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How do you become a member of the 405th?

If you are reading this, then chances are good that you are in fact already a member!

The 405th has several levels of voluntary membership where an individual can choose how much they want to be involved with the 405th and how much they would like to contribute.

The most basic level of membership is that of being a Forum Member, or Type A member, and all that takes is a registered Forum Account and to be 13 years old or older.

In the past limitations were placed on where members with New Recruit accounts, accounts that were less than 90 days old and had fewer than 50 posts, could post. However, with the roll out of the New Forum, anyone with a registered Forum account can post in any section and has access to all the resources in the File Archive, with one exception.

The Regimental Sections of the Board are limited to members of that particular Regiment.

The various levels of membership are outlined in the 405th’s Club Mantle.

The Mantle?

The Mantle is a document that details how the 405th Functions and operates. You can think of it as a Constitution or Charter.

So what are these different levels of membership exactly?

There are two levels of Membership, Costuming Members and Non-Costuming Members.

You don’t need to have a costume to be a 405th member?

No, you do not have to have a costume to be a 405th member or even to join your local Regiment.

What are the Non-Costuming Membership levels?

The most basic level of Membership is the “Type A” or “Recruit” Membership. This is the level for anyone who has an account here on the Forums. Register an account and you are automatically a “Type A” member of the 405th. Remember that to register an account on the 405th Forums a user must be 13 years old, so, as a result one requirement for Type A membership is that you must be 13 years old.

The next level of Membership is a “Type B” or “Enlisted” Membership. This level is for people who have a registered account that is over 90 days old and who have made 50 or more posts. Note that any person who meets the requirements for Type B Membership is also eligible to join their local Regiment. You do not have join your local Regiment if for some reason you chose to not, as we said earlier, the different levels of membership are there so people can chose for themselves how much they want to be involved and contribute.

Finally, there is “Type C” or “Auxiliary” Membership. This is someone who meets all the requirements for Type A and B membership, but is also at least 18 years old.

So, what can and can’t Non-Costumed Members do?

Type A, B, and C can all:
-Register and participate on the 405th website/forum and make full use of the “The Armory” file archive section.
-Buy 405th merchandise.
-Attend official/unofficial events with their local 405th in a non-costume (supporting/handler) capacity.
-Attend official/unofficial events with their local 405th Regiment in a costuming capacity, with the approval of local Command Staff.

What do you mean Non-Costumed Members need “approval” to wear a costume to an event?

Please note that this is only a formality. The “default” view on events is that everyone and their costumes are welcome. This really just means double checking and making sure with your local CS, the Event Coordinator, or the Event Point of Contact there no special limitations have been placed on the event by the event requester.

It is also a common courtesy to give your local Command Staff or the person organizing the event head’s up that you will be there in costume, and what costume. There are rare instances where an event Requester might have special considerations, such as no overtly scary costumes when working with younger children or children with special conditions. In those cases we might ask you to leave your Flood Infected Marine costumes at home, for example.

That still makes it sound like there are events that Non-Costuming members can’t do.

It is true, there are some rare events that can be limited to Type D or Deployed Costuming Level members. However, these events are very rare, and usually are born out of a specific request for certain characters or based on specific requirements for a High Profile event. These requests or requirements come from the person, organization, or company approaching the 405th asking for our participation in their events.

However, if no requests or requirements are given, it is assumed that all Deployed and even non Deployed costumes are free to attend the event. The over whelming majority of 405th events, and the default view on events, is that all costumes are welcome.

Is there anything that a Type C member can do that a Type A or B member can’t?

Type C members
are allowed to:
-Vote in Regimental Elections.
-Be appointed to a Regimental office by the Regimental Commanding Officer.
-Create 405th or Unit merchandise. (Creation must be approved by the DIO)

Because Type A and B members are under the age of 18, they are not allowed to vote in Regimental Elections or hold Regimental Command Staff positions or create Merchandise for sale. Additionally, because Type A and B members are under the age of 18, they cannot attend an event alone, without at least a Type C member present, for the event to be considered an “Official” 405th Event.

Is there anything that even Type C members are not allowed to do in their Regiment that a Costuming Member can do?

As The Mantle is currently written, and the plan once Deployments are finally up and running, is that in order to run for the office of Regimental Commanding Officer, a member must be a Costuming Level Member.

Please note that at this time, as “Costuming” level membership is not fully operational, we have not actually implemented this requirement. The thought process is that we want local leaders who fully understand every aspect of the 405th, including our Costuming Membership levels, to better serve, advise, and guide their local members.

Division Command will announce when we would like to implement this process and requirement, but understand it will not be until have Costuming Membership has been fully rolled out and the first real wave of people who want to have had the opportunity to apply and go through the process.

How will the “Costuming” or “Deployed” Membership level work?

Firstly, in order for a Member to be a “Type D” or “Deployed” member they must be at least 18 years old. Once a member has completed their costume and decided to apply for Type D membership, they will apply for “Deployment” using a form on the website. The form will consist of the user describing various aspects of their build and submitting several picture of their costume, including Front, Back, Sides, and Helmet Off. That user’s costume will be evaluated for accuracy and skill and then sorted into one of three levels: Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3, with Tier 3 being the most accurate costume.

Besides conveying the level of accuracy in their build, is there any difference between the three Tiers?

When it comes to Costuming Membership, a Type D Member is a Type D member. Within the 405th, Higher level Tier members do not have any special permissions, access, or benefits than a lower Tiered member. All three deployment levels fit into the same membership category.

The three Tiers for Type D membership exist as an acknowledgement and celebration of a member’s hard work on their costume as well as an encouragement and goal for new members starting out on their costuming journeys.

So, what is a Regiment?

The 405th is more than an online community, we also work to connect Halo cosplayers in Real Life through our local “Regiments” which allow members to meet other people in their area who share their passions. Basically, a Regiment is a locally organized chapter of the wider 405th. The local Regiments are designed to allow people to meet, get to know, and work with other Halo Cosplayers in their area. These local Regiments provide a sense of Identity and Community to members and give them a space to call their own.

Additionally, the 405th participates in many events around the globe, from Game Releases, Conventions, and even Minor League Baseball games, and these Local Regiments allow us to professionally organize these events, look out for our members in attendance at these events, and put forward the best face for both the 405th and the Halo Franchise as a whole.

What does it take to join a regiment?

Membership in a regiment is an entirely voluntary process. As stated above, the File Archives and all sections of the Forum, except for the local regiment sections, are open to any Registered Member.

If a member decides to take the next step and join a regiment, they must first make sure that their account is more than 90 days old and that they have over 50 posts. This demonstrates that the member is committed to actively participating with the 405th Organization. Once a member has 50 posts on an account that is over 90 days old, meeting Type B or C membership, they then post in this thread:

And request to be added to be added to their local Regiment. The Regimental Membership Officer, or RMO, for that Regiment will confirm they meet the requirements and will then give the go ahead for them to be added to the Regiment.

I posted in that thread, but I am still not in a Regiment. What do I do?

If you have not heard back from your Local RMO after posting on that thread, your first step should be to contact them. If you do not hear back from your local RMO, the next step should be to contact your local RCO. If your local RCO does not respond to you, then you should bring it to the attention of Division Staff Member and they will look into the issue.

How do you know which Regiment is your local regiment?

The current Regiments are:
Australia – Covering Australia
Canadian – Covering Canada
Colonial – Covering Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
European – Covering Europe including the British Isles and ending at the Russian border.
Midwest -Covering Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
Mountain – Covering Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.
New Zealand – Covering New Zealand
Pacific – Covering California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii.
Southern – Covering Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.
Southwest – Covering Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Regimiento de Mexico: Mexico, Central America and South America - (Cubriendo México, América Central y América del sur)
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Question for clarity as it slightly confused me. The Type C/Auxiliary. Does it require account to be 90 days old and 50 posts, or just 18 yrs or older? Cause my brain read through that paragraph and translated it as 18 yes or older plus meeting requirements of either Type A, or Type B. Also the sentence that describes Type A and B as under 18 kinda reinforced that assumption in my head. Just wanted to make sure. Thanks.
Type C or Auxiliary requires all of the same requirements as Type A, creating a Forum Account, and Type B, that account being 90 days old or more and having 50 posts, and then has the additional requirement of a member being 18 years or older. The distiction being that since Type C members are 18 years or older, they can vote in Regimental Elections and Hold office in thier Regiments. Type B members can join a Regiment, but because they are not 18 years old, they can not vote in the Regiment's Elections or hold a Command Staff position in their Regiment.
Type C or Auxiliary requires all of the same requirements as Type A, creating a Forum Account, and Type B, that account being 90 days old or more and having 50 posts, and then has the additional requirement of a member being 18 years or older. The distiction being that since Type C members are 18 years or older, they can vote in Regimental Elections and Hold office in thier Regiments. Type B members can join a Regiment, but because they are not 18 years old, they can not vote in the Regiment's Elections or hold a Command Staff position in their Regiment.
Thanks. I just wanted to make sure I understood clearly.
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