Personnel & Benefits

“The statutory missions of Selective Service are to be prepared to provide trained and untrained personnel to the DoD in the event of a national emergency …” That is the first part of the Selective Service System’s mission statement, and it’s with that goal in mind that I write this blog. I’m... Read more
Washington Report (October 14, 2014) Revisions made to Pentagon travel rules went into effect this month and the result is often less money for service members on temporary duty. The biggest change is to the per diem rate reimbursement for lengthy TDYs. According to Army Times, a person on TDY... Read more
Washington Report (October 7, 2014) When the armed services committees of the House and Senate meet to hammer out a National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2015, NGAUS is asking them to consider several Senate amendments that could be introduced and bring the Senate version in line with the... Read more
Washington Report (October 7, 2014) Bipartisan legislation in the Senate would provide legal assistance to National Guard members who are victims of sexual assault if the assault is related to their service. The National Guard and Reserve Access to Counsel Act was introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar,... Read more
Washington Report (September 30, 2014) The acting director of the Army National Guard said the service must continue to address the problem of suicide. Maj. Gen. Judd H. Lyons spoke during an event at Arlington Hall Station in Virginia, the headquarters of the Army Guard and the National Guard... Read more
September 18, 2014 For many Army National Guard soldiers, September drill is back on. Most states had canceled training for September because of a $101 million shortfall nationwide in funds. But the National Guard Bureau received congressional approval Wednesday to shift money from one fund to... Read more
Washington Report (September 16, 2014) The National Guard is still waiting for approval from one congressional committee before it can shift funds around and possibly hold September drill. Most states canceled training for September because of a lack of money. But the National Guard Bureau... Read more
By Ron Jensen Sept. 10, 2014 Army National Guardsmen may have a drill weekend this month after all. Several states canceled the training for September because of a lack of money. But the National Guard Bureau has requested permission to shift money from one fund to the personnel account that... Read more
Washington Report (Sept. 9, 2014) Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, is seeking support among his colleagues for a section of the fiscal 2015 Senate Armed Services Committee defense bill that would provide National Guardsmen with an easier path toward an earlier retirement. He is requesting that his... Read more
Washington Report (Sept. 9, 2014) The new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs wants to reform his agency by the time Veterans Day arrives in November. Robert McDonald, who has been on the job about a month, returned from a tour of VA facilities around the country determined to change... Read more

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