Ohio Naval Militia

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Basic Information

Address: Ohio Naval Militia Camp Perry Training Site 1000 Lawrence Road Bldg 1, Attn: ONM Port Clinton, Ohio 43452-9578
Phone Number: 614-602-1220
Director: RDML David E. Kissel

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Additional Information

Clearances Required: No
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: 11,542,645
Ages for Volunteer: 17 - 67
Hours of Service: 1 Weekend per Month
Minimum Hours Required: 16 per month
Days of Service: Saturday, Sunday
Mission Statement:


The ONM will assist in natural disasters or other emergencies, as called upon by the governor or the Adjutant General. The ONM is here, and ready to Serve the citizens of Ohio.


The ONM's active mission is to patrol the government impact area off Camp Perry, in the waters of Lake Erie. It is a live-fire area that requires keeping pleasure boaters and fishermen from entering. By patrolling the impact area, the ONM provides support for the Ohio National Guard and other military units as they perform weapons qualifications prior to deploying overseas to fight the war on terrorism.


By conducting continuous training in boat operations on and off the water members have opportunities to become coxswains (boat operators) and boat crew qualified. ONM members also receive basic boating education training to prepare for certification by the Ohio Division of Watercraft. ONM members are taught basic navigation, radio communications, boat handling, maintenance, boating safety, and boating support functions. All ONM training hours are documented and can be applied toward obtaining a captain's license from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

The Ohio Naval Militia [ONM] is an organized, unarmed, all volunteer unit that has been serving the State of Ohio and our nation since 1896. The unit serves under Ohio's Adjutant General and it's operational headquarters is on the Camp Perry Training Site, just outside of Port Clinton, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie.

If you are between the ages of 17 and 67 and want to serve your State as a volunteer in the State Defense Force the Ohio Naval Militia needs you. If you would like to learn more about nautical operations and the Ohio Naval Militia, and would be willing to volunteer one weekend a month and a couple of long weekends a year, you may contact the Recruiting/Retention Department via email at recruiting@theohionavalmilitia.org.

Program History:

Ohio's Adjutant General is responsible for Ohio's Organized Militia which include the Ohio National Guard [ONG] and the State Defense Force. The State Defense Forces include the Ohio Naval Militia [ONM] and the Ohio Military Reserve [OHMR]. See the Ohio Revised Code - Chapter 5921.