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Event Standards for Members  / Wrangler / Support Crew

Troopers: 18 Years & over, as per Legion Charter.
Support Staff / Wranglers must be 15yrs and Over:
They must either be a close relative, close friend or a prospective member who has applied for membership & is in the process of completing their costume so they can be approved.
Prospective members are encouraged to come along to events as support staff, as a way to get to see what things are really like at events.
This also gives them a sense of belonging to the group and gives them a chance to get to know members while they are completing their costumes..

We do not have a set dress standard as long as it falls within the confines of decency (ie: being without profane or vulgar features or statements & must be viewable by young children).

The 501st Legion/Southern Dewback Garrison recognizes that its costumes represent characters from the Star Wars films and as such, costume-wearers carry the responsibility of portraying these characters professionally and tastefully while in public. For these reasons, all members are prohibited from using foul language or behaving lewdly or obscenely while in costume and in public.
It is also recommended that whilst in costume, you do not remove your helmet in view of the public.
Understandably there are times when this is necessary, such as immediately prior to passing out from lack of oxygen or heat stroke , but whilst in costume we should maintain the illusion for the public at all times. In most cases, there are wranglers out of costume to answer any & all questions.

Relationship to member:
This is limited to either a close relative or very close friend.
You are responsible for the people you bring along. Their bad behaviour will reflect badly on you, which in turn will reflect badly on the Command Staff, the Garrison & the Legion.
You must be able to trust the person you're bringing along to behave in a appropriate manner.

The Legions Official code of conduct also states:
The 501st Legion is dedicated to creating an environment of friendship and good will. To this end, the Legion will not tolerate the practice of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment by its members. Members who engage in such conduct will be subject to disciplinary action, including termination from the 501st Legion. This policy applies to all 501st Legion members.
It applies not only to unwelcome conduct that violates state and federal laws concerning sexual harassment but also to inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature.

Disciplinary Action Support Crew:
Support staff personnel acting inappropriately will be asked to leave & be banned from participating in further events with our group.
Children under 15 years of age who accompany their parents are the responsibility of that parent and must be supervised by an uncostumed adult at all times. If there is an incident involving the child, the parent will be asked to remove the child & themselves from the area, & disciplinary action may be taken against the parent.
Our behaviour in public is important, so incidents like this will be dealt with strictly.

Disciplinary Action ~ Garrison Members:
This is dealt with as per the Legion Charter.

Even if there is a small group of us, 501st members really stand out at events.
Over the years we, like the rest of the 501st, have worked hard building the legion's public image, but it can only take one incident to ruin it.

Wrangler Guidelines

Including, but not limited to:
- Helping Troopers get into/out of costume
- Leading/directing Troopers on where to go/what to do
- Being a Troopers eyes & ears
- Spotting any potential trouble/problems & defusing the situation
- Assisting with the taking of photos, as requested by members of the public.
- Distributing propaganda (where appropriate)
- Answering questions from the public

Lead Wrangler:
Basically a Wrangler who has costumed Trooping experience, but who has chosen to wrangle.
They are to keep an eye on everyone they can (Troopers, Wranglers & Photographers alike).
It is this Wrangler's job to make sure everyone is doing what they are supposed to do, and advise the other Wranglers if they spot something.
The Lead Wrangler is chosen by majority vote on the day, by both Troopers & Wranglers alike. Not every Troop requires a Lead Wrangler.
The Lead Wrangler is responsible for the Troop Report, as they would be the first point of contact if anything goes wrong. (Armour repairs, injuries, etc.)
The Lead Wrangler is also to carry a backpack (where applicable), to carry personal items for Troopers, water bottles, first aid & repair kits, etc.

Wranglers must understand they are the eyes & ears of the Trooper/s they are entrusted with. The Wrangler needs to direct the Trooper/s wherever, whenever, and move into place for photo's or step away. Most Troopers have no peripheral vision, especially from the sides, so if the Wrangler has never experienced wearing a costume with such limited vision & hearing, they need to be aware of it.
In a crowd, you must have eyes all around, as this is where costumes get damaged, or a Trooper might step on a small child, as they are below their line of sight.
When you are moving the troopers from point A to Point B, do not let them stop until you've reached your destination. If you stop for a photo, others will want to take photo's too, & before long you've got a small crowd around you. You will no longer be in control of the situation...the mob will.

Your number one responsibility is to the Troopers.
If there is an unruly situation, you must direct the Trooper/s away from loud fans that are annoying, demanding, swearing...any situation you feel is not safe.
Always keep on the lookout & be pro-active in stopping/getting in the way of people about to act silly. MOST people will respond after being told to "STOP" or "NO", if used like you're scolding a naughty dog, but you need to follow it up with moving them away politely, immediately.

Scout the location, & be aware of the risks.
It is best to have Troopers in a place that has no "rear" access..ie: near a wall, etc. That way, you have prevented people from 'sneaking up' on a Trooper, & it can give you a little bit more control of the situation. You also need to be aware of stairs, tripping hazards & anything else a Trooper may bump into.

Your job is as important as that of a Trooper.
If you have made your directions clear, & a Trooper/Troopers refuse to abide by it, so be it. Don't stress, or get upset. Any repercussions will be on the Trooper's head, & not yours.
The same applies to the "wandering Trooper". IF there are enough Wranglers, you may be able to escort the Trooper, but if wrangler numbers can't allow it, advise the Trooper to return to the group.

Be mindful of the Troopers.
If a Trooper needs to remove their helmet, try & escort them back to the changing area, or to a "quiet" location so they are not doing so in the public eye. This applies more so to troops where the ambient temperature is warm/hot, & the risks of dehydration are higher.
This also applies if the Trooper needs to retire back to the change area, for any reason.

Trust your Troopers, & they will trust you.
The Troopers are relying on you to be their eyes & ears. Make sure that their trust in you is well founded, for the time may come when you'll have to trust them.

Try to discourage awkward situations.
Unfortunately, there are times when the public think "This'll make a cool photo", like getting you to hold their baby or trying to "man-handle" a Trooper.
Try to discourage this sort of behavior, as it can put the Trooper at risk & may make the Trooper/s feel uncomfortable.
Where babies & small children are concerned, you should encourage the parent to be holding the child whilst the photo is taken.

**Please be aware that this information is a generalization only. It was written with a "no experience" frame of mind, to act as a guide for someone who'd never wrangled before. Situations may vary from location to location, troop to troop, and as such are subject to change, where applicable. This is NOT the definitive guide to wrangling, just common guidelines based on Troopers/Wranglers experiences across Australia.**

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Well timed too, been rather put off trooping lately by a few careless instances of poor wrangling or mindless actions from some wranglers and members in non-helmeted costumes causing problems or not assisting those in helmeted/restrictive ones that have happened to me and a few other troopers.

Thanks for posting this E-I

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Its unfortunate that this needs to be spelt out. But obviously there have been a few situations that have now warranted this action being taken.

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