Learn How to Join the 501st
1. Join the Outpost 42 Forums
The best place to start is creating yourself on our local Forums, HERE and introduce yourself! Our current members are more than happy to assist in pointing you in the direction you need to get started. The 501st does require all members to be at least 18 years of age to join.
2. Research your Costume.
Where do I get a costume?
Generally speaking our members make their own costumes. Unfortunately we cannot directly point you to where to acquire a costume outright. To make it easier to get help with your desired project, the 501st has formed detachments focused on particular costumes (explained below), but keep in mind some costumes that are commercially available in stores or online may not be acceptable for 501st Membership. It pays to contact the Garrison GML (Garrison Membership Liaison) on the forum before purchasing your very first costume. Armageddon is also a great time to catch local troopers and talk Star Wars!
How much does a costume cost?
Costume Reference Libraries
The 501st has an extensive list of applicable costumes to choose from. Referred as the “CRL” by members, the Costume Reference Library details the requirements needed for each costume to to be approved by the 501st legion. A CRL is a guide for the GML (Garrison Membership Liaison) to judge a costume. Understand that a CRL is not intended to be a detailed how-to on costume construction; rather it is a visual guide to be used for 501st costume approval
3. Build Your Costume
It is a good idea to start a costume work in process thread on the forums as soon as the various parts of your costume arrive, so we can see how you have constructed your armour. That will mean you get help/guidance earlier than final approval stages. Others with knowledge of the costume can also chime in, and ultimately it will make it easier for the GML to approve you later.
Handlers \ Minders \ Wranglers
As some troopers have limited sight – “wranglers” are necessary at some events. Wranglers are uncostumed supporters that help with Photographs, crowd control, trooper movement and time keeping among other things. This is also another great way to introduce yourself to members. Once again the forums are a great place to learn about the ins and outs of wrangling.
4. Prepare your Submission
Once your costume is complete and you have followed the CRL, you can then submit your application form to the 501st Legion
A local submission will also need to be provided to your local GML, accompanied by photos, your full name, forum name, and a link to the CRL of the exact costume you are building. (You can learn more about this process on the forum) It is also a good idea to provide the GML with as many details as possible, such as sources of costume and components. It is a great idea to upload these photos to an online photo sharing account such as Imgur or Dropbox.
Once the GML has gone through the approval process, they will either let you know via an email reply if anything needs to be worked on, or approve you to join the 501st legion.
When your application is approved, you will receive confirmation via e-mail. Your Legion ID will be assigned and your record marked as “ACTIVE” in the 501st Legion member database. Please note that the 501st is an all-volunteer organization and the application may take several weeks to review.
5. Start Trooping!
Congratulations! You are ready to attend your first troop.
Make sure to log into the forum and request 501st access. You need to ensure there is a link to your 501st legion membership page, and your TKID in your profile.
The 501st has a great Trooper Survival Guide that is worth taking the time to read as it is the definitive guide to being a 501st member, and will help you get familiar with the the things you may need to know.
Most of all, have fun!