Introduction There were two Militia Acts enacted by the second United States Congress in 1792 that provided for the organisation of militias and empowered the President of the United States to take command of the state militias in times of imminent invasion or insurrection. The President’s authority had a life of two years, and was… Read More
What was the Militia Act of 1903?
Introduction The Militia Act of 1903 (32 Stat. 775), also known as the Efficiency in Militia Act of 1903 or the Dick Act, was legislation enacted by the United States Congress to create an early National Guard and which codified the circumstances under which the Guard could be federalised. It also provided federal funds to… Read More
What was the National Defence Act of 1916?
Introduction The National Defence Act of 1916, Pub.L. 64–85, 39 Stat. 166, enacted June 3, 1916, was a United States federal law that updated the Militia Act of 1903, which related to the organisation of the military, particularly the National Guard. The principal change of the act was to supersede provisions as to exemptions. The… Read More
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