Organization and Development of the Auxiliary
(Over the course of this blog’s life, I’ve received a lot of correspondence from those wondering how they fit into the concept of a resistance organization as the auxiliary, since they are “too old or infirm” to actively engage the regime’s security forces as members of the subversive underground or paramilitary guerrilla force. –J.M.)
The auxiliary includes, or may include all those individuals who are not full-time active participants in the paramilitary guerrilla force or the subversive underground, but who are sympathetic to the resistance or actively voice support to the resistance and are willing to lend assistance. Traditionally the activities of the auxiliary have been directed and controlled by the area command authority (For all you “leaderless resistance” believers out there, you’re going to have some variation of an area command authority, whether you want to believe it or not. Attempting to do anything without the organization and planning coordination between cells will result in blue-on-blue and wasted efforts as cells hit the same targets or otherwise get in each others way).
This coordination allows that assistance that is available from the auxiliary to be “spent” in the most efficient way, to leverage it into the most support for the resistance as possible. Otherwise, the auxiliary will see its efforts wasted as some assets are over-used by their local buddies, and other assets, sorely needed elsewhere, go to waste. While a resistance effort is necessarily local at the tactical level, tactics exist solely to facilitate the strategic end-goals. A bunch of guys with similar views (or as we’ve all seen, sometimes vastly different views all labeled the same way…..) committing acts of violence against the regime are not a resistance movement. While they MAY coalesce into an organized resistance, history has repeatedly demonstrated to us that more often than not, they will be individually run to ground, exterminated, and written off by the victorious regime as common criminals and brigands. Since the victor writes the history books……
An individual’s specific contribution to the resistance will depend largely on their socio-economic status and roles and their occupation (while a stripper or bartender may provide crucial intelligence-gathering/collection roles facilitating a specific raid or ambush by the guerrilla force, or simply drop some “roofies” into the drink of a senior member of the security force, setting up a snatch by the subversive underground, a local farmer or homesteader may “only” provide assistance by providing some extra harvest to feed the troops or to be sold on the black market to finance another operation. On the other hand, the farmer may end up providing space in a barn for a way-station on a transportation route, or an extra barn may be used as a guerrilla hospital…), but it is critical to understand that the success of the auxiliary’s efforts depends on the organization and operations remain clandestine. The secret must be kept not only from the regime security forces, but even apparently friendly or supportive neighbors. Unless they are participating in the specific auxiliary operation, keeping information compartmentalized reduces the chances of the regime learning of it.
Specific Auxiliary Taskings
Security and warning. Auxiliary personnel and units provide a physical security and warning system for the resistance’s active elements. They organize and direct sympathizers into networks to observe, record, and report on security force activities, whether the sympathizers are aware of what they are doing or not. Do you know who your local constabulary is? Which ones are sincerely carrying out their oaths, and which are too enthusiastic about federal handouts and “gifts?” Do you know the names, faces, and addresses of the local federal LEOs who will be organizing and directing the security forces efforts in your area? Do you live next to a National Guard armory and have the ability to start now developing a history of activity patterns, so you’ll know when the regime is stepping up activities? Do you work in the garage that repairs local LEO vehicles, and can record the pertinent information on undercover vehicles to facilitate their identification when needed?
Logistics. Are you a farmer who can set aside a portion of your harvest to feed the guerrillas? Are you a gun dealer or pawn shop owner who can buy a couple of guns from private parties and “forget” to record them so they can be passed on or even sold (no one wants you to go broke) to the resistance to provide arms for those who don’t have any (don’t think there are not guys out there who believe the right way, but are too busy feeding their families to buy quality weapons). Hell, even a case of ammunition a month could be set aside and stored for the future….Are you a machinist that can manufacture AR lower receivers when the balloon goes up and arm more of your local citizens’ defense group? Or, are you a grocery store employee who can set aside some of the discarded staples that are still good, but have damaged packaging that precludes their sale (something I would only advocate in the here and now if the chain was going to throw the shit out anyway)?
Medical Support. The auxiliary provides medical supplies and support, arranging for doctors and other medical personnel to provide care for the sick and wounded. Are you a doctor or nurse? EMT or paramedic? Veterinarian? CNA? Hell, can you afford to pick up an extra roll of bandage each time you go to the grocery store and set it aside for later use? Can you take an EMT course? Even a CNA certification class? Doctors and nurses are going to need help caring for wounded personnel, and “even” a CNA will have a role to play.
Recruiting. The auxiliary identifies and screens potential recruits for active resistance units. Who do you know that is in the right place politically, but doesn’t know the right people to actively train with the local resistance cells? Are you a gunsmith or gun store owner or employee who is in the position to meet the guy who just bought his first AR-15 or AKM and wants to get some good training in how to use it? Is he concerned about the socio-political direction the country is headed in? You probably know another local gun-owner who can be “convinced” to provide some lessons in the use of the weapon, both technically and philosophically, don’t you? Maybe you’re just a regular at the local gun shop and have had some serious, quality firearms training…throw some business cards out there and let the employees know you’re offering training. It’s not about making a living off the training, so who cares if you only get a half dozen clients a year, if that means you can develop even one of them into a member of your group (although, maybe you’ll turn out to be an incredibly talented trainer and can make a go off it as a business?)? Quit being afraid of the fed “bogeyman” and start networking more actively.
Reserve Forces. Many times the auxiliary will be called on to provide active support to the guerrilla force or the subversive underground as reserve force personnel. Whether it’s as part of a security element for a raid, or a sniper shot to elicit a quick-reaction force to be ambushed or something else, don’t neglect to maintain your marksmanship training, physical conditioning, or study of small-unit tactics, just because you think you’re too old, infirm, or crippled to be of use. Even if you simply observe most of the training, or do walk-throughs while those around you are running and gunning, you’ll develop the skillsets better than if you just read the manuals….(I’ve told at least one participant in every SUT class I’ve taught that I’d rather see them walk through the classes and be able to teach it later, or only pull it off once–when it counts–than permanently cripple themselves in a class now).
Escape and Evasion. The auxiliary participates in the escape-and-evasion corridors for the resistance and provides safe-houses for evaders. Whether you are building a hidden crawlspace into your home, or caching evasion supplies in nearby public land, you can do things now to help later. Establish (and record the locations of) evasion corridors with stable foodstuffs, water purification, maps and compass, and ammunition and inexpensive firearms, to allow future evaders to not only continue to evade successfully, but to defend themselves (this would be a great application for the cheap POS Mosin-Nagants and SKS’s everyone loves to stockpile…far better than relying on them as your primary weapon).
Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence. The auxiliary collects and collates information to support its own operations (who can be trusted as part of the auxiliary? Who can’t?) as well as the operations of the local area command. The auxiliary also acts as a counter-intelligence asset by maintaining watch over transient civilians, screening potential guerrilla and subversive underground recruits, monitoring refugees, and reporting to the area command, known or suspected attempts by the regime to infiltrate agents into the area. In the here and now, are you talking to and getting to know your local LEOs? Do you know some of the local “criminal” elements that can be leveraged to find out who the local CI (read “snitches”) are? Remember, before you immediately discard the idea of dealing on good terms with “criminals” that most of us commit at least one “crime” per day. Really, is a gunrunner such a bad dude? If a local boy is busted for selling pot, who has he really hurt, if in fact he actually sold the pot? Do you really understand the difference between “mala in se” and “mala prohibita” offenses? There really is a difference between a crime and a victimless “crime.”
Psychological Operations. The auxiliary may provide one of it’s greatest functions by spreading word amongst the civilian populace today about the value of armed citizen’s defense groups. Whether it’s a whispered word of support in the right ear, or simply pointing out that the difference between a Neighborhood Watch and a “militia” is that the militia can actually do something about the criminal activity that the government overlooks, the spoken word, by respected, upstanding members of society can be an effective tool for the resistance today. Maybe it’s just pointing out to people that the SPLC is full-of-shit, or teaching an adult education class on Constitutional Law or American History 101 at the local community center. Are you a CCW instructor, or teach a class on canning and food preservation? Can you incorporate preparedness lessons into your curriculum that help Suzy Homemaker and Bob the Banker begin to see the light? Can you print out flyers or bumper stickers to hand out at local gun shows or preparedness expos?
Communications. The auxiliary provides a secure, compartmentalized communications network for the resistance. Whether you are learning and mastering HAM radio or studying and practicing computer/internet encryption and historical tradecraft methods, you can work on developing this ability now (As many correspondents have discovered over the course of this blog, I was definitely NOT an 18E. My commo and encryption skills leave a lot to be desired…..).
Organization of the Auxiliary
Auxiliary elements are typically organized to coincide with or parallel the existing political and administrative divisions of the operational area. Doing so ensures that each community and the surrounding areas are the responsibility of a given auxiliary unit (obviously, this means that auxiliary organization will vary depending on the existing local political structure). Organization of the auxiliary can be either centralized or de-centralized, but the basic organization of each level usually takes the form of a command committee organization that controls and coordinates the activities of the auxiliary within it’s area of responsibility. This means of course, that at least at some level, people need to quit being afraid of the big, bad Fed bogeyman, and start networking with like-minded people in their area and outside of their area. It is subordinate auxiliary activities that need to be compartmentalized for security to minimize the effects of probable eventual compromise.
The ultimate advantages of an organized auxiliary command committee is that a) it prevents the wasteful and unnecessary duplication of efforts, b) reduces the chances of interfering with other auxiliary unit activities, and c) it reduces the danger of accidentally crossing into another auxiliary unit’s area of responsibility and causing an inadvertent blue-on-blue blow-up. Finally, it precludes the chances of two different auxiliaries operating in the same community area, leading to a violent power play as the resistance comes to power.
Successful Auxiliary Planning and Organization
You will know you are on the right path to organizing an effective auxiliary when you can accurately say that you have:
- Organized the auxiliary to provide internal support to the guerrilla force and the subversive underground.
- Allowed for the assignment of direct support missions to specific guerrilla force units.
- Provided for its own security and clandestine operations in the above-listed tasking areas.
- Begun to develop E&E networks, safehouses, and re-supply caches.
- Developed a command-and-control structure for the auxiliary, including a call-chain (probably well-encrypted and hidden)
- Begun the development of a compartmented communication system (see the above about an encrypted call chain, as well as the use of open-source encryption, TOR, and other internet-based options)
- Have developed an organized “shadow government” even if the roles are not all filled, and do not actively seek any current “power grabs” from the “legal” local government. On the other hand, once this shadow government is developed, it would be prudent to start campaigning to get people elected to the legal offices…..(just sayin’…..) This of course would require that the auxiliary members filling shadow government positions actually be of sufficient character and moral fiber that you would actually want them in positions of legitimate power. Your second-cousin Joe Bob, who runs the meth-lab two counties over, is probably not the guy to nominate as the shadow mayor of your community, if for no other reason than the fact that he’d never earn the support of the civilian populace.
- You have compartmentalized subordinate auxiliary elements to minimize compromise. If a subordinate discovers a potential “recruit,” he needn’t spend much effort actively recruiting him. Once some minor bonafides have been established, the recruitment effort should be passed up the chain.
Obviously, the presence of an auxiliary has a solid reason for existence, whether your perception of the coming tribulation is one of needing to actively resist government activities, or simple community self-defense during a WROL societal breakdown. If you cannot envision yourself as an active gunfighter in the coming troubles, that doesn’t mean you need to write yourself off as a liability to your community. Start organizing your local auxiliary networks today.
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