Who Has Authority Over
Maine's National Guard?
All national guard "salaries" are paid out of Defense Budget.
Check out the budget and you will find a whole section on the national guard. It is funded in the DoD but is a separate line item.
Google Maine National Guard, then go to the retirement page and that will explain a lot of the benefits attendent to those that remain in for the requisite 20 or more years for retirement. There are also regular military people assigned to the guard as instructors or active members of the guard.
While the national guard is on active duty all benefits are available to them, i.e. exhange and commissary stores, medical, etc. Members with a service connected disabilities and/or WIA are eligible for VA.
Many years ago the Maine National Guard was "called" up but the governor said he would not send them. The law was changed due to this and the Governor can no longer just say "no". Think the reasoning is that since salaries, etc, are paid by national defense budget they have to comply with mobilization orders from Washington. You may want to consult with a lawyer relative to this question.
Go to military.com, it has a section on guard and reserve and details things such as tuition assistance. Check out http://usmilitary.about.com/od/guardandreserve/l/blguardhist.htm for a history of the guard and reserves. Plug in http://www.ngb.army.mil/features/mobilization/ for what happens during a mobilization.
Check out: http://www.arng.army.mil/history/Constitution/default.asp?ID=16 for the constitutional authority of/for the guard.
Check out http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=2887&printsafe=1 for where reserves are supposed to serve as opposed to the guard.
Check out http://www.govexec.com/features/0198s4.htm for a very good overview of the problems vis-a-vis regualar, reserve and guard.
Check out Title 37, chapter 3, military bureau. this gives a lot of information pertaining to ownership and rental. Had a tough time finding this but try title 37-Bch3.