The Arizona State Militia is composed of private citizens who carry on normal civilian lives. While some members may have former police or military experience, they are presently civilians simply exercising their right to keep and bear arms and form militias.
The Arizona State Militia is a locally organized body of armed American citizens committed to defending their Constitutional liberties and serving their local communities. We are free and independent from the control of any local, state, or federal government, except when called to service by the State Governor under AZ SB 1495 and ARS 26-124. Our whole purpose is to defend our freedoms. So, the Arizona State Militia acts freely to defend freedom and our community.
We also call it a "militia" for two reasons. First, we are a military organization. Our purpose is, if necessary, to defend our liberties by force of arms. Second, we are a militia in the sense that we are composed of private citizens instead of professional soldiers. Hence, the Arizona State Militia is a combat team of private citizens.
The name Arizona State Militia was selected partly to describe what we are. But the terms were also carefully chosen to conform to the language of the Second Amendment to indicate our intentions are Constitutionally legal. "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."
The Arizona State Militia's "agenda" is the Bill of Rights. Our purpose is solely to defend these rights for ourselves and our neighbors. We will mobilize and fight as a militia only when these rights are seriously and intentionally threatened or denied. As a result, there are several things we are not:
The Arizona State Militia's operations are confined in and around the local community where its members reside. Training may occur in the countryside, but the Arizona State Militia's membership and organization is tied to the locality.
The Arizona State Militia exists to serve our community, defend our State when needed, and to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States of America. We train and stand ready to respond to the Governer's call to action under AZ SB 1495 and ARS 26-124, and maintain a constant state of sitational awareness and readiness to respond to any threats to the community, against all threats and enemies: natural, foreign and domestic.
If and when you decide to commit yourself to the Arizona State Militia, you will be required to take an oath to defend the constitution of the United States and the laws of the State of Arizona against all enemies, foreign and domestic, to adhere to the rank structure and chain of command of the Arizona State Militia, and never forsake the principles, tactics and principles of the Arizona State Milita:"I, __________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) to support and defend the Constitution of Arizona and the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the lawful orders of the Governor of Arizona and the officers appointed over me, according to statutes, acts and the constitutions we protect. I pledge never to betray my unit’s principles, policies or members. So help me God.”
It is imperative that all those who wish to join the Arizona State Militia understand both what is expected of them and why it is important. Take time to think about it and be sure of your commitment before you join. The decision is a heavy one and should not be taken lightly.