‘Be a part of history’ — Gov. DeSantis seeking applicants for State Guard Director
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Gov. Ron DeSantis' office wants applicants to be 'ready to be a part of history.'

Florida is taking names of people who want to lead the rebirth of the Florida State Guard.

With a tagline saying, “protect Florida, defend freedom,” Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ office announced Tuesday that it opened an application portal for the Director of the State Guard, a civilian force the Legislature resurrected this year at the Republican Governor’s behest. The Director will oversee the recruitment and training of 400 guard members and mobilize the force during states of emergency.

Based in St. Augustine, the position will be part-time and pay a $400 to $500 stipend per day. In addition to working as a team and meeting physical, tactical and scheduling requirements, the Governor’s Office asks that applicants be “ready to be a part of history.”

The Governor’s Office says the ideal candidate has experience in military-style operations, emergency management, leadership and problem-solving.

The State Guard was founded as a World War II-era volunteer force but has been defunct since the 1940s. After DeSantis announced in December that he wanted a dedicated emergency force that doesn’t answer to the federal government, the Legislature reauthorized it in the coming fiscal year’s budget at $10 million.

“If you love the state of Florida, have a desire to help your community, and have skills beneficial to protect the state from a disaster, we encourage you to apply to join the FLSG,” according to a news release.

Florida residents interested in enlisting into the force must be between the ages of 18-60 and satisfy several criteria, including a medical exam with standards similar to the Florida National Guard.

Unlike the Florida National Guard, the State Guard would answer solely to the Governor without federal deployments, federal missions or federal funding.

Under the terms, a Governor may mobilize the State Guard when the National Guard is under federal orders during a state of emergency.

Such circumstances are more common than not, according to state data. The National Guard has served more than 2.9 million federal workdays between 2016 and 2021, but only 834,000 on state missions. 

The State Guard would assist the National Guard with hurricanes, natural disasters, and other Florida-specific emergencies.

DeSantis’ call came in December, months after he recalled National Guard forces serving in Washington to protect the nation’s Capitol after the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Democrats, like Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, have criticized the State Guard as DeSantis’ “private army.”

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


  • Vicky

    May 31, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    The DeSantis Sturmabteilung.

  • Noname

    May 31, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    “after the Jan 6 insurrection”?? How pathetic. Everyone sees through your BS.

    Remind me. How many people have been charged with insurrection?

  • Great Iea!

    May 31, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    We support this since the Feds continuity drop the ball we need support direct from Floridians Where do I sign up

  • RVanmeter

    June 5, 2022 at 11:22 am

    On April 5, 2016 Putin created the National Guard of Russia by a Presidential Decree. There is only ONE reason a leader develops a military group that answers to them ONLY, and there is NO reason that bodes well for freedom loving citizens who believe in a democracy. If fellow Floridians don’t realize this is a dangerous move, we are not paying attention.

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