Article XV, Alabama Constitution

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Article XV of the Alabama Constitution is entitled Militia and consists of eight sections.

Section 271

Text of Section 271:

Composition of Militia; Organizing, Arming and Disciplining Militia; Naval Militia May Be Organized

The legislature shall have power to declare who shall constitute the militia of the state, and to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the same; and the legislature may provide for the organization of a state and naval militia.[1][2]

Section 272

Text of Section 272:

Conformance with Regulations Governing Armies of United States

The legislature, in providing for the organization, equipment, and discipline of the militia, shall conform as nearly as practicable to the regulations for the government of the armies of the United States.[1][2]


Section 273

Text of Section 273:

Election or Appointment of Company and Regimental Officers

Each company and regiment shall elect its own company and regimental officers; but if any company or regiment shall neglect to elect such officers within the time prescribed by law, they may be appointed by the governor.[1][2]


Section 274

Text of Section 274:

Volunteer Organizations

Volunteer organizations of infantry, cavalry, and artillery and naval militia may be formed in such manner and under such restrictions and with such privileges as may be provided by law.[1][2]

Section 275

Text of Section 275:

Immunity of Members from Arrest While Attending, Going to or Returning from Musters, Parades and Elections

The militia and volunteer forces shall, in all cases, except treason, felony, and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at musters, parades, and elections, and in going to and returning from the same.[1][2]

Section 276

Text of Section 276:

Appointment and Terms of Office of General Officers; Staffs of Governor, Generals and Regimental and Battalion Commanders

The governor shall, with the advice and consent of the senate, appoint all general officers, whose terms of office shall be four years. The governor, the generals and regimental and battalion commanders shall appoint their own staffs, as may be provided by law.[1][2]


Section 277

Text of Section 277:

Safe Keeping of Arms, Ammunition, Military Records, Etc

The legislature shall provide for the safe keeping of the arms, ammunition, and accoutrements, and military records, banners, and relics of the state.[1][2]

Section 278

Text of Section 278:

Officers and Men Not Entitled to Compensation When Not in Active Service

The officers and men of the militia and volunteer forces shall not be entitled to or receive any pay, rations, or emoluments when not in active service.[1][2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Alabama State Legislature, "Alabama Constitution," accessed March 25, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.