I posted this when I enlisted in the Texas State Guard. Then, I realized that I am not just another soldier with a blog. I work in headquarters as a technical writer. We have a public affairs office (PAO) that speaks for the TXSG. It is not much different than working for any other government agency or mature corporation: you cannot even unintentionally appear speak for the organization without permission. Many people do anyway, and it usually is not a problem, but I asked Joseph to pull the article, which he did. Since then, I re-wrote the blog item to remove any implications of voice. I also spoke on general terms with a PAO for some guidelines. I offer it here again.
Right now, 20 states have active defense forces. Their organizations and responsibilities vary, but, generally, they serve as technical and operational support for the state national guard. They provide response to public emergencies such as weather or man-made disasters. They cannot be federalized; and they do not carry weapons. While prior military service is common in the ranks, it is not a requirement for enlistment. Ohio is exceptional in conducting annual physical fitness tests, including push ups, sit ups, a one mile run, and measurement of waist-to-hips ratio, for active deployment. Here in Texas, you can join at 65 and serve until you are 70; and you can be extended by special orders. Maryland recently created a cyber defense unit.
The full article in on Necessary Facts here.
(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 7/25, 11:06am)