National Guard: Not a Militia

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The National Guard is neither “a well regulated Militia”, as the Second Amendment uses that term; nor one or part of “the Militia of the several States”, as the original Constitution uses that term; nor any form of “militia” whatsoever.  The National Guard (along with its naval component, the so-called Naval Militia) began only in 1903; and the National Guard started to assume most of its present form only in several statutes enacted from 1908 to 1916.

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