This is an educational page for all members to help those understand what each organizational unit is, what it is responsible for and what many common acronyms mean when referring to the Chain of Command.
A squad is a small team of patriots generally headed by a corporal or sergeant as the NCO in charge. Squads will usually perform many tasks together such as patrols, setting up equipment, or guard duty. When tactically moving as a squad, the squad should always maintain a leader, rear guard, and side guards. This unit has no commanding officer (CO).
Platoons are organizations of squads that could be divided by city or county regions. Every company needs at least 4 platoons. A Platoon is generally led by a second lieutenant and has a staff of 1 Staff Sergeant as the NCO in charge. This unit has a leader (officer) but not a commanding officer (CO).
A company is an organization of platoons and organized by county. Each county represents one company. Generally a captain will command a company and a First Sergeant will staff it as the NCO in charge. Most training events, qualifications, and physical fitness tests should occur on this level.
A battalion is an organization of companies. There are 8 battalions in North Carolina divided by regions. Generally a Lieutenant Colonel will command a battalion and a Sergeant Major will staff it as the NCO in charge. Most FTX’s should occur on this level.
A brigade is an organization of battalions. The state of North Carolina serves as 1 of 50 United Patriot Brigades. Only a colonel will command the brigade and a Command Sergeant Major will staff it as the NCO in charge.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES PER TITLE
Commanding Officer (CO)
A commanding officer is the person in charge of a unit and responsible for that unit, fully. That means if the unit requires demerit, that CO gets the demerit. A commanding officer is also the adjudicate within that unit during war-time – that means they can decide life and death punishments for infractions that threaten the unit, cohesion, or the mission. Also, during wartime, the CO makes all of the final calls directing the unit on strategy, movement, and plan approvals.
Executive Officer (XO)
The executive officer is the CO’s right-hand and the switchboard between the many sections in a unit. The executive officer will handle most administrative tasks, organization, and planning freeing up the CO to be able to command the unit and plan.
Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC)
The NCOIC is the senior patriot rank of a unit or section and is the head supervisor of that particular unit or section. The NCOIC is the CO’s eyes and ears inside of a unit and is vital for a cohesive unit. The NCOIC ensures that everything within the unit runs smoothly, patriots are obeying orders and are motivated to follow those orders. NCOIC’s also ensure that hard-working and deserving patriots get the promotions and accommodations they are due by making the appropriate recommendations to their CO.
Chief Officer in Charge (or Section Chief)
These officers run a section, usually at the brigade or battalion levels and are responsible for the inter-workings of that section including final say over issues and policy within that section. Duties greatly vary based on the section, but mostly consist of policy creation and authorization of certain section-specific actions or acts.
A platoon leader is generally assigned to a very large platoon. Usually a city’s platoon. The platoon leader serves as a quasi commanding role in that platoon but has no legal authority over the patriots in that platoon in a time of crisis – however, that doesn’t mean the CO will not blindly sign off on anything that platoon leader recommends or that a CO doesn’t create a policy that allows for a Platoon Leader a LOT of autonomy.
A Squad leader is the point-person and leader of their squad.
Point of Contact (POC)
A point of contact is someone who handles requests for a unit and is the person to contact for general inquiries or concerns.
Orderly (or Batman)
An orderly serves as an assistant to a higher ranking officer. Duties may include:
- acting as a “runner” to convey orders from the officer to subordinates
- maintaining the officer’s uniform and personal equipment as a valet
- driving the officer’s vehicle, sometimes under combat conditions
- acting as the officer’s bodyguard in combat
- digging the officer’s foxhole in combat, giving the officer time to direct his unit
- other miscellaneous tasks the officer does not have time or inclination to do