Pay and Benefits

NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 17, 2013) Nearly 150 members of the House of Representatives have asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to not give in to an Army plan to reduce the size of the Army National Guard to 315,000 soldiers. In a letter sent Friday and signed by members of both parties, House... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 17, 2013) The Senate will not go home for Christmas until it has voted on the Bipartisan Budget Act and the National Defense Authorization Act, both of which have passed the House of Representatives. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate majority leader, has said his... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 17, 2013) The Pentagon has determined it can save $120 million a year if TRICARE For Life users fill some prescriptions by mail. The government last week published an interim rule requiring retirees and family members age 65 and older to fill maintenance prescriptions... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 10, 2013) The Army National Guard will lose part of a recruiting incentive when the Army tightens its tuition assistance (TA) program beginning Jan. 1. The new rules require all Army personnel—active, Guard and Reserve—to complete a full year of service after they... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 3, 2013) The National Guard and the Army have come out of discussions with different views of the service's future. Both aim to save money in this time of required budget cuts, but the Guard plan would keep 30,000 more soldiers in the Army Guard than the Army plan.... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 26, 2013) The Senate is currently considering its fiscal 2014 version of the National Defense Authorization Act. Included in the debate still to come are several amendments, several of which are supported by NGAUS. Here is a handful of amendments considered priorities... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 26, 2013) The Defense Department is again asking Congress to allow it to use a tool that would help alleviate draconian budget cuts possible under sequestration: the base realignment and closure process, or BRAC. The latest call came from Frank Kendall, the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 26, 2013) Retirees and family members should activate the forwarding function in their Army Knowledge Online account profile before Dec. 31, when their email will no longer be accessible. As of Jan. 1, 2014, they will no longer be able to log into their inboxes or... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 19, 2013) National Guard members would have an easier time finding federal jobs if an amendment to the Senate defense authorization act becomes law. The amendment co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would offer preference hiring... Read more
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... Read more

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