Pay and Benefits

(March 7, 2014) A Pentagon proposal would give National Guardsmen and Reserve members retirement pay immediately after completing 20 years of service. The pay would be slight and would result in less pay over a veteran’s lifetime, but the Defense Department thinks it may appeal to many troops. The... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 4, 2014) Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said last week he will continue to fight for improved benefits for veterans after Republicans blocked a bill that would have expanded programs such as education, health care and job training. “I am going to keep fighting,” Sanders... Read more
In a briefing Monday afternoon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined key priorities in the fiscal 2015 defense budget. Highlights: Reduction of tactical air squadrons to include the entire A-10 fleet. Retire 80 more aircraft, including the entire KC-10 tanker fleet and the Global Hawk Block... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 18, 2014)  Congress easily passed and President Barack Obama quickly signed legislation that eliminates the cost-of-living cap placed on military retirement pay for working-age retirees. NGAUS supported the legislation. The Senate passed the bill 95-3 last week, one... Read more
WASHINGTON (Jan. 13, 2014) The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president: “The Army chief of staff disparaged the Army National Guard last week by telling reporters in Washington, D.C., that,... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 7, 2014) Buried deep within an omnibus bill to be taken up on Capitol Hill this week is one sentence changing the federal government’s definition of veteran. “Any person who is entitled under chapter 1223 of title 10, United States Code, to retired pay for nonregular... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 7, 2014) The Defense Department announced Friday changes in imminent danger pay that will go into effect June 1, Col. Steven Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters. According to a DoD news release announcing the recertification, the combatant commands conducted... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report NGAUS Washington Report NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 31, 2013) Several members of Congress have indicated a desire to replace the cut in cost-of-living increases for military retirement pay that was part of the Bipartisan Budget passed Dec. 18 and signed into law last... Read more
As 2013 draws to an end, there is a strong sense that change is in the air. The United States finds itself winding down a major ground campaign in Afghanistan and pivoting its security doctrine towards the Pacific. New threats in the cyber domain have placed additional roles for our nation’s... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 23, 2013) NGAUS will continue to fight the cut to some military retirement pay found in the Bipartisan Budget Act that passed Congress last week. The bill is awaiting the president’s signature. The legislation, which softens the impact of sequestration and prevents... Read more

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