It's time that we had a thread about how to organize a modern state militia. There are many ways that it can be done. To organize the militia as is was done in the 1700 & 1800's wouldn't be the way to do it things now. Times and needs have changed. Most of the heavy transportation equipment in the US is privately owned. Plus in this state the #1 desired equipment that the NG has been providing for emr use has been(or is being taken away) and being returned to the full time US Army because of a $ shortage. The other organizations should be put made into the special units of the militia. Much like is done in the Scandinavian militia type of organizations. One kwik example here is that a sub group of the ham radio clubs are now in charge of and handle emergency communications. There is no legitimate reason that they couldn't be a special unit of the militia. If they desire to be self armed they could be. If they didn't want to provide for their own security and the need for it arose the general militia could provide it. Plus who better to provide training, advice, etc in the area of non-physical communications then the ham radio clubs. Another example is the Red Cross. While it can't be made part of the militia, it should still be a part of any plan for the militia in both the training it can provide and the support it currently give during emergencies.