See also: National Guard .
The Militia Acts passed in 1792 and 1795 by the U.S. Congress required the North Carolina legislature in 1806 to establish the Department of the Adjutant General to better organize and train the state militia. The modern adjutant general, appointed by the governor, is director of the North Carolina National Guard . As head of the state's military force, the appointee must have had at least five years' commissioned service in an active status in one of the nation's armed forces. The North Carolina National Guard is subject to the call of the governor  for state matters and of the U.S. president in times of national emergency.
Adjutant General Records. State Archives of North Carolina. http://www.ncdcr.gov/Portals/26/PDF/findingaids/search_room_scans/state/Adjutant_General.pdf  (accessed November 1, 2013).
Adjutant Generals of North Carolina: http://www.ncmhs.net/ADJGenNC.htm 
N. C. Adjutant General's Office North Carolina: A Call to Arms! Raleigh [N.C.]: Thompson & Co., 1861. Documenting the American South, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/call/menu.html 
"Major General Gregory A. Lusk, Adjutant General of North Carolina, assumed role in 2010." Photograph. North Carolina National Guard. http://www.nc.ngb.army.mil/Pages/TAG.aspx  (accessed November 21, 2012).
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