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  •  Sounds a lot like the National Guard... (3+ / 0-)
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    Joy of Fishes, Smoh, glorificus

    to be honest.

    I'm a big supporter of that.  ;)

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 03:20:53 PM PST

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    •  Except that the National Guard (2+ / 0-)
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      Joy of Fishes, glorificus

      is an auxiliary arm of the federal US Army.

      A state militia, a proper one, would be tied to the state-- couldn't be mobilized. They also would not have the discriminatory hiring practices-- women could take infantry courses if they wished, and diabetics, epileptics, etc could join, HIV-positives, people with birth defects or asthma, wheelchair-bound people if they were content to do so (they'd probably be administrative or radio operators rather than line types, of course...).

      I'd actually fill the course with a lot of Combat Engineer type things, really. That's the kind of stuff that is useful in an emergency, after all. And sapper training for a militia would be ideal in the highly unlikely event that there ever was an actual invasion by a large, organized, heavily armed outside force. Courses could be offered on CPR and other civil-useful stuff as well.

      •  If it paid... (2+ / 0-)
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        Smoh, glorificus

        We'd be looking at a potential works program...

        Hell the Roman Legion spent most of their time building roads...  just sayin.  

        :)

        I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

        by detroitmechworks on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 03:57:55 PM PST

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        •  I'd imagine it would be something that (1+ / 0-)
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          glorificus

          people did voluntarily, although we could work out something like, say, gas used to attend militia events could be taken off taxes when filing in April.

          And if they are called up to help with a disaster and they respond, there can be other perks-- maybe a small stipend, and families get guaranteed placing or first pick for relocation if necessary, or something.

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