What is militia?

  • (noun): The entire body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service.
    Example: "Their troops were untrained militia"; "Congress shall have power to provide for calling forth the militia"--United States Constitution
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The term militia ( /mɨˈlɪʃə/), or irregular army, is commonly used today to refer to a military force composed of ordinary citizens to provide defense, emergency law enforcement, or paramilitary service, in times of emergency without being paid a regular salary or committed to a fixed term of service. It is a polyseme with multiple distinct but related meanings. Legal and historical meanings of militia include:

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List Of Regiments Of The Indian Army (1903) - Frontier Corps and Para-Military Units - North-West Frontier and Baluchistan
... Chitral Scouts Frontier Constabulary Khyber Rifles Kurram Militia North Waziristan Militia South Waziristan Militia Mekran Levy Corps Zhob Levy Corps ...
Reed's Regiment Of Militia
... Reed's Regiment of Militia also known as the 6th Middlesex County Militia Regiment was called up at Littleton and Westford, Massachusetts on September 27, 1777 as ... The regiment served in General Briskett's brigade of Massachusetts militia ...
Fluvanna County Militia - Origins
... Like other county militias, the Fluvanna militia was formed as a local branch of the Virginia militia ... In order to join the militia, men were required to take a "Test Oath" renouncing King George III and pledging themselves to defend the Commonwealth ...
Milicja Obywatelska
... Milicja Obywatelska ( Citizens' Militia or Civic Militia) was a state police institution in the People's Republic of Poland ... The term is derived from militia, which in turn claims its etymology from the concept of a military force composed of ordinary citizens ... Poland formed the Polish Citizen's Militia, a kind of police force, at the end of 1944, while Poland was still in a theater of war, but just before Europe ...
Militia Service As A Civic Duty
... The Militia Information Service (MIS) contends that militia membership is a civic duty much like voting, neither of which they believe should be restricted to government ...

More definitions of "militia":

  • (noun): Civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army.
    Synonyms: reserves