You start as a Private
Upon enlisting you begin as a Private. Begin to spread the word about the mission while talking to others on a daily basis. Show them your website and then ENLIST their support too. This in turn allows you to track your contribution to the overall mission.
Work with your fellow enlisted
Spread the word about Operation With You and recruit as many people as you can to assist in the mission. Work with your direct recruits to grow your force's numbers.
Move up the ranks
Get promoted by enlisting other people (family, friends, acquaintances), to join you in Operation With You. The more people you enlist and the more people they enlist to build your "army", the higher rank you earn. We count everyone who enlists 8 levels down from you in your army!
Once you get promoted to Sergeant Major, you unlock the OFFICER levels and the OFFICER level Challenge Coins. You will then have the opportunity to continue to get promoted as an OFFICER up to Colonel.
As you continue to get promoted as an OFFICER, you will achieve the rank of Colonel. As a Colonel, you will unlock the GENERAL levels.
Be proud! Once you get promoted to a 1 Star General (Brigadier General), you will receive a GENERAL's coin to signify your elite contribution to the mission. You can then get promoted to 4 Star General. Once you are a 4 Star General, you will unlock the GENERAL OF THE ARMY - the highest level of respect and admiration! You will also earn the most respected Challenge Coin, the 5-star General Challenge Coin!
What is a Challenge Coin?
A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion bearing an organization's insignia or emblem and carried by the organization's members. Traditionally, they are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. In practice, challenge coins are normally presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit.
There are several stories detailing the origins of the challenge coin:
According to the most common story, challenge coins originated during World War I. Before the entry of the United States into the war in 1917 American volunteers from all parts of the country filled the newly formed flying squadrons. Some were wealthy scions attending colleges such as Yale and Harvard who quit in mid-term to join the war.
In one squadron, a wealthy lieutenant ordered medallions struck in solid bronze and presented them to his unit. One young pilot placed the medallion in a small leather pouch that he wore about his neck. Shortly after acquiring the medallion, the pilot's aircraft was severely damaged by ground fire. He was forced to land behind enemy lines and was immediately captured by a German patrol. In order to discourage his escape, the Germans took all of his personal identification except for the small leather pouch around his neck. In the meantime, he was taken to a small French town near the front. Taking advantage of a bombardment that night, he escaped. However, he was without personal identification. He succeeded in avoiding German patrols by donning civilian attire and reached the front lines. With great difficulty, he crossed no-man's land. Eventually, he stumbled onto a French outpost. Saboteurs had plagued the French in the sector. They sometimes masqueraded as civilians and wore civilian clothes. Not recognizing the young pilot's American accent, the French thought him to be a saboteur and made ready to execute him. He had no identification to prove his allegiance, but he did have his leather pouch containing the medallion. He showed the medallion to his would-be executioners and one of his French captors recognized the squadron insignia on the medallion. They delayed his execution long enough for him to confirm his identity. Instead of shooting him they gave him a bottle of wine.
According to another story, challenge coins date back to World War II and were first used by Office of Strategic Service personnel who were deployed in Nazi held France. Similarly, Jim Harrington proposed a Jolly sixpence club amongst the junior officers of the 107th Infantry. The coins were simply a local coin used as a "bona fides" during a personal meeting to help verify a person's identity. There would be specific aspects such as type of coin, date of the coin, etc. that were examined by each party. This helped prevent infiltration into the meeting by a spy who would have to have advance knowledge of the meeting time and place as well as what coin was to be presented, amongst other signals, as bona fides.
While a number of legends place the advent of challenge coins in the post-Korean Conflict era (some as late as the Vietnam War), or even later, Colonel William "Buffalo Bill" Quinn had coins made for those who served in his 17th Infantry Regiment during 1950 and 1951.
Colonel Verne Green, commander of the 10th Special Forces Group-A, embraced the idea. He had a special coin struck with the unit's crest and motto in 1969. Until the 1980s, his unit was the only unit with an active challenge coin tradition.
There is another story about an American soldier scheduled to rendezvous with Philippine guerrillas during WWII. As the story goes, he carried a Philippine solid silver coin that was stamped on one side with the unit insignia. The coin was used to verify, to the guerrillas, that the soldier was their valid contact for the mission against the Japanese.
The challenge coin tradition has spread to other military units, in all branches of service, and even to non-military organizations as well as the United States Congress, which produces challenge coins for members of Congress to give to constituents. Today, challenge coins are given to members upon joining an organization and as an award to improve morale.
Why to always have your coin "With You".
The tradition of a challenge is the most common way to ensure that members are carrying their coin. The rules of a challenge are not always formalized, and may vary between organizations. The challenge only applies to those members that have been given a coin formally. This may lead to some controversy when challenges are initiated between members of different organizations and is not recommended. The tradition of the coin challenge is meant to be a source of morale. The act of challenging is called a "Coin Check" and is usually loudly announced.
While most holders of challenge coins usually carry them in their pockets or in some other readily accessible place on their persons, most versions of the rules permit a challenged person "a step and a reach".
Variants of the rules include, but are not limited to, the following: Traditionally, the presentation of a coin is passed during a handshake. Some units provide strict time limits to respond to a challenge.
The "With You" Challenge.
There are 2 parts to the "With You" challenge.
First, The Critical Challenge. This is the real meaning and action behind the challenge itself. Our Veterans are returning with combat related wounds, Post Traumatic Stress, and Traumatic Brain injury and need our help to recover and re-enter into civilian life.
When clearing buildings, it's common to hear the phrase "With You" being shouted out as the team kicks in the door allowing the others to know that they are not alone. The group enters as a team and is more effective and stronger as a result.
Beastmode For the Brave's, Operation With You, is similar in concept, except this time it is civilians shouting out "With You" as Veterans kick in their final door re-entry into civilian life. Let's not let our Veterans go it alone, let's have their backs.
We are challenging you to join the ranks of fellow patriots who have pledged to donate $22 per month and to encourage others to do the same. All donations will directly benefit Beastmode For the Brave and Guardian For Heroes programs. To learn more about where the donations go click here, and let our Veterans know that you are with them.
Second, The BMFB Coin Check Challenge:
What's a Challenge Coin worth without a Coin Check? This is the fun side of this challenge.
Here are the rules:
The challenge, which can be made at any time, begins with the challenger drawing his/her coin, and slapping or placing the coin on the table and declaring loudly, "WITH YOU"! Everyone being challenged must immediately produce their coin, holding them high in the air and too yelling out "With You"! Anyone failing to do so must give the challenger $1 OR better yet, ENLIST if he or she is not a member of the With You army. However, should everyone challenged be able to produce their coin, the challenger must count the members of the group to determine how many dollars he or she owes (One person equals one dollar). Working on the honor system, the money collected should be donated to Operation With You.
OPERATION "WITH YOU"
CHALLENGE RANKS AND INSIGNIAS
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