Personnel & Benefits

NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 27, 2013) The Army should choose a new boot for soldiers next spring and have it available soon after that, according to a newspaper report this week. Three companies have created boots that will stand up to the heat and dust and mountainous terrain like that found in... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 27, 2013) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel vowed last week to protect the GI Bill for post-9/11 veterans, which he helped write when he was a U.S. senator. He was answering a question from a Marine during a visit to Hawaii about a specific part of the law, but chose to... Read more
“Senate Republicans and senior White House officials have quietly begun talks about the kind of sweeping fiscal legislation needed to lessen or void sequestration, raising hopes of a deal from miniscule to slight.”  This was a recent lead in a Defense News story discussing the potential for... Read more
(Aug. 21, 2013) Airmen who are a bit too big around the middle may not automatically fail the Air Force physical fitness test, according to a memo today from the service’s chief of staff. The memo from Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, which was obtained by Air Force Times, allows leniency on the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 20, 2013) Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, the Air National Guard director, discussed a variety of topics last week at his first All-Call. The event, part of Focus on the Force week held at the Air National Guard Readiness Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., provided... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 20, 2013) The Army is about to get smaller. The chief of staff and the civilian leader of the service have made that clear. Army Secretary John McHugh and Gen. Ray Odierno, the chief of staff, have given their staffs until Sept. 11 to create a plan to trim funding and... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 20, 2013) The Defense Department will extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and  civilian employees. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that part of the Defense of Marriage Act is... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 13, 2013) More than 600,000 members of the National Guard and the Reserves would benefit from a bill introduced by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and supported strongly by NGAUS. The National Guardsmen and Reservists Parity for Patriots Act, or H.R. 2907, would provide... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 13, 2013) President Barack Obama told a gathering of disabled veterans Saturday that the budget battle looming in Washington, D.C., puts care for veterans at risk. Although the Department of Veterans Affairs was exempted from the across-the-board cuts known as... Read more
NGAUS Washington Post (Aug. 6, 2013) The Associated Press has learned that furloughs facing Defense Department civilians, including 48,000 uniformed National Guard dual-status technicians, have been cut from 11 days to six. The report was circulated early this afternoon. The AP quotes officials... Read more

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