Discover the satisfaction that comes from Serving

 The Michigan Defense Force is the third branch of the Michigan Military Establishment along with Michigan Army National Guard and Michigan Air National Guard. All our missions and training are done in Michigan, close to home. When you join, you become part of a tradition of service spanning generations of Michiganders. You’ll drill one weekend a month and attend training events about two weeks per year and experience the satisfaction that comes with service. 

Whether  you’ve been in the military and want to rejoin, or if you thought you missed your chance to serve, learn about serving in the Michigan Defense Force and serve in your community.


Though our mission is laser-focused, our service is as varied as the Michigan communities in which we  live, train and serve.

About Us

The Michigan Defense Force is a professionally trained  branch of the Michigan Military Establishment along with the Army National Guard and Air National Guard.

What we do

We train for disaster response, search and rescue, first aid, and of course military customs and courtesies, drill and ceremony, and much more.

How about you?

If you have the desire to serve in the military but thought you couldn’t because of your life circumstances, reconsider. The MIDF might be right for you.
– The MIDF is a Title 32 organization. This means we serve exclusively under the direction of the Governor through TAG (The State Adjutant General).
– All training and missions are in Michigan
– Short deployments, all within state boundaries
– Compressed basic training
– Skill training
– Job protection for military training

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.


Have an advanced degree


Served in the Federal Armed Forces


Served in the national guard

Live in michigan.
Serve in michigan.

The Defense Force is divided into two battalions:

1st Battalion
 CPT Jeff Steinport commanding
1BN serves the lower third of Michigan and is headquartered at Fort Custer, Battlecreek, MI.

2nd Battalion
MAJ Charles D. Shelton commanding
2BN serves the northern two thirds of the state and is based at Camp Grayling, Grayling, MI.

Each battalion is divided into companies located throughout the state.  Locations include Battle Creek, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Grayling, and Saginaw.

Chain of Command

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