Personnel & Benefits

NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 18, 2014) The head of the Association of the United States Army says a commission to study the structure is a bad idea that might hurt readiness. Retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, a former Army chief of staff, made his feelings known in a letter last week to Rep. John... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 18, 2014)  Congress easily passed and President Barack Obama quickly signed legislation that eliminates the cost-of-living cap placed on military retirement pay for working-age retirees. NGAUS supported the legislation. The Senate passed the bill 95-3 last week, one... Read more
The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) unveiled last week the results of an exercise designed to offer alternatives to the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 Budget and Quadrennial Defense Review. Teams of analysts from CSBA, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Center for a New... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 4, 2014) The Army National Guard would field AH-64 Apache helicopters in four attack reconnaissance battalions and two attack reconnaissance squadrons under a proposal from the National Guard Bureau. The bureau is responding to a plan from the Army to remove all... Read more
(Jan. 30, 2014) The Air Force should shift missions and personnel from the active component to the reserve component, but maintain its current size, a congressional panel recommends after a year of gathering testimony about the service. The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 28, 2014) Legislation introduced Monday by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., would create a commission to study the appropriate structure of the total Army, just as a similar commission has done for the Air Force. The bill, H.R. 3930, also would prevent the Army from... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report   (Jan. 28, 2014) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told a group of military policy experts today that he hopes to expand the National Guard’s training opportunities in the Pacific, and that the State Partnership Program will be an important... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report   (Jan. 28, 2014) Two state adjutants general and an official from the National Governors Association spoke about the need for a strong National Guard end strength during this morning’s NGAUS Legislative Workshop at the association’s headquarters in Washington, D.C... Read more
Responding to remarks made by Gen. Raymond Odierno, the Army chief of staff, and a controversial plan to restructure Army aviation assets, a coalition of Democratic and Republican representatives spoke out last week against potential cuts to Army National Guard end strength and drastic... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 22, 2014) Congress provided the National Guard with significant money for equipment in the $1.1 trillion funding bill passed this month for fiscal 2014. The omnibus bill, which includes all 12 appropriations bills, was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama... Read more

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