Article XVII, Colorado Constitution

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Article XVII[1] of the Colorado Constitution is entitled Militia. It is composed of five sections.

Section 1

Text of Section 1:

Persons Subject to Service

The militia of the state shall consist of all able­bodied male residents of the state between the ages of eighteen and forty­five years; except, such persons as may be exempted by the laws of the United States, or of the state.

Section 2

Text of Section 2:

Organization Equipment Discipline

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.

Section 3

Text of Section 3:

Officers How Chosen

The governor shall appoint all general, field and staff officers and commission them. Each company shall elect its own officers, who shall be commissioned by the governor; but if any company shall fail to elect such officers within the time prescribed by law, they may be appointed by the governor.

Section 4

Text of Section 4:


The general assembly shall provide for the safekeeping of the public arms, military records, relics and banners of the state.

Section 5

Text of Section 5:

Exemption in Time of Peace

No person having conscientious scruples against bearing arms, shall be compelled to do militia duty in time of peace; provided, such person shall pay an equivalent for such exemption.


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