The modern Oregon State Defense Force (ORSDF) was established in 1961 (see history) to provide Oregon with a trained "National Guard Reserve Force."  With the Governor as the Commander-in-Chief, the ORSDF serves within the Military Department. The ORSDF, as an augmentation for the Oregon National Guard, is administered by The Adjutant General (TAG) and is a force multiplier in the area of the State's Emergency Operations. Organization and Function of the ORSDF can be found at: ORNGR 10-2

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The ORSDF is NOT accepting applications for any new members as of

1 January 2014.

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The ORSDF is authorized by (32 U.S. Code Sec. 109).  This law grants the States and U.S. Territories the right to maintain "other troops."  In addition the ORSDF is specifically authorized by Oregon law (ORS) 399.035) as part of the organized militia entitled "Oregon State Defense Force."  In most cases state defense forces are comprised of unpaid volunteers, unless activated, who are subject to the authority of their respective state governors and adjutants general.

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Oregon State Defense Force
Camp Withycombe 
15300 SE MinuteMan Way Clackamas, Oregon   97015-9372
Phone: (503) 683-5458 | Fax: (503) 683-5255 |

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Last updated 09/28/2014

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