The current Chartering Process of the National Society of Pershing Rifles is broken down into four distinct phases; the Application Phase, the Interim Phase, Attendance at the National Convention, and the Probationary Phase.
The Application Phase
During the Application Phase, prospective units will provide the National Headquarters with the following:
Prospective units are required to register with their Student Activities Office and / or Student Government for “Student Group on Campus” status. Proof of such status is also required.
To begin, simply complete the form to the right and a member of the National Headquarters Staff will contact you.
The Interim Phase
At this time, the prospective unit begins preparing for induction into the National Society of Pershing Rifles. Time is spent on learning the history of the organization and its founder, and in preparing for attendance at the annual National Convention.
Focus during the Interim Phase is placed on exhibition drill, the cornerstone of the Society. Prospective units will be required to perform an exhibition drill routine at the National Convention in order to display progress in the subject matter.
Also during this time, a Pershing Rifles Contact will be assigned to the prospective unit. This individual’s responsibility is to assist the prospective unit by any means necessary during the Expansion Process. The Pershing Rifles Contact will also physically inspect the prospective unit, and will receive weekly reports on the status of the unit in order to help ensure the unit is on track for induction at the National Convention.
Attendance at the National Convention
During the National Convention, several things will happen. First, the Commanding Officer of the Prospective Unit will address the National Legislative Body. This address is meant to focus on reasons for the unit’s interest in the Society, and what it plans to bring to the organization upon induction. The prospective unit will then perform an exhibition drill routine before the National Legislative Body. Emphasis is focused on displaying an attempt to master exhibition drill, not mastering of the art itself.
Upon induction, the prospective unit will be authorized to compete in the John J. Pershing Memorial Drill Competition, and will be allowed to attend to annual Dining-In, after the Drill Competition.
The Probationary Phase
Once the prospective unit has been inducted into the National Society of Pershing Rifles at the National Convention, their first year as a Pershing Rifles Unit will be spent in the Probationary Phase of the process. During this time, the unit will keep in regular contact with the Pershing Rifles Contact, and the National Headquarters to ensure that the unit is conducting itself in accordance with the traditions and by-laws established by the National Society of Pershing Rifles.
A non-refundable Chartering Fee is required for all prospective units. This fee covers the cost of all printing and mailing services associated with the Chartering Process, as well as administrative fees required for the prospective unit's integration into the Pershing Rifles' Unit Management System.
For information on the chartering fee, please contact Expansion@PershingRiflesSociety.org.
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List the name, email address, academic year (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior) and phone number for propsoective members. One per line.