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Florida Posts Openings for State Guard That Democrats Call a ‘Vigilante Militia’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Photographer: Tristan Wheelock/Bloomberg

Florida is now accepting applications for members and a director of a civilian force that Republican Governor Ron DeSantis said will help the state respond better to emergencies. 

The Florida State Guard, or FLSG, will include 400 guard members, according to an emailed statement from the governor’s press office on Tuesday. The state is looking for a part-time director with experience in “military style operations” who will oversee recruitment, training and mobilization of the force.