Ranks are awarded base on seven criteria;

1. Prior military rank and military experience.
2. Military bearing, etc.
3. Record or demonstration of command and leadership.
4. Professional and vocational experience.
5. Education and secular achievement
6. FEMA ISP, CERT and similar courses completed.
7. Service, TIG, efficiency ratings and dedication to duty.

Q: Are you people “wanna b’s” trying to “come off” as something you are not ?
A: Absolutely not. We follow a military structure and use the same ranking system as the military because it is understood by most and designates authority and responsibility within our organization. Other non-military organizations, i.e. police and fire departments use SGT., LT., CPT. etc. for the same reason. It is understood that these ranks apply solely to their organization. Even the VFW and the A.L use the title Commander.

Q: Are you pretending to be federal military officers and NCO’s ?
A: No. We declare who we are on our website, when interfacing with others and in the wearing of our uniform. Our ranks are the only external article worn that duplicate the US military. Our standard uniform is the Woodland BDU – not the ACU. We wear USNDC branch tapes not US Army. We have a shoulder patch that dosen’t use the US seal and incorporates a different shield within. Our beret flash is a multicolored and cannot be confused with the US Army or USANG flash.

There are two ways to join the USNDC:
1. Contact your local recruiter in your state. See Divisions by State
2. Download the USNDC Membership Application form online and follow the instructions on the form. Copy the link below and paste onto your browser to download the form.

Click here to download the USNDC Application Form

We use the US Army standard: Corps, Division, Brigade (Regiment equiv. for heraldry), Battalion and Company.

1. Corps (C) is our National Headquarters.

2. Division (DIV) designates a state. Occasionally we have more than one division in a particular state. In large states such as California , or Texas we may even have three separate divisions.

3. Brigades (BDE.) the next level down, are subordinate units within a particular division. Generally a brigade will encompass approximately five to seven counties.

Occasionally we will make exception and have brigades outside the given state under another division if ethnicity enhances effectiveness. We presently have four sizable foreign national groups who served as our allies during wars and conflicts. These now American citizens are: Laotian, Hmong, Cambodian and Vietnamese- and soon Korean. Each of these groups have a National Representative at Corps. (click on) Corps Staff Officers or Chain of Command (COC) chart.

4. Battalions (BN) are subordinate units within a brigade and will generally encompass one or two counties.

5. Companies are the smallest unit and subordinate to the battalion. There may be one company in a particular town. The company may also be a specialized support unit- i.e. CERT.

In keeping with the National Incident Management Plan we want to concentrate on establishing the smaller army levels of command (BDE, BNs) in numerous counties throughout each state. In this way we would afford those communities / counties the most effective, rapid response and support possible while providing another resource to the local EMO.

It's probably natural to think that our organization has "foreign national representatives" because of the 'strange names' but we don't have any foreign national representatives. We have many former ARVN and Hmong SGU veterans who are now naturalized U.S. citizens and exceptionally loyal Americans. Many were imprisoned by the Communists, in 1975 for years and fully appreciate the freedom and democracy, and increased opportunities in the United States. They seek our organization out and join so that they can 'pay back' the U.S. for the security, freedom and education afforded their families. Many are very successful businessmen, attorneys, doctors, pastors, etc. and want to participate in our two primary missions: "Homeland Security" and providing military final honors to veterans.