Personnel & Benefits

Washington Report (October 20, 2015) Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III is set to retire March 1 after three years as director of the Air National Guard and more than three decades in uniform.   Reflecting back on his career in an interview with Air Force Times, Clarke shared one of the most important... Read more
Washington Report (October 20, 2015) The commander of First Army said last week that 39 training days is not enough for Army National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers to maintain an operational reserve.   "I firmly believe that if we're going to maintain that reserve component as an operational... Read more
Washington Report (October 6, 2015) Fifty-six National Guard members took their own lives during the first six months of 2015, according to the Pentagon's Quarterly Suicide Report. At the same time one year ago, the figure was 42.   New figures for the second quarter of this calendar year were... Read more
Washington Report (September 29, 2015) Congress is likely to pass a short-term measure to fund the government into December, but the Defense Department took the cautionary step Friday of warning troops about what to expect if the government shuts down at midnight Wednesday when the 2015 fiscal year... Read more
Washington Report (September 29, 2015) The Air Force will make a decision soon about allowing enlisted airmen to pilot drone aircraft, according to Air Force Times. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the publication that the service is studying the issue and she will make a decision early... Read more
Washington Report (September 1, 2015) President Barack Obama has told Congress he intends to cap military pay raises next year at 1.3 percent as the country continues to recover from hard economic times.   In a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Friday, he wrote, "As our country continues to... Read more
Washington Report (September 1, 2015) Almost half of the government employees hired last year were former service members, evidence that President Barack Obama's push for the federal government to hire veterans is working. But those veterans don't stay long.  The Washington Post reported that one... Read more
Washington Report (August 25, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs has reached an "historic milestone" as the number of backlogged disability claims by veterans has fallen below 100,000.      A backlogged claim is one that has been pending for more than 125 days. The average processing time for... Read more
Washington Report (August 25, 2015) Legislation that would allow GI Bill benefits to be used for small-business grants has drawn criticism from some veterans groups who believe it confuses the purpose of the program.   A bill sponsored by Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., advanced last month from the... Read more
Washington Report (August 18, 2015) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is asking the Department of Veterans Affairs why 35,000 veterans were prevented from signing up for health care.    The veterans, including many from the Iraq war, were victims of a... Read more

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