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The Officer/NCO certification program provides a structured yet user friendly program whereby participants can enhance their level of knowledge and performance, while achieving their advancement goals within the organization.

The benefit of this system to the individual is that, through knowledge and ability, they may achieve their promotional expectations. Instead of being in a situation where advancement is only a distant possibility; the participants advancement depends on their desire! Each certified person will serve in their highest rank attained at various times throughout the reenactment season. Then, next event...back to a private soldier. This "grounding" concept helps build teamwork and esprit de corps.

The benefit to the 138th organization is that we develop a knowledgeable cadre of reenactors to better advance the memory of the heroes we emulate and that we obtain a motivated membership whereby future leadership positions are filled with the most knowledgeable and dedicated participants.

The benefit to the hobby, as a whole, is that these same knowledgeable reenactors will be better equiped to assume Brigade or other higher level positions in the future. Additionally, the public service that a knowledgeable reenactor can provide is a true enhancement to Civil War educational efforts.

Below you will see the certification criteria for each attainable rank. All tests for rank will be conducted in November of each year. This gives participants one calender year to prepare. The overall test for each rank will be comprised of a twenty five question written test and a rank specific performance test. Participants will be provided the opportunity for on field training throughout the season. Existing certified Officers/NCO's are required to provide educational assistance at every opportunity.



Certification study material for the rank of Corporal is as follows:

School of the Soldier by Silas Casey/William Hardee
The History of the 138th Regt. P.V. by Osceola Lewis 1866
Instructions for Guards and Pickets by Dominic Dal Bello
General Orders 1862-01 by 138th PVI Reenactors
Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson


Requirement: In order for any member to test for certification to the rank of Corporal; that person must attend 60% of all events during the certification year.


Certification study material for the rank of Sergeant is as follows:

School of the Company by Casey/Hardee
Customs of Service for Non-Coms and Soldiers by August Kautz
"Hardtack and Coffee" by John Billings


Requirement: In order for any member to test for certification to the rank of Sergeant; that person must attend 75% of all events during the certification year.


Certification study material for the rank of 1st Sergeant is as follows:

"Gettysburg" by Stephen Sears
Skirmish Drill by Casey/Hardee
"The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-7, 1864" by Gordon Rhea
"Parade, Inspection and Basic Evolutions of the Infantry Battalion" by Dominic Dal Bello


Requirement: In order for any member to test for certification to the rank of 1st Sergeant; that person must attend 90% of all events during the certification year.


Certification study material for the rank of Lieutenant is as follows:

Battle Tactics of the Civil War by Paddy Griffith
Customs of Service for Officers of the Army by August Kautz
One post 1863 CW Text TBA


Requirment: In order for any member to test for certification to the rank of Lieutenant; that person must attend 90% of all events during the certification year.


Certification study material for the rank of Captain is as follows:

School of the Battalion by Casey/Hardee
Bloody Crucible of Courage by Brian Nosworthy
Evolutions of the Line by Henry Coppee
Scott's Tactics by Winfield Scott


Requirement: In order for any member to be certified as a Captain, that member must attend 90% of all events in certification year.