The Truth About NATLFED


Cadre: the framework or skeleton upon which a regiment is to be formed; the officers of a regiment forming the staff.  A core group within an organization.

You can look up the word cadre on many on-line dictionaries and get definitions referring to the framework or skeleton.  Some even expand to include reference to political zealots.

It is an old military term dating back to the days of the Roman armies from the Latin quadrum or square.  You may have seen movies with Roman legions advancing on fields of battle in the classic rectangular or square formations.  Sometimes shields are raised overhead and to the sides to prevent enemy archers from trying to take out the soldiers as they approached the encampment (referred to as the turtle).

The best soldiers were positioned on the outside lines forming this square.  It was their job to demonstrate leadership, able to defeat an enemy soldier attacking from two sides.  These soldiers were responsible for training and integrating new soldiers.  These soldiers were the original cadres.

Click here to see the CDR Application utilized by the Organization.

When you read The Essential Organizer, you learn that cadre are the backbone of the Organization.  It is a goal that dedicated volunteers aspire towards.  The recruitment process is referred to as TVTV — tabular volunteer to viable, with viable referring to (ultimately) becoming a Party member.  Not all participants join the interior of the Organization.  Even the systemic code CDR has a double-meaning — Cadre System or the Committee to Defend the Revolution.

In the Organization, use of the word cadre is often synonymous with party member.  A tabular cadre is not a party member but someone targeted for recruitment to the interior of the Organization.  If one became party-aware, they held a special status as FOP (Friend of the Party).

It takes a lot of time and effort to cultivate a person for recruitment into the Party.  No one person ever really does the recruitment alone.  All members contribute toward the process, first at the hands of the Volunteer Coordinator, then the Cadre Coordinator and ultimately under the supervision of the Political Commissar.  I realize this is kind of like the abridged version but for now it will have to suffice.

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