Personnel & Benefits

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
(Jan. 17, 2014) Two lawmakers with experience in the reserve components of the U.S. military have chastised the Army chief of staff for unfavorable comparisons he made last week between the Army National Guard and the active-component force. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn... Read more
House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership unveiled Jan. 13 a $1.1 trillion funding bill for fiscal 2014 that includes all 12 appropriations bills. The House and Senate had previously approved their own versions of the defense and military construction funding bills. However, a budget... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 14, 2014) The Army will carry its plan to take away much of the Army National Guard’s helicopter fleet, including all 192 of its AH-64 Apaches, to Capitol Hill this week. Army leaders are scheduled to address the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 14, 2014) The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force has finished hearing testimony and will have its report ready for the president and Congress on Feb. 1. At its final hearing last week, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James spoke well of the... Read more
WASHINGTON (Jan. 13, 2014) The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president: “The Army chief of staff disparaged the Army National Guard last week by telling reporters in Washington, D.C., that,... Read more
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

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