The militia of the state shall consist of all able-bodied male residents of the state between the ages of eighteen and forty-five years; except, such persons as may be exempted by the laws of the United States, or of the state. Article XVII establishes the state militia as all able-bodied men between 18 and 45 who have not been exempted by state or federal statute. It should be read with Article IV, Section 5, which designates the governor as “commander-in-chief of the military forces of the state” and empowers the governor to “call out the militia to execute the...
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