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Can I join a militia?

Chances are that you already are a member of the militia!

Title 10: Section 311 of the United States Code states:

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.

Should I become active in a militia?

Do you have some free time?

Would you like to meet some interesting people?

Would you like to send the message to Washington D.C. that Americans still run this country?

Joining a militia isn't for everyone. It can involve a considerable amount of time, effort, and even money. It can also be a lot of fun.

Get to know the militia groups in your area. If they seem like good people to you, join up.

What political views are held by militia members?

Militia members hold a wide variety of political views. This is a free country.

This principle is well stated on the KISSATA web page as "KISSATA is NON POLITICAL. Your political beliefs are your personal beliefs, and you are welcome to them, but leave them at home when participating in the KISS anti terrorist alliance. As individuals we all have STRONG political beliefs. As a group, we must have NONE. Be politically active on your own, but separate it from KISSATA."

The Kentucky State Militia states very clearly "We accept and welcome all who wish to preserve our freedoms and maintain a civilization we can be proud to leave our children and grandchildren; regardless of race, sex, or religion. We maintain a firm belief that every man, woman, or family may live, worship, and teach their children as they wish for so long as it respects the personal rights and beliefs of others. Every individual is entitled to his or her own opinion and is under no requirement to explain that opinion to others."

Are militia's racist organizations?

No. This is a common misconception. Racism is not tolerated in any militia I have personally come into contact with.

It is theoretically possible that there is a racist militia out there somewhere, but this group would not be accepted by the militia community.

This principle is well stated on the KISSATA web page as "Within the KISS concept, we are all GREEN."

Most militia organizations have a strict policy statement against discrimination.

The Mission Statement of the Kentucky State Militia states:

We accept and welcome all who wish to preserve our freedoms and maintain a civilization we can be proud to leave our children and grandchildren; regardless of race, sex, or religion. We maintain a firm belief that every man, woman, or family may live, worship, and teach their children as they wish for so long as it respects the personal rights and beliefs of others. Every individual is entitled to his or her own opinion and is under no requirement to explain that opinion to others. However, as a group, KSM will not tolerate racism, anti-Semitism, or prejudice of sex. All are welcome and will be treated with respect. If you are interested, but have reservations based on the stereotypical, "militias are hate mongers, racists, and backwoods idiots running around shooting in the woods," descriptions constantly purported in our liberal news medias, then I challenge you personally to see for yourself. Your privacy is assured and there are no records or paper trails that can be used to track our members.

The General Elements of a Militia Organization from the North Carolina Citizen Militia states:

With very few restrictions, membership in the militia must be open to all citizens regardless of race, sex, religion or political affiliation. Units not open to public membership and/or which are organized for any purpose other than the support of Constitutional principals may be considered private armies and are not to be confused with the Constitutional "unorganized" militia.

The Home Page of the Michigan Militia states:

Everyone is welcome, regardless of race, creed, color, tint, or hue; regardless of your religion (or lack thereof); regardless of your political affiliation (or lack thereof); regardless of anything else: if you are an American, who is capable of bearing arms, or wishes to support someone doing so, then you ARE the militia...

The Home Page of the Tall Grass Guard of the Nebraska State Militia states:

We welcome Americans of all races, cultures, and beliefs; we gain nothing from turning anyone away, regardless of the hue of their skin. We do not side ourselves with, advocate, or discriminate against any one particular race or culture; the militia is as diverse as the general population.

There are, however, individuals or groups that claim to be militias that say they are of a superior race fighting the "great race war...to annihilate the mud people". These individuals or groups are not militias - they are racists.

The Home Page of the Empire State Militia 11th Field Force states:

With very few restrictions, membership in the militia must be open to all citizens regardless of race, sex, religion or political affiliation. Units not open to public membership and/or which are organized for any purpose other than the support of Constitutional principals may be considered private armies and are not to be confused with the Constitutional "unorganized" militia.

The Home Page of the Ohio Unorganized Militia, 3rd Battalion states:

The Southwest Ohio Unorganized Milita is in NO WAY associated with the Aryan Nations. We welcome ALL American Patriots, regardless of the color of their skin, or their religious beliefs.

The Mission Statement of the Unorganized Militia of Preble County (Ohio) states:

We will accept recruits without exception to race, religion or country.

The Home Page of Pennyslvania's 1st Unorganized Militia states:

To insure that all citizens-regardless of race, gender, religion or nationality- shall have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as established and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Home Page of the Marietta Pennyslvania Militia states:

With very few restrictions, membership in the militia must be open to all citizens regardless of race, sex, religious or political affliliation. Units not open to public membership and/or which are organizaed for any purpose other than support of Constitutional principles may be considered private armies and not to be confused with the Constitutional "unorganized" militia.

The Mission Statement of the Virginia Militia states:

All persons are welcomed in the Virginia Militia, the only requirement is a love of liberty, and a return to the ideals of our forefathers contained in the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States.

The Web Page of the Civilian Special Force Group Fox Hound states:

To insure that all citizens-regardless of race, gender, religion or nationality- shall have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as established and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.

The FAQ of the Indiana Citizens Volunteer Militia states:

We support a Constitutionally limited government and defend the American ideals of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. We are open to all Indiana citizens regardless of religion, race, creed, or sex. The militia, as an organization, has no religious theme; is not racial in nature; nor does it advocate terrorism or violence.

Are militia's sexist organizations?

Legally speaking, the militia is a sexist construct.

Title 10: Section 311 of the United States Code states:

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.

However, in practice this rule of law is innocently ignored. Title 10 of the U.S. Code clearly should be updated to reflect modern sensibilities. This has not yet been accomplished.

Similarly, the age restrictions of Title 10 are usually ignored. When Title 10 was written, 45 was a very advanced age. In the current century, 45 year olds are just getting started in life!

The modern militia is open to Americans of all colors, races, sexes, ages, and abilities. Everyone has something to contribute.

What goes on during a militia meeting?

The normal routine involves firearm or military training, combined with fund raisers and community activities.

To get a general idea, View photo's of the picnic held by the Militia of Washington County.

The California State Militia maintains a very useful Medical Training Course.

How can I find a militia group in my area?

Try the militia directories at FortLiberty.org or Constitution.org.

If that fails, try a search at AllTheWeb for your state name and the word militia.

Can I start my own militia?

There is a reason these groups are called the Unorganized Militia.

Anyone can start a militia. Some militias have very few members and run very few activities. The larger and more well run militias have a lot more activities and a lot more fun.

An excellent guide to starting a militia in your area is How to Activate the Constitutional Militia in Your Area by the Constitution Society.

What laws regulate militia's?

The United States Constitution

A Well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. -- Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

United States Code

Title 10: Section 311. Militia: composition and classes

(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.

Most states also regulate militia activity within their states:

Isn't the National Guard the militia?

The militia was officially created by the United State Constitution over two-hundred years ago.

The National Guard was created over a century later on January 21, 1903 by the Dick Act.

U.S. Code Title 10 Section 311 makes a clear distinction between the National Guard and the militia:

What did the founding fathers have to say about the militia?

"Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it."

-- Richard Henry Lee, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

"Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress shall have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American. The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the People."

-- Tench Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb 20, 1788

"An armed and trained militia is the firmest bulwark of republics -- that without standing armies their liberty can never be in danger, nor with large ones safe..."

-- James Madison (First Inaugural Address, Saturday, March 4, 1809.)

Where can I talk with Militia members on the Internet?

There is one web forum and two Yahoo! Groups for active militia discussion.

A Well Regulated Militia Forum

unorganizedmilitia: The Unorganized Militia Group

usmilitiaalliance: US Militia Alliance - An alliance of unorganized militias across the US.

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