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Florida’s official civilian guard force now accepting applicants

Ron DeSantis Gov of Florida (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
June 01, 2022

The Florida State Guard (FLSG) revived by Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Tuesday that it is accepting applications for members and a director of the newly re-established volunteer civilian force that “will assist in supporting state emergency response.”

According to a news release, the director position is open to “an individual with a strong background in military operations and culture.”

“The Director of the FLSG will be in charge of the 400 guard members and will oversee recruitment, training and mobilization of the force in the event of an emergency,” the release stated. “The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in military style operations, emergency management, leadership and problem solving.”

The director is a part time/volunteer position located in St. Augustine, Florida. A Bachelor’s Degree, as well as 5-8 years of experience “managing a business function, division, or department relevant to the assignment experience supervising the work of others is required or a related field,” are required.

The director will earn a stipend of $400-$500 a day and will be required to complete a minimum of “2 training days per month for 10 months and a 15-day training period.” The FLSG director may be asked to serve additional days.

The application for director can be found here.

The civilian force is also seeking general volunteers between the ages of 18 and 60.

“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,” the release stated. “Skilled Floridians with emergency response, law enforcement or military training are encouraged to apply.”

Candidates must pass a pre-employment drug screening, be a Florida resident with a valid Florida driver’s license, be able to work in a “military environment,” and be able “to lift 35 lbs. repeatedly, work on feet for 8 hours a day, drive 4 plus hours.”

“Do you want to be part of the FLSG? Do you think you have what it takes to mobilize in the face of a disaster? Applicants will be required to meet the same standards as the Florida National Guard,” the release stated, including, “Florida resident between the ages of 18 and 60, with a desire to serve the state; Willingness to work in a team; Tactical or emergency response knowledge; Ability to pass a physical; Ability to participate in annual weekend training; Ready to be a part of history.”

The application for general volunteers can be found here.

Gov. DeSantis first proposed reestablishing the Florida State Guard in December last year. Florida later became the 23rd state with its own guard independent of federal control.