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Militia

A group of Nigerian traditional hunters and vigilantes gather on vehicles on their way to engage Boko Haram militants in Mubi from Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria 28 November 2014. The hunters have being assisting the Nigerian military in their fight against the Islamic insurgents, Boko Haram. According to residents at least 35 people, including five soldiers, were killed by an explosion near a military checkpoint in Mubi north-eastern Nigeria on 27 November 2014. (EPA/STR)

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Warrior Culture : Revolutionary War
Subculture : Minutemen

Unlike formal units of the Continental Army they did not receive much formal military training or drilling and they were required arm and equip themselves. They were however a highly mobile, remarably diverse quick reaction force. Allowing the Revolutionaries the ability to block enemy troop movements, and set up ambushes. Pining down British forces until slower Continental Army or standard militia units could respond.

Minutemen were among the first to fight in the Revolutionary war at Concord, MA. And their forces made up around a quarter of all militia forces during the War for American Independence.

Proving the premise of the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution. As a group of self armed, largely self trained citizens helped to bring a tyrannical dictator to his knees through quick mobilization.

Belt-Fed

Members of Peace Brigades, a Shiite militia group loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, heading to Tikrit, where Iraqi troops backed by Shiite fighters and Iranian advisers are fighting extremists, sit with their weapons in an armored vehicle as they leave Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Dozens of fighters with the militia loyal to the radical Shiite cleric left Iraq’s capital Sunday to take part in an offensive to capture Tikrit from the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

*Note the interesting pairing of a Browning M1919A6 and a Bulgarian MG-1M, an updated model of the Russian PKM. (GRH)            

Well, I was out shooting with my family today when out of the blue we saw a huge column of smoke rising over the horizon to the east. My dad and myself, wearing a Multicam combat shirt, Multicam pants, and a 45 on my hip, looking for all the world like a stereotypical militia member, jumped in a truck and headed down the road to find the source. Turned out a couple acres of brush were burning merrily a few miles down the road. Ended up working a 500-pound hose with the local volunteer firefighters alongside Georgia Forestry. Not the first time and It won’t be the last.

For anyone who’s ever wondered or looked at the ‘militia’ bit of my name, this is what a militia truly entails. It isn’t all guns and gear and training, though that’s a big part of it. It’s providing medical attention to car crash victims as a first responder. It’s organizing to help clear roads and fix houses after a storm. It’s mobilizing to help fight fires and find missing persons in the woods. And if necessary, it means taking up arms to defend your neighbors, no matter the threat and whatever the odds.

That’s what it actually means to be a militia member. You hear a lot of propaganda in the media about militias being 'terrorists’ or 'hate groups’. Some self - styled militia groups may be just that. But all it really means is being the one who runs towards the smoke to help those in your community, even though it isn’t your job and you don’t get paid or recognized. You do it anyway, because that’s who and what you are.

Long winded, slightly over - dramatic story over.

Now back to your regularly scheduled revolution.