Hawaii Naval Militia

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The Hawaii Naval Militia is the inactive naval militia of Hawaii. As a naval militia, it was organized as a naval parallel to the Hawaii National Guard. Along with the National Guard, the Hawaii Naval Militia is recognized as part of the organized militia of Hawaii.[1]


Steps were first taken to organize the Hawaii Naval Militia in 1899 when the former Hawaii secretary of ligation, J. B. Castle, wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Navy, John Davis Long, asking about the naval regulations that would need to be followed in order to establish the naval militia.[2]

By 1910, the Hawaii Naval Militia was organized into two divisions.[3]

By 1916, the Hawaii Naval Militia had added marine and aeronautical sections.[4] In the summer of 1916, the Hawaii Naval Militia drilled aboard the USS St. Louis.[5]


Naval militias are partially regulated and equipped by the federal government, and therefore membership requirements are partially set according to federal standards. Under 10 U.S. Code § 7854, in order to be eligible for access to "vessels, material, armament, equipment, and other facilities of the Navy and the Marine Corps available to the Navy Reserve and the Marine Corps Reserve", at least 95% of members of the naval militia must also be members of the United States Navy Reserve or the United States Marine Corps Reserve.[6]

Legal status

Naval militias of U.S. states are recognized by the federal government of the United States under 10 U.S. Code §7851.[7] Hawaii law also recognizes the Hawaii Naval Militia as a component of the organized militia of Hawaii.[1] Therefore, an act of legislature by the Hawaii State Legislature or an executive order from the Governor of Hawaii could return the Hawaii Naval Militia to active service.

See also


  1. ^ "Hawaiin Naval Militia". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. 23 March 1899. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Register of the Naval Militia of the U.S." United States. Division of Naval Militia Affairs. 1 January 1910. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Organized Naval Militia Increased About One-Fifth". The Day. New London, Connecticut. 24 August 1916. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  4. ^ Naval Militia Cruises, 1916. United States Division of Naval Militia Affairs. p. 115.
  5. ^ "10 U.S. CODE § 7854 - AVAILABILITY OF MATERIAL FOR NAVAL MILITIA". www.law.cornell.edu/. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  6. ^ "10 U.S. CODE § 7851 - COMPOSITION". www.law.cornell.edu/. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
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