PVO –  Membership Categories

1.  Membership – Individuals

1.1  ORDINARY MEMBERS

1.1.1 Members must be a qualified jumper verified and under the auspices by 1 Parachute Battalion (Parabat) and a veteran.

1.1.2 Paratrooper veteran is defined as – Paratrooper veteran” means any South African citizen who rendered military service; and has completed his military training and no longer performs military service, and has not been dishonourably discharged  The committee’s decision shall be final and binding.

1.1.3 They are paid members of PVO canopies and Cyber Canopies

1.1.4 Ordinary Members of the PVO enjoy the benefits of the PVO membership, may hold office if approved by a majority vote at the AGM.

1.2  ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

1.2.1 Those who have served as and/or qualified as a military parachutist in foreign airborne units may be considered for Associate membership of the PVO so long as they are able to prove their airborne credentials to the full satisfaction of the National Executive.

1.2.2 Associate Members of the PVO enjoy the benefits of the PVO membership, may hold office if approved by a majority vote at the AGM.

1.2.3 They are paid members of canopies

1.3  AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP –

INTERNATIONAL/COUNTRY MEMBER

1.3.1 Whosoever has served in the SADF/SANDF and is or has been linked to The Parachute Regiment is entitled to affiliated membership.

1.3.2 International and or Country membership in the PVO shall be open to members outside of the Canopies’ boundaries who wish to join in an electronic-only based membership category.

1.3.3 Affiliate Members of the PVO enjoy the benefits of the PVO membership but may not vote or hold office unless approved by a majority vote at the AGM.

1.3.4 They are paid members of canopies

1.4  SANDF PARABATS MEMBERS

1.4.1 Serving SANDF Parabats, Although prevented by law from being members of military veteran organisations, personnel will automatically be considered as “affiliated guests”, but do not pay PVO membership fees and will therefore not be eligible for a PVO blazer badge – until such time that they leave the service and decide to become members of the PVO. They will however not qualify for any of the benefits for veterans as described in the Military Veterans Act. They will have an open invite to meetings where they will be able to participate in all the activities.

1.4.2 SANDF Members are not entitled to vote at PVO meetings, or to hold office as an Executive Member of the PVO. They may however be co-opted to serve on the PVO’s NEC or sub-committees as observers in an advisory role.

1.5  LIFE MEMBER

1.5.1 Life membership is available to any individual who qualifies as a PVO member and who has made an exceptional contribution or has been an active fully paid member for at least ten years, and approved by a majority of members at an Annual General Meeting of the PVO.

1.5.2 Life Members of the PVO enjoy the benefits of the PVO membership but may hold office if approved by a majority vote at the AGM.

1.5.3 They are paid up members of canopies

1.6 HONORARY MEMBERS

1.6.1 Members shall nominate and motivate honorary members of the PVO, and approved by a majority of members at an Annual General Meeting of the PVO. Membership fees and annual subscription shall not be compulsory unless such honorary members shall elect to make payment of such fees and subscriptions. The appointment of such honorary members shall be for the duration of two years and can be re-elected. The widows of deceased members of the PVO will automatically qualify for honorary membership.

1.6.2 Honorary Members are not entitled to vote at PVO meetings, or to hold office as an Executive Member of the PVO. They may however be co-opted to serve on the PVO’s NEC or sub-committees as observers in an advisory role

1.6.3 They are paid members of canopies

1.7  CYBER MEMBERS

1.7.1 Has completed his military training and has not been dishonourably discharged;

1.7.2 Applicant must be a qualified (Parabat) military parachute soldier verified and under the auspices of and who underwent the curriculum of and by 1 Parachute Battalion as per definition in PVO constitution,

1.7.3 Must reside more than 50km from the nearest recognised/existing PVO Canopy or Falcon,

1.8  MEMBERSHIP – CANOPIES

1.8.1  PVO Canopy

1.8.1.1  is a committed canopy to the PVO and building their own canopy within the PVO framework.

1.8.1.2  They retain their PVO constitution, logo and canopy name.

1.8.1.3  They contribute to the funds, and influence the PVO policy and share in the PVO success.

1.8.1.4  They are paid members of the PVO

1.8.2  Associate Canopy

1.8.2.1  is a committed canopy to the PVO and building their own canopy aligned to the PVO framework.

1.8.2.2  They retain their constitution, logo and canopy name.

1.8.2.3  They contribute to the funds, and influence the PVO policy and share in the PVO success.

1.8.2.4  Associate Members of the PVO will have the right to vote, and may hold office.

1.8.2.5  They are paid members of the PVO

1.8.3  Affiliate

1.8.3.1  Is an independent canopy who would like to be involved with PVO as an Associate at a future date? An Affiliate is given first refusal for an Association in their location with all the added benefits of Association.

1.8.3.2  Affiliate Members of the Association will not have the right to vote, or hold office.

1.8.3.3  They are non-paid members of the PVO

1.8.4   Cyber Canopies

1.8.4.1  Is a committed cyber canopy to the PVO and building their own canopy within the PVO framework.

1.8.4.2  They retain their PVO constitution, logo and canopy name.

1.8.4.3  They contribute to the funds, and influence the PVO policy and share in the PVO success.