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Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2023 5:02 p.m. PST


US Army Militia Units.

After writing this blog piece I have discovered that similar units to this one exist even today. The 1st Philadelphia Cavalry still exists but with only about 20 members. They donate whatever pay they get to the upkeep of the facility and the horses.

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Stryderg03 Dec 2023 10:02 p.m. PST

Militias are starting to make a come back. Not the stereotypical prepper/survivalist types, but city sanctioned groups. More of a local volunteer labor force and second amendment exercise than anything else.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2023 10:29 p.m. PST

I believe the majority of states have militias, state defense forces and guards (Not the State National Guard) – a few states have air and/or naval militias as well. We see quite a few of them helping out before, during and after disasters.

That doesn't count local or private ones – some more politically extreme than others.

The Cajun Navy is one form of volunteer militias we see a lot of disasters helping with relief as well

jgawne04 Dec 2023 11:21 a.m. PST

State sponsored militias went away in WW1 when they were federalized. But the states realized they needed someone at home when the National Guard went away – and formed the State Guard. Military forces that were to only serve int he actual state and could not be called outside. These went dormant until WW2 when they arose again as the National Guard was again federalized. They were very limited until the 1980's when Congress voted to allow every state it's own 'State Defense Force' (still called by some the state guard). They vary in quality and professionalism from state to state and unit to unit. Some are quite well organized, others less so. These are not private militias, but State organized military units with federal recognition. OF course, no one gets paid, and people mostly buy their own stuff.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2023 12:09 p.m. PST

Ohio has both a militia and a naval militia.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2023 5:18 p.m. PST

State Militias are a great idea, when the National Guard is sent overseas who handles disaster response, rioting, or even war?

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

doc mcb06 Dec 2023 9:37 a.m. PST

Texas state Guard is roughly a MP brigade with air and. Naval support.

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