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Ensuring Survival: How Mexican Border Service and World War I was Vital for the Survival of the National Guard System
iv iii Acknowledgement iv Abstract Historians and military officials often consider the National Guard as the direct descendent of the colonial militia, and the transition between the two is described as natural. However, the Guard was not the only option available to replace the militia, and many Washington officials and prominent civilians supported European style replacements based on universal military training for all able bodied men. The National Guard maintained a successful lobby anddoi:10.31274/etd-180810-2165 fatcat:42zm3kb72bebljdbq23va7k6vu