OK, decided to post this in its own thread so as not completely jack the militia thread. Found the home site for the MNG: Miss State Guard home page Here are the qualifications (much to my shock, they take old farts): -------------- n Any United States citizen ages 17 to 67 with no felony conviction, is eligible for enlistment in the Mississippi State Guard. There are restrictions, however, for people who are currently in the active or reserve military, or National Guard. n You will also be required to take an oath of office. However, there is no contractual obligation, between you and the Mississippi State Guard. n Listed above are the requirements for enlistment. There are requirements, after enlistment, to remain as a member of the Mississippi State Guard. n Participation is expected. Most units meet monthly or bi-monthly, usually on a Saturday. The meetings are typically for training, but, they could be for other types of meetings. Meetings usually last most of the day. n There are several emergency management training courses that you take online. These courses are done at your leisure, but, they do have required completion timelines. n Commissioned officers are required to either be a previously, commissioned officer in the armed forces of the United States, or posses the skills, education, and experience needed to perform the duties of the assigned position. All officer candidates, not previously commissioned, must posses a bachelor’s degree, from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. All officers who are not a previously commissioned officer of the armed forces of the United States must complete an Officer’s Candidates School, within one year of commissioning, or prior to commissioning. n The Mississippi State Guard is a self-funded, self-equipment, fully voluntary military unit, therefore, you are required to purchase your uniform and personal equipment needed, before you are deployed. n Upon enlistment, you must me willing to deploy, when called upon by The Adjutant General, in times of emergency. When called up for State Active Duty, you will be paid a daily allowance and mileage. n When on duty, you are required meet military grooming standards, military code of conduct, and render all military honors and recognitions, to those appointed above you. n Upon enlistment, you are required to obey the orders of the officers appointed over you, and, to carry out your duties, as assigned. ------- Looks like I could actually have a shot at being a "commissioned officer". Now that's a surprise too. I have a degree and lots of "leadership" experience. I also have experience with the Boy Scouts as a Scout Master if that makes any diff.... Actually looks kinda good - they are primarily a "disaster relief" org - which is very good - and needless to say, needed. I don't know if this means taking up arms at some piont - like SHTF but I suppose so? Anybody here a member of the MSG? If so, what have your experiences been?