Jagdgeschwader 1 (JG1) is a seriously minded online cyber-squadron. We are North American based, with a strong European contingent, and have a long and distinguished history online. JG1 can trace its origins back to 1992, and Red Baron Online. JG1 holds the distinction of being the first “German” online cyber-squadron to be established on the internet, and the third oldest cyber-squadron overall.
JG1 currently comprises three aspects (or sub-squadrons). Jagdgeschwader Nr. I “Richthofen” (JG I), Jagdgeschwader 1 “Oesau” (JG 1), and Jagdfliegergeschwader 1 “Fritz Schmenkel” (JG-1).
As a cyber-squadron, JG1 officially plays the following flight simulations:
- Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World)
- IL-2 Great Battles (including Flying Circus)
- IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946
- IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover
- Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War
Further, JG1 actively seeks to fly simulated aircraft relating to the World War I-era Luftstreitkräfte, the World War II-era Luftwaffe, and the Cold War-era Luftstreitkräfte der Nationalen Volksarmee – LSK (East German Air Force).
By enlisting in JG1, you are acknowledging that you will abide by this cyber-squadron’s code-of-conduct document, hereafter known as the Dicta Jagdgeschwader. This is especially true when flying or posting in JG1 uniform. A pilot’s uniform is the JG1-specific prefix which precedes all of our pilots’ names while in public. Examples include:
The Dicta Jagdgeschwader is the following:
1. All pilots will respect rank, which is a representation of both position and length of service within the unit, and the chain of command that is created from that ranking structure. The flaming or degrading of any pilot is prohibited. Racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic conduct will not be tolerated.
2. Cheating, which is the attempt to create an unfair advantage in your own favor at the expense of others, is strictly prohibited. Any pilot caught cheating in any form or manner will be expelled from the unit. Note: the intentional modification of files within a game is a form of hacking. Hacking is not necessarily cheating. However, the use of hacked files to create an edge beyond normal gameplay is.
3. While JG1 flies German aircraft, and uses the historical rank and organizational systems of multiple versions of the German Air Force, this is an apolitical cyber-squadron dedicated solely towards the furthering of a computer game. We do not tolerate or condone any references to the Nazi party, its leadership, or the atrocities committed by that group. We also do not tolerate or condone any references to the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED), the Stasi, or any apparatus of the East German government. While we use historical German paint schemes and awards, this is done solely for the sake of historical accuracy. Any member found guilty of violating this rule will be expelled from the unit immediately.
4. JG1’s communication network (i.e. e-mail, forums, TeamSpeak, Discord, chat, etc.) is for the specific purpose of squadron business, discussions of aviation, discussions of computer games (especially flight simulators) and socializing. It is not for the deliberation of any political, corporate or religious issues, be they current events or historically based. Because JG1 is a non-political entity, any violation of this basic tenet will be considered a violation of the Dicta itself. The JG1 Stab (central command) reserves the right at all times to lock, delete or end any discussions that intrude upon this basic courtesy.
5. Unless given a special dispensation by the Stab, all JG1 pilots are prohibited from holding membership within another outside flight simulation squadron. This does not include the other aspects within JG1 itself! The JG1 organizational umbrella is composed of JG I “Richthofen”, JG 1 “Oesau”, and JG-1 “Fritz Schmenkel”. This rule is in place to ensure that a JG1 pilot has no conflicts with regards to interest or scheduling.
6. Unless given a waiver by the Stab, failure to remain active will result in your eventual dismissal. In order to maintain membership a pilot must fly in both organized practice sessions and in organized online events. If a pilot does not maintain active status, their membership will be reviewed, and results may include the loss of Pilot’s Badges, the loss of privileges or being dropped from JG1’s records.
7. Retiring or departing members of JG1 are expected to respect the intellectual property of the cyber-squadron. While JG1 will always respect creator rights, departing pilots should understand that all things created for the squadron will continue to be used by the squadron. This includes, but is not limited to: standing operations procedures (SOPs), training manuals, TeamSpeak setups, training videos, artwork, etc.
8. JG1 is dedicated to flight simming. Any game or gaming event that takes place outside of the scope of flight sims is considered unofficial by the Stab, meaning that it will not be tracked for kill streaks, awards, or general recognition. Despite unofficial status, however, JG1’s involvement in such games or events are carefully managed by the command staff, with clear expectations regarding the unit’s overall organization. Special dispensation by the Stab is needed to start any unofficial event or sub-community.
9. No outside group, association, or organization is permitted to be represented alongside a JG1 pilot’s uniform (i.e. the JG1-specific prefix which precedes all of our pilots’ names while in public). The corruption of JG1 tags violates this unit’s clear policies regarding the maintenance of a fun, friendly and enjoyable community.
10. To remain active within JG1, all pilots may be asked to pass a Pilot’s Badge refresher course once every twelve months. This refresher course will reflect the current state of flight tasks within the various online events.
11. Should a pilot violate the aforementioned Dictums, or our basic code of honor, they will be given up to two written warnings. In the event of a third infraction, the Pilot will be immediately dismissed from the unit.
“We operate with chivalry and honor at all times, no exceptions.”