Duffy to Panel: Delay Active Retirement Pay

NGAUS Washington Report

(Nov. 19, 2013) Delaying full retirement pay for the active component would fund earlier retirement pay for members of the reserve component, the NGAUS legislative director told a commission exploring military compensation last week.

Pete Duffy spoke before the Commission on Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization last week.

NGAUS has long supported early retirement pay for reserve-component members who do not receive the pay until reaching age 60. Active-component members receive retirement pay immediately after serving 20 years, which can come before the age of 40.

Duffy told the panel that to offset the early pay for National Guard and reserve members, active-component retirement could be delayed. He said the retirement pay system for active-component retirees is the killer expense in military compensation that must be addressed.

The commission had met earlier with retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president, and briefed him on the commission’s work, which will focus on three areas: pay and benefits, quality of life and health care.

“Everything is on the table,” the commission told Hargett, for review and recommendations by the congressionally mandated panel.

A NGAUS priority relayed to the panel by Duffy was that drill pay should not be reduced. Earlier studies have suggested that pay for a Guardsman’s weekend drill could be reduced to more accurately reflect the time spent at drill. Duffy told the panel that the Guard is already a bargain to the country and should not have this compensation reduced.