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Maryland Manual, 1971-72
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Colonel Malcolm E. Henry, Assistant Adjutant General for
Fifth Regiment Armory, Baltimore 21201 Telephone: 728-3388
The Charter of Maryland empowered Lord Baltimore to raise troops
to put down insurrection or rebellion and to subdue the enemies of
the province. Since that time the organization, maintenance, and
administration of the State militia has been an integral part of the
State's functions. The present military establishment of Maryland
conforms to Title 32, U. S. Code and regulations issued pursuant there-
to, and to the Militia Law of Maryland (Code 1957, 1968 Repl. Vol.,
Art. 65).
The Adjutant General is appointed by the Governor with the consent
of the Senate and serves until his successor is appointed and qualified
or until he is removed from office as a result of sentence imposed by
court martial (Const. 1867, IX, 2). The Ranking Line Officer (at the
present time also the Adjutant General) is head of the Military De-
partment and exercises all his powers and duties under the Militia
Law of Maryland.
The Military Department prepares all State forms and records
required for use by the militia, and the reports and returns required
by the Federal Government. It maintains a register of all commis-
sioned officers, and service records of all officers and enlisted men of
the Maryland National Guard.
The Ranking Line Officer is the custodian of all State and Federal
property used by the organized militia and apportions and provides
for the proper application of funds for the military establishment.
He also maintains all State-owned armories located in Maryland and
all other properties which may be occupied, purchased, or leased by
the Military Department. The Ranking Line Officer makes all regula-
tions for the use of such facilities, and applications for their use
should be made to him. In addition, he is responsible for the adminis-
tration, training, and supply of approximately 8,000 National Guards-
men, including 1,085 full-time employees (145 State-paid and 940
In time of war or other national emergency when the National
Guard is absent from the State, the Governor, as Commander-in-Chief
of the militia, has the power to organize the Maryland State Guard.
Such forces are separate and distinct from the National Guard and
are composed of officers, commissioned or assigned, and all able-bodied
male citizens of the State who volunteer and are accepted for service.
Members of the State Guard are uniformed as prescribed by the
Governor, who also has the power to reduce or disband such forces
when deemed necessary.
Allotted by the Department of the Army:
Non-Divisional Units
State Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
229th Army Band
1st Battalion (NH), 70th Artillery
29th Support Center, Rear Area Operations
121st Engineer Battalion (CBT)
70th General Supply Company (GS)
Headquarters and Company A (Main Support), 729th Maintenance
Battalion (DS) CS

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