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Department of Military Affairs

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;
  • drug interdiction operations; and
  • assisting Floridians at risk.
The adjutant general serves as both the head of the Department of Military Affairs and the commanding officer of the Florida National Guard. The department is staffed with both state and federal employees, including those who serve in the Florida National Guard as a condition of their employment.  Both the department and its guard units have an organizational structure similar to typical military headquarters and active units.

What is the Florida National Guard?

The Florida National Guard is composed of over 11,000 members, including more than 2,300 full-time military personnel.  The Guard serves as a reserve component of the U.S. Department of Defense and training, arming, and equipping of the guard is funded in part 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 (32 U.S.C.).
There are also 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 authorities have existed for decades, and are commonly referred to as Full Mobilization (10 U.S.C. 12301(a)), Partial Mobilization (10 U.S.C. 12302), and Presidential Reserve Call-up (10 U.S.C. 12304). The fourth authority, added in 2011, allows reservists to be activated to support the Combatant Commands for preplanned missions (10 U.S.C. 12304b). 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, Florida.  The department also manages 63 armories statewide.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions
MILITARY AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF
PROGRAM: READINESS AND RESPONSE
DRUG INTERDICTION AND PREVENTION
2,700,000
.00
EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT SERVICES
4,181,185
26.00
FEDERAL/STATE COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
36,574,108
318.00
MILITARY READINESS AND RESPONSE
28,432,943
109.00
TOTAL
71,888,236
453.00

Updates

Armory Replacement.  During the 2020 legislative session, the Florida Legislature appropriated $6.25 million to replace the Panama City Armory, which had been damaged by Hurricane Michael (Chapter 2020-111, Laws of Florida).

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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