Pay and Benefits

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
(Nov. 5, 2013) Several chain restaurants are offering free meals for veterans and service members on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, except where noted. Here is a list of those that have provided details to NGAUS: AppleBee’s — Veterans and service members get a free signature entrée at participating... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 5, 2013) Bills now or soon to be introduced in Congress address emergency-room reimbursement and dental care for veterans, as well as the permanent funding of death benefits in case of another government closure. The legislative efforts were reported in Army Times.... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 5, 2013) With painkiller addiction on the rise among its troops, the Defense Department will allow TRICARE to pay for broader treatment of the addiction. The rule that goes into effect Nov. 21 allows TRICARE to pay for certain drug treatments used in substance abuse... Read more

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