Looks like they are a private club that falls lower on the totem pole than the Virginia Defense Force. I wonder if the Secretary of the Commonwealth has authorized them to use the Great Seal on their patches. ("The Virginia Ready Reserve is a volunteer membership organization. Dues are paid yearly and used to purchase equipment and operate the organization.")
I am very surprised at them calling themself the "Ready Reserve" - as that name was claimed by the real military eons ago for what we now refer to as "Reserves". It separated those who drill weekly/camp every summer from those who merely had time left on their 6-year obligation and thus were "ready" for call-up to active service. Maybe we ought to check with the Pentagon about that as well?
The following two statements of purpose on their web site tell me all I want to know about why I want nothing to do with them:
More confusion rather than joining the existing organizations that already provide the services you are interested in providing.There are many great private organizations that do disaster relief and response. We will whenever possible partner with them.
There are three already excellent national organizations with well-established presence in Virginia doing this quite well: ARES-ARRL, RACES, and the Civil Aiir Patrol. I guess that because only the CAP wears uniforms, and their membership is kids, these folks felt the need to form their own ham radio club that wears uniforms.In today’s modern age we are very dependent on communications. This will be the number one task of the Virginia Ready Reserve. To establish a statewide network of radio communications.
If I come off as a bit harsh about these folks it is only because I honestly believe they are not only wasting their time but interferring with the efforts of established organizations. Only if they lobby the General Assembly to throw the American Red Cross out as the contract disaster relief agency in favor of the Salvation Army would I support them.
I have submitted inquiries to the Secretary of the Commonwealth concerning the use of the State Seal and Motto, and to the Department of Military Affairs concerning the use of the term "Ready Reserve". I will post any responses received.