through you, to intermingle it with mine and that of millions of other America-loving folks just like us who have seen enough, heard enough, had enough.

That's what we're here for.

That's what you're here for, am I right?

So let's get to it, shall we?

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