This article governs the state militia. At the time the Maine Constitution was adopted, the preponderance of the nation’s peacetime military forces was entirely state controlled, and so the militia was a more significant arm of state government than it is today. The entire article was overhauled by Amendment XL in 1919, three years after the National Defense Act made the state militia (or National Guard, as it came to be called) subject to federal control. All commissioned officers of the militia shall be appointed and commissioned by the Governor, from such...
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