Accession Number : ADA299020

Title :   Naval Militias.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 2 Aug 94-2 Jun 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Booth, John H.

PDF Url : ADA299020

Report Date : 02 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 89

Abstract : This historical study chronicles the rise and fall of the Naval Militia in the United States. It traces the successes and failures of the Naval Militia throughout its evolution from the Revolutionary War until today. Beginning with the development of State Navies during the Revolutionary War, the study examines the important role that naval militias played, and why they declined over the years due to their high costs, the antipathy that professional naval officers expressed toward them, and the changing nature of naval warfare. The study looks at the role of the Volunteer Navy during the Civil War, and the events afterwards that lead to the movement to develop an organized Naval Militia in various states. The study examines and analyzes the legislative developments that lead to the formation of a federal Naval Reserve, and how the formation of such a reserve eclipsed the Naval Militia in importance. The study ends with comments and prospects for the use of naval militias in the future concluding, that the Naval Militia may still have some utilitarian value.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *VOLUNTEERS, *NAVAL WARFARE, MILITARY RESERVES, HIGH COSTS, NAVAL PERSONNEL, OFFICER PERSONNEL.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE