Welcome to the Ohio Naval Militia: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the eligibility requirements for membership in the Ohio Naval Militia?

  • United States citizens
  • A valid Social Security number
  • Age 17 to 67 (Minors require written consent of parent or legal guardian.)
  • Physical ability to perform in any assigned billet
  • No felony convictions
  • Good moral character

Are members of the Ohio Naval Militia armed?

The Ohio Revised Code states that "The governor may requisition from the department of defense, for the use of the Ohio Naval Militia, arms and equipment that may be in possession and can be furnished by the department, and make available to the Ohio Naval Militia the facilities of state armories and their equipment and such other state premises and property that are available." (ORC 5921.11)

Are members of the Ohio Naval Militia paid?

Members receive pay only while on active duty authorized by the Governor.  Pay rates are based on the U.S. Department of Defense's military pay scale and members' rank. Members are not paid for monthly drills or annual field training exercises.

How long are enlistments in the Ohio Naval Militia?

Enlistment in the Ohio Naval Militia is voluntary; while our enlistment contracts are 3 years in length, members may request discharge at any time.

How are ranks assigned to new members of the Ohio Naval Militia?

New members of the Ohio Naval Militia with prior federal service may enter the ONM at the same grade held in federal service, provided a billet of matching grade is vacant at time of appointment or enlistment. New members without prior federal service shall be enlisted. New members with certain professional occupations (doctors, lawyers, nurses and chaplains) may join the ONM as commissioned officers if assigned to a billet matching their civilian occupations.

Are members of the Ohio Naval Militia required to wear uniforms?

The Ohio Revised Code states "The uniform of the commissioned officers, warrant officers, petty officers and enlisted men of the Ohio naval militia shall be suitable, but not in violation of the laws of the United States or contrary to regulations of the department of the navy." (ORC 5921.06)

What are the medical requirements for membership in the Ohio Naval Militia?

While the Ohio naval Militia does not require formal physical testing or training, members must be physically able to perform assigned duties.

Is my job protected if I am ordered to state active duty with the Ohio Naval Militia?

The Ohio Revised Code provides employment protections for members of the Ohio Naval Militia and the Ohio National Guard. (ORC 5923.05)