Personnel & Benefits

By Rebecca Autrey (Jan. 10, 2014) Between drills, preparing for drills, professional development classes and more, Gen. Frank J. Grass says he’s hard-pressed to find a member of the National Guard who trains only 39 days a year. The chief of the National Guard Bureau was pushing back at a statistic... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey (Jan. 8, 2014) Striking the right balance between active-duty soldiers and reserves, in particular the National Guard, will be a key component of military success as things reshuffle after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Gen. Ray T. Odierno, the Army chief of staff.  ... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 7, 2014) Buried deep within an omnibus bill to be taken up on Capitol Hill this week is one sentence changing the federal government’s definition of veteran. “Any person who is entitled under chapter 1223 of title 10, United States Code, to retired pay for nonregular... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 7, 2014) The Army has asked its commanders to assess the climate within their commands with a special emphasis on how sexual assaults are handled. From the company level upward, commanders have been told to use the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 7, 2014) The Defense Department announced Friday changes in imminent danger pay that will go into effect June 1, Col. Steven Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters. According to a DoD news release announcing the recertification, the combatant commands conducted... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report NGAUS Washington Report NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 31, 2013) Several members of Congress have indicated a desire to replace the cut in cost-of-living increases for military retirement pay that was part of the Bipartisan Budget passed Dec. 18 and signed into law last... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 23, 2013) NGAUS will continue to fight the cut to some military retirement pay found in the Bipartisan Budget Act that passed Congress last week. The bill is awaiting the president’s signature. The legislation, which softens the impact of sequestration and prevents... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 17, 2013) Nearly 150 members of the House of Representatives have asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to not give in to an Army plan to reduce the size of the Army National Guard to 315,000 soldiers. In a letter sent Friday and signed by members of both parties, House... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 17, 2013) The Senate will not go home for Christmas until it has voted on the Bipartisan Budget Act and the National Defense Authorization Act, both of which have passed the House of Representatives. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate majority leader, has said his... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 17, 2013) The Pentagon has determined it can save $120 million a year if TRICARE For Life users fill some prescriptions by mail. The government last week published an interim rule requiring retirees and family members age 65 and older to fill maintenance prescriptions... Read more

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