Frequently Asked Questions
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IS THE MICHIGAN DEFENSE FORCE AN OFFICIAL MILITARY ORGANIZATION?
Yes. The Michigan Defense Force is the third branch of the Michigan Military Establishment along with the Michigan Army National Guard and Michigan Air National Guard.
Michigan law provides that the state military establishment "...consists of the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, and the Defense Force." (MCL 32.509). The Michigan Volunteer Defense Force (MIVDF) is established pursuant to theMichigan Military Act (MCL 32.509 et. seq.) as authorized by 32 USC sec 109.
The Governor of the State of Michigan is the Commander in Chief of the Defense Force, and the MIVDF operates under the direction of the Adjutant General of the State of Michigan.
WHAT IS THE ENLISTMENT TERM?
All enlistments have a minimum three-year commitment. During that time, you are committing to a monthly drill which can last one full day to an entire weekend (Friday - Sunday).
That time is used for training, mission coordination with your local company and interaction with trainers from a variety of organizations. With enlistment into the Michigan Defense Force, you are expected to be at drill and are accountable to your assigned supervisor and commander.
In addition to monthly weekend drills, there may be additional training with the Michigan national guard, and then annual training is about a week at the end of summer or early fall.
WHAT ARE THE AGE REQUIREMENTS?
To enlist, applicants much be between the ages of 18 and 55. Mandatory retirement is at age 65.
ARE THERE HEALTH REQUIREMENTS?
Yes. Good health and fitness is a crucial part to a member’s success in the state military. A medical assessment will be conducted during the accessions process, to include height and weight standards.
IS MY JOB PROTECTED IF I HAVE TRAINING OR AM CALLED TO STATE ACTIVE DUTY?
Yes. Your job is protected under the MILITARY LEAVES; REEMPLOYMENT PROTECTION Act 133 of 1955. We provide all members will official communication you can provide to your employer.
IF I’M PRIOR MILITARY, WILL MY RANK OR RIBBONS TRANSFER?
Former members of the military are likely to have a smooth transition into the Michigan Defense Force. Any MOS qualifications, ribbons, medals, badges, or awards earned in federal or state national guard service transfer directly; this includes combat patches. Depending on the rank earned and length of time since separation, previously-held service rank will transfer if there is an appropriate MOS slot open.
WILL I NEED TO ATTEND BASIC TRAINING?
Yes. Everyone is required to attend basic military training. Our program is in development and is projected to begin in 2023. Everyone in the force will go through the program. Right now it is likely to be two solid weeks with some weekends to follow.