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National Defense Authorization Act


On November 9, 2017, the U.S. House and Senate Armed Services Conference Committee released the Conference Report for H.R. 2810, the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The FY18 NDAA authorizes approximately $700 billion in total defense spending, which is an increase of $26.1 billion above the President’s budget request.  The bill provides $634.2 billion in base and discretionary funding, as well as $65.8 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding.

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Bill Highlights


General Provisions

  • Funds a 2.4 percent pay raise for military personnel. (SEC. 601)

Joint–Personnel Provisions

  • Authorizes an annual report on personnel, training, and equipment needs of non-federalized National Guard. (SEC. 333)
  • Authorizes Reserve Component servicemembers activated under 12304a or 12304b orders to receive pre-mobilization and transitional TRICARE health care. (SEC. 511)
  • Authorizes a review and report on effects of personnel requirements and limitations on the availability of members of the National Guard for the performance of funeral honors duty for veterans. (SEC. 573)
  • Authorizes a review and report on authorities for the employment, use, and status of National Guard and Reserve technicians. (SEC. 574)
  • Authorizes a feasibility study on conduct of a pilot program on the mental health readiness of Reserve Component servicemembers. (SEC. 732)
  • Amends conversion requirement of dual-status technicians to Title 5 civilians from 20 percent to 12.6 percent. (SEC. 1083)

Army National Guard

  • Authorizes $108.0 million for five (5) additional UH–60M Blackhawks for the Army National Guard. (SEC. 4101)

Air National Guard

  • Addresses administrative deficiencies related to National Guard access to Department of Defense-owned and allocated unmanned aircraft systems that support an individual State’s disaster response and other operational and training missions. (SEC. 1084)