Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability

Department of Military Affairs

For assistance, call 904-823-0364 or visit https://dma.myflorida.com/

What is the purpose of the department?

The Department of Military Affairs (DMA) is a state agency that provides management oversight and administrative support to the Florida National Guard.

What are the responsibilities of the department?

The department is responsible for
  • combat readiness and emergency preparedness of the Florida National Guard;
  • responding to disasters and civil disturbances;
  • reducing the importation of controlled substances; and
  • assisting Floridians at risk.
The department is directly responsive to the Governor of Florida and operates within the policy guidance and fiscal framework of both federal and state authorities. The adjutant general serves as both the head of the Department of Military Affairs and the senior officer of the Florida National Guard. The department is staffed with full-time military personnel, federal technicians, state employees, citizen-soldiers, and airmen. 

What is the Florida National Guard?

The Florida National Guard is composed of over 11,000 members, including more than 2,300 full-time federal personnel.  The Guard serves as a reserve component of the U.S. Air force and Army. Training, arming, and equipping the Guard is funded wholly or partially by the federal government. The state and federal governments jointly fund guard armories.

How are National Guard units and individuals activated?

Members of the Florida National Guard can be activated by the Governor for full-time duty (i.e., state active duty) and can also be activated under state control, but with pay and benefits provided by the federal government.

In addition, there are four statutory provisions by which members of the Florida National Guard can be involuntarily ordered to federal active duty for a year or more. Three of these provisions have existed for decades, and are commonly referred to as Full Mobilization, Partial Mobilization, and Presidential Reserve Call-up. The fourth provision, added in 2011, allows reservists to be activated to support the Combatant Commands for preplanned missions. These provisions differ from each other in terms of the statutory requirements for utilization, the number and category of reservists called up, and the duration of the call up.

Where are facilities and units located?

The Department of Military Affairs is located in St. Augustine. Camp Blanding is the guard's major training facility, located near Starke. The department also manages 63 armories and leased facilities statewide.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2022-23
Fund Dollars Positions
MILITARY AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF
PROGRAM: READINESS AND RESPONSE
DRUG INTERDICTION AND PREVENTION
4,865,000
.00
EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT SERVICES
4,364,117
26.00
FEDERAL/STATE COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
37,250,423
318.00
FLORIDA STATE GUARD
10,000,000
6.00
MILITARY READINESS AND RESPONSE
27,958,326
109.00
TOTAL
84,437,866
459.00

Updates

Military Occupational Licensure. The 2022 Legislature enacted Ch. 2022-185Laws of Florida, which requires the professional licensing boards of the Department of Business of Professional Regulation and the Department of Health to issue permanent occupational licenses to the spouses of active duty members of the Armed Forces of the United States within seven days, eliminating the need for temporary occupational licenses for active duty military members and their spouses.

Florida State Guard. The 2022-23 General Appropriations Act provides $5.4 million to reestablish the Florida State Guard, a civilian volunteer force, to assist the National Guard in state-specific emergencies. Funding supports necessary training and equipment for up to 400 members to support units related to medical, logistics, communications, and other support functions that are needed during responses to hurricanes, natural disasters, and other state emergencies.

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
The Auditor General reports on department operations are available on its website.

Websites of Interest
Florida National Guard
U.S. Air National Guard
U.S. Army National Guard

Performance Information


Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Chapters 250, 251, and 252, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Department of Military Affairs, 904-823-0364

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