Army vs. Navy: The Race to Federalize the Militias
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States
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During the Spanish American War, the United States mobilized not just the organized militias of forty-five states, but also the newly established naval militias of fifteen states. The war highlighted the increasing tensions between the U.S.s militia- based system and the requirements of modern warfare. Both services responded by federalizing their militias, but the Navy took eleven years longer than the Army. The Navys slower federalization was primarily due to its weaker political pull, the faster divergence of mission sets between the service and the militia, and the lower priority of the militia as compared to the Army.
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