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This manual supersedes FM27-I5, 6 February 1941, including C I,
16 January 1942, and C 2, 28 January 1944.
MILITARY AID TO CIVIL AUTHORITIES
Section I. GENERAL
1. SCOPE OF MANUAL. This manual presents the
principles for the employment of troops during domestic
disturbances and the essential substance of the more impor-
tant laws relating to the employment of military forces in
the aid of civil authorities with the applicable War Depart-
ment policies. The use of State troops, and the limitations
and restrictions as to their authority to act in aid of civil
authorities within the State, are governed by the laws of the
State concerned as well as Federal laws. However, the gen-
eral principles and methods of employment of troops and
materiel as stated in this manual apply equally to any armed
force used in domestic disturbances.
2. BASIC POLICIES. a. The protection of life and
property and the maintenance of law and order within the
territorial jurisdiction of any State are the primary responsi-
bility of State and local authorities. It is a well-established
policy of the War Department that intervention with Federal
troops pursuant to the provisions of this manual and AR
500-50 will take place only after the State and local authori-
ties have utilized all of their own forces and are unable to
control the situation, or when it is apparent that the situation
is beyond their capabilities or that they will not take appro-
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