The AAIM Option supports the formation of a provincial militia or state defense force. Properly organized and supported a provincial militia or state defense force would be a great asset for Albertans for the following reasons.
1. EDUCATION: To ensure that a provincial militia or state defense force can get the job done the AAIM Option Plan calls for;
a. High School: The core curriculum of the school system would include a military program that would educate and train young citizens starting at grade 10.
b. Military Academies: Citizens that attend military academies will be provided the same training that a citizen would get in a charter or public school, but with a heightened focus on;
i. Physical conditioning,
ii. Problem solving
iii. Strategic thinking,
Graduates of the military academies would be eligible for long military careers.
c. Battle Schools: Training centers such as Cold Lake, Wainwright and Suffield would become Alberta’s battle schools and would be home to Alberta’s Military Academies. New Battle Schools would be created near the major population centers to provide training resources that would be needed to keep the reserve and full-time service members at a high training standard.
Aside from the need to support the needs of a provincial militia or state defense force, an arms manufacturing industry would greatly enhance the industrial base of the province / state and boost the economic diversity process.
The AAIM Option plan calls for an arms production industry to be created to research, develop and manufacture the tools and assets that will be needed to;
1. Support emergency personnel and agencies in fire fighting, flood control, and search and rescue,
2. Deter and suppress violent civil insurrection,
3. Provide security to Alberta owned assets,
4. Defend the land, people and interests of the state,
A provincial militia or state defense force could employ up to;
1. Two hundred fifty thousand full time persons to fill the ranks of the units that will be formed.
2. Fifty thousand civilians for admin and logistics work
An additional reserve of up to one million citizens would be eligible for reserve service. Any or all of these citizens could be called into service should a need arise.
The reserve force would be made up of retired military service members, regular force members that have completed one term of service and by citizen volunteers that are trained as part of the normal education process.
Additional employment of Albertans would be realized as new businesses come on line to support the provincial militia or state defense force units, the industry and academies. From laundry services, maintenance and housekeeping to manufacturing and construction, many new businesses will be needed, each will need staff.
A provincial militia or state defense force or assets thereof could be deployed to support the provincial security forces should a crisis arise that requires such additional support.
A provincial militia or state defense force or assets thereof could be deployed to support our emergency services as they manage fire, flooding, slides , community evacuation's, health care crisis etc. when needed.
THE DISCUSSION & DEBATE
Is a provincial militia or state defense force really needed?
The discussion must examine this question thoroughly as a yes vote is a commitment of all of us to participate in the security of our land. A no vote could leave the new state vulnerable.
THE QUESTION: Proposed Referendum Questions
Q1: SHOULD ALBERTA HAVE A MILITA
1. No, we have no need for a militia.
2. Yes, fund the militia with 15% of the provincial / state budget
3. Yes, fund the militia with 25% of the provincial / state budget