Bills Give Guardsmen Federal Jobs Boost

(July 19, 2013) Legislation was introduced in both chambers of Congress Thursday that would give National Guardsmen and members of the Reserve preferred credit for federal civilian jobs.

Veterans of the active component already receive five additional points in the federal hiring process for their uniformed service, but a similar advantage does not exist for members of the reserve component with limited active-duty service.

The Military Reserve Jobs Act would give three, four or five points to reserve-component members depending on their amount of service, according to a report today from Army Times.

The Senate bill is sponsored by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. The House version is sponsored by Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn.

According to a statement from Donnelly’s office, about 44 percent of Army Guard members and 70 percent of Air Guard members do not qualify for veterans’ hiring preferences. That’s because they have never deployed on a contingency operation and have only served on active duty for training purposes.

Army Times says the bill would then make 131,000 Guard members eligible for additional points if the bills become law.