In the widest sense, the whole military force of a nation, including both those engaged in military service as a business, and those competent and available for such service; specifically, the body of citizens enrolled for military instruction and discipline, but not subject to be called into actual service except in emergencies.
Military service; warfare.
"Private, unpaid local citizens, both armed and unarmed, to serve in the time of natural disaster or civil defense."--description supplied by the Michigan Militia. Traditionally, an armed citizen's self-defense group.
A body of private citizens organized, trained, and prepared to carry out military activities, but only when called into service by government authorities in emergencies.
Volunteer forces. In 1908 they were absorbed into the Territorial Force.
a military force that is not part of a regular army
The volunteer military force in which all able bodied men between the ages16 and 60 were required to serve.
any army composed of citizens rather than professional soldiers, called up in tmie of emergency
an armed force of citizens
An army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers
a part-time military force, recruited from a local area, rather than nationally.
A group of citizen soldiers enrolled for military service, which serves full time only in emergencies.
The body of the entire American People (minus un-American, non-American and anti-American elements) armed in defense of the nation against foreign and domestic enemies under the Second Amendment. Sometimes a synonym for the Nationalist Strike Force Strikers. Not to be confused with "Affirmative Action" Militias, which are anarchists, survivalists and haters of all government (either as sectionalists or internationalists) and who practice de-Americanization.
civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
the entire body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service; "their troops were untrained militia"; "Congress shall have power to provide for calling forth the militia"--United States Constitution
a body of armed citizens, with some military training, who may be called to temporary active military service in times of emergency
a convention called up for the purpose of defense
a group of citizen s organized to provide paramilitary service
a group of people who are eligible to be called to military service (or other public service)
a group of people who can be drafted into public (usually military) service, which basically means "everybody"
an army of the common man
a non-professional citizen army which is not assembled on a permanent basis
an organization of citizen soldiers
an organization of locally raised volunteers, often self-armed, serving under state or local mandate
an organized force not reporting to the head of a governmental body (like the Governor or President)
an organized force under government control
a possibility, as it is also composed of civilians under arms, directed by military authority
a quickly and loosely organized group of individual citizens called forth or responding to a threat to that which they hold dear or to their nation in a time of need
a voluntary defense service which is unlikely to invade a foreign country, build weapons of mass destruction and death, fund itself with stolen money, or most other questionable actions in which government militaries routinely engage
Group of citizens with some military training called upon in an emergency.
A group of able-bodied male citizens called to fight only in emergencies
a military organization made up of citizens trained for service in times of a national emergency.
a body of citizens, enrolled for discipline as a military force, but not engaged in actual military service except in emergencies.
A part of an organized army that is usually called for service only in an emergency.
All males, usually between the age of sixteen and sixty, were required to do local military service. Each county of a province (or state) would divide its inhabitants into companies, which in turn would form battalions or regiments. Militiamen were generally not uniformed, only sometimes paid when on actual service, and often had to provide their own arms and accoutrements. They did not serve fixed terms as the Provincials did, nor were they expected to serve outside of their native province. Their length of service was typically only during times of alarm, or doing rotations of fatigue and guard duties.
The Yeomanry Militia is the backbone of Yeoman Army and society as a whole. As such, nearly all common men and women in the Yeomanry own at least leather armor, a hand weapon, and a bow or crossbow of some kind, and they know how to use them well. Due to the incentives that a person receives for serving in the Yeomanry militia, enlistment is entirely voluntary, and the Yeoman government has never had any trouble meeting their needs for manpower. Because of its voluntary nature, morale is very high and the soldiers are both proud and energetic in their work. Distrust of its neighbors, combined with a strong sense of pride and nationalism, means that the Yeomanry refuses to import mercenaries to defend its people and resources.
Citizens of a state who are not part of the national military forces but who can be called into military service in an emergency; a citizen army, apart from the regular military forces.
a part of the organized armed forces of a country called upon in times of crisis
a citizen army; a military organization formed by local citizens to serve in emergencies.
Militia forces were civilian volunteers.
organized armed forces of an area subject to a call to arms in an emergency.
A military force similar to contemporary National Guard units that is raised from the civilian populace and that may be used by a governor in emer- gencies.
an army of ordinary citizens (not professional soldiers) trained to fight
The part-time civilian military force used in Great Britain, Upper Canada and the United States. See also Incorporated Militia and Sedentary Militia.
Troops, like the National Guard, who are only called out to defend the land in an emergency.
Home defence force in which the soldiers were selected by ballot.
Militia is the activity of one or more citizens organized to provide defense or paramilitary service, or those engaged in such activity.