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So, you want to be a 501st Legion Trooper?


Garrison Carida® is the local chapter of the 501st Legion, the world’s largest premier costuming club.  Serving Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Garrison Carida® appears officially at a variety of events across the region, including hospital visits, parades, movie premieres, conventions, and charity fundraisers and gatherings. We are an all-volunteer club, made up of folks who live and breathe Star Wars.

Garrison Carida® is known as one of the top garrisons in the 501st Legion for our costumes and our Troopers, and a big reason for that is our Imperial Academy. In 2003 we were the first garrison in the 501st Legion to implement and operate a local Academy and, we’re still one of the few to have one.

You may apply for membership in the Garrison and 501st Legion without going through the Academy, but without help it can be a daunting task. Also, unless you join the Academy, you won’t have access to Garrison Carida® Forums and events until you’re a full approved member of the 501st Legion. Above all, the Academy does not just build costumes: We build Troopers!

Enlist as a Cadet in the Academy and get the following:

  • An experienced Advisor to guide you through the process 
  • Access to our Forums
  • Your personal “build thread” to document the process and ask questions
  • Attend events officially as a Squire, to help our costumed Troopers

In return, we have only a few requirements:

  • You must be 18 years old.
  • Work at your own speed/budget, but post in your build thread monthly.
  • Attend a minimum of one event yearly as a Squire. (There’s no better way to learn than meeting our Troopers and seeing costumes up-close.)
  • Once approved as a full member of the 501st Legion and Garrison Carida®, maintain membership by Trooping in costume at least once per year.


Do you love Star Wars and want to serve in the 501st Legion?

Looking to troop and give back to the community?

Then enlist now! Follow this link to the Enlistment Form for the Carida Imperial Academy. 

Please allow time for your application to be received and processed.



Already in the 501st Legion? Request access to the Garrison Carida® Forums HERE.