Personnel & Benefits

NGAUS Washington Report (July 23, 2013) Funding for the top Defense Department staffs will be cut by 20 percent as Pentagon officials work to craft a strategy-based spending plan that accounts for likely future spending cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said last week. Hagel said the cuts will... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 23, 2013) In his address Monday to the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called on the nation’s 22 million veterans to become partners in helping the Defense Department work through “historic transition and change.” Every... Read more
(July 19, 2013) Legislation was introduced in both chambers of Congress Thursday that would give National Guardsmen and members of the Reserve preferred credit for federal civilian jobs. Veterans of the active component already receive five additional points in the federal hiring process for their... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) The NGAUS president planned to tell an influential group today to stem the fiscal crisis affecting the government and the Pentagon by growing the National Guard and shrinking the active-component force. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr. told a Reserve... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) Legislation in both chambers of Congress offers an alternative to a plan by TRICARE Management Activity at the Pentagon to remove tens of thousands of beneficiaries from the TRICARE Prime program. NGAUS supports the legislative efforts and made that known... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) Bills introduced in the House and Senate last week target discrimination in employment and housing for current or former military service. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., both introduced the Veterans and Service Members... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) Secretary of the Army John McHugh warned last week that sequestration continues to threaten military readiness. "The furlough will have a degrading effect on the readiness of the Guard. That's inescapable," McHugh said during a visit Friday to the District... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) Pete Duffy, the NGAUS legislative director, attended as a White House invitee the Veterans and Military Family Mental Health Conference held last week in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Highlights were a briefing by Department of Veterans Affairs... Read more
The National Guard Bureau recently launched a campaign aimed at slowing the alarming sexual assault increases throughout the military. The campaign, part of a DoD-wide effort, has three phases aligning with the Secretary of Defense’s goals. The first phase began on June 28 with mandatory training... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 9, 2013) A comprehensive campaign aimed at helping National Guard units combat sexual assault has been launched by the National Guard Bureau in an effort to protect victims and eradicate the behavior from its ranks. "We are helping the states with training and... Read more

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