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  • What's your opinion on Mems?

    What's everyone's opinion on MEMS? A volunteer group wearing ACU's?

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    Re: What's your opinion on Mems?

    Who are they? Can you provide a link with more information for those of us who aren't familiar with them?

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    • #3
      Re: What's your opinion on Mems?

      Must be this. Looks like it's part of a state defense force.

      http://www.23bn-vdf.com/s3/MEMS_Stud...09_final_v.pdf

      http://www.sgaus.org/training/mems.html (slow site/possibly down)

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      • #4
        Re: What's your opinion on Mems?

        Originally posted by SteveLord View Post
        Must be this. Looks like it's part of a state defense force.

        http://www.23bn-vdf.com/s3/MEMS_Stud...09_final_v.pdf

        http://www.sgaus.org/training/mems.html (slow site/possibly down)
        Ah! Thanks. Not quite what Google came up with. lol This makes more sense.

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        • #5
          Re: What's your opinion on Mems?

          Military Emergency Mangement Specialist. A state organization of some sort, kinda similar to NG? Without all the BCT&AIT. Kinda bootleg IMO.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_G..._United_States

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          • #6
            Re: What's your opinion on Mems?

            I don't have any exposure to state defense forces, which as far as I can tell is another way of referring to "MEMS"(?). I don't know what to make of them to be honest, I guess it's one way for people to experience the pride of uniformed service without actually obligating to anything, and that doesn't strike me as an inherently bad thing.

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            • #7
              Re: What's your opinion on Mems?

              I wouldn't be surprised if the majority are prior service anyway. Many who may have lost their military edge, but are still loyal to the cause and loyal to their community.

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              • #8
                Re: What's your opinion on Mems?

                So are these an official state organization or are they essentially just "clubs" or "corporations/companies"?

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                • #9
                  Re: What's your opinion on Mems?

                  For a second there I thought the OP misspelled MEPS

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                  • #10
                    Re: What's your opinion on Mems?

                    MEMS stands for "Military Emergency Management Specialist", it is a skill badge that is earned after completing FEMA(DHS) courses and FTX's. Both the NG and the State Guards(AKA, State defense forces) have implemented this training. Now, I am a SGT in the Defense Force and transitioning to the NG, the SDF's are not "clubs", they are Title 32 troops in State Active Duty only. We can be called to other states, and only ONCE has a SDF been deployed out of the country. I encourage you to look at your states military department( b/c they are apart of the MILDEP of your state). All SDF's can be awarded federal awards(purple heart, silver star etc.) and Foreign Awards. Please research before your disregards vital state assets...

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                    • #11
                      Re: What's your opinion on Mems?

                      Let them wear it. Many SWAT teams; including the FBI wear ACU garb. Watch the movie Olympus Has Fallen and the FBI team are wearing ACUs. That way, we can all move toward multi-cam (which police teams use as well) or US4CES camo. Sequester has put a halt on the new Army uniform.

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