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Militia

Militia, an organised force of armed citizens enrolled and trained for the defence of their country. Such are the National Guards in France, the Landwehr in Germany and Austria, and the military force of the United States. In England the Militia is recruited by volunteers, and organised in each county under the Lord-Lieutenant. They cannot be compelled to leave the kingdom at all, or to leave their county except in case of invasion or rebellion. They are called out for training for a few days every year.