Last Updated on July 11, 2022 by Constitutional Militia
The National Guard is not a “Militia” nor any part of “the Militia of the several States”
All too often today, one hears that the National Guard is the modern “militia”; or even that the very concept of the “militia” is entirely outdated. Self, evidently, though, if the National Guard is the is the modern “militia”, then the “militia” cannot be an outdated concept. Regardless, properly understood in a legal and historical context, the National Guard is incapable and insufficient to perform all the functions required of “[a] well regulated Militia”.
The propaganda the National Guard puts forth tries to characterize it as some sort of “militia”, even claiming that its birth date should be taken as the day the Massachusetts Militia was first mustered in the mid 1600s. This is exceptionally dilute hogwash. At the earliest 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.