Setting-Up A Prepper Cell

Posted: July 27, 2015 in All Others
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Setting Up A Prepper Cell

I am going to let you in on a big secret about the military.  They have been stealing tactics from the “enemy” from the beginning of time.  There I have said it.  Let the black Chevy’s and the helicopters swoop down and take me away forever.

All kidding aside, militaries throughout time have been using each other’s tactics.  If you examine history, you will see that once an army develops a new tactic, whether it was longbows, repeating rifles or guerilla tactics, if it works, the other armies will begin using it if it is successful.  The more successful the tactic is, the quicker it will be stolen and used by an opposing force.

During WWII the French Resistance forces assisted by both the British Special Operations Executive and the United States’ Office of Strategic Services, set-up a network of resistance forces that wreaked havoc with NAZI supply lines and transportation routes.  Operation Jedburgh was as we all know very successful in its mission. Part of the reason the operation was so successful was the structure of the mission.  The unit was organized with either an American or British officer, a French member of the team and the final member was a radio operator.

The French member would recruit trusted people in the area and have them recruit subordinates and to organize a(n) sub-cell(s).  The only members of the sub-cell who would know the original recruits is the leader of the sub-cell.  The sub-cells typically would be made up of 2 to 5 members with past military experience.  The missions for the sub-cells ranged from sabotage to reconnaissance.

This compartmentalized structure has been used several time since WWII successfully by both militaries and terrorist organizations, including most terrorist organizations operating in the world today.  The cell concept of organization protects both the membership and leadership of the organization.  It allows the cell to maintain its amenity from the rest of the organization allowing for the cell to be secure if a member of another cell is arrested by the authorities.

By now you are mostly likely asking yourself what this has to do with prepping?

Whether you are new to prepping or an old hand, one of the concepts you should have learned by now is that you can’t do it alone.  No person is an expert at everything.  We all have our own limitations. And a good team can make the hardest task easier.  With those pearls of wisdom on the table let’s look at building our network.

Me being from the spec ops community in my former life, I have chosen to organize my network along the lines of a military organization.  The positions and duties we have are as follows:

  • Operations – Overall leadership of the organization.  Develops plans as required.
  • Logistics – Assist members in securing materials and items when needed.  Also responsible for maintaining the combined logistics supplies of the group. Also, assist sustainment when needed.
  • Intelligence – Liaison for the group to others.  Collects and scrubs intelligence when needed.  In charge of security for the group.
  • Engineering – Assist others with designing and building protects.  Responsible for planning, designing, and building the fallback (Bug-out) locations for the group.
  • Sustainment – Obtains and stores items and materials needed for sustainment of the group.  Also, assist logistic when needed.

The above are the 5 “Core Members” of the group.  Each one of these members serve a very important role for the group.  They perform a function for the group that is or would be required during a SHTF situation.  Without these members performing their function the group would be at risk.

Each of these members have a family. So the idea of the 3 to 5 member cell has to be enlarged slightly, but the same basic concept still applies.  The only person who makes contact with others outside of the group in reference to prepping is the Intelligence position.

Security must be always in the forefront of each members mind.  Those who are members of the group do not discuss the group or the subject of prepping with anyone outside of the group.  At times this can be hard on the members, however it is a must to ensure the safety and security of the other members.

Allowances have been made for the admission of those outside of the group when the SHTF.  Children, semi-adult children (College aged) and parents of the members should be discussed and an agreement reached before any preparations are made.  Each member must ensure that they will be able to support their extended family members for one growing season without the assistance of the group as a whole or any other member.

However there are two items that each member of the group (including spouses) must understand.  The first is the fact that their individual survival will most likely depend on the other members of the group.  And the second is the fact that the group together will be stronger together that apart.

  1. There are multiple problems with any group/cell/partnership/collective and they all revolve round one thing.

    People ARE different, have different values, and they have things they prioritize over any “collective good”. Things that they hold more precious above the words of loyalty like family and long term friends.

    “Children, semi-adult children (College aged) and parents of the members should be discussed and an agreement reached before any preparations are made.”

    Only by who? Who has the final word?
    A show of hands maybe but what if the sheeple effect occurs and one person is unhappy about it but raises their hand to “keep the peace”.
    Silent dissent which may grow into resentment.
    Once resentment is there, it never goes away and groups will fail as it grows.

    This extends to logistics / supplies.
    Whilst the idea of everyone looking after the back of everyone else is a good one, the thought of centralized management and “what was mine is now everyones” doesn’t work for some. Being told what you can have? That so goes against some peoples values even though they signed up for it.

    Some might call it greed, self centered thinking, or whatever, but the problem is one of mental conditioning and that came from their upbringing, not some noble ideal.

    Working together happens in the forces and you see it a lot in the tight knit emergency services as there are cast iron rules that everyone follows. That and spouses meld better under the “family” approach those services encourage.

    In civilian life? Unlikely.


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  3. mselena2014 says:

    This is a good article and makes the case for a closed cell design, I am a pepper and have an engineering and construction background and also considerable gardening experience. However, finding the other 4 positions and verifying their experience [qualifications] is very difficult. How does one go about finding these people especially the leadership position? In France the population was stable and knew each others families in the towns and so could recruit like minded friends. We here in the US don’t know our next door neighbors and families are spread out everywhere making the development of an organization very difficult.


  4. kevin says:

    i have a problem i don’t have many friends the ones i do have have no desire to get into prepping as far as getting involved with others that DO have the desire to i have no idea where to even start looking or who to trust to many times over the last 15 years i trusted someone and ended up getting screwed by em


    • BYP-US says:

      I know the deal and went through the same thing. My only suggestion is to talk to those around you. Drop some lines & see who bites. You may have to make some new friends. However, there are more of us out there now than ever before.


  5. Blue says:

    As a standard infantry guy, I spent my formative years trying to be Rambo, and my later years trying to the Col… I ended up being Murdock…. In this scenario, it’s set up very Battalion like, all the “S” shops are represented. In my world, intel drives ops – a great series of articles would be how your 5 “S shops” operate – what are their specific duties, job responsibilities… Food for thought…


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