Unit Bylaws

Bylaws
Carlisle Light Infantry Company

Amended & Unanimously Approved
18 JAN 2020

 Section I:  General

1-1. The Carlisle Light Infantry (hereafter CLI) will continue to adopt the standard rank system in use by the United States Army, as was done by the original organization of the company.  In continuing to adopt this rank system, the Army Pay Grade Scale does not conform to our organization and will not be adopted.

1-2. Two board meetings will be held each year; the first being in January and the second mid-year, no later than the 31 of July.  At the January meeting, a board of directors will be voted upon. After this election process, committees will be assigned; the Drill Calendar Committee and Audit Committee.

1-3. 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.  

1-4. 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.

Section II:  Structure

2-1. The CLI is a company size element of light infantry composed of up to roughly 126 members.  The rank held by these officers and non-commissioned officers within this structure have no bearing on the Board of Directors.  

2-1.1.  COMPANY:  Commanded by a Captain or most-senior Lieutenant in the company.  A headquarters section consists of the commanding officer, executive officer (First/Second Lieutenant) and First Sergeant, the most senior NCO in the company.

2-1.2.  PLATOON:  Commanded by a First or Second Lieutenant and  designated Platoon Leader. Each Platoon Leader is assisted by a Platoon Sergeant, either a Sergeant First Class or Staff Sergeant.  Platoon Medics are occasionally assigned to each platoon. Each platoon is composed of roughly 40 members.

2-1.3.  SQUAD: The platoon is divided into three squads.  Each squad being led by either a Staff Sergeant or Sergeant.  Each squad is composed of roughly 13 members.

2-1.4.  FIRETEAM:  Each squad is divided into 3-4 fireteams being commanded by a Team Leader; occasionally there may be need to assign an assistant Team Leader.  Each Fireteam is composed of between 3-4 men.  The squad leader will determine the size of each fireteam.

2-2. Duties associated with each post in the company are immensely important to how the company as a cohesive unit operates on and off the field.  If any post is empty during drill, the commanding officer has the right to appointment a member at his/her discretion to fill that post temporarily.  

2-2.1.  COMPANY COMMANDER

  • Must be present for duty at every drill, FTX and board meeting.  In circumstances where the commander can not be present, the next senior officer of the company will take command.
  • The commanding officer holds a voting seat on the BOD and may not fill any other role at the same time.
  • Oversees the training and supervises the discipline of the company.
  • Directs members in the manner of ensuring good military bearing and appearance.
  • Ensure that all officers and non-commissioned officers in the company are thoroughly familiar with FM 3-21.5.
  • Inspects members within the company at unit functions.
  • Manages unit promotions based on recommendations from the chain of command.
  • Will have final say on all unit disciplinary cases.
  • Utilizes the chain of command when issuing orders or making corrections.

2-2.2.  COMPANY EXECUTIVE OFFICER

  • Assists the Company Commander in performance of duties.
  • Takes command of the company in the commander’s absence.
  • Assists in scheduling drills
  • Works closely with the First Sergeant.

2-2.3.  COMPANY FIRST SERGEANT

  • Is the Senior NCO in charge of the company.
  • Supervises the training of the company and conducts company drill.
  • Takes roll call at company functions.
  • Supervises and trains NCOs in the conduct of all formations.
  • Responsible for the accountability of company equipment used by the unit for training purposes.
  • Conducts risk/safety assessments.
  • Ensures all members are prepared for inspections at functions.
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2-2.4.  COMPANY TRAINING NCO/DRILL MASTER: Responsibilities consist of:  Leading in classroom/field instruction/demonstration.  Recommended rank for this duty is Sergeant First Class.

2-2.5.  PLATOON LEADER: Responsible to the Company Commander for platoon drill, training, discipline and appearance of the platoon. Senior Platoon leader takes charge of company when CO/XO are absent at unit functions.

2-2.6.  PLATOON SERGEANT: Assists the Platoon Leader with his duties. Takes platoon roll and ensures the platoon is in good order. Manages Squad and Team Leaders in their command to ensure they are squared away and prepared for unit functions.

2-2.7.  SQUAD LEADER

  • Responsible to the Platoon Leader and Platoon Sergeant for the appearance and discipline of their squad.
  • Knows the number of personnel and the names of the members of the squad at all times.
  • Makes an accurate report by name of persons present and absent during unit functions and other activities.
  • Conducts inspects of the squad at unit functions.
  • Becomes thoroughly familiar with FM 3-21.5.
  • Conducts squad drill.
  • Designates the setup of the squad and fireteams.

2-2.8.  TEAM LEADER

  • When an assistant squad leader has or is not assigned, “A” or Alpha Team Leader is the acting assistant Squad Leader.
  • Assists the squad leader in roll call duties and unit functions/trainings.

2-2.9.  TEAM MEMBER

  • Maintains and ensures that he/she is prepared for each unit functions.
  • Becomes thoroughly familiar with the contents of FM 3-21.5.
  • Reports to the Team Leader if he/she will be absent at unit functions.
  • Conducts him/herself in such a manner as to bring honor and credit to him or herself and the unit.
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2-3. All posts within the company are appointed by the Commanding Officer.

2-4. All promotions are reviewed by a committee to be established by the board of directors in accordance with Section of VIII of these bylaws.

Section III:  Drill Calendar

3-1. Each year will be broken up into three training sessions, as depicted below:

First Training Session:  January, February, March, April*.
S
econd Training Session:  May, June, July, August*.
Third Training Session:  September, October, November, December*.
* indicates Field Training Exercise Drill (FTX.)

3-2. Every month, one drill will be held which will begin at 08:30 and conclude at approximately 18:30 on any given Saturday, set by the scheduler of unit functions.  The final month of the “Training Session” will be designated a “Field Training Exercise” drill, and consist of an entire weekend. These FTX drills are during the month of April, August and December, from 08:30 Saturday morning to 13:00 the following Sunday afternoon, as set by the scheduler.  Hours may change or vary as defined by the scheduler.

3-3. The training schedule will be published annually, at the beginning of each training year.  It will establish a set monthly weekend for example, the third weekend of the month.  If a drill weekend has to be moved it will not be cancelled.  It must be changed no later than 60 days prior to said date and confirmed by the Board of Directors.  Then it will be published to the membership.

3-4. 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 Section V, Bylaws.

Section IV:  Drill Attendance

4-1. In order for a member to keep his/her membership in good standing, he/she must attend a minimum of 72 hours a year are various functions held throughout the calendar year.  See table 1 below for minimum Drill/FTX attendance standards.

4-2. FTX (Field Training Exercise) Drills are held over the course of two days, Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday begins no later than 09:00 and concludes at 17:00. It picks up again the next day at 09:00 and ends at 13:00.  Attendance is based on which days you attend.

4-3. Throughout the calendar year there may be events added to our schedule which are not considered drills.  Members will not be penalized for missing a non-Drill function.  A non-scheduled drill can be used to make up for a missed drill.

4-4. Making up missed drill is recommended.  Arrangements for a drill make-up can be made through the chain-of-command.

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

Section V:  Membership Dues, Penalties, Fines, etc.

Membership Dues
5-1. All members of the Carlisle Light Infantry are subject to annual membership dues in the amount of $35 dollars.  These dues are renewed every 365 days (1 year) after they’re membership beings

5-2. All membership dues paid by cash or check/money order are collected by the company clerk, whose duty it is to see that the dues 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.

Fines and Penalties
5-3. 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:

5-4. New members have a grace period of four months prior to being subjected to fines for tardiness and/or no-shows.

5-5. 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.

5-6. 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.

1840 (last known rate)

Rank Type Fine (Late) Fine (Absent)
General Membership (Privates) 1/8th Dollar (Roughly $0.13) $0.50
Non-Commissioned Officers 1/8th Dollar (Roughly $0.13) $0.75
Commissioned Officers 1/8th Dollar (Roughly $0.13) $1.50

2018 (current rate)

Rank Type Fine (Late) Fine (Absent)
General Membership (Recruits, Privates) $3.44 $13.23
Non-Commissioned Officers $3.44 $19.85
Commissioned Officers $3.44 $39.69

Table 2 – Late/Absent Fine Conversion Table.
The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.88% per year between 1840 and 2018. $0.13 in the year 1840 is worth $3.44 in 2018.  The current inflation rate in 2018 is 1.88%.

Section VI:  Membership Application Process

All parties interested in applying for membership into the CLI must complete the Declaration of Interest Form.  To our internal process, this form is Form 100.

Description of the Declaration of Interest Form – Form 100

  • Data collected from Form 100 identifies the applicant’s name, contact information, and responses to roughly twelve questions pertaining to the strengths and weaknesses of the applicant’s skillset.  Additionally we ask that the applicant identify whether or not he/she has ever been convicted of a felony and whether or not the applicant is legally permitted to own and/or operate a firearm in the State of Pennsylvania.  In order for the form to actually be submitted, we require the applicant understand that we do not tolerate discrimination within our organization, and by doing so they must click the checkbox indicating that they understand this.
  • Once a Form 100 is submitted, it falls into a pool from which only approved Review Officers can take further action on.  Those actions consist of approval, declination or hold (further review needed.)
  • No applicant can be declined because of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, veteran status or military obligation.  
  • Any Review Officer found to be rejecting applicants for reasons listed in Article 6-2.1 will be removed as a Review Officer and subsequently face disciplinary actions.
  • Form 100 Approval.  Once an applicant’s Form 100 is approved, they will be contacted by the assigned officer who will schedule a face-to-face interview (FTFI), or a phone interview if a FTFI cannot be had.
  • Form 100 Declination.  If a Review Officer rejects an application, he/she must include in the notes field of that application, why the form was rejected.
  • Form 100 Hold.  An application put on hold indicates that further interaction with the applicant needs to take place before approving or rejecting the application.  i.e., if the applicant indicates that he/she has committed a felony or is not legally permitted to own/operate a firearm in Pennsylvania.
  • After passing  the Face-to-Face Interview and completing the Membership application, the candidate will be sent an invoice for the amount of the current annual membership dues, payable the day the invoice is issued.
  • A candidate does not gain membership status until the annual dues are paid.  He/She is welcome to attend up to one (1) training session (4 months) prior to paying the membership invoice.  After that, he or she must pay or forfeit the invitation to become a member of the CLI.

Section VII:  Guests, Observers, etc.

Individuals
7-1. Invitations to unit functions are permitted upon approval from the Commanding Officer 30-days prior to the function in question.

7-2. Any guest, who has not previously qualified in a CLI Firearms Session, is not permitted to participate in any RTX functions at unit FTX’s.  

7-3. Depending on the capability and experience of the guest in question, he or she may be permitted to participate in drills run by the company.  

7-4. Any guests participating in unit drills will be paired up with an experienced CLI member throughout the entire function.  This member will be assigned by the Company First Sergeant, or the individual acting in the First Sergeants stead.

7-5. Each guest will be placed in the buddy system, and paired up with an experienced CLI member.  

7-6. Regardless of whether or not the guest will be physically participating or not, he/she will be required to complete the CLI Liability Waiver Form 102.

Groups
7-7. Group(s) is/are defined as 4 or more members of a separate collective association or entity.

7-8. Groups participating in any type of cross-training with the CLI will do so in accordance with both State and Federal Law, as well abiding by these bylaws.

7-9. Groups that do not constitute a minimum of at least a full fireteam (4 people), will be placed within the company’s structure (at that drill/event) accordingly under the direction of the commanding CLI official.  

7-10. Any leader or commander of the guest Group will have an experienced CLI representative attached to them throughout the drill/event.  

7-11. For every four members of the guest Group, one experienced CLI representative will be attached to each group of four as an Assistant Team Leader.

7-12. All guests belonging to the invited group will be required to complete the CLI Liability Waiver Form 102, regardless of participation in unit functions.  If any member of the group does not complete the form, they will not be permitted to be on the premises of the training ground while the CLI is engaged in drill or any other unit function.

Section VIII:  Committees, Sub-Committees, etc

8-1. Committees may be formed as directed by the Board of Directors.

8-2. Each committee should have a chair, co-chair and secretary.

Section IX:  Uniform and Insignia Standards

9-1. The CLI has agreed to adopt the base color of TAN/KHAKI/COYTE as our official uniform bottom color and OD green as our top color.

9-2. There are 2 types of uniform standards that members of the CLI are expected to follow.  Training / Duty Uniform and Community Service Uniform.

9-3. New members in the Carlisle Light Infantry will have 365 days from their first day of paid membership to meet the uniform/gear standards.

9-4. Military Service Combat and Skills Badge(s):  The only acceptable non-CLI insignia permitted to be worn on uniform during CLI functions are military service combat and skills badges, if they were earned.

9-5. Every new member of the Carlisle Light Infantry, upon paying their first annual Membership Dues, will be issued one each of the following:

  • Keystone Patch Unit Insignia and Carlisle Light Infantry Tab:  The keystone and tab are to be worn on the left shoulder of your uniform.  Tab above the keystone, properly adjusted to ensure they are equally spaced and centered. The tab is issued one year after join date.
  • Pennsylvania State Flag Patch:  The state flag is to be worn on your right shoulder, above all else.
  • “CARLISLE LT INF” Unit Branch Tape:  When wearing your Training/Duty uniform, the Unit Branch Tape will be worn on your left breast.
  • Member Surname Tape:  When wearing your Training/Duty uniform, the Surname Tape will be worn on your right breast or right shoulder beneath the PA flag or opt to place it on the rear of  patrol cap with proper velcro.
  • Rank Insignia:  When wearing your Training/Duty uniform, your rank insignia may be worn in the center of your chest, or right shoulder. Rank insignia is also worn on the front of patrol cap.
  • Other Unit Issued Tabs:  Any other tabs issued by the CLI can be worn above the Unit Keystone and Tab insignia on your left shoulder.
  • Military Earned Combat/Skills Badges:  May be worn on your Training/Duty uniform above your Unit Branch Tape on your left breast.  

9-6. Additional insignia or tapes can be ordered upon reason of the Supply Specialist.  Members will assume responsibility of cost to acquire extra insignia and tapes.

Section X:  Uniform Types

Training/Duty Uniform
10-1. The training uniform is worn to all unit drills.

    • Tops:  Military or Tactical Style Tops are approved.  Must have a minimum of two pockets, with velcro on breasts or both shoulders.  Colors should be a solid OD green. Undershirt of solid OD green, or earth tone color, must be worn beneath, no black or white.
    • Bottoms:  Military or Tactical variety.  Must have a minimum of 5 pockets.  Must be equivalent or better quality than US Military Standards. Tan, khaki or coyote in color.
    • Belt:  2”, sturdy military issue belt or Rigger’s Belt.
    • Footwear:  Capable of supporting and fully protecting the foot and ankle.  Color of either solid black or tan.
    • Socks:  Extending beyond the top of foot wear, green, black or brown preferred, no white.
    • Headgear:  Cap – ball cap or military style patrol cap; solid  color matching tops.  Winter cap is beanie style in either black or an identical color to uniform top or bottom. Shemaghs of matching color are permitted, and not to be worn as face mask style, unless during cold weather operations.
    • Insignia: Official CLI unit patch and tab, CLI branch tape, member name tape, rank, and state flag.

Community Service Uniform
10-3. The Community Service Uniform is worn to all functions where our members will be operating in a civilian capacity, yet within the constraints of a CLI function.

  • Tops:  Clean, Polo Shirt
  • Bottoms:  Tan/Khaki Tactical Pants or Shorts.
  • Belt:  2”, sturdy military issue belt or Rigger’s Belt.
  • Headgear: Optional.
  • Insignia: None.

Section XI:  Tool of the Trade

11-1. We must recognized that weapons we rely on are in fact tools, not toys.  

11-2. Every instance where these tools of the trade are used or employed, they must be done so in a safe, responsible, and lawful manner.

11-3. Any member observed conducting themselves in an unsafe manner will be given a counseling statement.  We are a 0 tolerance organization and focus on safety.

11-4. The primary weapon systems used in the CLI are the basic calibers you see used today in the United States Military.  See Table 3 below.

Recommended Rifle Calibers Recommended Pistol Calibers
5.56/.223 9mm
7.62 .40 S&W
.300 BLACKOUT .45 ACP
.308  
6.5mm  
.30-’06  
.50 BMG  

Table 3:  Standard Rifle/Pistol Calibers.

11-5. A member is responsible for their personal gear and tools at all time. They should be kept in a professional manner, marked with personal identifiers, kept clean and ready for inspection on a moments notice.

Section XII:  Parade and Formation

12-1. 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.

Section XIII:  Highly Recommended Licenses

13-1. Each member of the CLI is strongly recommended, but not required, to obtain the following licenses:  

  • Conceal Carry Permit (Issued by your County)
  • Ham Radio License (Technicians license is recommended.)