Lawmakers Plan to Enhance Guard Retirement

NGAUS Washington Report

(Feb. 12, 2013) Members of Congress in both chambers are planning to introduce legislation long supported by NGAUS that will give National Guardsmen proper credit toward retirement benefits.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., will join Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, as sponsors of bills that would overturn the current policy regarding early retirement credit for members of the reserve component.

The current policy from 2008 allows the minimum retirement age for reserve component members to be moved up three months for every 90 days they spend on overseas deployments.

However, all of those 90 days must fall within one fiscal year. If circumstances beyond the control of the reserve member cause those 90 days to cross into two fiscal years, no credit toward retirement is earned.

The legislation not yet introduced would correct this technicality.

“This is bad policy and unfair to the men and women who serve in harm’s way,” said Pete Duffy, the NGAUS acting legislative director. “Consistent with our longstanding resolution, we will push hard for this legislation to become law once it has been introduced.”

Duffy said NGAUS will distribute a Legislative Alert to association members once the bills are introduced.