Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)

Army National Guard: Federal Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet



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 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 DoDEA Americas, Army National Guard Soldiers on Federal Active Duty are eligible to send their dependents to DoDEA 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 DoDEA 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.

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.

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 EuropeDoDEA 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 168 schools in 8 districts located in 11 foreign countries, 7 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas Within the United States, DoDEA 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 DoDEA school program. For DoDEA schools on US 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 54 schools on 15 installations, in 7 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam, serving approximately 27,000 students and employing over 2,300 education professionals.

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) overseas: DoDEA offers comprehensive educational programs for military Family members, grades K-12, in overseas locations. DoDEA-Europe operates 65 schools within 3 districts throughout Europe. Their footprint consists of the following countries: Germany, Belgium, Netherland, United Kingdom, Bahrain, Italy, Spain and Turkey. DoDEA-Pacific operates 48 schools within 4 districts serving 22 U.S. military installations across Guam, mainland 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.

Additional Information:

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: 1 February 2017