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Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the Militia?
Look in the mirror and you will have the answer. The Militia, contrary to the media hype, is not an "anti-government hate group" composed of swastika-bearing, uneducated, racists. Nor is it made up of malcontents bent on destroying America.
Militiamen are largely middle class professionals of all races and religions who have sworn to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic” – just like the military, police, and elected officials.
According to federal law, the militia is composed of "...all able bodied males between the ages of 17 and 45..." We are all the Militia. You, me, your dad, your neighbor, your brother, your boss, your pastor, the dry cleaner, the mail man, the stock boy at the grocery store, the cook at your favorite restaurant, and the cable guy are all members of the unorganized Militia.
You may ask, “Why do we need a militia today? What purpose does it serve?” The militia is needed more today than ever before in our nation’s history. We face more and greater threats than any previous generation.
That, my friend, is the Militia.
Where did we get the right to form a militia?
The original Virginia militia was established in 1607 as part of the British Crown's plan to repel foreign invasions and enforce the laws of the colony. The idea was later enshrined in the U.S. Constitution in the Second Amendment (“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”). Current federal law (Chapter 13 § 311) says, “(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males…(b) The classes of the militia are;
- (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
- (2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members
of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.
Our Founding Fathers spoke often about the need of a militia to keep tyrants in check. We were born with the right to form or join a militia, and only a despot and his minions will tell you otherwise.
What is the Virginia Citizen Militia? (VCM)
The Virginia Citizen Militia is…you! The militia has always been United States citizens who answer the call in times of need. Our Founding Fathers were very concerned that one day their new republic would once again fall prey to political tyrants. They knew the militia would be the final line of defense… standing for liberty and freedom in the face of an oppressive government. If you realize this is happening today, you should be considering joining with like minded citizenry in the Virginia Citizen Militia
VCM's purpose is to educate, train, and prepare the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia for all types of emergencies that would threaten life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We need able-bodied Virginians of all races, religions, and genders who want to train and equip themselves to defend the Commonwealth. Check us out and find out for yourself.
Why should you join the Virginia Citizen Militia?
At Valley Forge, George Washington had 12,000 in his command. This was less than half of a percent of all the people. One out of every 200 people understood that freedom was both their God given right and worth fighting for. Do you believe that freedoms are worth fighting for? Is it worth fighting for your children and grandchildren’s freedoms? Join us!
What does the Constitution of Virginia say about the Militia?
Section 13. Militia; standing armies; military subordinate to civil power.
That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.
How do I join the Virginia Citizen Militia?
Joining is easy. Simply click on the large VCM Forum button at the top right corner of this web page and request to join the group. Once the request has been processed you will be given access to the group and receive further instructions on how to contact militia members in your area.
The Virginia State Code
§ 44-1. Composition of militia.
The militia of the Commonwealth of Virginia shall consist of all able-bodied citizens of this Commonwealth and all other able-bodied persons resident in this Commonwealth who have declared their intention to become citizens of the United States, who are at least sixteen years of age and, except as hereinafter provided, not more than fifty-five years of age. The militia shall be divided into four classes, the National Guard, which includes the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard, the Virginia State Defense Force, the naval militia, and the unorganized militia