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§ 13-501. Established

West's Annotated Code of MarylandPublic SafetyEffective: October 1, 2021

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Public Safety (Refs & Annos)
Title 13. Militia (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 5. Maryland Defense Force (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2021
MD Code, Public Safety, § 13-501
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 65, § 62
§ 13-501. Established
In general
(a)(1) There is established in the State a Maryland Defense Force within the Military Department.
(2) The Governor is the commander-in-chief of the Maryland Defense Force.
(3) The Maryland Defense Force is under the operational control of the Adjutant General.
(4) There is a commanding general of the Maryland Defense Force who is appointed by the Adjutant General and serves as such at the pleasure of the Adjutant General.
Separate from National Guard
(b) The Maryland Defense Force is a component of the organized militia of the State in addition to and separate from the National Guard.
(c)(1) The Maryland Defense Force shall have the primary mission of providing competent and supplemental professional, technical, and military support to the Maryland Army National Guard, the Maryland Air National Guard, and the Maryland Department of Emergency Management.
(2) The Maryland Defense Force shall also have other duties and missions as it may be assigned from time to time by competent authority.


Added by Acts 2003, c. 5, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2003. Amended by Acts 2009, c. 735, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2009; Acts 2021, c. 287, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2021; Acts 2021, c. 288, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2021.
MD Code, Public Safety, § 13-501, MD PUBLIC SAFETY § 13-501
Current through legislation effective through June 1, 2022, from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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