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Active State Forces [list of State Guards/State Defense Forces]
State Guard Association of the United States ^ | 2014 | SGAUS

Posted on 02/25/2014 8:30:47 PM PST by matt1234

[In light of obama's threats to the governors, many have asked if the Several States have their own military forces, not subject to federalization. Here's the list with links to each.]

The following is a list of the nation's twenty-three active state defense forces.


 

Alabama
Alabama State Defense Force
 

 

Alaska
Alaska State Defense Force
 


California

California State Military Reserve
 

 

Connecticut
Connecticut - Governor's Foot and Horse Guard Units
 


Georgia

Georgia State Defense Force
 

 

Indiana
Indiana Guard Reserve
 

 

Louisiana
Louisiana State Guard (Louisiana State Military Department)
 

 

Maryland
Maryland State Defense Force
 

 

Massachusetts
Massachusetts State Defense Force
 


Michigan

Michigan Volunteer Defense Force
 

 

Mississippi
Mississippi State Guard
 

 

New Jersey
New Jersey Naval Militia
 

 

New Mexico
New Mexico State Guard
 

 

New York
New York Guard
 

 

Ohio
Ohio Military Reserve

Ohio Naval Militia
 

 

Oregon

Oregon State Defense Force
 


Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico State Guard
 

 

South Carolina
South Carolina State Guard
 

 

Tennessee
Tennessee State Guard
 

 

Texas
Texas State Guard
 

 

Vermont
Vermont State Guard
 

 

Virginia
Virginia State Defense Force
 

 

Washington
Washington State Guard



TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Reference
KEYWORDS: militia; nationalguard; obamagovernors; statedefense; statedefenseforces; stateguards

1 posted on 02/25/2014 8:30:47 PM PST by matt1234
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To: matt1234

There’s a reason North Carolina is not on the list. The Wikipedia version of the story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Carolina_State_Defense_Militia


2 posted on 02/25/2014 8:40:20 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: matt1234

The Texas State Guard are not a real military force.

I would never salute an officer in the State Guard nor take any direction from him.

They are primarily a disaster response force and have little to no combat training.


3 posted on 02/25/2014 8:41:14 PM PST by And2TheRepublic (People like freedom of speech, but only when it's sweet to their ears.)
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To: matt1234

Colorado also has the Colorado Mounted Rangers. Technically a statutory volunteer law enforcement agency with the same arrest authority as the State Police, they can be called to defend the State as well.


4 posted on 02/25/2014 8:42:14 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: matt1234
In light of obama's threats to the governors

What threats are these?

5 posted on 02/25/2014 8:47:40 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: And2TheRepublic

I get your meaning, but I think you might have overstated your case a little bit. You are correct insofar as State Guards are generally not on the same level of proficiency or preparedness as National Guard or Fed forces. However, they are still military, if only State military. And in my state, if you were a National Guardsman on a joint exercise with the State Guard, and you failed to render proper respect to State Guardsmen who were senior to you, you would be in trouble. Remember: many if not most State Guard members are retired from Fed service or National Guard, and such State Guard members have a LOT of experience.


6 posted on 02/25/2014 8:54:55 PM PST by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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To: OneWingedShark
What threats are these?

Rick Perry: “I was troubled today by the tone of the president…”

7 posted on 02/25/2014 8:57:20 PM PST by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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To: matt1234
Well then buddy [Gov. Perry], you should've listened when I told you that you could upset the whole political dynamic by pushing back against amnesty — there's still a little time to do it.
8 posted on 02/25/2014 9:01:57 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

According to Governor Perry, obama said since they had been asking for debt reduction, the state guards would be cut and he better not hear any pushback or they would be hearing from him. This dude is acting like a punitive dictator. obama also told them all he didn’t trust them to make decisions about their own states.


9 posted on 02/25/2014 9:02:30 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: matt1234

OMG! Not the State Guard, our special elite troops? Ya gotta be kiddin me? If they have any equipment, its probably something left over from 1865. I shared an Amory with them years ago, we even saw them train with radio shack walkie talkies. It was like a group of guys playing soldier. I do have to say that a couple of them were WW II vets and took their job seriously, but many were just volunteers who would probably be rejected by the services. We referred to them as the Volkssturm unit.


10 posted on 02/25/2014 9:03:32 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (2016 an election or a coronation of a Queen?)
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To: yldstrk; matt1234
According to Governor Perry, obama said since they had been asking for debt reduction, the state guards would be cut and he better not hear any pushback or they would be hearing from him. This dude is acting like a punitive dictator. obama also told them all he didn’t trust them to make decisions about their own states.

Matt1234 popped me a link explaining that.
Funny thing is that the Governors could totally throw a monkeywrench in the political elite's plans with one simple order. (I sent that [rewritten a bit, and using their States's constitutions] to virtually all the State governors and only got two or three replies… some even asserting that the matter was federal even though the letter clearly showed it within the governor's powers.)

11 posted on 02/25/2014 9:07:52 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark; matt1234

Probably also related to the “14 Governors” story making the rounds ...

http://texas.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2010/06/14-governors-threatened-hoax/

..which I now suspect is not worthy of much credence.


12 posted on 02/25/2014 9:08:57 PM PST by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
I refer you to post #6 of this thread.

But I agree with you in that most State Guards would need a lot of work and additional equipment to become effective fighting forces. Most of them are not trained much for warfighting because that is not their role. Usually, their role is disaster relief.

13 posted on 02/25/2014 9:12:03 PM PST by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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To: matt1234

Militia, by definition, are civilians with little training.

State militia, not subject to federalization, is an idea whose time has come, I believe.


14 posted on 02/25/2014 9:50:55 PM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: RightGeek
There’s a reason North Carolina is not on the list.

It seems like one overreaction led to another.

As a former State Guard member, I can attest to a little friction among Fed forces, National Guard and State Guard. Some people seem to always want to assert their superiority, real or imagined. However, in most cases, people were very friendly and accepting. I participated in many joint exercises and didn't encounter much friction. Sometimes, people did push on me a little harder, but I figured they were just testing me. I didn't take it personally.

15 posted on 02/25/2014 10:53:09 PM PST by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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To: matt1234

*”State Guards are generally not on the same level of proficiency or preparedness as National Guard or Fed forces.”*

Are you kidding? They aren’t anything like combat forces, enlist at 70 years old, and you need a valid driver’s license?

Here is Texas for instance.

ENLISTMENT REQUIREMENTS

-Resident of Texas or enrolled student
-Age 17 to 70
-Reasonable Good Health
-Pass criminal background check
-Valid Texas Drivers License
-Prior Military Service NOT required
-If Prior Service - Honorable discharge required
-Helpful skill sets: JAG/Military experienced Attorneys, Rescue, Medical [Doctors, Nurses, Dentist, Dental Asst., Paramedics, EMT], Civil Affairs, Chaplain, Communications, IT, CPA, Education, Historian
-No educational requirement for enlistment


16 posted on 02/25/2014 11:21:49 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: tcrlaf

I would have laughed at you for that ten years ago, but now I am looking for a GOOD militia unit in PA.
I trained with one a few years ago. The head guy was earnest and knew his stuff, but everyone else just blew it off.


17 posted on 02/26/2014 4:09:29 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: And2TheRepublic
Well Texas still has The Texas Rangers
18 posted on 02/26/2014 4:52:40 AM PST by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: matt1234
I wonder if 0bama's fear of independent State Guard units is in anyway related to the recent events in Kiev?


19 posted on 02/26/2014 4:58:34 AM PST by magooey (The Mandate of Heaven resides in the hearts of men.)
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To: matt1234

bkmk


20 posted on 02/26/2014 5:15:48 AM PST by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: matt1234
I always get a kick out of seeing the "Ohio Navy" in stuff like this.

Oh brave sailors on Lake Erie protecting our Northern Shore against all waterborne invaders !

Watch out Canookistan...this means YOU!
21 posted on 02/26/2014 6:24:23 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: matt1234

Again, I can only speak for Texas. State guard has no authority over the national guard or reserves.

A private in the reserves outranks a general in the state guard.

We saw a few former soldiers in the state guard who took it seriously. Most others I wouldn’t have trusted with a radio.


22 posted on 02/26/2014 7:54:41 AM PST by And2TheRepublic (People like freedom of speech, but only when it's sweet to their ears.)
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To: ansel12
Are you kidding?

No. I'm not sure where you got that impression.

23 posted on 02/26/2014 12:03:55 PM PST by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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To: matt1234

The State Guard are usually very small and limited but that could probably change


24 posted on 02/26/2014 12:05:50 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: And2TheRepublic

a little time and effort could change that


25 posted on 02/26/2014 12:06:57 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: matt1234

Read post 16, for you to be comparing state guards with National Guard and active duty combat units is ridiculous, or any of their units for that matter.


26 posted on 02/26/2014 1:21:16 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: GeronL

No, a little time cannot change that, to prepare to be a true fighting force is time consuming and expensive, and it takes many layers of units and support.

Schools and training are expensive, you don’t just easily set up a state school to create Apache helicopter pilots, or Armor units.

Even most nations don’t have an effective military, because it is more complex than it looks.


27 posted on 02/26/2014 1:26:21 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: matt1234

Someone posted these two links yesterday, they are different than the link for Texas above;

http://texasstatemilitia.org/

http://www.texasmilitia.org/home/


28 posted on 02/26/2014 1:48:09 PM PST by potlatch
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To: ansel12
Read post 16, for you to be comparing state guards with National Guard and active duty combat units is ridiculous, or any of their units for that matter.

I never said they were equivalent. In fact, I posted some of the differences.

Your posts suggest some kind of hostility that I don't really understand...or want to.

29 posted on 02/26/2014 4:47:14 PM PST by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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To: matt1234; And2TheRepublic

Not hostility, I just think you went way overboard about state militias when you responded to post 3’s accurate post.

To: matt1234
*”State Guards are generally not on the same level of proficiency or preparedness as National Guard or Fed forces.”*

Are you kidding? They aren’t anything like combat forces, enlist at 70 years old, and you need a valid driver’s license?

Here is Texas for instance.

ENLISTMENT REQUIREMENTS

-Resident of Texas or enrolled student
-Age 17 to 70
-Reasonable Good Health
-Pass criminal background check
-Valid Texas Drivers License
-Prior Military Service NOT required
-If Prior Service - Honorable discharge required
-Helpful skill sets: JAG/Military experienced Attorneys, Rescue, Medical [Doctors, Nurses, Dentist, Dental Asst., Paramedics, EMT], Civil Affairs, Chaplain, Communications, IT, CPA, Education, Historian
-No educational requirement for enlistment

16 posted on 2/25/2014 11:21:49 PM by ansel12


30 posted on 02/26/2014 5:00:35 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: ansel12; And2TheRepublic

My post #6 in reply to post #3 was factually accurate. If it was overbearing or an overreaction, then I apologize for that.


31 posted on 02/26/2014 6:51:47 PM PST by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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To: matt1234

I’ve been RA, and I’ve been National Guard, I would never think to salute some state guard person walking by, although I don’t recall ever seeing one.


32 posted on 02/26/2014 6:55:42 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: matt1234; ansel12

The State Guard doesn’t get paid unless they are activated, which is rarely. They are not a real military force. To say that they are is an insult to the military.

Like I said before, I can only speak for What I’ve seen in Texas. As an Active soldier or National Guardsman, you do not render a salute nor take any guidance from someone in the State Guard.


33 posted on 02/27/2014 2:29:42 PM PST by And2TheRepublic (People like freedom of speech, but only when it's sweet to their ears.)
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To: And2TheRepublic; matt1234

I agree, but...now that I have found out that I can get in, I will look into joining one since it is all that is left to me now.

They still sound like a lot of fun and useful.


34 posted on 02/27/2014 4:30:45 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: And2TheRepublic
They are not a real military force. To say that they are is an insult to the military.

I can't speak about TX. But here in WA, the State Guard is part of the Military Dept. of WA. (The state has a Military Dept. in the same way fedgov has a Dept. of Defense.) The State Guard is not federal military; the State Guard is State Military. Two different but cooperating militarys.

We could quibble about the meaning of "real" military, but I consider that a semantic exercise of little value.

I'm sorry if you feel my comments were insulting. I was not trying to insult anyone. I was trying to point out that some of the governors have other options in light of the cuts to the National Guard.

35 posted on 02/27/2014 5:24:05 PM PST by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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