The National Guard - Still Part of the Total Force.
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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In November 1986, Congress amended the Armed Force Reserve Act of 1952 to limit the governors consent over the defense departments ordering the National Guard to active duty for annual training or for voluntary duty in peacetime. The governors argued that the amendment violated the Militia clause of the Constituion, because the Guard was orginally a state organization to be called up only in several specific instances by the federal government. The department of Defense contends the amendment was Constitutional. This paper traces the Constitutional and legislative history of the Guard and analyses the current law.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Sociology and Law