Educational Dollars for Duty

Florida Guard Team,

Florida Guard men and women are known for their professionalism, razor sharp technical skills and proactive approach to continuous professional development.

We know that to sustain the momentum, to be that force of the future, it takes consistent and dedicated efforts — to be at the top of our game with our mission essential tasks, to challenge not only our physical, mental and medical readiness but also invest in our continuing education.  We must keep up with a rapidly changing world….almost on a daily basis.

Florida National Guard members have access to numerous opportunities for state and federal programs for post-secondary education at a college, university or technical training school at little or no cost, up to the Masters degree level.  By participating in these programs, our members not only better themselves by obtaining a higher education level – but they contribute to building the future of our Florida National Guard. An educated, adaptable force will help ensure our readiness for the future.

One of the options available to Florida Guard members is our state-funded education program, “Educational Dollars for Duty (EDD).”  The EDD program provides up to 100% public tuition for the period of the Guard member’s service once he or she becomes eligible, and as long as funding is available.  It also covers a percentage of school tuition for private schools with a physical (“brick and mortar”) address in Florida.

Our Governor is a staunch advocate for education and has ensured that, despite the current environment of unprecedented federal budget cuts and fiscal uncertainty, our legislature went the extra mile to sustain and grow this benefit for you.  EDD funding is currently available for our Florida Army and Air National Guard members to use – toward a technical certificate, Associates, Baccalaureate or Masters Degree.

Please contact our Florida National Guard State Education Program Administrator, Mr. Andy Rusnak,, 904-823-0351, for more information.  I look forward to hearing of your success!

Thank you, again, for your service.

Emmett R. Titshaw Jr.
Major General
The Adjutant General of Florida