For all practical means and purposes, today they are federal troops that are used to augment the U.S. Army. This was done to save the federal government money by not having to support a larger standing army but still have a pool of troops to draw from.
If they ever become Alabama’s State Militia again only under the command of our state’s government, only then will the state be obligated to keep up those forces. Alabama’s money is our tax money, not the feds.
Billy E. Price