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National Guard, How Constituted.

National

constituted in time of peace.

“Sec. 30. In time of peace the national guard guard, how shall consist of such number of officers and men as are prescribed by the laws of the United States, to be known and designated as the Rhode Island national guard and divided into and consisting of such departments, corps, arms of the service and organizations as the commander-in-chief shall from time to time prescribe in order that the organization of the national guard shall best conserve the interests of the state and shall conform to the requirements for the national guard as required by the laws of the United States. And the departments, corps, arms of the service and organizations, so existing or from time to time created shall at all times maintain a numerical strength not less than the minimum strength prescribed by the United States war department for similar departments, corps, arms of the service or organizations. Only such officers shall be Officers. commissioned in the national guard as shall have successfully passed the tests and examinations as to physical, moral and professional fitness prescribed by the laws and regulations of the United States relating to the qualifications of national guard officers. Officers of the national guard shall be appointed and assigned by the commander-in-chief, upon the recommendation of the adjutant general. so appointed, including officers of the pay, inspection, subsistence and medical departments, hereafter appointed shall have had previous military experience, and shall hold their positions until they shall have reached the age of retirement as provided by the laws of the United States, unless retired prior to that time by reason of resignation, disability, or for cause to be determined by a court-martial legally

Staff officers Staff officers. convened for that purpose, and vacancies among said officers shall be filled by appointment from the officers of the militia of this state, or such civilians as may be specially qualified for duty therein, as provided by the laws of the United States."

Sec. 5. Section 37 of chapter 418 of the general laws, is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

Service Medals.

Service medals, eligibility for.

“Sec. 37. In recognition of honorable service in the militia of Rhode Island, every commissioned officer and every enlisted man now or hereafter in the militia of this state, who has rendered seven year's continuous honorable service, and any such officer or enlisted man thereafter completing a like service, shall, upon application to the adjutant general, receive a bronze service medal; and for each additional three years like service, whether continuous or not, he shall, upon like application, receive a bronze bar or clasp to be attached to said service medal: Provided, that, in the case of officers or enlisted men of the national guard or naval militia who, having been in federal service during the World War shall be commissioned or enlisted in the national guard or naval militia upon their reorganization within six months from the time of discharge from federal service be entitled to have the intervening period counted as state service for the purposes of this section.”

SEC. 6. Section 39 of chapter 418 of the general laws, is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

“Sec. 39. All organizations of the national guard shall participate annually, in practice marches, or camps of instruction, under regulations prescribed by the war department.”

Annual practice marches and camps of instruction.

equipped with uniforms,

Sec. 7. Section 41 of chapter 418 of the general laws, is hereby amended so as to read as follows: “Arms, Ammunition, Equipments, Uniforms, Etc.,

How Furnished; Care of, Etc. “Sec. 41. All organizations of the militia shall be Militia to be provided by the state with such arms, ammunition, ammunition, equipments, uniforms, and such other supplies as may etc. be necessary for the performance of the duty required of them in this chapter; and each organization shall keep such property intact and in proper repair and in good condition; and the commanding officers Allowance for of companies, troops, batteries, or similar detach- equipment. ments of the national guard shall, each, be allowed to expend annually, a sum not to exceed two dollars per member, in the case of a dismounted organization and three dollars in the case of a mounted organization, in keeping such property of their respective organizations, in proper repair and good condition; the sums so allowed shall be based upon the average membership in such units for the year ending December thirty-first in each year to be submitted by the adjutant general, to each organization commander, in January, of each year, all of said moneys to be paid upon approval of the quartermaster general after the receipt by him of proper vouchers; but the quartermaster general shalļ not allow said sums, or any part thereof, unless said property has been kept in proper repair and in good condition, and said duties have been properly performed.

“Commanding officers of said organizations, or Arms, other officers requiring the same, may draw from the and supplies; quartermaster general, upon requisitions duly signed and approved, such arms, ammunition, uniforms, equipments, or other supplies as may be necessary, the same to be held and accounted for as public property. Such commanding officer or other officers

equipments responsibility for.

Failure of officer to care for property, how proceeded against.

shall be responsible for the proper care of such property, and on or before the first day of December, in each year, shall return a complete inventory of the same to the quartermaster general, stating the exact condition of such property, and satisfactory accounting for any shortage. Officers accountable for property as above shall, upon removal from office, turn over all property for which they are accountable to their successors, who shall duly receipt for the same.

Any officer accountable for property who shall fail properly to care for the same or turn it over to his successor, or to the adjutant general or quartermaster general, upon demand therefor, may be proceeded against in the name of the state, in any court of competent jurisdiction, at the suit of the adjutant general or quartermaster general, in an action of replevin, or in an action of assumpsit, or in an action of trover; and in case the action be in assumpsit or in trover, double the value of such property may be recovered of any such officer, his executors or administrators.

“Any person who may receive from an officer accountable for the same any article of property belonging to the state, who shall refuse neglect to return the same to the accountable officer upon his demand therefor may be proceeded against by such officer or by the adjutant general or quartermaster general, in the name of the state, in any court of competent jurisdiction, in an action of replevin or in an action of assumpsit or in an action of trover; and in case the action be in assumpsit or in trover, five times the value of such property may be recovered of any such person, his executors or administrators. Such person so receiving from an officer accountable for the same any article of property belonging to the state, and who shall refuse or

Failure of person to return property, how proceeded against.

or.

Warrant for

neglect to return the same to said accountable
officer upon his demand therefor, in addition to his
civil liability as above provided, shall be deemed
guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a
fine of not exceeding one hundred dollars, or be im-
prisoned for not less than ten days or more than
three months, or both in the discretion of the court.
Any officer accountable for such property and the
adjutant general or quartermaster general or either arrest.
of them, are hereby authorized to apply to any dis-
trict court for a warrant for the arrest of such
offender; and such court shall issue such warrant
upon the complaint of such officer without requiring
said officer to enter into any recognizance, give
surety, or become liable in any way for the costs that
may accrue thereon.

' Any person who may receive or have in his posses- Person having sion any article of property belonging to the state je bio pomoc included within the provisions of this chapter, and against. who is not entitled to the possession thereof, who shall refuse or neglect to return the same to the officer accountable therefor, or to the adjutant general or quartermaster general, upon his demand therefor, shall be liable to be proceeded against, in the name of the state, in any court of competent jurisdiction, at the suit of any such officer, either in an action of replevin or in an action of assumpsit or in an action of trover, and shall forfeit five times the value of such property, and in addition thereto shall be liable to be proceeded against criminally as heretofore provided in this section.”

SEC. 8. Section 42 of chapter 418 of the general laws, is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

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