Who is the Veteran Corps of Artillery, State of New York ?

The Veteran Corps of Artillery, State of New York in an Historic Military Command.  Please refer to our about page for further information.

Who is the VCA or VCASNY ?

These are both short and full acronyms for our name. I.e. VCA is the Veteran Corps of Artillery, and VCASNY stands for Veteran Corps of Artillery of the State of New York.

What is your relationship to the State of New York ?

The use of “State of New York” in our name is both historically accurate, and part of our official name since our founding. Formal application for recognition as an independent New York Corps of Artillery was granted by George Clinton, Governor of the State of New York, on 16 February 1791. Although the VCA, is recognized by federal and state law including New York Military Law, the VCA is no longer considered part of the “organized militia”.

Is it true the VCA can be called to active duty ?

While technically true under federal law, this is never likely to happen. The last times the VCA went into federal service, was during the War of 1812 when the unit was the first to volunteer in New York State, and during World War I, when the VCA raised and volunteered several hundred members into service. While a few of the members were sent overseas on behalf of the U.S. Army, most were pressed into State duty guarding the reservoirs and been available as the state required.

Who can join the Veteran Corps of Artillery, State of New York ?

Any person at least 18 years of age, and of “good moral character” willing to volunteer in order to support our mission is welcomed to apply.  Please see our recruiting page for more detail

Are there any restrictions to joining ?

Because of our presence in U.S. military installations, all prospective members implicitly/explicitly consent to a federal background check. Any applicant with a felony on their record, must be by federal law denied entry in the VCA.

What if I don’t want a background check ?

All applicants are subject to a federal background check. Anyone who does not want to have a background check run, should not apply.

Why do you wear the U.S. Army uniform ?

Under New York State Military law Section 238-c, “It shall be unlawful for any person to appear in any public place or in the public view attired in any uniform similar to that worn by the military, semi-military, naval, police, storm troop or other official or semi-official forces of any foreign state, nation or government, or attired in any distinctive part or parts of such a uniform, or to assemble with other persons similarly attired in any camp, drill ground or other place for the purpose of engaging in military drill or training or other military practices.

In specific reference to the U.S. Army uniform, the VCA has adopted the uniform since early in its founding. Today the members or soldiers of the Veteran Corps of Artillery, State of New York are entitled by law to wear the uniform under the National Defense Act (Public No 85, 64th Congress – HR 12766) It states:

“All Corps of Artillery, Cavalry or Infantry existing in any of the States on the passage of the Act of May 8th, 1792, which by law, custom or usage of said States has been in continuous existence since the passage of said Act under its provisions and under the provisions of Section 232 and Section 1625 to 1660, both inclusive of the title 16 of the Revised Statutes of 1873, and the Act of January 21st, 1903, relating to the Militia, shall, be allowed to retain its ancient privileges, subject nevertheless to all duties required by law of Militia; Provided, That said organizations may be a part of the National Guard and entitled to all privileges of the Act, and shall conform in all respects to the organization, discipline and training of the National Guard in time of War”.

I served on active duty – Can I wear ribbons that I’ve earned ?

Any member of the VCA who has earned federal or state award, medals, devices, tabs, etc. can wear them on their VCA uniform as long as they are shown on their DD214. Priorities are established by the specific service in which such decorations were earned. Any member who was entitled to wear a beret (as shown on their DD214) is entitled to wear that headgear instead of the standard U.S. Army beret.

Do I have to get a haircut if I join ?

The VCA wears the uniform of the U.S. Army (with identifying devices), and, as such must represent the U.S. Army and the VCA in the same professional manner as those on Active Duty. The VCA conforms to U.S. Army AR 670-1 as it relates to uniform and grooming standards. In general, the VCA conforms to standard U.S. Army regulations. Members not in compliance are subject to disciplinary action.

Where do you meet/drill ?

Today, the VCA drills and trains in several locations including Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn and Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, with other military venues used as required.

What is your relationship to the U.S. Field Artillery Association ?

The VCA is the only chapter in New York City and the downstate NY area. Current members of the USFAA may transfer their membership to our chapter if it is convenient for you to do so due to your location. New members may apply to join the VCA chapter of the USFAA by filling out the form here. You will then be contacted by email for further information.