Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)

Air National Guard: State Active Duty

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The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and managing prekindergarten through 12th grade educational programs on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD). 


DoDEA determines the enrollment and eligibility policy. Dependents of Air National Guard Service members are not eligible to participate in the DoDEA school systems. However, service members in the AGR program are generally afforded eligibility if they meet the following walking in the hallway at school

For DoDEA Americas Air National Guard Service members on State Active Duty are eligible to send their dependents to DoDEA schools if the member is active on title 10 or title 32 orders for one year or more and living on base housing or on the housing list. In the DoDEA schools on U.S. territories, service members do not have to live on base in order to qualify but do have to be active status on Title 10 or 32 for one year or more consecutively.

Benefit Highlights

DoDEA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, headquartered in Alexandria, VA, that serves as an umbrella agency to monitor DoDEA Europe, DoDEA Pacific and the DoDEA Americas. 

Each area is managed by an area director. Within each area, the schools are organized into districts headed by superintendents. DoDEA currently operates 160 schools in eight districts located in 11 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. There are nearly 900,000 military connected children of all ages worldwide, of which more than 66,000 are enrolled in DoDEA schools and served by more than 8,000 educators.

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas Within the United States, DoDEA schools provide tuition-free education for the dependent children of Air National Guard Service members activated on Title 10 or Title 32 for at least one year and occupying (or within 90 days of being provided) permanent living quarters on any military installations with a DoDEA school program. For DoDEA schools on U.S. territories, base housing is not a requirement for enrollment. DoDEA Americas provides comprehensive educational programs on military installations located in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and Cuba that are competitive within that of any school system in the United States. DoDEA Americas provide K-12 education, but not all levels are available at every location. Where the grade level program is not offered, dependent students living on the military installations attend schools operated by the Local Education Agency in the civilian community. DoDEA Americas operates 50 schools at 17 locations, in seven states, Puerto Rico, and Guam, serving nearly 20,000 students.

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Overseas: Offers comprehensive educational programs for military family members, grades K-12, in overseas locations. DoDEA-Europe operates 64 schools in three Districts, located in eight countries, across four time zones throughout Europe. Their footprint consists of the following countries: Germany, Belgium, Netherland, United Kingdom, Bahrain, Italy, Spain and Turkey. DoDEA-Pacific operates45 schools at 21 locations across Guam, Japan (including Okinawa), and South Korea. Enrollment is provided on a space available basis for Air Force Guard Service members activated for 180 days or more consecutively.

DODEA Virtual School

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Virtual School: DoDEA Virtual School (DVS) provides interactive and engaging instruction that prepares students to learn, work, and serve a global society. DVS is comprised of these programs: DoDEA Virtual High School (DVHS) Supplemental, DVHS Expanded Eligibility Pilot Program (E2P2), Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP), and the Domestic Transition Program. 

For eligibility requirements for DVS, please visit the DoDEA Eligibility page.

Additional Information

For more information about the schools, employment, and other topics, please visit the website maintained by the Department of Defense Education Activity:

DoDEA Americas:

DoDEA Europe:

DoDEA Pacific:

Non-DoD School Program (NDSP):

DoDEA Virtual School:

DoDEA AI 1344.01 - Eligibility and Enrollment Requirements for DoDEA Schools:

Document Review Date: 31 January 2024