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As an organization made of Floridians, for Floridians, we appreciate your interest in the Florida State Guard. Our members strengthen disaster response and humanitarian assistance through their unique backgrounds, specialized skills, selfless service, and devotion to Florida families. Due to the limited number of positions, we are no longer accepting applications at this time.


If you have already applied, thank you for your continued patience. We are working diligently to review applications. A member of our team will contact you within the next 2-3 months to provide an update on the status of your application.


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  • What is the rank structure and promotion process?
    The rank structure is modeled after the Florida Army National Guard’s rank and insignia. We instill drive and ambition in all of our volunteers, encouraging each of them to seek and earn promotions. Promotions are awarded to volunteers based on time of service and leadership evaluations.
  • What are the attire and grooming standards?
    The FSG follows the same standards as the Florida National Guard, which adheres to AR 670-1. Exemptions may be granted for medical conditions or religious observances, on a case-by-case basis.
  • What benefits or compensation will I receive?
    Members of the FSG may be reimbursed and provided with a stipend for their volunteer service while activated or in training.
  • How can I become a Commissioned Officer?
    At this time, Officers will be evaluated and commissioned based on prior military and law enforcement experience, civilian educational and leadership experience, FSG evaluations and performance, and professional certifications. Candidates for Officer billets will be interviewed and evaluated by the FSG as positions become available.
  • Who will be my official point of contact throughout the application process?
    To assist you throughout the application process, our team will assign each applicant a knowledgeable recruiter to work with you directly. Please allow our recruitment team approximately 4-6 months to contact you following your application submission.
  • If I receive a deferral, can I reapply?
    Your perseverance and commitment to serve are unmatched, and we encourage you to compare your application to the eligibility requirements, the organization's mission, and physical fitness standards to increase the competitiveness of future applications.
  • How can I track the status of my application?
    An official member of the FSG team will contact you directly as your application is evaluated. Once a decision is made, you will receive notice of selection or deferral.
  • What is the timeline for the application process?
    During regular application periods, the application is divided into four phases. 1. Applicant Interested candidates submit applications. A member of our team reviews each application and invites eligible applicants to an interview. TIMELINE: Approximately 2-3 weeks 2. Recruit Selected recruits complete a Submission Packet and provide the required documents to their recruiter. A member of our team reviews each packet and sends eligible recruits a conditional offer subject to passing background, drug, and medical screenings. TIMELINE: Approximately 8-10 weeks 3. Trainee Eligible trainees receive an Initial Entry Training (IET) date and attend a 21-day IET. TIMELINE: Approximately 3-4 weeks 4. Soldier Trainees successfully meet all IET selection requirements, submit all required documentation, meet all eligibility requirements, pass an initial drug screening & background check, and gain medical clearance. FSG assigns responsibility and rank. Soldiers become eligible for activation. TIMELINE: Approximately 2 weeks
  • Does a VA disability preclude someone from service?
    VA disability does not automatically disbar anyone from service. However, all members are expected to meet physical fitness standards and perform job-essential tasks. Physical disability is not a bar to membership in the FSG. Appropriate authorities review and approve exceptions for each disability on a case-by-case basis.
  • What are the eligibility requirements?
    All Soldiers must meet the following requirements and guidelines: Be a US citizen and Florida resident. Be between the ages of 18 and 60. Clear initial, and continued, background checks and full-panel urinalysis drug screenings. Complete fingerprinting at a FDLE site. Be in general good health with no debilitating or hindering medical pre-existing conditions. Meet and maintain all physical fitness requirements. Adhere to all other requirements and guidelines as provided by FSG authorities.
  • Where is routine training?
    Routine training and drill periods will be held throughout the state based on mission needs.
  • Where is IET?
    IET is hosted at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center in Starke, Florida approximately an hour from Jacksonville, Florida.
  • How often is routine training?
    Following successful graduation and completion of all eligibility requirements, recruits may earn the honor of becoming an FSG Soldier. As an FSG Soldier, you will be expected to participate in quarterly training periods and annual training.
  • What happens if I miss IET, drill, and/or routine training?
    All absences need to be pre-approved by your chain of command. All recruits and Soldiers will be expected to maintain the training standards at all times, which may include completing missed training at an alternate date.
  • When is IET?
    FSG stands prepared to answer the call—whenever and wherever. To ensure mission readiness, we aim to host several IET training dates throughout 2024. If selected, you will receive training dates from your recruiter once they are assigned.
  • What happens if I am injured during training or active service?
    If you are injured during training or active service, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. If you are injured during training or active service, you must notify your chain of command immediately.
  • How long is IET?
    During the immersive three-week training regimen, you will earn your second Florida family by fostering unmatched relationships with your fellow recruits. All recruits will eat, sleep, and train at Camp Blanding throughout the entire duration of training.
  • What type of training will be conducted at IET?
    During IET, you will participate in rigorous training focused on disaster and emergency preparation and response. Training activities will include basic medical, survival, and rescue courses along with daily physical fitness. Following the successful completion of all training requirements, you will have the fortitude, resilience, and experience necessary to serve the people of Florida in times of need.
  • What will I need to pack for IET?
    We are always prepared, and we will make sure you are too. Prior to attending IET, you will receive an official packing list from your recruiter. All other necessary equipment will be issued to you at IET.
  • How can I prepare for IET?
    Preparation–the mindset we instill in our troops. To prepare, we encourage you to begin or continue a routine physical fitness regimen. For helpful exercises, please refer to the resources listed below: Holistic Health and Fitness Drills and Exercises (2020) Army Combat Fitness Test Overview Holistic Health and Fitness Handbook
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