The rules for the Militia capital building make reference to the soldier not being removed if it was a casualty, which gave us the impression that in addition to providing a shot, it would effectively serve to absorb the first hit from the attacker. However, since the attacker chooses who they shoot, isn't it the case that the militia figure will never die unless every other figure has already been shot?
You are correct. The Militia will never be chosen, because it disappears after the battle anyway. Excess text on the counter.