The media likes to use the term “BOOTS ON THE GROUND” in terms of our military personnel that are actually in the war zone.
TO US, “BOOTS ON THE GROUND” IS A GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS WHO PACKAGE AND SHIP SUPPORT ITEMS TO A PLATOON OF SOLDIERS OR MARINES THEY’VE “ADOPTED.”
Groups can be made up of members of a civic club, a church, Scouts, etc. It’s a wonderful way to support our military personnel ﬁghting at the tip of the spear. There’s no cost to become a Boots On The Ground group, and there’s no expectation to raise money. The only obligation is this: Once the Boots On The Ground group “adopts” a platoon, they should continue to support that platoon for the remaining time the platoon is deployed overseas. When the deployment is over, the Boots On The Ground group can immediately adopt another platoon, or it can take a break.
Here’s what a “boots on the ground” group does
- Every 4-5 weeks, Tip Of The Spear will provide the resources necessary for each Boots On The Ground group to supply their adopted platoon or unit.
- These items are then packaged and shipped.
- Each Boots On The Ground group is encouraged to add cards, letters, pictures, used recent magazines, used paperback books, etc., to their monthly shipments. We want each group to establish a relationship with their respective platoon.
- The group leader then sends all receipts to Tip Of The Spear for retention in its records.