Not to be confused with Colonial Militia (Road to Independence).militia in Empire: Total War.
These musket-armed defend their own locality, not carry the war to an enemy’s land.
Urban Militia or provincial troops are commonly held to be inferior to regular soldiers and, although they are trained to use the same tactics as marching regiments of the line, there is some truth in this assertion. Militia are expected to act as reassuring presence, and sometimes as a police force in suppressing local disturbances.
Historically, it was not unusual for militia to be locals recruited as part-time soldiers while retaining their day jobs and trades. For ambitious would-be officers, there was a hidden financial benefit to joining the militia. A commander who could persuade his men to transfer to the army with him would not have to pay the cost of his regular commission.
Unlike Colonial Line Infantry and its European counterpart, Colonial Militia are statistically identical to Militia, except that they are recruited in the Americas, North Africa, the Middle East, and India rather than Europe.