Once in awhile though some officers would not hesitate to cheat the government by drawing more money than they had men so they would be able to pocket some of the money for themselves.
The government put many rules on the militia over the years. Some of the rules are very clear in the Bill of Rights. Amendment number two says "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" and amendment number three says "No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. " These amendments to the constitution are very important in it shows that government can not take away the rights of the militia so they can go about the duties that they need to do and at the same time giving rules that the militia can"tmt take way rights of the people who own property.
The Militia Act of 1792 originally made it so that the men that belonged to the militia had to purchase and maintain there own weapons. The government could not supply the
would pool all the money into a common stock and the officers and recruits would share it equally. Once in awhile though some officers would not hesitate to cheat the government by drawing more money than they had men so they would be able to pocket some of the money for themselves.
The Uniform Militia Act of 1792 also stated new rules on enrolment into the militia. It stated that "That each and every free able-bodied white male citizen of the respective states, resident therein, who is or shall be of the age of 18 years, and under the age of 45 years (except as is herein after excepted) shall respectively be enrolled in the militia by the captain or commanding officer of the company, within whose bounds such citizens shall reside, and that within 12 months of the passing of this act " This part of the act states that anyone who is at least 18 years old and is male is able to be in the militia. Once in the militia these men had to with in six months provide themselves a good musket, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack. The men should be armed and ready to be called for an exercise.
In the Militia Act of 1792 there were many rules on how the militia would be arranged in ranks. In Section 3 it states "Within one year after the passing of this act, the militia of the respective states shall be arranged into divisions, brigades, regiments, battalions, and companies, and each division, brigade, and regiments, shall be numbered at the formation thereof, and a record made of such numbers in the adjutant-general's office in the state; and when in the field, or in service in the state, each division, brigade, and regiments shall, respectively, take rank according to their numbers, reckoning the first or lowest number highest in rank. That, if the same were convenient, each brigade shall consist of four regiments; each regiment of two battalions; each battalion of five companies; each company of Sixty-four privates. That the said militia shall be officered by the respective states, as follows: To each di