Legal Definition of "The Militia"
UNITED STATES CODE
TITLE 10 - ARMED FORCES
Subtitle A - General Military Law
PART I - ORGANIZATION AND GENERAL MILITARY POWERS
CHAPTER 13 - THE MILITIA
§ 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;
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not
members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.
UNITED STATES CODE
TITLE 32 - NATIONAL GUARD
CHAPTER 3 - PERSONNEL
§ 313. Appointments and enlistments: age limitations
(a) To be eligible for original enlistment in the National Guard, a person must be at least 17
years of age and under 45, or under 64 years of age and a former member of the Regular
Army, Regular Navy, Regular Air Force, or Regular Marine Corps. To be eligible for
reenlistment, a person must be under 64 years of age.
(b) To be eligible for appointment as an officer of the National Guard, a person must -
(1) be a citizen of the United States; and
(2) be at least 18 years of age and under 64.
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