Guardians of their Homes
Militiamen are common citizens and residents who have banded together into an organised militia to guard their local region. The laws surrounding militias vary from country to country. On one hand, rulers see them as a threat to the old established order and fear that organised and armed peasants and serfs could threaten their rule, but they are also vital in many places. Without them, malevolent forces could wreak havoc on the countryside.
All of you are doing your families proud, boys. There's ain't nothing more noble than grabbing a spear and shield and standing ready to protect your home and neighbourhood. Even if at times you'd probably like to drive that spear through a neighbour or two.