How to be a Good Joe

When you come to a reenactment, focus on safety and authenticity in that order. Do not hesitate to ask questions of your NCOs and unit officers if you are unsure of anything, they are there to help.

Weapon Safety

  • Treat all weapons as if they are loaded with live ammunition at all times. Assume nothing.
  • Do not point your muzzle at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  • Never fire a blank at anyone within 25 yards.
  • Do not bring live ammunition into camp or onto the field.
  • Do not attempt to use any weapon you are not familiar with.
  • Verify your blank adapter is attached correctly.
  • Wear appropriate ear protection.

Personal Safety

  • Drink water.
  • Dress appropriately according to the weather.
  • Do not play with weapons.
  • Watch and listen to your officers, NCOs, and battle buddies.
  • Keep tabs of your surroundings, watch out for tanks, vehicles, pyro, and people with sticky fingers.
  • Ask if you don’t know if something is dangerous or need help.
  • Let your officers and NCOs know if you see suspicious behavior.

Authenticity of Impression

  • Do your research and wear the uniform and gear appropriate to the event.
  • Strive to represent the average Gliderman.
  • Research how soldiers wore their gear and carried their weapons.
  • Obey officers and NCOs.
Follow the rules and you won’t have to deal with the authenticity MPs. PC: Matt Milligan


  • Take your hits on the field. If in doubt, take a hit.
  • Do not carry more than necessary on the field.
  • Treat the public and other reenactors with kindness, patience, and respect.
Authenticity standards are strongly enforced.
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