Summary of the eRumor:
This is a forwarded email that
contains an article that compares a group of American youths who
recently graduated from the FEMA Corps program to Hitler Youth.
The email also alleges that the Department of Homeland Security is
raising an army and ordered billions of rounds of ammunition.
The Truth: Comparison to Hitler Youth
The origin of the eRumor comes
October 7, 2012 article from the Whiteout Press but these are the ramblings of
someone who appears to know very little about the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and
World War II history of Nazi Germany.
According to their website,
FEMA Corps is a program that creates a pool of trained
team members ranging from ages 18 to 24 to assist in disaster recovery.
The mission of this program is to establish a unit of 1,600 service
corps members dedicated to disaster preparedness, response, and
The benefit of this program is to prepare participants "for careers in emergency
management and other related fields, building depth in the emergency
management community." The first 480 members began training in
August 2012 and became ready for deployment in September 2012.
The next training program begins in Winter 2013.
FEMA Corps members are compensated for their time. According to the
FAQ on their website, "FEMA Corps members receive a living allowance
of approximately $4,000 for the 10 months of service (about $200 every
two weeks before taxes), housing, meals, limited medical benefits" and
members can receive up to an additional $400 a month for childcare.
After the first 10 month term of service there is an option to
extend for a second year.
Hitler Youth were created in the 1920's and targeted boys and girls from
the ages of 10 to 18. It began as a voluntary program but in 1936, after
Adolf Hitler came into power the program became compulsory.
According to the
Historylearingsite, the "task of the boys section was to prepare the
boys for military service. For girls, the organization prepared them for
motherhood." Members of FEMA Corps do not fall
into to this age range nor are they trained or prepared for the
photo in the forwarded email depicting a young team of FEMA Corps
armed and ready to respond is inaccurate.
According to a
May 13, 2009 article in the New York Times the group in the photo are Explorer Scouts
in a simulated counter terrorism training exercise, which occurred in
California's Imperial County under the leadership of local law
enforcement and Border Patrol.
The article said, "The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of
the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands
of young people in skills used to confront terrorism, illegal
immigration and escalating border violence — an intense ratcheting up of
one of the group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more
traditional jobs as police officers and firefighters."
The writer of the eRumor also alleged that the DHS is raising an army
and ordered billions of rounds of ammunition. The DHS oversees
that conduct law enforcement,
military missions, and immigration enforcement.
February 14, 2013 article by Fox News
, it was disclosed that DHS
training centers have used as much as 15 million rounds annually for
training exercises and practice on shooting ranges.
The article also said that the DHS plans to purchase 1.6 billion rounds
of ammunition for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), calling it
"the federal government's second largest criminal investigative agency."
But ICE is not the only armed agency under the Department of Homeland
The U.S. Secret
Service, the intelligence agency that was originally under the
Department of the Treasury has the responsibility of protecting the President and dignitaries.
This agency has been under the blanket of the DHS since March 1, 2003. One
agency under the DHS that could be considered to be a major user of weapons and ammunition
is the United States Coast
The United States Coast Guard
(USCG) is on loan to the DHS from the
Department of Transportation and has enough fire power to protect U.S. ports,
chase and apprehend pirates and smugglers and assist in the protection
of our military assets and facilities in the Persian Gulf.
The USCG lists 212
aircraft, various vessels ranging in boats from 18 feet to 47 feet along
with a fleet of cutters ranging from 65 feet to 179 feet. The USCG
also performs search and rescue for mariners in peril on the water.
The USCG H-65 Dolphin helicopter in the photo above is usually armed with Single
7.62mm M240B/H machine gun, a 7.62mm shoulder-fired precision weapon and
a .50-caliber shoulder-fired precision weapon.
USCG Cutter Stratton pictured above is one of the newest ships in the fleet can carry
USCG Helicopters and has an armament of 57mm Bofors Gun, 1 Phalanx, a
CIWS 1B 20mm, four 50 caliber machine guns, as well as two M240B light machine
guns. The cutter is also capable of launching 25 Foot Defender
Class Boats with gun mounts both forward and aft.
Special Armored Vehicles
Other agencies under the DHS,
according to their
organizational chart, are U.S. Customs & Boarder Protection, U.S.
Citizenship & Immigration Services, U.S. Immigrations & Customs
Enforcement, U.S. Secret Service, and Transportation Security
Administration. Each agency has members who carry and are
trained to use weapons.
The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV or "Humvee") are real and some agencies receive training on these
vehicles designated for Special Response Teams by the DHS. The
above photo shows members of U.S. Immigrations & Customs
Enforcement in a special training exercise involving armored vehicles.
Also, FEMA is the training agency for first responders from the local
level to agencies under the DHS. So that all agencies speak
the same language at the scene of a disaster the
Command System was developed for all levels of government as well as
private sector and by many nongovernmental organizations.
|A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Scary! FEMA Corps graduates first class. Might you wonder why?
Is this the Civilian Defence Force
that Obama promised when he was elected ?
As large as our military ?
Full time and paid ?
Homeland Security graduates first Corps of Homeland Youth
October 7, 2012. Vicksburg. The federal government calls them FEMA
Corps. But they conjure up memories of the Hitler Youth of 1930’s
Germany. Regardless of their name, the Dept of Homeland Security has
just graduated its first class of 231 Homeland Youth. Kids, aged 18-24
and recruited from the President’s AmeriCorp volunteers, they represent
the first wave of DHS’s youth corps, designed specifically to create a
full time, paid, standing army of FEMA Youth across the country.
September 13, 2012, the Dept of Homeland Security graduated its first
class of FEMA Corps youth, aka the Homeland Youth. Image courtesy of
On September 13, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security graduated its
first class of FEMA Corps first-responders. While the idea of having a
volunteer force of tens of thousands of volunteers scattered across the
country to aid in times of natural disasters sounds great, the details
and timing of this new government army is somewhat curious, if not
DHS raising an armed army
The first problem one finds with this ‘new army’ is the fact that they
are mere children. Yes, 18 is generally the legal age a person can sign
a contract, join the military or be tried as an adult. But ask any
parent - an 18, 20 or even a 24 year-old is still a naïve,
The second problem with this
announcement and program is its timing. Over the past two years,
President Obama has signed a number of Executive Orders suspending all
civil and Constitutional rights and turning over management of an
America under Martial Law to FEMA. Also in that time, domestic federal
agencies under DHS, including FEMA, have ordered billions of rounds of
ammunition as well as the corresponding firearms. Admittedly, these new
weapons and ammunition aren’t to be used in some far-off war or to fight
forest fires in California, but right here on the streets of America.
Strange Armoured Fighting Vehicles
Individuals around the US have begun reporting the site of strange, new,
heavily-armed FEMA fighting vehicles. What would a disaster relief
agency like FEMA need with 2,500 brand new GLS armoured fighting
vehicles? According to the agency’s own mandate, as well as President
Obama’s recent Executive Order, the answer is ‘population control’
during a time of Martial Law.
One set of images made available by Rense.com shows trailer after
trailer carrying these new DHS and FEMA armoured fighting vehicles,
complete with machine gun slots. They’re labelled with the usual
backward American flag and the title, ‘Homeland Security’. Below that
and the DHS logo, it also reads, ‘Immigration & Customs Enforcement’.
Joining those markings, the black vehicles with white lettering also
display ‘POLICE/RESCUE’ on one side and ‘Special Response Team’ on the
& FEMA armed fighting vehicles. Images courtesy of Rense.com.
FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino gave the keynote address at the
‘Induction Ceremony’ for the inaugural class of FEMA Corps members.
According to the DHS website, ‘Corps members assist with disaster
preparedness, response, and recovery activities, providing support in
areas ranging from working directly with disaster survivors to
supporting disaster recovering centres to sharing valuable disaster
preparedness and mitigation information with the public.’
Serino describes what the first FEMA Corps class has accomplished so
far, as well as where they’ll be going next:
‘Yesterday, we welcomed 231 energetic members into the first ever FEMA
Corps class. The members just finished off their first month of training
with our partners at the Corporation for National and Community Service
(CNCS) and are one step closer to working in the field on disaster
response and recovery. They will now head to FEMA’s Centre for Domestic
Preparedness to spend the next two weeks training in their FEMA
position-specific roles. Once they complete both the CNCS and FEMA
training, these 231 dedicated FEMA Corps members will be qualified to
work in one of a variety of disaster related roles, ranging from
Community Relations to Disaster Recovery Centre support.’
Unlike most local disaster response
teams who are volunteers, training periodically and only showing up when
there’s a disaster, the FEMA Corps will be a paid, full time, standing
army of government youth. FEMA Deputy Administrator Sarino goes on to
explain, ‘The new members, who range in age from 18-24 years old, will
contribute to a dedicated, trained, and reliable disaster workforce by
working full-time for ten months on federal disaster response and
In closing his announcement of the first graduating class of FEMA Corps
Youth, Sarino describes his and the agency’s vision of the future, one
where ‘FEMA Corps sets the foundation for a new generation of emergency
As we detailed in the August 28 Whiteout Press article ‘History of DHS
Ammunition Purchases’, federal emergency management agencies are looking
more and more like a military army every day.
The federal government’s procurement website actually lists DHS’
requests for bids to supply it with ammunition and military weaponry.
All of the orders listed in the above article, including the orders for
hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition, are publicly available at
One look at a chart of DHS ammunition purchases over the past decade
reveals a drastic spike in orders of bullets recently, totalling in the
billions of rounds. Other charts available online show a similar drastic
spike in the purchases of accompanying weaponry by the Department of
What is the US federal government
preparing for? And why does it feel it needs an army of brainwashed
youth, millions of guns, thousands of armoured fighting vehicles and
literally billions of rounds of ammunition, just to provide relief to
the American people during a natural disaster? Any historian will tell
you it sounds more like the arming of the Hitler Youth than an army of
first responders fighting forest fires and hurricanes.