MICHIGAN

DEFENSE

FORCE

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS‚Äč

24th Special Troops Brigade, 2nd Battalion HQ

BASIC ELIGIBILITY

Persons seeking to enlist in the Michigan Defense Force must meet the following criteria:

  • Between the age of 17 and 60 (under 18 requires parent/guardian consent, over 65 requires waiver based upon prior military service only)
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be a citizen of Michigan 
  • Meet medical and fitness requirements 
Disqualifying factors include:
  • Convicted felons
  • Persons adjudged a youthful offender
  • Any prior military service person with Reenlistment Code 4 on their DD-214 (non-waiverable)
  • Any prior military service person whose discharge was other than "Honorable"
  • Persons adjudged a security risk
  • Conscientious objectors
  • Members of any component of the U.S. Armed Forces (must first be discharged)
  • Medical conditions which would deem a person unfit for duty

Initially, all personnel enlisting in the MIVDF take on a service obligation of three (3) years and for an may reenlist in one or three year increments thereafter.  . Prior service personnel of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces may be enlisted, appointed or commissioned at the highest grade held as shown on their DD-214 or NGB-22 provided a unit vacancy exists at the time of enlistment, appointment, or commission. 

OFFICER APPOINTMENTS:


Persons seeking an officer appointment in the Michigan Defense Force must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least age 21 
  • Be less than 65 years old (unless prior military service - mandatory retirement is age 70)
  • Must be a U.S citizen
  • Must be a citizen of Michigan
  • Must be a college graduate or meet current Michigan National Guard standards must have 90 credit hours from accredited college or university 
  • Demonstrate a command of the English language
  • Prior service commissioned and warrant officers, medical officers, judge advocates, and chaplains will automatically be considered for an appointment
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must possess qualities of potential leaders and show ability to work effectively with other people. Such qualities must be evaluated consistent with the applicant's background and experience.
  • Meet medical and fitness requirements 
  • Non-prior service will serve as a enlisted member for no less than 6 months prior to receiving a commission

Disqualifying factors include:

  • Convicted felons
  • Persons adjudged a youthful offender
  • Any prior military service person with Reenlistment Code 4 on their DD-214 (non-waiverable)
  • Any prior military service person whose discharge was other than "Honorable"
  • Any prior military service person who resigned their federal service duty in lieu of a court martial, elimination, or disciplinary or corrective action
  • Persons adjudged a security risk
  • Conscientious objectors
  • Members of any component of the U.S. Armed Forces (must first be discharged)
  • Cadets of the U.S. Armed Forces Academies and ROTC members
  • Medical conditions which would deem a person unfit for duty 
FEDERAL SERVICE AND U.S. ARMED FORCES LIMITATIONS
While it is admirable that a person might be willing to serve in both the United States Armed Forces and the Michigan Defense Force, federal and state regulations prohibit this. A person can only belong to one military entity at any given time. Civilian auxiliaries do not apply to this policy (USAF Aux/CAP, USCG Aux, etc).


Title 32 United States Code - Section 109: Maintenance of other troops
  • (a) In time of peace, a State, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam, or the Virgin Islands may maintain no troops other than those of its National Guard and defense forces authorized by subsection (c).
  • (b) Nothing in this title limits the right of a State, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam, or the Virgin Islands to use its National Guard or its defense forces authorized by subsection (c) within its borders in time of peace, or prevents it from organizing and maintaining police or constabulary.
  • (c) In addition to its National Guard, if any, a State, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam, or the Virgin Islands may, as provided by its laws, organize and maintain defense forces. A defense force established under this section may be used within the jurisdiction concerned, as its chief executive (or commanding general in the case of the District of Columbia) considers necessary, but it may not be called, ordered, or drafted into the armed forces.
  • (d) A member of a defense force established under subsection (c) is not, because of that membership, exempt from service in the armed forces, nor is he entitled to pay, allowances, subsistence, transportation, or medical care or treatment, from funds of the United States.
  • (e) A person may not become a member of a defense force established under subsection (c) if he is a member of a reserve component of the armed forces.
  • Federal military personnel wishing to join the Michigan Defense Force must first be "Honorably" discharged from their respective branches. Prior military grade is laterally transferable to the Michigan Defense Force if an available slot exists for the same pay grade.

PHYSICAL STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS

         Generally speaking, potential service members should be in good physical condition, of appropriate weight and able to pass a standard physical screening prior to entry. New recruits will need to provide a copy of a physical exam (Sports Physical) with in the last 6 months. It is important that when you have this completed that your honest with your physician and your self, you will be asked about their overall health. Keep in mind  while there is a lot of administrative down time through out the year, when your unit is called to service  for a natural disaster or other emergency they are usually very labor intensive jobs, be honest with your self  and you will not become a casualty! Your input and the result of the exam will determine his or her ability to meet the health and physical fitness standards for military service. Because of the very particular and personal nature of these matters, one should contact a recruiter for more specific information.

         Please see forms for details on the physical fitness standards required for entry. It also covers a wide range of medical factors which could potentially disqualify one from military service. Unless stated otherwise, many of these conditions are not necessarily permanently disqualifying, but they are red flags! If you have had a medical complication at any time in your life that is mentioned in the physical standard regulations, then you need to tell your recruiter. They will tell you whether your condition can be wavered, or if it is permanently disqualifying. For any circumstance where there may be doubt, a meeting can be arranged to render a final decision. Remember that if you do not get an official waiver and your condition is later discovered, you will most likely be dishonorably discharged for fraudulent enlistment.

YOUR OBLIGATION

      Michigan State Troops are expected to attend all Inactive Duty Training (IDT) and Annual Training (AT) dates. These dates are provided in order to coordinate family functions responsibilities,and work scheduling around mandatory training periods. Employer letters are available. Maximum participation during IDT and AT events are mandatory. Per Battalion Commanders guidance, a soldier is authorized to request off 3 UTAs (25% of Training) in a 12 month IDT period.


MONTHLY UTA TRAINING:

       Regular monthly Unit Training Assembly (UTA) consists of one weekend a month (1 or 2 Days) scheduled at your Battalions Armory or Base. UTA and AT are unpaid and are considered Active State Duty (ASD) however they are not Active State Service (ASS).


DEPLOYMENTS:

       Michigan State Troops will have two different types of deployments: Local Deployment (ASD) these missions are usually Search and Rescue, and other small scale emergencies or disasters, or SAD deployments are Large Scale Military Support to Civil Authorities (MSCA) where the State Defense Force is called up to Active State Service (ASS) under direct orders of the Governor, the State Defense Force Troops will then be paid. ASD deployment's are generally on volunteer basis, however the success of the mission starts with having the adequate personnel to support our mission, and generally given a Employer Letter upon request.


ANNUAL TRAINING (AT):

     Annual Training (AT) is held at Camp Grayling, and may be up to one week long. (ASD Un-Paid)


TYPES OF SERVICE:

      To better understand the different types of service please see the following definitions as defined in state law. Michigan defines 4 types of service they are the following:

  • "Active Service" Means service, active state service, or special duty required by law regulation, or order of the Governor. Active service includes the continuing obligations of the national guard and defense force by virtue of their commissions, appointments, or enlistments. Michigan Code of Military Justice Act 523 of 1980, MCL 32.1002 "Definitions" (B).
  • "Active State Duty" Means actual weekend , annual training, or special duty in the state military forces and includes travel to and from duty station. Michigan Code of Military Justice Act 523 of 1980, MCL 32.1002 "Definitions" (C).
  • "Active State Service" Means military service in support of civil authorities ordered by the Governor or as provided by the Michigan military act. Michigan Code of Military Justice Act 523 of 1980, MCL 32.1002 "Definitions" (D).
  • "Special Duty" Means military service in support of the full time operation of the state military establishment for a period of not less than 1 day if ordered by competent authority. Michigan Military Act 150 of 1967 MCL 32.505 "Definitions" (E).

PAY AND BENEFITS:

      Michigan State Troops are Paid On-Call Employees of the State of Michigan, Michigan Military Act 150 of 1967,  MCL 32.683 "Pay and Allowances" Sec. 283. "While in active state service under orders of the governor, under circumstances and conditions prescribed for the national guard in this act, or in such status in the administration, training, command and supply of the Michigan defense force, the officers and enlisted men there of shall receive the same pay and allowances as are prescribed for the national guard in like circumstances."


Michigan Military Act 150 of 1967, MCL 32.811, Sec. 411. Retirement on completion of not less than 20 years of active service; eligibility; annual amount; amount to be received by spouse upon death of person.

(1) A person who has completed not less than 20 years of active service with the national guard or defense force, or both, may retire and receive retirement pay under 1 or more of the following circumstances:

  • (a) Attainment of 62 years of age.
  • (b) Ineligibility, because of federal law or regulation, for further federal recognition in the person's current grade because of age or length of service, and termination of the person's commission or enlistment in the national guard of the United States.
  • (c) Withdrawal of the person's federal recognition and termination of the person's commission or enlistment in the national guard of the United States because of physical disqualification from further service.
  • (d) Separation from the national guard or defense force under an honorable circumstance.

(2) A person who retires under subsection (1)(a) shall receive pay of $600.00 per year. A person who retires under subsection (1)(b), (c), or (d) shall receive pay of $600.00 per year upon reaching 55 years of age.

(3) Upon the death of a person who has completed not less than 20 years of active service with the national guard or defense force, or both, and who before his or her death met 1 of the circumstances described in subsection (1)(b), (c), or (d), or was still in active service, a surviving spouse shall receive $500.00 per year until death.