So, after some research and talking with various "militia" groups in Utah, I've found some very interesting things out. First, all of the groups seem to be related by ex members or ex founders. This tells us that these people could not agree on how their "militia" should be run.
Next, some groups require background checks and dues to be paid.... Is this some kind of exclusive club? Or possibly a cult? I did find that some of these groups are very serious about firearms training, which is a plus, but their outings are few and far between. They have some impressive training setups and it seems that everyone enjoys the "FTX" that they put on about once a month, but unless you are in Utah County, prepare for a really long drive to attend. I just don't see the dues part working out too well. Maybe donations are a better way to go. All in all, this is probably one of the better groups, but still a big turn-off because of the amount of money you'll end up spending to attend any training exercises.
Next, there is a group out there that uses the word "unorganized" in their group name. Seems this is a ploy meant to "legalize" what their group is. If it were "organized", it would have to be an official state militia. This most likely stems from the "leader" of the group, who I found to be very nice, but very paranoid about the government, politics, the jade helm rumors and generally any kind of conspiracy theory. I found that their lack of members most likely stemmed from the group of old guys that frequently attend group events. When you meet Robert Falin UT, he seems like a nice guy, but he's the type that is watching everything you do, to see if he can try to "recruit" you and your friends, or simply try to find something wrong with you to exclude you from future events. And note that these guys try to have outing regularly, but very few people ever show up. It's disorganized and lacks any real training value. There might be a hike and some generic shooting, but that's about the extent of their "training". Hard to call that a "militia". They are more like a political group, that goes out and does some target shooting, and some protests on bridges.
So, with all of that in mind, I've found that most "militia" groups in Utah are severely lacking in a lot of areas. I would conclude that starting your own group and keeping to a simple "survival training" group would be your best bet. I wouldn't even bother with the word "militia" here in Utah, since most of the groups that use that name are not worthy of having any kind of title. Just a bunch of rag tag rogues running around the desert with almost no firearms training, and no survival skills to speak of, but they love to buy all the fancy survival gear and guns to show off. Anyway, just an FYI to all who may have been wondering about the militia groups in Utah. Signing Off...... echo-one-eight-seven OUT!