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Test trooping of costumes is postponed indefinitely

Attention Garrison,
Please note that there will no longer be the option to test troop your costumes at any events until further notice.
Over the past year more and more members and cadets have been taking this privilege for granted.  Yes, this is a privilege not a right.  We have had members do the following:
* Turn up to events without permission in unapproved costumes.
* Decide to ask the relevant people the day before a troop if they can test troop a costume.
* Pester the relevant people if they can troop in their unapproved costume at events, even though they know they need to fix their costume.
* Send in approval pictures after they have trooped at an event in an unapproved costume.

This stops and it stops now.  The idea of a test troop was to get someone at an event to look at your costume in the flesh and see if there was anything wrong or have a test run to work out fitting issues.  It now seems that a test troop is to just wear armour that you think is ok, but in reality it is a sub-par costume that needs a lot of work.  Here in the Redback Garrison we pride ourselves in having one of, if not the best costuming standards in the Legion.  We make no apologies for this.  The 501st Legion is the preferred club of Disney and LFL for the sole reason of costume standard.
The wrong doings of a few have ruined it for the many I'm afraid.  Test trooping is not a right, it is a privilege and that privilege has been abused and is now gone.  Do not ask the GML for a test troop, the answer will be no.  POCs have no say if you can have a test troop.  If a POC says it will be ok to test troop, not only will you get in trouble for asking, but the POC will get in trouble for letting you.  Do not ask the GECs for a test troop, the answer will be no.
We will reassess in the future, but as of now there will no longer be test troops for costumes.  You will have to start doing this the old fashioned way.  Hold an armour party and get people to help you out, go to an armour party, try your armour on in the back yard and walk around in it, take nice clear photos for the GML and the CRC to look at your armour to get it approved.

The GML and CRC are here to help you get approved, not make sure you don't.  They are not the bad guys, they are the ones that can get you up to the standard that, I can only hope, is why you wanted to join the 501st in the first place.  Is it easy?  No.  That is why we are the best in what we do.  Strive for the 501st standard, not the half arsed one.  There are other groups out there that do and they look woeful.
Feel free to contact myself or our GXO, cobra, if you would like to discuss this further.
Best Regards
Garrison Commanding Officer

Trooper Spotlight: DarkFather

SL 37781 (Darth Vader: ROTJ)

Name: Phillip Price (DarkFather)

Legion ID: SL37781

What made you want to join the 501st? Both my wife and I had heard of the 501st nearly 10 years ago. We researched what they were all about, and thought we’d like to be a part of the charity work they did. Alas, we were unable to act until last year. With our children all grown up, it was now our time. Also, being avid (some might say crazy) Star Wars fans, doing the charity work while dressed as characters from our favourite movie was just too good an idea to pass up.

What costumes do you have?

  • Jawa
  • ROTJ Royal Guard
  • ROTJ Darth Vader

My first costume was a Jawa. I then moved on to a ROTJ Royal Guard. All the while aiming to get my ultimate costume. Just recently, I managed just that. Now I am happy to say I also have a ROTJ Darth Vader costume. Easily my favourite and “dream costume”. This won’t be my last however…. more are in the works!

What is your most memorable troop? I have to say, all of them. Every time someone gets physically and/or visibly excited when they get to have photo’s with the members of the Legion, both young and old, it excites me as well. The help we give to the different organisations when we do fundraising, getting feedback, and realising what the funds are doing to help for each charity. That’s what it’s all about, and that’s the reward, dare I say, for all of the Legions members.

If I have to pick one troop… for purely personal reasons i would have to pick Day 1 of DreamWorld 2016. I had the HONOR of leading the parade in my Darth Vader costume. I was so proud and humbled by the experience. No-one knew (until now), but I may have shed a tear or two, of happiness and nervousness, during that parade.

What is your favourite Star Wars character? Darth Vader, closely followed by R2D2.

Please welcome our newest Redback TB28998 E.T.

Please welcome our newest Redback TB28998 E.T.

Nice work Ethan, looks great.

You can remove the 'P' plates and you now have an open speeder bike licence!
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