Amendment Offers Federal Hiring Preference

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 points for all reserve-component service, according to Army Times. The law currently offers points only for time spent on deployment.

The idea for this change in law was generated by NGAUS and has been a priority of the association.

The amendment would offer three points after initial training, four points after 10 years in uniform and five points after 20 years of service.

“For our currently serving reservists, I think federal employment gives them a great opportunity to find a stable position in the workforce that allows them to drill, train and deploy with their units when called to duty,” Leahy said, according to Army Times. “In other words, I see this bill as a win for military readiness.”