Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
Army National Guard: Federal Active Duty
Benefit Fact Sheet
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a DoD agency charged with overseeing the educational systems for military dependents both domestically and overseas. DoDEA manages two separate but parallel systems: the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) domestically.
DoDEA determines the enrollment and eligibility policy. Dependents of Army National Guard Soldiers are not eligible to participate in the DoDEA school systems. However, Soldiers in the AGR program are generally afforded eligibility if they meet the following requirements.
For Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS), Army National Guard Soldiers on Federal Active Duty are eligible to send their dependents to DDESS schools if the Soldier is active on title 10 or title 32 orders for one year or more and living in permanent housing on base or on the housing list. In the DDESS schools on US territories, Soldiers do not have to live on base in order to qualify but do have to be active status on Title 10 or 32 for 1 year or more consecutively.
For Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS): Army National Guard Soldiers on PCS orders are eligible for space required, tuition free schooling. Soldiers on TDY orders of 180 days or more may attend on a space available, tuition free basis.
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA): DoDEA is a civilian agency of the U.S. Department of Defense that serves as an umbrella agency to monitor the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary Education and Secondary Schools (DDESS) in the United States. DoDEA is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, and its schools are divided into three areas: Department of Defense Dependent Schools - Europe (DoDDS-E), Department of Defense Dependent Schools - Pacific (DoDDS-P) / Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools - Guam (DDESS-G), and the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS). Each area is managed by an area director. Within each area, the schools are organized into districts headed by superintendents. DoDEA currently operates 191 schools in 14 districts located in 12 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS): Within the United States, DDESS schools provide tuition-free education for the dependent Children of Army National Guard Soldiers activated on Title 10 or Title 32 for at least 1 year and occupying (or within 90 days of being provided) permanent living quarters on any military installations with a DDESS school program. For DDESS schools on US territories, base housing is not a requirement for enrollment. DDESS 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. DDESS 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. DDESS operates 65 schools on 16 installations that are organized into 6 districts.
Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) overseas: DoDDS offers comprehensive educational programs for military Family members, grades K-12, in overseas locations. DoDDS-Europe operates 80 overseas schools five districts throughout Europe. Their footprint consists of the following countries: Bahrain, Belgium, England Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Turkey. DoDDS-Pacific operates 50 schools in the districts of Guam, Japan, Okinawa, and South Korea. Enrollment is provided on a space available basis for Army National Guard Soldiers activated for 180 days or more consecutively.
For more information about the schools, employment, and other topics, please visit the website maintained by the Department of Defense Education Activity:
Document Review Date: 21 November 2013