Personnel & Benefits

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
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 10, 2013) The Army National Guard will lose part of a recruiting incentive when the Army tightens its tuition assistance (TA) program beginning Jan. 1. The new rules require all Army personnel—active, Guard and Reserve—to complete a full year of service after they... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 3, 2013) The National Guard and the Army have come out of discussions with different views of the service's future. Both aim to save money in this time of required budget cuts, but the Guard plan would keep 30,000 more soldiers in the Army Guard than the Army plan.... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 3, 2013) Undocumented family members of people in the military now have a smoother road to the green card that gives them status as a permanent resident. The policy from the administration of President Barack Obama went into effect last month, according to a story in... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 3, 2013) More than 100 chief executive officers of defense and aerospace industries have urged Congress to end sequestration, which, they say, is harming the economy and national security, according to a CNN report online. “We urge you to do whatever it takes to end... Read more
(Nov. 27, 2013) Panther Racing team owner John Barnes joined the likes of Walter Cronkite, Rudy Giuliani and former President George H. W. Bush when he was received the Spirit of Hope award during a ceremony at the Pentagon last week. Adm. James A. Winnefeld, the vice chairman of the Joints Chiefs... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 26, 2013) The Senate is currently considering its fiscal 2014 version of the National Defense Authorization Act. Included in the debate still to come are several amendments, several of which are supported by NGAUS. Here is a handful of amendments considered priorities... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 26, 2013) Retirees and family members should activate the forwarding function in their Army Knowledge Online account profile before Dec. 31, when their email will no longer be accessible. As of Jan. 1, 2014, they will no longer be able to log into their inboxes or... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 19, 2013) Another attempt to provide reserve-component members with earlier retirement pay has been introduced in the Senate, but it does not go as far as NGAUS would like. The Reserve Retirement Credit Correction amendment was created by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 19, 2013) National Guard members would have an easier time finding federal jobs if an amendment to the Senate defense authorization act becomes law. The amendment co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would offer preference hiring... Read more

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