The Constitution for the United States of America

Article 1
Section 8 - Paragraph 16

To provide for organizing, arming and disciplining the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress:

This Paragraph very clearly establishes the fact that the Militia is under the control of the States - The States appoint the officers, not the Federal Government. The Federal Government can establish the training criteria so that each State Militia is trained in a uniform manner with all other State Militias.

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