A.P.S.L Main Ranks

Consists of: Associate Members, Cadets, Non-Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers. Associate members are those who are gaining knowledge. The others involve hands on local and dispersed crisis assistance, planning and practice.  The ranks are signified by white markings. The more white markings, the larger number of members they are in charge of, until they reach Warrant Officers whom are signified by white squares, which oversee all other ranks beneath them. Minimal administrative functions are required and this forms the bulk of our membership.

Associate members are collectively known as preppers. Preppers prepare themselves with knowledge, equipment, supplies, or training. Members who achieve the rank of Cadet (youth) or Private (adults) are then collectively and proudly known as survivalists.

Associate Member

This is the starting point for new members of any age, and it's free for life.

It enables them to commence their prepping journey, by preparing themselves with knowledge, information, equipment and supplies, receive some minimum standard of training and induction, and then go on to upgrade their membership when they are ready. Associates are in full control of their participation, with no obligations to attend.  Associate members do not have any rank or insignia, but may wear a plain uniform (optional).



A private is an adult who has been upgraded to the level of survivalist. This is the result of their prepping efforts, minimum number of basic training units completed and fully inducted. A private does not lead anyone, but aspires to increase their skills and help out.


This is the first adult non commissioned officer rank and is in charge of either their household family or a small number of 2-3 neighbourhood survivalists. Household Leaders are nominated by an agreement or vote, conducted in their own household.

(Special consideration is given to solo members who may earn this rank as recognition of their service or contributions.)


Corporals are in charge of either their extended family or small groups of individuals in their neighbourhood area. Corporals are appointed by sergeants.


Sergeants are in charge of a neighbourhood. These can be as small as a street, court, road etc. or as large as a few of them.  It consists of two or more corporals which includes multiple family units or groups of individuals.

Warrant Officer

Warrant Officers are in charge of a community. This consists of 2 or more sergeants

Senior Warrant Officer

Senior Warrant Officers are in charge of multiple communities.

Note: rank responsibilities and oversight are subject to change.