Department of Military Affairs [RG 1800]

Department of Military Affairs [RG 1800]


The Department of Military Affairs was created in 1932 and is the official state agency for all military matters (KRS Chapters 36, 37, and 38), disaster and emergency services coordination in the Commonwealth (KRS Chapter 39), and veterans' bonuses (KRS Chapter 40). The Governor is the constitutional commander-in-chief of the forces which are on active duty in the state. The Governor appoints the Adjutant General, who commands the Kentucky National Guard (consisting of the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard) and directs and coordinates all programs of the Department. The Department has the responsibility for organizing, equipping, training, and housing units of the Kentucky National Guard, which may be called to duty by the Governor in the event of civil strife or disorder, or the occurrence of natural or man-made disasters. The National Guard Tuition Award Program, created in 1996, in the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, provides the opportunity to attend a state educational institution for enlisted members certified by the Department of Military Affairs as meeting the eligibility criteria. For more on this agency see the agency web site

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