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By Charles Martin | April 22, 2015 | Army Commission, Army National Guard
In January, the Senate formally recognized the reality of climate change. This move officially justified the need for our military to be prepared for future service in increasingly unpredictable climatic conditions. For example, a change in the geography of Arctic ice cover has the potential to create junctions where international powers will grapple for newly accessible natural resources. This... Read Full Story
By Peter Duffy | April 20, 2015 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, Families, House of Representatives, MCRMC, Pay and Benefits, personnel, Senate, Veterans
  As the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel marks up this Thursday, April 23 and the full committee on April 29, NGAUS members will be watching very closely to see if the committee includes the retirement recommendations from the Commission on Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization.  NGAUS appreciates the Commission's incorporation of elements of both... Read Full Story
By Peter Duffy | April 9, 2015 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Authorization, House of Representatives, MCRMC, Pay and Benefits, personnel, retirement, Senate
The National Guard Association of the United States strongly supports the retirement recommendations within the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization (MCRMC) report released in January this year. These recommendations would bring about long-awaited compensation reform to the deserving majority of the force heretofore left out in the cold. Read Legislative Alert #15-5 and... Read Full Story
By Andrea Peterson | March 23, 2015 | Army National Guard, Congress, Domestic Response, equipment, funding, MCRMC, military construction, personnel
The White House and leaders of the House and Senate armed services committees named their picks to the National Commission on the Future of the Army last week. While NGAUS regrets no National Guard general officers were selected, we look forward to engaging with the commission and its staff. So what’s next? By law, commissioners have 30 days after their appointments to hold an... Read Full Story
By Peter Duffy | February 5, 2015 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Families, House of Representatives, Mental Health Care, Senate, Veterans
The National Guard continues to have the highest reported rate of suicides in the military.   The 2013 Defense Department Suicide Event Annual Report released last month said that rates of suicides for the National Guard and Reserve components were 28.9 and 23.4 per 100,000, respectively. And due to delays in suicide determination by civilian coroners and medical examiners, the report... Read Full Story

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