Militia on Paper

We have a militia according to the U.S. Code. To quote

“(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

“(b) The classes of the militia are—

“(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.” (Rex Ward reminded me.)

One thing I’m saying in my militia blog is that the “unorganized” should be brought to a state of workable readiness, and that means the involvement of millions of Americans. I can’t say they should be organized because the code uses that term to mean something else; but it is precisely organizing them so as to be a useful self-defense contingent that I’m promoting. An unorganized militia is only a militia on paper. It’s not a real militia.

Another angle on this suggestion is its tie-in to a defensive posture that engages everyone at local levels. That’s not been the American way in the past.


1:20 pm on June 5, 2020