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Iowa Rifles' Rules & Regulations
Rules and Regulations


The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles
Company A, 49th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment (SVR)
Honor Guard for the Department of Iowa, SUVCW

Per Angusta ad Augusta


9th May 2009

Mustered on June 4th, 2009

This document is meant to serve as a guideline for the 49th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment, The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles. Such Regiment being formed to represent the Department of Iowa, SUVCW, in a formal way at public and private functions to be determined by the Unit Commander in consultation with the Department of Iowa Commander; and, to engage in the restoration, repair, and/or replacement of monuments to the service of Iowa troops in this nation’s wars.. It is to be considered binding upon all members of the Regiment at all times, and failure to conform to these regulations shall be grounds for dismissal from the ranks of the Regiment.

Insomuch as this unit will have a very public presence, and in their official capacity shall naturally represent both the Department of Iowa, and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War as a whole, it is desirable that very high standards be established, met, and maintained by all parties connected in any way with this unit.

In the performance of our duties in the execution of our missions, this unit shall be under constant scrutiny by the public, our own membership, and that of the National Organization to which we belong; and, it shall be clearly understood by all members that failure to meet the highest standards of action and deportment will reflect poorly upon not only the Unit, but our organization as a whole. Conversely, it is also recognized that outstanding performance on the part of this unit will become a constant source of pride by the participants, the Department of Iowa, and the National Organization and will lead to the enhancement of feelings of esprit d’ corps that should define an Order such as our own.

After consultation with National authorities, it is understood that individuals who join this unit may retain their membership in other SVR Units, but will be required to pay dues to both units, if they wish to retain dual memberships.


Because of the heritage of this organization, being a Fraternal Order that was comprised of veterans of the United States Military who served their country during the Civil war (1861 to 1865) this unit shall be Military in dress, drill, and deportment; and shall be comprised of volunteers from the ranks of the various Iowa SVR Units.

The Unit shall be known as Company A, 49th Regiment Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry; and, shall be called colloquially, The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles.

In the initial stages of organization, for The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles to be considered viable it shall have as a minimum, six members who will serve as the primary Color Guard (2 Color bearers and 4 Men-at-Arms). It is anticipated that this unit will grow in size to include at least Four Color Bearers, Two Drill Sergeants; and as many Corporals to serve as Men at Arms as shall be possible to handle within the drill squad. In future, if sufficient enlistees apply to join the Regiment, further Color Guards (similarly ranked) may be formed across other geographical regions of the State of Iowa. The Unit shall be commanded by a 1st Sergeant, or a person of such rank as SVR Regulations shall dictate.

Participation in the Unit Mission/Activities

This is a PARTICIPATORY Regiment, and those enlisting in the 49th Iowa will be expected to participate in the activities of the unit to the greatest extent that is possible. If you do not intend to participate in the activities of the Regiment, please do not waste your time or ours by reading further. This Regiment is not for you and you should not give any further consideration to joining.

NO MEMBER of this Regiment will be "carried" on the roster if they do not participate in unit functions and activities.

Non-participation in unit activities will result in the guardsman being dropped from the roster at the end of his initial one-year term of service; and, if dropped from the Regimental Roster for non-participation, the guardsman shall not be allowed to re-enlist in the Regiment for a period of five-years from the date that he is dropped from the rolls, unless the Regimental Commander gives him special dispensation for cause.

Enlistment/Re-Enlistment Criteria

Initial "enlistment" in the Regiment shall be for a period of one-year. This period shall be considered to be probationary and if the standards outlined in this document are not met, the enlistee will not be allowed to "re-enlist" in the Regiment.

Subsequent re-enlistments in the Regiment shall be for periods of three-years each.

Section I

Rank Structure of the Unit

Officially the ranks to be held by members of this unit shall be governed by the extant SVR Regulations of the Sons of Veterans Reserve (such as those embodied within Article V, Company Headquarters, Para’s 1 and 6). The Regulations shall provide the ultimate guidance in these matters. The more enlistees that this unit acquires, the higher the rank of the Company Commander, and conversely the more promotions that can be made within the unit as far as the National Command structure is concerned.

Operationally, we will adopt the rank system of Union Army Regimental Color Guards of the period 1863; that being that the unit shall consist entirely of Non-Commissioned Officers of the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant, Color Sergeants, and First Sergeant. The Commander and Executive Officer shall be of the rank warranted by extant SVR Regulations and shall retain ultimate command authority at all times. When in the field, the serving First Sergeant shall assume direct command of the unit Color Sergeants, Drill Sergeants and Corporals and shall report directly to Command.

ALL enlistees in this Regiment shall enter the operational unit with the rank of Corporal. Promotions within the ranks shall then be made by merit, and shall be governed by the maintenance of the appropriate ratios of ranks within the regiment (i.e.; we must have Corporals to serve as Men at Arms to protect the Color Sergeants who bear colors. These Corporals shall report directly to their assigned Drill Sergeants).

Section II

Standards of Dress and Equipage

All guardsmen shall be issued an identity tag upon entering the unit and shall be expected to wear that device at all regimentally sanctioned event.

All members of The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles will be expected to provide their own uniforms.

These uniforms shall be, at all times, and for all IR functions, CLEAN, serviceable, and in good repair. The uniform shall meet the guidelines for military dress for units of the Regular United States Army extant between 1861 and 1865; and shall be maintained to the levels set within the pertinent regulations. In short, if it is capable of bearing a shine; it will shine! Boots and leather will be blacked and buffed to sheen. Brass emblems, buttons, and rifle parts will be shined at all times that the uniform is worn in public. This requirement is consistent with regulations extant in the Union Army during the period of the Civil war (1861-1865) and shall be strictly adhered to by this unit at all times.

We are wearing a facsimile of the uniform of the United States Military forces of the 1860's and we should always look as though we are cognizant of that fact.

Far too many of the “re-enactor” mind-set believes that “seedy” is a substitute for “seasoned” and have been known to go to extremes of slovenly dress to try to make themselves look like “old soldiers”. Well, for the most part, we ARE ALL old soldiers and the purpose of the Governor’s Own is NOT TO BE RE-ENACTORS. We are the living embodiment of our ancestors who served this nation through the most difficult time in it’s history, and then went on to spend the rest of their lives together as members of the Grand Army of the Republic. We owe it to them and to our heritage to stand tall and look good in the public eye.

As of 1st January, 2010, the uniform of the Regiment shall become standardized.

That standardization shall be based upon the simple concept of uniformity, and shall represent a member of the Union Army Infantry, wearing the uniform extant during the period of the American Civil War.


The meaning of that word is “everybody looks alike”; and not just “similar”. Alike, in the context of the IR means “AS CLOSE TO CLONED AS WE CAN GET”. So…bearing that thought in mind:

Section III


1. ARMY: Frock Coats trimmed in Infantry blue (because Iowa contributed more infantrymen than any other branch) shall be the standard uniform coat. Standard military “issue “eagle buttons on the frock coat shall be replaced with 10k gold buttons bearing the Great Seal of the State of Iowa (Issued to you). Infantry blue rank insignia and service bars shall be worn appropriately affixed to the sleeves. The Gold Eagle SVR emblem shall be present on each collar of the frock coat and will be highly shined. The eagle devices shall be placed in the center of each collar (top to bottom) and shall be inset from the collar piping exactly 1 inch (to the attaching post). One set of collar eagle emblems will be issued to each Guardsman. Guardsmen who are designated to be “Color Sergeants” will wear as their insignia of rank the standard Infantry chevrons with crossed flags on halberds, as described in Casey’s Manual for Regimental Color Guards 1863 (Issued).

The First Corporal of the Regiment shall be in charge of the drilling of all Corporals inferior to him in rank and shall ensure that all Corporals are at least basically familiar with their rifles, and the use thereof in ceremonies. Upon satisfactory completion of a course of instruction by the First Corporal’ and, with demonstrated proficiency in the use of their arms, Corporals of the Regiment shall be authorized to place the “Crossed Flags” (issued) device onto their sleeves immediately above and centered upon their chevrons. Drill Sergeants shall have operational control over their assigned Corporals, and shall assist the First Corporal in the training of their subordinate Corporals of the Color Guard.

Buttons on the Infantry frock coat shall be of 10 karat gold with the seal of the State of Iowa on the button; and the side buttons on the field forage cap shall also be miniature State of Iowa buttons in 10 karat gold. (Buttons are issued items and must be returned to the Regiment if and when the guardsman leaves the active duty roster)

The wearing of the non-issue military cut vest of the Civil War period is authorized for all officers and NCO’s of the regiment; but, if worn shall bear the gold State of Iowa small buttons.

Greatcoats shall be the Regulation “Kersey Blue” and shall also bear the State of Iowa buttons (issued).

All enlisted members of the Regiment shall, upon the satisfactory completion of their initial term of probationary enlistment and acceptance for permanent enlistment into the Regiment, attach to the left sleeve cuff of their frock coat the tab device distinguishing them to be a member of The Governor’s Own. This device tab shall be centered directly below the upward spike of the infantry blue sleeve piping and situated so that the tab is approximately ½ inch below the rising curves of the piping as it climbs to the apex of the spike.

Company Officers shall wear the Governor’s Own tab upon the left shoulder of their frock coat centered on the sleeve and 1-inch below the top seam thereof.

For clarification, and upon request, the Commander will provide you with a photograph showing the proper placement of the tab device.

2. Uniform Trousers will be regulation “Kersey“ blue. Non-commissioned officers of the rank of SERGEANT and above shall wear a 1.5 inch wide Navy Blue stripe along the outer trouser seam.

CORPORALS shall wear a Navy blue trouser stripe that is 1/2inch in width
covering the outside seam of each trouser leg.

OFFICERS shall wear Navy blue trousers with Infantry blue piping on the
side seams of the outer leg.

3. Standard Field head gear for the Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles shall be the field forage cap (sometimes called a "bummer"). It shall bear the Infantry emblem (French horn), and in precisely the same manner on each member’s headgear. Company, State, and Unit identifiers shall also be displayed upon the roundels of the forage cap, and the side buttons for the functioning chin strap shall be State of Iowa buttons. There will be NO “Jed Clampett” style headgear in the IR! Period!

Company Officers shall wear the regulation officer’s kepi with Infantry horn device and black appliquéd top braiding and side trim.

ALL members of the Regiment shall also obtain the Model 1858 black felt dress hat of the Regular United States Army (commonly referred to as a “Jeff Davis” or “Hardee Hat”) that shall be high crowned with a flat 2.5 inch brim. These hats shall be dressed with the Infantry blue hat cord, single black plume fastened on the right side of the hat with the LEFT brim turned up and secured with the Federal Eagle device. Non-Commissioned Officers of the regiment shall adorn the front of their hats with the standard Infantry Horn, Company, State, and Regimental identifiers. OFFICERS shall wear the same hat with Black and Gold cord, double plume, and the INFANTRY HORN. The wearing of the dress hat shall be upon orders of the COMMANDER of the Regiment for Dress occasions only until/unless further directed.

4. Footgear shall be the United States Army issue “Brogan” style bootee (as issued during the war). Other, square-toed footgear shall be considered, so long as they are not noticeably different from the other members of each team.

For Dress Parade Duty, and other events as ordered, a “Corfam” marching shoe shall be adopted and worn at the direction of the Commander. The white canvas “gaiter” with black leather straps may ultimately become part of the Fall and Winter uniform.

5. Leather gear. As a minimum, all IR guardsmen will wear a cartridge case appropriate to the weapon that he will carry (the standard shall be the US Pattern P58 case for .58 cal. Ball) and that case shall be suspended from a standard cross belt, with “puppy paw” eagle breast plate (Army). The cartridge case itself shall bear the oval “US” insignia (Army). ALL BRASS devices will be highly polished AT ALL TIMES! Over the cartridge sling, the team members shall wear the black leather belt with Cap pouch, bayonet scabbard and a “U.S” oval buckle. This buckle will be highly shined.

Company officers shall wear the standard regulation sword belt with cross-chest strap and eagle buckle with sword hangers for dress and naked belt for undress occasions. Side-arms in covered holsters may upon occasion be worn at the prerogative of the Commander. The waist belt shall be centered upon their command sashes.

Color Sergeants shall not wear the cartridge pouch on cross belt, but shall instead transfer the cartridge pouch to his waist belt and wear it centered in the small of his back. This is to facilitate the wearing of the black leather flag harness (issued) while on parade duty.

Color Sergeants may elect to wear the smaller Model 1858 Carbine Cartridge Box instead of the full-sized Rifle Cartridge box if they choose. If the Color Sergeants elect to wear the Carbine Cartridge Pouch, it shall have the oval "U.S." device in place on the outer flap, and such device shall be highly shined at all times. Color Sergeants shall remove the tin inserts from their Cartridge boxes so as to facilitate the stowage of dress gloves, and/or the canvas sheath for their respective colors once uncased.

First Corporal of the regiment shall also wear rank chevrons with the crossed flags of the Color Guard centered above the chevrons. ONLY the designated First Corporal of the Regiment is to wear this insignia, unless authorized as outlined above upon proven proficiency at arms/drill/deportment.

If there are two or more color bearers, all should be turned out in precisely the
same manner, as will all Men-At-Arms.

5.a. Canteens: Standard canteens of the Civil War Period shall be Navy
Blue in color, and Regimental markings in white will be worn, with blackened
leather slings. Both the canteen covers and leather slings shall be issue items, but each guardsman shall provide his own canteen.

5.b. Haversacks: Each guardsman shall equip himself with a tarred canvas
Haversack of standard size and configuration with blackened leather strap

5.c. Spats/Gaiters: In future, the regiment may adopt the white canvas “puttee”
Style Military legging with black leather cinch straps for Fall and Winter wear.

6. Weapons*. There were a wide variety of shoulder weapons used during the Civil War, and it was not unusual to find vastly different weapons used within the same units during the war. While we cannot dictate that this or that weapon is the only one that shall be carried, serious attempts should be made for the Men-at-Arms who are accompanying the color bearers to all be carrying the same shoulder arm. If (for instance), one man is carrying a Model P53, 1862 3-band Tower Enfield then it would be highly desirable for the other men to also carry this same weapon, bayonet, and scabbard. At least for ceremonies where all we are doing is Posting or “Trooping” the colors, like at a sporting event. If we are actually performing in a ceremony of some sort and then standing around for interaction with the public, it might be desirable for us to have a variety of weapons so that we can explain the differences/preferences…it sparks their interest and that is a good thing.

*Whatever weapon is being carried, it shall, at all times, and for all functions, be cleaned to a standard such that it will pass a thorough weapons inspection by the person commanding the unit for the activity being held. At no time, unless specifically directed to do so, will members of the unit carry powder, or caps to an event. The retention of an expended cap covering the “nipple” of a guardsman’s shoulder weapon is acceptable, but no “live” caps shall be carried unless specifically directed to do so. Expended caps will ALWAYS be removed prior to weapons inspections to prevent possible injury to the inspecting officer/NCO. Functional bayonets will be carried at all times and will be shined and in serviceable condition for being affixed to the weapon being carried. All bayonet scabbards will be shined and will bear the proper medal tip, appropriate to the bayonet being carried.

Color Sergeants shall wear the “Enfield” design straight scabbard that runs along the left pant leg side stripe so as not to have their bayonet interfere with their flag harnesses.

7. Gloves. All members shall be required to own a pair of white gloves that may be required for certain events. However, as a matter of course, only those bearing the colors will wear white gloves on a regular basis.

For winter time events, regulation grey woolen gloves (either fingered or half-fingered) may be worn; but each man will also be expected to obtain a pair of black leather gloves for formal wear.

Section IV


1. Department or PCC medal, War OR Military Service (NOT BOTH), and SVR ribbons may be worn appropriately, on the left breast. (No More than Three** medals shall be worn. A member in good standing of either the Masonic Order, or the Knights of Columbus, shall be allowed to wear the sign of that order on the lower right sleeve of his frock coat. If the Guardsman has earned and been awarded the Regimental Honors Cord, that shall be worn on the left shoulder of his frock coat.

Guardsmen who are either serving, or honorably discharged, veterans of the United States Military may wear the miniature insignia of their respective branches of service centered upon the drop of his SVR Service Medal. If a guardsman has served in more than one branch of the military the branch wherein he served the longest will take precedence.

**There shall exist a single variance from this subsection. That being that if the guardsman is the current, serving Department Commander, he shall wear the badge of that office affixed to his left breast in such a manner as to overlap his highest awarded medal, and closest to the “gig line” of the over-flap of his frock coat. Once his term as sitting Department Commander is completed and he is entitled to wear the Past Department Commanders Medal, that medal shall replace his Department of PCC Medal.

2. If awarded with a Special Campaign medal, or Marksmanship Medal once found to be competent with the use of his weapon, the Guardsman shall wear said medals on his right breast as dictated by standing SVR Regulations. Only guardsmen who were on the rolls of the Regiment at time of award shall wear the Special Campaign Medal; or those who have completed their first year “enlistment” and have attained “veteran status” can wear the campaign ribbon. Campaign ribbons shall be issued by the Commander.

2.a. The Special Campaign Medal awarded under Special Order # 11, dated 30 December, 2009 at the completion of the restoration efforts for “Vicksburg” shall bear the “V” device upon the drop of the medal for all personnel on active duty at the time of the award.

2.b. Guardsmen on active duty at the time of the completion of restoration efforts for the monument at Eddyville, Iowa shall add a silver “E” device to the drop of this campaign medal. This device shall be located to the immediate inside (left) of the “V’” device.

2.c. Guardsmen who participated in the re-dedication of the Iowa Monument at Vicksburg National Battlefield Military Park on 25 May, 2013, shall wear the insignia of the 15th Army Corps “40 Rounds” diamond patch on the lower portion of their left sleeve centered upon and proximal to their “Governor’s Own” tabs on both frock and greatcoats. Officers shall wear the same device centered on the left sleeve cuff of their frock coats; and, on the lower left upturned cuff of their greatcoats below their “Governor’s Own” tabs.

2.d. Lincoln Tomb Guard Medallion. Guardsmen of the regiment who have served at least a single tour of duty as guards at the catafalque of President Abraham Lincoln during the Annual Lincoln’s Tomb event shall be allowed to wear, upon the right breast of their frock coat ONLY, the gold medallion identifying them as members of the “Tomb Guard”. This device shall be worn centered upon the right breast at the level of and tangential to, the second button on the front of their frock coat and superior to all other medals, awards or devices. For special occasions, the guardsmen of the 49th Iowa shall be allowed to wear their earned Tomb Guard Medallion as a device upon the left lapel of a suit or sport jacket provided that he is in accepted “business attire”. The medallion may also be worn on the right breast of the winter “varsity style” leather sleeved jacket that is to be worn with civilian attire and/or the “undress” uniform of the Honor Guard. The medallion shall NOT be worn with any casual attire, nor upon any portion of an incomplete uniform of the unit; nor, shall it EVER be worn as a hat or cap device under any circumstances.

2.e. Guardsmen who participate in a special, one-time event such as a Department or National Encampment while in the uniform of the regiment at which a special medal, ribbon, button, or other device is the standard for that event shall be authorized to wear that medal, ribbon, button or device on their right breast for the period of their participation only. At the end of the event it shall be removed from their uniform and not worn thereafter.

3. The SVR Meritorious Unit Citation awarded at Gettysburg on 20th November, 2010, shall be worn upon the left breast and centered above all other decorations worn there upon. This placement is in compliance with what is being worn by the Command structure SVR although standing regulations of the Order dictate otherwise. This unit shall follow the directives of the Commander, SVR, in this matter and shall conform to his wishes pertaining thereto.

4. The Governor’s Volunteerism Award medallion awarded to the Regiment for its support of the Iowa Battle Flags Project, State historical Society of Iowa in July of 2010 shall be worn on the right breast, centered upon and 1-inch above the “Vicksburg” Campaign Medal and Marksmanship Medal by those who are entitled same; and shall be worn centered upon the right breast of those guardsmen not so entitled (but always inferior to the Lincoln Tomb Guard medallion).

Guardsmen receiving a subsequent Governor’s Volunteerism award, shall be awarded a red and white roundel to wear as a backing to their initial award of this medallion.

Should a PROVOST be appointed for certain functions, he shall be allowed to wear a badge denoting him as such. This device shall be worn ONLY during the mission for which he is designated as PROVOST.

NO OTHER insignia will be allowed, unless specifically authorized by Special Orders of the Regiment.

Note: for basic Drill and Deportment training, this Unit will be using either Hardee’s “Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics for the Exercise and Maneuvres of Troops, etc”, J, Lippincott & Co, Philadelphia,1861; commonly called “The School of the Soldier”; or, possibly Silas Casey’s similarly entitled treatise on the subject. However, in future, certain other military manuals regarding Drill and Ceremonies of the time period may also be consulted.

Section V

Mission Statement

It shall be the on-going mission of The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles SVR Unit to further the ideals of the Department of Iowa, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, through the provision of a highly trained and proficient ceremonial unit that shall consist of a Color Guard, and associated other small units, to perform at public functions of all sorts at the direction of the Regiment’s commanding NCO/Officer.

It is anticipated that these “functions” shall include the posting of colors at sporting events, patriotic events, parades, funerals and remembrance services, dedications and re-dedication ceremonies for public monuments, county fairs, the Iowa State Fair, municipal celebrations and at events at venues such as Living History Farms, Iowa's Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge, programs at National Guard Armories around the state; educational events at schools and other venues; and, at Civil War related events marking the Sesquicentennial; and the rendering of “full military honors” at the gravesides of veterans when requested, and deemed to be militarily appropriate.

This unit shall also be deeply involved in funds-raising activities in support of the Iowa Rifles Monument Restoration Project; which will enable us to take part in the restoration and repair of Iowa Monuments both within and without the State of Iowa.

As a secondary mission, the Regiment shall be actively seeking to ascertain the name and locations of all Civil War veterans who lay buried under Iowa soil; and, to register these burials upon the SUVCW’s National Graves Registration Project website. It is imperative that this information be compiled for future generations and this Regiment shall be in the vanguard of making this a reality. Ideally, this can be accomplished by the closing days of the Sesquicentennial in 2015.

This unit shall support the annual Wreaths across America Project, the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, the United States Marine Corps’ “Toys for Tots” Christmas Campaign, and the Wounded Warrior Project. We shall seek to cement relationships with all other veteran’s related organizations and support the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the National Veterans Administration and its various and sundry programs to improve the lives of our nation’s veterans both in and out of uniform.

And here is where the rubber meets the road. READ WHAT FOLLOWS VERY CAREFULLY…TWICE….


The United States Marine Corps currently has an advertising campaign featuring large billboards showing a steel-eyed young Marine with the words, “The Marines…we don’t take applications. Only Commitments”

Well, Brothers, it ain’t just the Marines…it’s us too.

What we are looking at, realistically, at least to start is probably AT LEAST one weekend day per month (maybe two, depending upon how much we already know, and whether we have basic counting skills) to decide upon our march steps, wheel movements, facing movements, how to stand at attention and the divergence between “rest” and “parade rest” (both armed and disarmed), carriage and presenting of the colors, fixing and unfixing bayonets, carry arms, support arms, shoulder arms, (we will never use ground arms when the colors are present, as that is an act of surrendering your colors) when to come to present arms, how long to remain there, what verbal (and, in some cases, non-verbal) commands we already know, etc. We will also instruct in military courtesy, rank recognition and appropriate military protocol, and shall maintain the highest standards of discipline when in the uniform of the Regiment and/or its sub units.

It is anticipated that, in future, there will be an actual "Manual for Guardsmen of the 49th Iowa" published, and that there may be a basic written or oral examination of candidates before accepting applicants into the Regiment. There may also be formulated a basic "Camp of Instruction" period for new members of the Regiment that must be completed before the new Guardsmen will be allowed to participate in public functions as a full member of the Regiment.

If you do commit to unit activities, please be there when we need you.

If you have committed to participation in an event, the unit will have then (in turn) committed to someone else based upon your commitment. While we all realize that life can become complicated by events beyond our control, you need to honor your commitment to your brothers of this unit to the highest extent possible. They are counting upon your promise to be there when you are needed. If you cannot do so, please don’t commit to the event in the first place.

For further information or to make your commitment to this fine regiment, please contact First Lieutenant Lamb; Regimental Color Sergeant Rowley, First Corporal Court Stahr, or any other serving member of the 49th Iowa (any one of whom can act in the capacity of a recruiter for The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles).

Section VI


Open Enlistment Periods shall be yearly and shall be between January 1st and March 15th of each succeeding calendar year. This is being done because yearly reports of unit strength must be submitted to the governing Military District no later than 1st April and we need processing time.

An Enlistment Bounty of $3.00 in bona-fide Federal currency shall be paid to each enlistee in the form of your initial year’s dues for membership in the Rifles! In addition, if unit funds allow, all yearly per-capita dues to the SVR shall be paid from Regimental funds.

Prospective enlistees shall be expected to sign a statement verifying that they have read, understand, and agree to the conditions outlined above prior to their applications being accepted for in-processing into the Regiment.

Welcome to the ranks of the finest Sons of Veterans Reserve unit in all of North America!

Company “A”, 49th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment
The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles
per angusta ad augusta
(Through Difficulties to Honors; our founding motto)

Semper Primus
(Always First, secondary motto adopted in January 2010)

Gubernatoria Suus
(“The Governor’s Own”; unofficial motto adopted Feb 12, 2010 and displayed upon the Regimental Colors)

D. M. Lamb
1/Lt., Commanding

Revised (edition 1.8) October, 2009, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 1.9) December, 2009, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.0) February, 2010, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.1) May, 2010, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.2) August, 2010, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.3) October, 2010, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.4) November, 2010, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.5) April, 2011, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.6) May, 2011, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.7) September, 2011, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.8) February 27, 2012, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.9) May 27, 2012, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 3.0) February 11, 2013, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 3.1) August 17, 2013, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 3.2) February 27, 2014, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 3.3) October 8, 2014, this document supersedes all prior editions.
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