Forming militia movements

There is no simple definition of a group qualifying as a militia, however the following general criteria can be used as a guideline: (1) a militia is a domestic organization with two or more members; (2) the organization must possess and use firearms; and (3) the organization must conduct or encourage paramilitary training.

Other terms used to describe militias are Patriots and Minutemen.

Officials at the FBI Academy in the US classify militia groups in the US within four categories, ranging from moderate groups who do not engage in criminal activity to radical cells which commit violent acts of terrorism. Issues which have served as motivating factors for the development of the militia movement in the US include gun control, the incidents at Ruby Ridge (1992) and Waco (1993), the Montana Freemen Standoff (1996) and the restriction of land use by federal agencies.
The majority of growth within the militia movement in the US occurred during the 1990s.
1. Most militias engage in a variety of anti-government rhetoric. This discourse can range from the protesting of government policies to the advocating of violence and/or the overthrow of the federal government. However, the majority of militia groups are non-violent and only a small segment of the militias actually commit acts of violence to advance their political goals and beliefs.
Defence Military forces
Type Classification:
F: Exceptional strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions