Flaws in Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation Drill Pay Recommendations
Tying into last week's post, and in response to a growing interest from our member, NGAUS has further analyzed further flaws in the Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation (QRMC).
Issue in Focus: Pay
- Current drill pay structure already compensates for significant differences between active forces and reserve component.
- Current 1/30th rule allows for simple and equitably increased compensation for a drill period in providing the equivalent of 4 days pay for a full weekend drill.
- Weekend CONUS service of the active force is not similar to weekend National Guard/Reserve duty as the actives are paid for down time while the National Guard/Reserve work.
- Most National Guard/Reserve members work 12 straight days with weekend drill sandwiched between full work weeks.
- National Guard/Reserve members must bear the time and expense of medical readiness and fitness.
- 30 year anniversary date to collect retirement pay with reduced retirement points does not work for late joining members of the National Guard/Reserve.
- Significant uncompensated administrative time spent in preparation for drill for commanders and administrative staff at all levels.
- National Guard is answerable on a 24/7 basis for domestic emergencies and more likely to be called.
- Weekend drill pay compensates for 24/7 on call status of the citizen soldier who is prepared to leave job and family at any time.
- Reserve component and families are not sheltered with 24/7 housing, medical care, family and community support services received by the active forces.
- QRMC recommendations are another masked attempt to make Reserve component bill payer for active excesses.
- Suggested incentive pay options offer vague, complicated and tentative pay solutions that the current drill pay structure renders unnecessary.
- QRMC does not address need to provide medical readiness care for the operational Reserve component.
- Reducing retirement points from 4 to 2 for weekend drills will significantly reduce retirement pay.
- 30 year anniversary date to collect retirement pay with reduced retirement points does not work to allow late joining members of the National Guard/Reserve to make up the difference with a longer eligibility period to draw retirement.
A NGAUS Legislative Alert on this issue sent last week has generated over 13,000 advocacy messages and slowed the NGAUS server for a time. You can read more on this issue and take action here.