Pay and Benefits

Washington Report (June 14, 2016) Defense Secretary Ash Carter would like to sidestep the "up-or-out" method of military promotions, saying it has been "highly successful" but has flaws. He is pushing for a promotion system based on merit, according to an article in Politico, a publication that... Read more
“It turned darker than midnight.” On the morning of May 18, 1980, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook Mt. St. Helens, causing an eruption of hot smoke and ash to shoot 80,000 feet into the air over the southwestern part of Washington state.   Pete Holmberg, a former aeroscout in a cavalry unit in... Read more
Washington Report (May 17, 2016) The House will consider its version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act this week, while the version passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee last week leaks out in bits and pieces. Published reports show a difference in the two plans... Read more
Washington Report (May 17, 2016) Legislation supported by NGAUS would allow reserve-component members to make the full allowable contributions to their Thrift Savings Plan in the military without affecting the amount they put in a 401(k) plan in their civilian job. The Servicemember Retirement... Read more
It goes without saying that speedy and ongoing access to mental health care is extremely important for military members and veterans. Often, mental-health illness is overlooked or hushed away. In light of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ve detailed some mental-health initiatives. Suicide... Read more
“My VA is about keeping veterans at the table: In control of how, when and where they wish to be served.” - VA Secretary Robert McDonald “My VA” is how Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald described his ideal standard of care when speaking today about his vision for an... Read more
Washington Report (May 3, 2016) Financial experts are telling the Pentagon that the reformed military retirement plan would shortchange career service members, especially those in the enlisted ranks, according to a report this week from Military Times. While National Guard members continue to wait... Read more
Washington Report (April 19, 2016) The Democratic presidential candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., added their voices to the chorus opposing cuts to Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, which are in a House bill that includes other services for veterans.... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told Congress to delay a plan that would remove some dual-status technicians from the Guard and make them civilian employees of the federal government. The plan in the fiscal 2016 National Defense... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) At the urging of Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the Department of Veterans Affairs has modified a policy that had been causing a financial hardship for many reserve-component members who receive both VA benefits and drill pay. Because they are not permitted to... Read more

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