you are new to WWII/WWI reenacting or have some experience
with another group or era of the hobby, the OHA
might be the group for you.
The OHA is “primarily” located
in North Carolina, with
members in Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte, locals. We
also have active members located in Virginia and
a “southern squad” in upstate South Carolina. We actively recruit
and welcome serious new
New members have many questions.
The first question you likely
will ask is, “what happens after I join?” Depending on
where you live, you will be assigned to a
regional contact person who
will fill you in on all current OHA
as: conduct, uniforms and equipment, the type of events
in which we participate, what the hobby will
likely cost you and what
specialties you may want to pursue.
Once inducted as a new member you will be subject
to a “probation period” of up
to one year.
The historical military
impression is not only a question of having the right
clothing and equipment, but of
one of proper attitude and conduct. The clothes and
equipment don't make the soldier ... how you
wear them and conduct yourself does. You will be
representing a soldier of the 30th Infantry
highly decorated, respected, and tradition-rich
division which we have sworn to honor. Therefore,
it is imperative that you never bring dishonor to the
memory of the 30th Infantry Division veterans.
You will be tasked to become
well versed in the period military customs and
courtesies, and you will be
expected to use them. You will become familiar with your
equipment, how to pack it, wear it, and
display it. You will be made aware of the types
of uniforms, the proper way to wear them ( not to look
like a “civilian in war surplus clothing" ) and
how to care for them. You will also become familiar with
your weapon, its nomenclature, and how to field
strip it and care for it. You will learn the basics of
close order drill and the manual of arms. In
short you will become familiar with all the basic skills
that a 30th ID soldier
knew and you will then be able to apply them. To do any
less is a disservice to the
public we are trying to educate and the 30th ID veteran
we are representing.
So, if you are interested in our group, please
of our board members, give us a little
information, and ask any questions you
have about joining.
You will also need to complete a membership application,
which can be mailed to you or you can
click here and download
Once you have
an approved membership application, you may also
request to join our
Old Hickory Association Yahoo Group.