In many ways the Italian-American Mafia is very much like the United States Military, they are both incredibly powerful, influential, highly organized, efficient, intelligent, crafty, determined, sophisticated, extremely tough, relentless, incredibly successful, proficient, shrewd, skillful, highly-trained, extremely lethal, extremely dangerous, and they are both virtually invincible, untouchable, unstoppable, impregnable and indestructible, and they are both superpower's, the U.S. Government calls La Cosa Nostra an "organized crime Superpower" and a "Criminal Superpower. La Cosa Nostra and the U.S. Military are very similar because of their organizational structure and command hierarchy's. The U.S. Military and La Cosa Nostra is also similar due to their unlimited soldiers, weapons, influence, resources, power, political contacts, political reach, bulletproof vest's and armor. Like the U.S. Military, the U.S. Government contacts La Cosa Nostra to handle certain political problems and terrorist problems, and problems with other evil dictators from other Countries. The U.S. Military and La Cosa Rostra is also alike due to their connection's with the U.S. Government for help against other countries, and help solving American problems and political problems. The last similarity of the Italian-American Mafia and the U.S. Military is how long it can take to become a full member, and all of the training you have to do, and how much you have to practice with your fists, knives, and with weapons to be a highly-trained and capable soldier. The U.S. Military and La Cosa Nostra is also very similar due to the fact that they both have board of directors of bosses that rule and dictate the entire organization, the Italian-American Mafia has a board of directors that govern the whole empire, what is called the Commission. The U.S. Military has a board of directors that govern their whole empire, which is called the Military Intelligence Board. According to the FBI, La Cosa Nostra is nearly just as powerful, efficient, organized, dangerous and unstoppable as the U.S. Military.
It can take many years to become a made member in the mafia, but In order to become a "Made Man" which is a fully initiated member in the Italian-American Mafia also known as (La Cosa Nostra), you have to personally commit a murder or in some cases you have to commit dozens of murders, just to show that you will go above and beyond for La Cosa Nostra, and to show how loyal you are to La Cosa Nostra. You have to be at least half Italian. You have to be mentally and physically tough, influential, ruthless, violent, murderous, fearless, cold, smart, streetwise, street-smart, determined, shrewd, financially smart, efficient, proficient, cunning, astute, intuitive, clever, competent, capable, persuasive, crafty, reliable, dependable and loyal. You must be totally loyal, dependable, reliable, honorable and respectful to La Cosa Nostra, and to your fellow members. You have to love your fellow members like they are your brothers. You must always and forever be a servant to your boss. You must always obey your boss. You must always protect your boss, and your fellow members as well. You have to be a tough as nails street fighter, and you have to be highly-trained, skilled and capable with shooting guns. You have to be highly-trained, skilled, capable, experienced and efficient at killing people with guns and knives, the boss orders new associates to practice everyday for years with guns and knives until you have plenty of experience, and until you become a professional and an expert with weapons, and the boss orders new associates to practice everyday for years at using your fists, and being able to fist fight, because in order to become a made man in the mafia, you have to be ready at all times to protect the boss in every way, and the boss wants you to be a professional and efficient killer, and the boss wants you to be a fearless, ruthless, loyal, murderous and tough warrior and fighter someone who isn't afraid to go to war for him or die for him, the boss also wants you to be the best of the best gangster, and the boss wants you to be tough in all ways, with a gun, knife and with your fists. In a'lot of cases, the boss could make you train in fist fighting, killing people, killing with knives, and accurately shooting guns everyday for 10 to 13 years, You have to be able to kill anybody without hesitation for La Cosa Nostra at all times. You have to be willing to go to war for La Cosa Nostra. You have to be willing to die for La Cosa Nostra. You must be a great money-maker for La Cosa Nostra. You must be willing to surrender your life to La Cosa Nostra. You must be willing to always help and protect your fellow members of La Cosa Nostra, such as, killing for them or their family, helping them or their family financially wise or personal safety wise, help keep their family safe, help them deal with Law enforcement, money, weapons, or a place to stay, and helping them get acquitted if they are in trial, such as bribing the judge, or intimidating jurors or the prosecutor. Most of all you have to be sponsored by two high-ranking "made" members in the Italian-American mafia. If you are chosen to become a member of the Mafia, you have to go through an initiation ceremony in which you pledge an oath to the mafia’s code of silence, called Omerta. This essentially means that you’re putting the Mafia before all else, including God and your own family, and you will do anything for the mafia at all times, and you will always kill for the mafia, and once your in the mafia there is absolutely no getting out, you will be in the mafia for life, and the only way out is death, and that if you ever get pinched by Law Enforcement, you vow not to rat on anyone. If you break the mafia's code of silence that will earn you a death sentence. With this ritual behind you, you can now be welcomed into a new “family,” and from this point on you’re officially a "Made Man", "Goodfella", "mafioso", or "wise guy" and your considered to be untouchable, a member in the Mafia, non member, civilian, even a cop or anybody for that matter cannot kill you, touch you, or even put a hand on you, if anybody does without permission from The Commission, that will cause them to be killed, a slow and painful death, and in some cases their whole family will be murdered as well.
If you have a problem with someone outside of the Mafia, you can go to the men above you to seek guidance and protection. In return for this support, you must agree to cough up a certain percentage of your criminal earnings to these higher-ranking members..
Titles, Ranks And Positions Edit
Associates are not actual members of the Mafia, but they work for the Mafia. Rather anyone who teams up with them on a criminal enterprise of some kind. They could be someone who does business with the Mafia, and someone who is a Hitman for the mafia, and commit crimes on behalf of the mafia including murder, assault, arson, assassinations, drive-by shooting, contract killing, witness intimidation, jury intimidation, killing jurors, Car bombing, and bombing buildings and houses, and other criminal and organized crime activities etc. There are also the Italian newcomers who have yet to be made, called cugines, and they play a minor role in the operation of the Mafia. Associates can not turn down an order from the Mafia, if the Mafia gives them an order they have to follow it, and they are on call to serve the Mafia 24 hours every day. they are also fair game on the streets, they are not protected by the organization, unless they are a very important and valuable to the Mafia. Anybody can be an associate in the mafia, however only Italians and Sicilians can be made.
The lowest-ranking members of the hierarchy of the Mafia are the soldiers, the grunts of the organization who do the majority of the work, making deliveries, picking up cash, committing murder, assault, bombing, arson, assassinations, drive-by shootings, witness intimidation, killing jurors, bribing Law Enforcement, Politicians, Government Officials, and Federal Agents for the Mafia, and generally sticking out their neck in the hope of making a name for themselves by demonstrating their loyalty to the organization, and protecting the organization at all costs. Children as young as sixteen have been admitted.
The capo, or caporegime, is the captain or lieutenant of a division within the Mafia. The Captains heads a large crew of anywhere from 20-1,000 soldiers, and can order them to do anything, such as murder, assault, bombing, arson, assassinations, drive-by shootings, witness intimidation, bribery, picking up cash, making deliveries, and other violent criminal activities and organized crime activities. The captains reports directly to a boss or underboss, who hands down the instructions. He ranks much higher in the hierarchy of the Mafia. He is also in charge of handling most money.
The consigliere, or chief advisor, is the Bosses right-hand man. The Consigliere is not officially part of the hierarchy of the Mafia, but he plays one of the most important roles in a crime family. He is the close trusted friend and confidant of the family boss. The function of the consigliere is a throwback to medieval times, when a monarch placed his trust in an advisor whom he could summon for strategic information and sound advice. The consigliere is meant to offer unbiased information based on what he sees as best for the family. He’s not supposed to factor emotional concerns, such as retaliation and blood feuds, into his decisions. Unlike the underboss (see below), the consigliere is not required to be a direct relative of the boss. Instead, he is chosen solely for his abilities and the amount of knowledge he possesses. Generally, only the boss and underboss have more authority than the consigliere in an organized crime family.
The underboss, or capo bastone, is second-in-command in the hierarchy of the Mafia crime family. His level of authority varies from family to family, but he is ready to stand in for the boss at any given moment. In the violent, brutal, ruthless, deadly, dangerous and volatile world of the Italian-American Mafia, the underboss can easily find himself at the helm of the family so, for the most part, they are usually groomed for an eventual takeover, particularly if the boss’s health is failing or if it looks like he’s headed for a long sentence in prison. A family may have two underbosses. An example of this was boss Carlo Gambino, who had Paul "Big Paul" Castellano and Aniello "Mr. Neil" Dellacroce as underboss at the same time. However, one underboss is far more common.
The boss, or capo famiglia, is head of the organization, the boss is a dictator and has the power to order anything from anyone in the organization. The Boss makes all the important decisions, much like a CEO of a company would. Although each mob boss may run his outfit in a different way, they have one thing in common: they are greatly respected and widely feared by their subordinates. All of the men in his outfit pay him a tribute, so he is also usually an extremely wealthy man. All Bosses of the Mafia are either Multi-Millionaires or Multi-Billionaires, and are virtually invincible and untouchable. All bosses are incredibly powerful, influential, successful, extremely ruthless, extremely dangerous and universally feared. More commonly, the word "Don" may proceed his first or last name.
Godfather also known as (The Boss of all Bosses) or (The King) It is a phrase used mainly by the media, public and the law enforcement community to indicate a supremely powerful crime boss in the Sicilian or American Mafia who holds great influence over the whole empire. The title was introduced to the U.S. public by the Kefauver Commission (1950). It has seldom been given to specific bosses because it could create tension between different factions (otherwise known as families) within the Mafia. Typically the title is awarded de facto to the boss of the most powerful Mafia family. The Gambino Crime Family is the most powerful crime family in the United States. The Last official Godfather of the entire mafia empire in the United States was Paul Castellano, from 1976-1985.