Unit Bylaws

Bylaws
Carlisle Light Infantry Company

Amended & Unanimously Approved
16 JAN 2021

ARTICLE I – NAME OF ORGANIZATION
The name of the corporation, as defined in the original bylaws, is CARLISLE LIGHT INFANTRY.


ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
SECTION 1. Non-Profit Purpose
This corporation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, by creating a reliable and trained operational network which seeks to serve our communities in times of need through communication, coordination, collaboration, cooperation, and outreach.


SECTION 2. Specific Purpose
The purpose of this corporation shall be to develop and foster a working relationship between veterans and civilians from all walks of life, to benefit and better our communities in times of need. Our purpose is two-fold:
For veterans, it provides an opportunity for continued service to their communities and country which they swore on oath to serve and protect. It also allows them a chance to regain a sense of purpose by becoming part of a team, similar to that of what they would have been accustomed to in the service. This provides an avenue for those who need it, as a way to become reacclimated back into civilian life.
For civilians, it provides  a chance for them to serve their communities by providing them a way to become involved. Through leadership and teamwork, our goal is to provide adequate training and instruction that would turn every member of our organization, into a self-sufficient individual; a proven asset to the communities in which we live.

 
ARTICLE III – RULES/CONDUCT
SECTION 1. Prohibited Practices
No member of the CLI is permitted to practice or engage in any unlawful practices. Every  measure is taken to ensure our membership-base operates within the constraints of the law. Any member(s) discovered to be conducting questionable activities, verbally or physically, they will immediately have their membership revoked permanently, their name
stricken from the rolls, and depending on the severity of the matter, reported to the proper authorities.
SECTION 2. Unauthorized Conduct
At no time during any unit function are members permitted to discuss or debate political issues. Members forbidden from displaying political memorabilia during any unit event. Political matters are for personal discussion outside of the company.


ARTICLE IV – MISSION
GENERAL
Our mission is to support our communities and country in times of need,i.e.,natural or manmade disasters, civil unrest, etc. To be effective in our mission, we routinely train together in a professional, responsible and legal manner; governing ourselves based upon Principles of Reason, Duty and Honour.
ARTICLE V – MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1. Eligibility for Membership
Membership is open to the general public regardless of race, creed, color, ethnicity,
national origin, religion, sex, veteran status or military obligations. All individuals must
identify themselves as candidates through an e-form found on our website referred to
as “Form 100 – Declaration of Interest Form” to begin the membership process.
A. Each interested party must be at least 18 years old
B. Each interested party must be in good physical condition and/or possess the
ability to keep up with our field exercises without risking injury to yourself.
C. Each interested party must have reliable transportation.
D. Each interested party must be legally permitted to own and operate firearms in
the State of Pennsylvania.
SECTION 2. Membership Dues
All members of this organization are required to pay annual dues. Continued
membership is contingent upon being up-to-date on membership dues. Cost of duesis
2

 


BYLAWS OF THE CARLISLE LIGHT INFANTRY
decided at first yearly meeting, andcanbechangedbyamajorityvoteoftheboard.$35
minimum per year, used for individual member unit patches, rank and name tapes.
Subsequent yearly membership dues will go entirely into the treasury.
SECTION 3. Types of Membership
There are two types of membership within this organization, which are defined as
follows:
A. ACTIVE COMPONENT MEMBERSHIP ACM ALPHA CHARLIE MIKE Active
Component Members (hereafter ACMs) are required to meet the standard set
forth in ARTICLE XIII of these bylaws tostayingoodstanding.ACMsareentitled
to vote, hold rank and hold a seat on the Board of Directors.
B. RESERVE COMPONENT MEMBERSHIP RCM ROMEOCHARLIEMIKE Reserve
Component Members (hereafter RCMs) are not voting members, they are also
not required to meet the standard set forth in ARTICLE XIII of these bylaws,, but
they are encouraged to participate in first aid classes either through this
organization or through a third party. RCMs will be kept in the communication
loop for general information purposes, but will not be subject to ACM
correspondence. RCMs arealsonotpermittedtoholdanyrank,noraretheyable
to hold a position on the board.
SECTION 4. Rights of Members
Each Active Component Member shall be eligible to appoint one voting representative
to cast the member’s vote in elections.
SECTION 5. Resignation and Termination
Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with the clerk. Resignation shall
not relieve a member of unpaid dues, or other charges previously accrued. A member
can have their membership terminated by the Board of Directors.
SECTION 6. Non-voting Membership
The board shall have the authority to establish and define non-voting categories of
membership.
SECTION 7. Membership Attendance Requirements
In order for a member to stay in good standing as an ACM (Active Component Member) they
are expected to attend a minimum of hours per training calendar year, as outlined in Article XV
of these bylaws.
3

 


BYLAWS OF THE CARLISLE LIGHT INFANTRY
ARTICLE VI – MEETINGS OF MEMBERS
SECTION 1. Annual Meetings
An annual meeting of the members shall take place in the month of JANUARY, the
specific date, time and location of which will be designated by the chair. At the annual
meeting the members shall elect directors and officers,receivereportsontheactivities
of the organization, and determine the direction of the organization for the coming year.
SECTION 2. Special Meetings
Special meetings may be called by the chair, the Executive Committee, or a simple
majority of the board of directors. A petition signed by five percent (5%) of voting
members may also call a special meeting.
SECTION 3. Notice of Meetings
Printed notice of each meeting shall be given to each voting member, by mail, not less
than two weeks prior to the meeting.
SECTION 4. Quorum
A quorum for a meeting of the members shall consist of at least twenty percent (20)%
of the active component membership.
SECTION 5. Voting
All issues to be voted on shall be decided by a simple majority of those present at the
meeting in which the vote takes place.
SECTION 6. Voting Rights
Only members are permitted to vote; no probationary members will be eligible. Only
members with an annual attendance record of 50% or higher will be permitted to vote.
ARTICLE VII – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
GENERAL
The primary office of the organization shall be located in any municipality within the
County of Cumberland, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The organization may
have secondary offices either within or without the previously mentioned county as
designated and agreed upon by the Board of Directors.
4

 


BYLAWS OF THE CARLISLE LIGHT INFANTRY
SECTION 1. The Board
The Board consists of a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Administrator.
Eligibility for these posts will consist of members ingoodstanding,andhaveanannual
attendance rate of 75% or higher from the previous training calendar year.

It is the responsibility of the board to approve recommendations for appointments
made within the body of militia as received from the Captain.

The board of directors must also deal with the outgoing staff (XO/1SG) from the
Company Headquarters element and assign them a post in one of the three platoons.
For example, if a new Captain is elected and he/she selects an entirely new XO/1SG,
then the XO/1SG serving under the old Captain will be transferred backtoplatoonlevel
at in an appropriate post. No existing ranks can be altered for any reason other than
disciplinary actions, so while theBoardofDirectorscanchangepostsofmembers,they
cannot demote them to fit the rank structure more appropriately.
SECTION 2. Committees
Committees may be formed as directed by the Board of Directors. Each committee
should have a chair, co-chair and secretary.
SECTION 3. Post Assignments/Recommendations
When a Captain is confirmed, it is his/her right to appoint his/her executive officer and
first sergeant. His/Her recommendation for these posts must be submitted in writing
no less than 30 days from the date of his/her election. Both candidates must have an
annual attendance rating of 85% or higher from the previous training year,andmustbe
suited to fit the post.
ARTICLE IX – OFFICERS/NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS,
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
GENERAL
The primary officer of the militia shall be the Captain, unless the seat is vacant; in this
case the most senior officer or NCO will fill the post as acting commander until an
election can be had.
SECTION 1. Captain – Company Commander
The post of Captain is the most senior officer of the body of militia. Eligibility for this
post will consist of members in good standing, and have an annual attendance rate of
95% or higher from the previous training calendar year. The Captain, after his/her
appointment, will reserve the right to select acompanyexecutiveofficer, andcompany
5

 


BYLAWS OF THE CARLISLE LIGHT INFANTRY
first sergeant. These recommendations by the captain must be submitted inwritingto
the Board of Directors no later than 30 days after the annual meeting. These
recommendations must be sanctioned by the board of directors, before those
individuals can be awarded their posts.
SECTION 2. Company Executive Officer – Second in Command
The post of Executive Officer (XO) will carry the rank of First Lieutenant and be the
second senior officer in the company.
SECTION 3. Company First Sergeant – Senior Non-Commissioned Officer
The post of First Sergeant (1SG) will be appointed by the Captain and approved by the
board of directors. The 1SG will be the most senior of the NCO’s and assume
responsibility of the non-commissioned officers below him/her.
SECTION 4. Platoon Leader(s)
The Platoon Leader will carry the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and will be appointed on an
as-needed basis. This may be done through recommendation of the company CO/XO.
If approved by the Captain, the latter will write a letter of appointment and submit it to
the board of directors for approval.
SECTION 5. Platoon Sergeant(s)
The Platoon Sergeant will rank between Staff Sergeant and Sergeant First Class. will
be posted as needed and by recommendation of the company first sergeant. If
sanctioned by both CO/XO,,theCOwillwritealetterofappointmentandsubmitittothe
board of directors for approval.
SECTION 6. Squad Leaders(s)/Team Leader(s)
Squad Leaders will be assigned by the Platoon Sergeant, and will need no Board of
Director approval. Team Leaders will also be assigned, but by the Squad Leader, no
Board Approval needed.
ARTICLE XII- YEARLY TRAINING CALENDAR
GENERAL
The CLI Training Calendar is a year round function. It is divided up into three sections,
they are as follows:
1. First Training Session
a. January
b. February
c. March
d. April​*
6

 


BYLAWS OF THE CARLISLE LIGHT INFANTRY
2. Second Training Session
a. May
b. June
c. July
d. August​*
3. Third Training Session
a. September
b. October
c. November
d. December​*
*Indicates Field Training Exercise (FTX) month.

The first three months in each training session are instructional and educational
training. They last one day, typically a Saturday and go from 09:00 to 17:00 in the
summer and 08:00 to 16:00 in the winter.

The fourth month in each training session are Field Training Exercises which our
members use the skills and knowledge they gained from the previous three months.
The FTX functions are weekend functions, and run from 09:00 Saturday morning to
about 13:00 Sunday afternoon. These times may change depending on the time of year.

Every effort is made by the scheduler to ensure the dates we plan for drill/ftx meet the
satisfaction of our membership. Before any unit function dates are set, the scheduler
contacts each member with a list of potential dates that the CLI intends to use for drill.
Depending on the response from membership, the scheduler will select the dates that
ensure the potential for maximum member turnout. It is the responsibility of each
member to check the list of dates provided by the scheduler, against their own personal
schedule to ensure there are no conflicts in the future.

Members who commit to a drill date, will be held to that commitment. We do
understand and recognize that emergencies sometimes come up, and for reasons of
that nature, no penalty will be implemented on that member. However, for members
who are no-shows, or suddenly back out of a date they committed to because of other
commitments, penalties will be implemented. See Article XVI, Bylaws.

ARTICLE XIII – DRILL ATTENDANCE
GENERAL
Each member of the CLI will turnout for morning and evening formation appropriately
bloused, with proper headgear. Exceptions may be granted by the commander on site.
7

 


BYLAWS OF THE CARLISLE LIGHT INFANTRY
SECTION 1: Good Standing
In order for a member to keep his/her membership in good standing, he/she must
attend aminimumof72hoursayeararevariousfunctionsheldthroughoutthecalendar
year, as outlined in Article XIV of these bylaws.

ForeachDrillyouattend,youearn1CREDIT. IfthefunctioninquestionisanFTX,which
is TWO DAYS, you will earn .05 CREDIT for each day.

Throughout the calendar year there may beeventsaddedtoourschedulewhicharenot
considered CLI Drills or FTX’s. Members will not be penalized for missing a non-Drill
function, but will beawardedattendancecreditinexchangefortheircommitmenttothe
company by attending.
DRILL/FTX ATTENDANCE STANDARDS
FUNCTION TYPE TOTAL DAYS/HRS MIN ATTENDANCE REQUIRED
Drill 8 Days/yr (64 hrs) 6 Days/yr (48 hrs)
FTX 6 Days/yr (36 hrs) 4 Days/yr (24 hrs)
14 Days/yr (100 hrs) 10 Days/yr (72 hrs)
Table 1 – Drill/FTX Attendance Standards
ARTICLE XIV – Drill Penalties, Fines
GENERAL
Members who have committed to a drill date, and are absent from that drill without
proper notice to their chain of command will be penalized. Penalty categories and fines
are listed below in Table 2.

1840
(last known rate)
2017
(current rate)
Rank Type Fine
(Late)
Fine
(Absent)
Rank Type Fine
(Late)
Fine
(Absent)
General
Membership
(Privates)
1/8th
Dollar
(Roughly
$0.13)
$0.50 General
Membership
(Recruits, Privates)
$3.51 $13.48
Non-Commissioned
Officers
1/8th
Dollar
$0.75 Non-Commissioned
Officers
$3.51 $20.23
8

 


BYLAWS OF THE CARLISLE LIGHT INFANTRY
(Roughly
$0.13)
Commissioned
Officers
1/8th
Dollar
(Roughly
$0.13)
$1.50 Commissioned
Officers
$3.51 $40.45
Table 2 – Late/Absent Fine Conversion Table. The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.88% per year between 1840 and 2017. $0.13 in the year
1840 is worth $3.51 in 2017. The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.88%.

New members have a probationary period of four months prior to being subjected to
fines for tardiness and/or no-shows. After four months of membership (good standing,)
probationary status will expire.

All fines/penalties paid by cash or check/money order are collected by the company
clerk, whose duty it is to see that the fines get to the company treasurer.
Checks/money orders should be made payable to the “Carlisle Light Infantry.” Any
electronic payments can be made by either Paypal or by Facebook.

All fines/penalties are due as soon as the infraction has been made. You will receive an
email notifying you of amount do, description of the infraction, along with invoice.

ARTICLE XV – RECOMMENDED LICENSES, PERMITS,
CERTIFICATIONS, ETC
GENERAL
Each member of the CLI is strongly recommended, but not required, to obtain the following
licences:
Conceal Carry Permit (Issued by your County)
Ham Radio Licence (Technicians license is recommended.)
FEMA ISC 100 Certification
FEMA ISC 700 Certification