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TITLE XVII

MILITARY AFFAIRS AND RELATED MATTERS

Last update: 2013-11-01


  • Military Affairs
    • Military Code (ss. 250.01-250.5206)
    • Drug Interdiction (ss. 250.531-250.5395)
    • Emergency Relief (ss. 250.540-250.549)
    • Florida Uniformed Servicemembers Protection Act (ss. 250.80-250.905)
  • Florida State Defense Force
  • Emergency Management
    • General Provisions (ss. 252.31-252.63)
    • Florida Emergency Planning And Community Right-To-Know Act (ss. 252.81-252.90)
    • Emergency Management Assistance Compact (ss. 252.921-252.933)
    • Accidental Release Prevention And Risk Management Planning (ss. 252.934-252.946)
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Chapter 250

MILITARY AFFAIRS

Part I

MILITARY CODE

250.01 - Definitions

As used in this chapter, the term:
  • (1) “Active duty” means full-time duty in active military service of the United States. The term includes federal duty such as full-time training, annual training, and attendance while a person is in active military service or in a school designated as a service school by law or by the secretary of the applicable military department. The term does not mean full-time duty in the National Guard. The term shall also include the period during which a person in active military service is absent from duty as a result of illness, being wounded, being on leave, or other lawful cause.

  • (2) “Air National Guard” means that part of the National Guard of a state or territory of the United States, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia, active or inactive, which is:

    • (a) An air force;

    • (b) Trained, and has its officers appointed, under the United States Constitution;

    • (c) Organized, armed, and equipped wholly or partially at federal expense; and

    • (d) Federally recognized.

  • (3) “Air National Guard of the United States” means the reserve component of the Air Force, the membership of which consists of members of the Air National Guard.

  • (4) “Armed forces” means the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

  • (5) “Armory” means a building or group of buildings used primarily for housing and training troops or for storing military property, supplies, or records.

  • (6) “Army National Guard” means that part of the National Guard of a state or territory of the United States, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia, active or inactive, which is:

    • (a) A land force;

    • (b) Trained, and has its officers appointed, under the United States Constitution;

    • (c) Organized, armed, and equipped wholly or partially at federal expense; and

    • (d) Federally recognized.

  • (7) “Army National Guard of the United States” means the reserve component of the Army, the membership of which consists of members of the Army National Guard.

  • (8) “Convening authority” means a commissioned officer in command and his or her successors in command.

  • (9) “Enlisted personnel” means persons enlisted, inducted, called, or conscripted into an armed force in an enlisted grade.

  • (10) “Grade” means a step or degree in a graduated scale of office or military rank which is established and designated as a grade by law or rule.

  • (11) “Military judge” means the presiding officer of a general or special court-martial. Except as otherwise expressly provided, in the context of a summary court-martial, the term “military judge” includes the summary court-martial officer.

  • (12) “Military post” means an armory, facility, installation, or real property under the supervision or control of the Armory Board which is used primarily for housing and training troops; performing administrative duties; or storing military property, supplies, or records.

  • (13) “National Guard” means the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

  • (14) “National Guard Bureau” means the joint Bureau of the Department of the Army and the Department of the Air Force within the Department of Defense, as defined in 10 U.S.C. s. 10501.

  • (15) “Offense” means a criminal charge under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

  • (16) “Officer” means a commissioned officer or warrant officer.

  • (17) “Rank” means the order of precedence among members of the armed forces.

  • (18) “Post commander” means the officer in charge of a military post or training site, a National Guard armory, or a portion of a National Guard armory when colocated in an Armed Forces Reserve Center.

  • (19) “Servicemember” means any person serving as a member of the United States Armed Forces on active duty or state active duty and all members of the Florida National Guard and United States Reserve Forces.

  • (20) “SCRA” means the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, Title 50, Appendix U.S.C. ss. 501 et seq.

  • (21) “State active duty” means full-time duty in active military service of the State of Florida when ordered by the Governor or Adjutant General in accordance with s. 250.06, s. 250.10, or s. 250.28 to preserve the public peace, execute the laws of the state, suppress insurrection, repel invasion, enhance security and respond to terrorist threats or attacks, respond to an emergency as defined in s. 252.34 or to imminent danger of an emergency, enforce the law, carry out counter-drug operations, provide training, provide for the security of the rights or lives of the public, protect property, or conduct ceremonies. The term includes the duties of officers or enlisted personnel who are employed under the order of the Governor in recruiting; making tours of instruction; inspecting troops, armories, storehouses, campsites, rifle ranges, or military property; sitting on general or special courts-martial, boards of examination, courts of inquiry, or boards of officers; or making or assisting in physical examinations. The term shall also include the period during which a person in active military service is absent from duty as a result of illness, being wounded, being on leave, or other lawful cause.

  • (22) “Troops” includes personnel of the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

  • (23) “USERRA” means the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, chapter 43 of Title 38 U.S.C.

History.- s. 3, ch. 8502, 1921; CGL 2014; s. 1, ch. 25112, 1949; s. 1, ch. 2003-68; s. 14, ch. 2003-72; s. 26, ch. 2007-5.

Note.- Former s. 250.03.


250.02 - Militia

  • (1) The militia consists of all able-bodied citizens of this state and all other able-bodied persons who have declared their intention to become citizens.

  • (2) The organized militia is composed of the National Guard and any other organized military forces that are authorized by law.

  • (3) The unorganized militia is composed of all persons who are subject to military duty but who are not members of units of the organized militia.

  • (4) Only persons exempt from military duty by the terms of federal law are exempt from military duty in this state.

History.- s. 4, ch. 8502, 1921; CGL 2015; s. 1, ch. 25112, 1949; s. 1, ch. 73-93; s. 2, ch. 2003-68.

Note.- Former ss. 250.04, 250.05.


250.03 - Military law of the state

Federal laws that relate to the Florida National Guard, and that are not inconsistent with the State Constitution or state law, are part of the military laws of the state. The Governor of Florida, as commander in chief, may perform all acts and make and publish rules to raise and keep the Florida National Guard at the standard required by the laws of the United States and the rules and regulations of the Secretary of Defense governing the National Guard.


History.- s. 16, ch. 8502, 1921; CGL 2028; s. 1, ch. 25112, 1949; s. 3, ch. 2003-68.

Note.- Former s. 250.18.


250.04 - Naval militia; marine corps

The Governor may organize a naval militia and a marine corps in accordance with federal law governing the Naval Militia or Marine Corps of the United States and regulations issued by the Secretary of the Navy for the governing of the United States Navy, Naval Militia, and Marine Corps.


History.- s. 17, ch. 8502, 1921; CGL 2029; s. 1, ch. 25112, 1949; s. 99, ch. 95-148; s. 4, ch. 2003-68.

Note.- Former s. 250.19.


250.05 - Department of Military Affairs

  • (1) The agency of the state government heretofore known as the Military Department shall henceforth be known as the Department of Military Affairs, which shall be organized as provided in the laws of this state.

  • (2) “Military personnel of the Department of Military Affairs” includes any person who is required to wear a military uniform in performing his or her official duties and who is required to serve in the Florida National Guard as a condition of his or her employment by the department.

  • (3) The head of the Department of Military Affairs is the Adjutant General.

History.- ss. 5, 40, ch. 8502, 1921; CGL 2016, 2052; s. 1, ch. 25112, 1949; s. 1, ch. 57-82; s. 2, ch. 73-93; s. 1, ch. 90-67; s. 100, ch. 95-148; s. 5, ch. 2003-68.

Note.- Former s. 250.46.


250.06 - Commander in chief

  • (1) The Governor of Florida is the commander in chief of all the militia of the state.

  • (2) The Governor of Florida, as commander in chief, may alter, increase, divide, annex, consolidate, disband, organize, or reorganize an organization, department, corps, or staff, so as to conform as far as practicable to any organization, system, drill, instruction, corps or staff, uniform or equipment, or period of enlistment prescribed by the laws of the United States and the rules and regulations adopted by the Department of Defense for the organization, armament, training, and discipline of the National Guard.

  • (3) The Governor may, in order to preserve the public peace, execute the laws of the state, suppress insurrection, repel invasion, respond to an emergency as defined in s. 252.34 or imminent danger thereof, or, in case of the calling of all or any portion of the militia of this state into the services of the United States, may increase the Florida National Guard and organize it in accordance with rules and regulations governing the Armed Forces of the United States. Such organization and increase may be pursuant to or in advance of any call made by the President of the United States. If the Florida National Guard is activated into service of the United States, another organization may not be designated as the Florida National Guard.

  • (4) The Governor may, in order to preserve the public peace, execute the laws of the state, enhance domestic security, respond to terrorist threats or attacks, respond to an emergency as defined in s. 252.34 or imminent danger thereof, or respond to any need for emergency aid to civil authorities as specified in s. 250.28, order into state active duty all or any part of the militia which he or she deems proper.

  • (5) The Governor may authorize all or any part of the Florida National Guard to participate in any parade, review, inspection, ceremony, or other public exercise; to serve for escort duty; to participate in training; to provide extraordinary support to law enforcement upon request; and to provide humanitarian relief in situations for which it is uniquely qualified. Such expenses incidental thereto and authorized by the Governor may be paid as provided for state active duty.

  • (6) The Governor may delegate the authority to convene a general court-martial to the Adjutant General.

History.- ss. 7, 8, ch. 8502, 1921; CGL 2018, 2019; s. 1, ch. 25112, 1949; s. 3, ch. 73-93; s. 12, ch. 83-334; s. 101, ch. 95-148; s. 2, ch. 96-333; s. 6, ch. 2003-68; s. 97, ch. 2011-142.

Note.- Former ss. 250.07, 250.08.


250.07 - Florida National Guard; composition; departmental organization

  • (1) The Florida National Guard shall consist of enlisted personnel, commissioned officers, and warrant officers who are citizens of the United States, or who have declared their intention to become citizens of the United States, organized, armed, equipped, and federally recognized, in accordance with the laws of the state and the laws and regulations of the Department of the Army and the Department of the Air Force. The Florida National Guard shall include separate components for the Army and Air Force.

  • (2) All general officers of the Florida National Guard must be federally recognized and appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate.

History.- s. 6, ch. 8502, 1921; s. 1, ch. 10185, 1925; s. 1, ch. 12089, 1927; CGL 2017; s. 1, ch. 25112, 1949; s. 1, ch. 59-67; s. 7, ch. 2003-68.

Note.- Former s. 250.06.


250.08 - Florida National Guard organized

The Governor of Florida may perform all acts, and make and publish all rules, as he or she considers necessary to organize or reorganize the Florida National Guard, in conformity to federal law and the rules, regulations, and proclamations of the President of the United States or the Department of Defense relating to the National Guard of this state or the United States.


History.- s. 1, ch. 8502, 1921; CGL 2012; s. 1, ch. 25112, 1949; s. 102, ch. 95-148; s. 8, ch. 2003-68.

Note.- Former s. 250.01.


250.09 - Appropriations, property, and equipment

The Governor of Florida may take all necessary steps to obtain all appropriations, property, and equipment provided by the United States or authorized by law for the use, aid, equipment, benefit, or instruction of the Florida National Guard.


History.- s. 2, ch. 8502, 1921; CGL 2013; s. 1, ch. 25112, 1949; s. 9, ch. 2003-68.

Note.- Former s. 250.02.


250.10 - Appointment and duties of the Adjutant General

  • (1) In case of a vacancy, the Governor shall, subject to confirmation by the Senate, appoint a federally recognized officer of the Florida National Guard, who has served in the Florida National Guard for the preceding 5 years and attained the rank of colonel or higher, to be the Adjutant General of the state with the rank of not less than brigadier general or such higher rank as authorized by applicable tables of organization of the Department of the Army or the Department of the Air Force. The Adjutant General and all other military personnel of the Florida National Guard on full-time military duty with the Department of Military Affairs, except military police and firefighters, who are paid from state funds shall receive the pay and allowances of their respective grade as prescribed by applicable pay tables of the national military establishment for similar grade and period of service of personnel, unless a different rate of pay and allowances is specified in an appropriation act of the Legislature. An officer, with his or her consent, may be ordered to state active duty for administrative duty with the Department of Military Affairs at a grade lower than the officer currently holds.

  • (2) The Adjutant General shall:

    • (a) Supervise the receipt, preservation, repair, distribution, issue, and collection of all arms and military equipment of the state.

    • (b) Supervise all troops and branches of the Florida National Guard, including their organization, armament, discipline, training, recruiting, inspection, instruction, pay, subsistence, and supplies.

    • (c) Maintain records of all military personnel of the Florida National Guard, and maintain copies of all orders, reports, and communications received and issued by him or her.

    • (d) Cause the law and orders relating to the Florida National Guard to be indexed, printed, and bound, and prepare and publish blank books, forms, and stationery when necessary, and furnish them at the expense of the state.


    • (e)1. Prepare and publish by order of the Governor orders, rules, and regulations, consistent with law, to bring the organization, armament, equipment, training, and discipline of the Florida National Guard to a state of efficiency as near as possible to that of the regular United States Army and Air Force, and the Adjutant General shall attest all orders of the commander in chief relating to the Florida National Guard.

      • 2. Establish by directive an organized and supervised physical fitness program for military personnel of the Department of Military Affairs, provided that the program does not exceed 1 hour per day, for a maximum of 3 hours per week, and originates and terminates at the normal worksite. All fees, membership dues, equipment, and clothing relating to such physical fitness program shall be at no cost to the state. Administrative leave, not to exceed 3 hours per week, shall be provided by the department to all personnel authorized to participate in the physical fitness program.

      • 3. Establish by directive a post exchange store for members of the Florida National Guard, their families, guests, and other authorized users. The post exchange store shall be located at the Camp Blanding Training Site. The primary purpose of the store is to provide for the morale, recreation, and welfare of all servicemembers training at the Camp Blanding Training Site. The operation of the post exchange store must be in accordance with state and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Profits of the post exchange store, if any, shall be deposited in the Camp Blanding Management Trust Fund and shall be used to enhance the facilities and services provided by the Camp Blanding Training Site. The Adjutant General may establish an account with a federally insured financial institution in the state to facilitate the operations of the post exchange store.

    • (f) Prepare reports required by the Secretary of Defense.

    • (g) Perform other duties required of the Adjutant General by the commander in chief.

    • (h) Employ personnel as necessary for the proper conduct of the Department of Military Affairs. The Adjutant General may accept personnel provided by the Federal Government.

    • (i) Establish and maintain as part of the Adjutant General’s office a repository of records of the services of Florida troops during all wars, and be the custodian of all records, relics, trophies, colors, and histories relating to such wars which are possessed or acquired by the state.

    • (j) Maintain a seal of office, approved by the commander in chief, and all copies of papers in his or her office, duly certified and authenticated under the seal, are admissible in evidence in all cases in like manner as if the original were produced.

    • (k) Provide, upon request, a summary to the Governor on the number and condition of the Florida National Guard and the number and condition of the arms and property in the custody of the state, and transmit to the Governor at that time a detailed report of all funds and moneys received and disbursed by the Department of Military Affairs. The Adjutant General may also recommend needed legislation as he or she deems proper.

    • (l) Subject to annual appropriations, administer youth About Face programs and adult Forward March programs at sites to be selected by the Adjutant General. Both programs must provide schoolwork assistance, focusing on the skills needed to master basic high school competencies and functional life skills, including teaching students to work effectively in groups; providing basic instruction in computer skills; teaching basic problem-solving, decisionmaking, and reasoning skills; teaching how the business world and free enterprise work through computer simulations; and teaching home finance and budgeting and other daily living skills.

      • 1. About Face is a summer and year-round after-school life-preparation program for economically disadvantaged and at-risk youths from 13 through 17 years of age. The program must provide training in academic study skills, and the basic skills that businesses require for employment consideration.

      • 2. Forward March is a job-readiness program for economically disadvantaged participants who are directed to Forward March by the local regional workforce development boards. The Forward March program shall provide training on topics that directly relate to the skills required for real-world success. The program shall emphasize functional life skills, computer literacy, interpersonal relationships, critical-thinking skills, business skills, preemployment and work maturity skills, job-search skills, exploring careers activities, how to be a successful and effective employee, and some job-specific skills. The program also shall provide extensive opportunities for participants to practice generic job skills in a supervised work setting. Upon completion of the program, Forward March shall return participants to the local regional workforce development boards for placement in a job placement pool.

    • (m) Order troops to state active duty for training, subject to approved appropriations or grants.

    • (n) Issue decorations and awards pursuant to military regulations and instructions.

  • (3) The Adjutant General shall furnish suitable buildings for conducting the business of the Department of Military Affairs and for the proper storage, repair, and issuance of military property.

  • (4)(a) The Adjutant General shall, subject to confirmation by the Senate, employ a federally recognized officer of the Florida National Guard, who has served in the Florida Army Guard for the preceding 5 years and attained the rank of colonel or higher at the time of appointment, to be the Assistant Adjutant General for Army.

    • (b) The Adjutant General may, subject to confirmation by the Senate, employ an additional, federally recognized officer of the Florida National Guard, who has served in the Florida Army Guard for the preceding 5 years and attained the rank of colonel or higher at the time of appointment, to be a second Assistant Adjutant General for Army.

    Each officer shall perform the duties required by the Adjutant General.

  • (5) The Adjutant General shall, subject to confirmation by the Senate, employ a federally recognized officer of the Florida National Guard, who has served in the Florida Air Guard for the preceding 5 years and attained the rank of colonel or higher at the time of appointment, to be the Assistant Adjutant General for Air. The officer shall perform the duties required by the Adjutant General.

  • (6) The Adjutant General shall employ a federally recognized officer of the Florida National Guard as the state quartermaster who, under the direction of the Adjutant General, shall account for all funds accruing to the Department of Military Affairs; shall receive, preserve, repair, issue, distribute, and account for all Department of Military Affairs property, including real estate pertaining to the State Armory Board; and may construct, maintain, improve, and repair facilities pertaining to the Department of Military Affairs and the armory board. The state quartermaster shall be the recorder of the armory board and perform any other duties required of him or her by the Adjutant General.

  • (7) The Adjutant General shall develop an education assistance program for members in good standing of the Florida National Guard who enroll in an authorized course of study at a public or nonpublic institution of higher learning in the state which has been accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education or licensed by the Commission for Independent Education. This program shall be known as the Educational Dollars for Duty program (EDD).

    • (a) The program shall set forth application requirements, including, but not limited to, requirements that the applicant:

      • 1. Be 17 years of age or older.

      • 2. Be presently domiciled in the state.

      • 3. Be an active drilling member and in good standing in the Florida National Guard at the beginning of and throughout the entire academic term for which benefits are received.

      • 4. Maintain continuous satisfactory participation in the Florida National Guard for any school term for which exemption benefits are received.

      • 5. Upon enrollment in the program, complete a memorandum of agreement to comply with the rules of the program and serve in the Florida National Guard for the period specified in the member’s enlistment or reenlistment contract.

    • (b) The program shall define those members of the Florida National Guard who are ineligible to participate in the program and those courses of study which are not authorized for the program.

      • 1. Ineligible members include, but are not limited to, any member, commissioned officer, warrant officer, or enlisted person who has obtained a master’s degree using the program.

      • 2. Courses not authorized include noncredit courses, courses that do not meet degree requirements, courses that do not meet requirements for completion of career training, or other courses as determined by program definitions.

      • 3. Developmental education courses are authorized for the program.

    • (c) The Adjutant General shall adopt rules for the overall policy, guidance, administration, implementation, and proper use of the program. Such rules must include, but not be limited to, guidelines for certification by the Adjutant General of a guard member’s eligibility, procedures for notification to an institution of a guard member’s termination of eligibility, and procedures for restitution when a guard member fails to comply with the penalties described in this section.

  • (8) Subject to appropriations, the Department of Military Affairs may pay the full cost of tuition and fees for required courses for current members of the Florida National Guard. Members are eligible to use the program upon enlistment in the Florida National Guard. If a member is enrolled in a nonpublic postsecondary education institution or a nonpublic vocational-technical program, the Department of Military Affairs shall pay an amount equal to the amount that would be required to pay for the average tuition and fees at a public postsecondary education institution or public vocational-technical program.

    • (a) A member may participate in the program if he or she maintains satisfactory participation in, and is an active drilling member of, the Florida National Guard. Inactive members of the Florida National Guard and members of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) are not eligible to participate in the program.

    • (b) Penalties for noncompliance with program requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:

      • 1. If a member of the Florida National Guard receives payment of tuition and fees for any academic term and fails to maintain satisfactory participation in the Florida National Guard during that academic term, the member shall reimburse the Department of Military Affairs all tuition charges and student fees for the academic term for which the member received payment.

      • 2. If a member of the Florida National Guard leaves the Florida National Guard during the period specified in the member’s enlistment or reenlistment contract, the member shall reimburse the Department of Military Affairs all tuition charges and student fees for which the member received payments, regardless of whether the obligation to reimburse the department was incurred before, on, or after July 1, 2009, unless the Adjutant General finds that there are justifiable extenuating circumstances.

      • 3. If the service of a member of the Florida National Guard is terminated or the member is placed on scholastic probation while receiving payments, the member shall reimburse the Department of Military Affairs all tuition charges and student fees for the academic term for which the member received payment.

      • 4. If a member defaults on any reimbursement made under this paragraph, the department may charge the member the maximum interest rate authorized by law.

History.- ss. 10, 101/2, 12, 13, ch. 8502, 1921; s. 2, ch. 10185, 1925; CGL 2021, 2022, 2024, 2025; s. 4, ch. 20849, 1941; s. 1, ch. 25112, 1949; s. 83, ch. 73-333; s. 5, ch. 77-85; s. 114, ch. 79-400; s. 1, ch. 86-239; s. 2, ch. 90-165; s. 1, ch. 91-302; s. 2, ch. 92-86; s. 1, ch. 94-229; s. 838, ch. 95-148; s. 24, ch. 95-196; s. 1, ch. 95-422; s. 8, ch. 97-100; ss. 1, 2, ch. 97-158; s. 28, ch. 98-34; s. 1, ch. 98-179; s. 1, ch. 99-177; s. 33, ch. 99-241; s. 10, ch. 2003-68; s. 2, ch. 2004-228; s. 20, ch. 2004-357; s. 28, ch. 2007-217; s. 1, ch. 2009-123; s. 2, ch. 2010-79; s. 5, ch. 2010-182; s. 4, ch. 2013-51.

Note.- Former ss. 250.11, 250.12, 250.14, 250.15.


250.115 - Department of Military Affairs direct-support organization

  • (1) DEFINITIONS.- As used in this section, the term:

    • (a) “Direct-support organization” means an organization that is:

      • 1. A Florida corporation not for profit, incorporated under chapter 617, and approved by the Department of State.

      • 2. Organized and operated exclusively to raise funds; request and receive grants, gifts, and bequests of moneys; acquire, receive, hold, invest, and administer in its own name securities, funds, or property; support the processing of requests for assistance from the Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Program or similar programs, as directed by the Adjutant General; and make expenditures to or for the direct or indirect benefit of the Department of Military Affairs or the Florida National Guard.

      • 3. Determined by the Department of Military Affairs to be operating in a manner consistent with the goals of the Department of Military Affairs and the Florida National Guard and in the best interest of the state. Any organization that is denied certification by the Adjutant General may not use the name of the Florida National Guard or the Department of Military Affairs in any part of its name or its publications.

    • (b) “Personal services” includes full-time or part-time personnel as well as payroll processing.

  • (2) BOARD OF DIRECTORS.- The organization shall be governed by a board of directors. The Adjutant General, or his or her designee, shall appoint a president of the board. The board of directors shall be appointed by the president of the board.

  • (3) CONTRACT.- The direct-support organization shall operate under a written contract with the department. The written contract must provide for:

    • (a) Certification by the department that the direct-support organization is complying with the terms of the contract and is doing so consistent with the goals and purposes of the department and in the best interests of the state. This certification must be made annually and reported in the official minutes of a meeting of the direct-support organization.

    • (b) The reversion of moneys and property held by the direct-support organization:

      • 1. To the department if the direct-support organization is no longer approved to operate by the department;

      • 2. To the department if the direct-support organization ceases to exist; or

      • 3. To the state if the department ceases to exist.

    • (c) The disclosure of the material provisions of the contract and the distinction between the department and the direct-support organization to donors of gifts, contributions, or bequests, including such disclosure on all promotional and fundraising publications.

  • (4) USE OF PROPERTY.-

    • (a) The Department of Military Affairs may permit the use of property, facilities, and personal services of the Department of Military Affairs by the direct-support organization, subject to the provisions of this section.

    • (b) The Department of Military Affairs may prescribe by rule any condition with which a direct-support organization organized under this section must comply in order to use property, facilities, or personal services of the Department of Military Affairs.

    • (c) The Department of Military Affairs may not permit the use of its property, facilities, or personal services by any direct-support organization organized under this section which does not provide equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or religion.

  • (5) ACTIVITIES; RESTRICTIONS.- Any transaction or agreement between the direct-support organization organized pursuant to this section and another direct-support organization must be approved by the Department of Military Affairs.

  • (6) ANNUAL BUDGETS AND REPORTS.- The direct-support organization shall submit to the Department of Military Affairs its annual budget and financial reports, its federal Internal Revenue Service Application for Recognition of Exemption form (Form 1023), and its federal Internal Revenue Service Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax form (Form 990).

  • (7) ANNUAL AUDIT.- The direct-support organization shall provide for an annual financial audit in accordance with s. 215.981.

History.- s. 1, ch. 2000-258; s. 86, ch. 2001-266; s. 927, ch. 2002-387; s. 11, ch. 2003-68; s. 1, ch. 2010-98; s. 38, ch. 2013-35.

250.116 - Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Program

  • (1) PROGRAM PURPOSE.- The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance and services to eligible servicemembers of the Florida National Guard and eligible members of their families. The program shall be administered by the Department of Military Affairs. The department may be assisted in the processing of applications and the administration of the program by the direct-support organization authorized under s. 250.115.

  • (2) FUNDING.- The program shall be implemented through funding provided by the direct-support organization.

  • (3) AUTHORIZED ASSISTANCE.- The assistance available under the program may include:

    • (a) Housing.- The program may provide housing assistance. Housing assistance includes assistance with emergency repairs, renovations, or replacements that are needed for a servicemember’s primary residential property in order to address health or safety issues or meet disability needs. Housing assistance also includes assistance with lease deposits, mortgage payments, and rent payments.

    • (b) Living expenses.- The program may provide assistance for living expenses that are reasonable and necessary to meet basic needs for eligible members of the Florida National Guard and eligible members of their families. Living expenses include expenses for clothing, groceries, utility services, motor vehicle fuel and transportation, insurance, and child care that is necessary in order to obtain or maintain employment.

    • (c) Vehicles.- The program may provide assistance for repairs or short-term rentals required to maintain the primary vehicle of a servicemember’s family in a safe operating condition. If a repair will not restore the primary vehicle to a safe operating condition, or if there is no vehicle, assistance with the purchase of a vehicle may be provided if such a vehicle is necessary.

    • (d) Health care.- The program may provide assistance for services that are documented by a medical authority as necessary for the health and welfare of the individual. Assistance is not available for elective procedures or medical care that is covered by insurance.

    • (e) Other services.- The program may provide assistance for a service or expense that is not specifically enumerated in this subsection if the service or expense is reasonable under the circumstances.

  • (4) ELIGIBILITY.- Persons eligible for assistance from the program include:

    • (a) Servicemembers who are members of the Florida National Guard who are:

      • 1. On active duty serving in the Global War on Terrorism or Overseas Contingency Operation or who request assistance within 120 days after the termination of orders for such service and return to their home of record.

      • 2. Deployed by the Federal Government and participating in state operations for homeland defense or request assistance within 120 days after the termination of orders for such service and return to their home of record.


    • (b)1. Beneficiaries of an eligible servicemember designated on United States Department of Defense Form 93.

      • 2. Individuals demonstrating a financial need for authorized assistance who are dependents or family members of an eligible servicemember.

  • (5) REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE; REVIEW; AWARDS.-

    • (a) A request for assistance shall be reviewed and processed at the local level by an official designated by the Adjutant General. During the initial review and processing of the request, the Department of Military Affairs may accept assistance from the direct-support organization. Final review and approval of requests for assistance shall be made by the Department of Military Affairs.

    • (b) Requests for assistance shall be reviewed and evaluated based on the following criteria:

      • 1. The impact of a servicemember’s absence and inability to assist in home and vehicle repairs or meet other family needs;

      • 2. The economic impact of deployment;

      • 3. The overall financial situation of the applicant;

      • 4. The assistance authorized under the program; and

      • 5. Other relevant information.

  • (6) QUARTERLY FINANCIAL REVIEW.- The financial committee of the board of directors of the direct-support organization shall review financial transactions of the program each quarter. This review shall be provided to the Department of Military Affairs in order to determine whether the direct-support organization is being operated in a manner that is consistent with the purposes of the Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund, and in the best interests of the department. The financial committee may request the Office of Inspector General to conduct additional reviews.

  • (7) RULES.- The Department of Military Affairs may adopt rules to administer this section.

History.- s. 2, ch. 2010-98.

250.12 - Appointment of commissioned and warrant officers

The appointment of commissioned officers and warrant officers shall conform in number, rank, and designation, and shall be based upon and made in conformity with tables of organization for the National Guard as prescribed in National Guard regulations published by the National Guard Bureau. The appointees shall hold their appointments subject to continuance of federal recognition, or attainment of age 64 years, unless relieved by reason of resignation or disability or for a cause to be determined by a court-martial or efficiency board, legally convened for that purpose. Vacancies shall, when practicable, be filled by appointment from personnel of the Florida National Guard.


History.- s. 11, ch. 8502, 1921; s. 1, ch. 14761, 1931; s. 7, ch. 20849, 1941; CGL 2023; s. 1, ch. 25112, 1949; s. 12, ch. 2003-68.

Note.- Former s. 250.13.