Hello my friend and welcome back. In today’s post we are going to look at a question one of my co-workers asked me today. Her question was “What is the difference between a Prepper Group and a Militia?” I was stunned. I just assumed that everyone knew the difference which was naïve of me, I know. I was reminded that there are quite a lot of people out there that do not know the difference and confuse the two all of the time. Today I will attempt to explain the differences and how each will fill a different role when SHTF hits. Grab a cup of coffee and pull up a chair while we visit.
Before I start, let me say that we as Preppers sometimes forget that most of the world is completely ignorant when it comes to prepping and Militias. They hear and see things in movies and the so called “Reality Shows” that they accept as fact without a second thought. In the past this has worked against us because people tend to fear what they do not understand. Because of this the politicians and gun control nuts are easily able to manipulate them by distorting the facts to suit their own agenda.
Let’s start by identifying each and then looking at the differences:
A Prepper Group – Is a collection of people who share a common belief that something bad could happen at any time and they need to be prepared if they want to survive it. By prepared, I mean that they store up food and supplies as well as learning skills that would help them to survive in the wild should the need arise. They are preparing to be self-sufficient and have formed groups with others of like mind for protection and support when the time comes. These are usually very close knit groups that trust each other with their lives and basically form one large extended family.
A Militia Group – Is a collection of individuals who have joined together to form a kind of unofficial Army if you will. These are usually local or state oriented groups that are willing to fight and die for their country or state. They feel it is their responsibility to be the last line of defense when it comes to fighting for freedom and the American way of life. While these groups tend to be very close as well, and depend on each other, it is for a different goal than just surviving. Their goal is to defend the US Constitution and preserve what it represents. They usually train often in military tactics and shooting, as well tactical movements. Their main goal it to be able to work together as a well-oiled machine when the time comes and to overcome their enemy with force.
OK, so now you should basically have a fair understanding as to what each is, so now let’s look at what these two actually have in common and how they are different. First off, a person or group could actually belong to both types of these groups. They could belong to a prepper group for day to day survival However; they may want to be a part of a Militia to help protect their area to insure they are allowed to continue to thrive in peace. Now this does not mean that a Prepper Group doesn’t practice self-defense and tactics. In fact, most groups do and have set rules and guidelines for keeping their home areas safe and protected on their own. This would be like a homestead or communal farm where they all wood live in the event of SHTF. In fact, most groups have mutual assistance agreements with other groups close by to come to each other’s aid if they are attacked and over run by an invading force.
I guess the point I’m trying to make here is that there is a large difference between the two and should not be confused. It is up to us as Preppers to make sure that other non-preppers know the difference and do not confuse the two. Each is important and as I mentioned, many folks will belong to both types of groups as they both believe in preparing for what lies ahead of us. When you meet someone who you think might be confused about the difference, please take the time to explain it to them and no, you don’t have to let them k now you are a member of one or the other. Well I guess that is it for today and I hope you have enjoyed today’s post. Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared!