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    Subdivision 1. Period of enlistments. Except as otherwise provided by federal law or
regulation for the National Guard, original enlistments in the military forces shall be for a period
of three years and subsequent enlistments for periods of one or three years. The governor may
by order fix shorter period of enlistment or reenlistment for any of the military forces so far as
not inconsistent with federal law. In the event of an emergency wherein the governor has called
out any of the military forces, the governor may by order extend for not exceeding the duration
of the emergency and 60 days thereafter the period of any enlistment in the forces called out
which would otherwise expire.
    Subd. 2. Form of enlistment contract. Except as otherwise provided by federal law or
regulation for the National Guard, every person enlisting in the military forces shall sign an
enlistment contract in the form prescribed by the adjutant general, and shall subscribe to the
following oath or affirmation: "I hereby acknowledge to have voluntarily enlisted this ..........
day of .......... ......., as a soldier in the .......... for the period of three (or one) year .... under the
conditions prescribed by law, unless sooner discharged by proper authority. And I do solemnly
swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the United States of America and the state of
Minnesota; that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies whomsoever;
and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and of the governor of the
state of Minnesota and the officers appointed over me, according to law and the Uniform Code of
Military Justice"; provided, that the words "the President of the United States and of" shall be
omitted in the case of persons enlisting in forces not subject to federal service.
    Subd. 3. Organization not to be enlisted as unit. No civil association, society, club, post,
order, fraternity, fraternal organization, union, league, or other organized body shall be enlisted in
the military forces as a unit.
    Subd. 4. Administration of oath. Any officer of the Minnesota National Guard or any
commissioned officer of a regular or reserve component of the armed forces of the United States
may administer the oath or affirmation of enlistment to a person enlisting in the Minnesota
National Guard.
History: 1943 c 108 s 13; 1963 c 658 s 9,10; 1982 c 481 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1998 c 254
art 1 s 107