personnel

NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 29, 2013) The Army National Guard in several states reacted positively and quickly last week when the Pentagon lifted its ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions to women after generations of limits on their service.... Read more
Media outlets in Washington are reporting that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is planning to lift the ban on women serving in combat-graded positions.  In reality, women have been engaging in close-quarters combat for many years, including the entire duration of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.... Read more
WASHINGTON (Jan. 16, 2013) — Army and Air National Guardsmen nationwide are applauding a new Reserve Forces Policy Board report that recommends the Pentagon account for  full life-cycle costs when calculating personnel expenses, especially when comparing the cost of  Guardsmen and Reservists with... Read more
Last week, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley published four opinion pieces on the future of the Air Force. Donley focused on three main areas: force structure, readiness and modernization. The theme: "We are smaller and likely to get even smaller at a time when our weapons are old and we... Read more
A new analysis from Lauren Bailey at the Department of Veterans Affairs breaks down the falling unemployment rates for all veterans across the nation. The unemployment rate for all Veterans was 7.0 percent—still below the national average of 7.8 percent.  For post-9/11 veterans, the rate was 10.8 ... Read more
Today the National Guard Bureau released its 2013 Air National Guard Weapons Systems Modernization Priorites book, illustrating the top funding priorities and requirements for this year. In October, warfighters from across the U.S. gathered in Tuscon, Ariz. for the 31st annual Weapons and Tactics... Read more
Yesterday the Senate began debate and consideration of S.3254, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The managers of the bill and ranking members on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) brought the bill to the floor in the hopes that they... Read more
The Personnel Task Force will develop legislative strategies for programs  that address the evolving needs of the National Guard in the joint personnel areas that include but are not limited to force management, benefits and compensation, retirement issues, education, and technology. The Task Force... Read more
Via USA Today: Story Highlights Unemployment for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan remains a problem National Guardsmen juggle jobs and repeated deployments Vets must translate military skills into experience October 23. 2012 - LOUISVILLE — More than nine months after returning from a... Read more
Via Army Times: The Senate was unable to pass the bill that would provide a cost-of-living adjustment in veterans’ compensation before Congress left town on Sept. 22 for a six-week pre-election break, raising the possibility that the payment increases could be late. The postponed bill would provide... Read more

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