Early Retirement Credit under 12304b Orders

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Priority
Joint-Personnel

The Issue

National Guard members have deployed under 12304b orders since 2012 for preplanned missions in support of combatant commands, but, unlike other overseas mobilizations, are not provided early retirement credit.

Recommendation

Authorize the full complement of benefits currently afforded to other overseas mobilizations for National Guard and Reserve members serving under 12304b orders, including:

  • Providing for reduction in age for eligibility of retired pay for National Guard and Reserve members under 12304b orders.
  • Accruing high deployment allowance for service, thus preventing rapid successive deployments.
  • Providing protection of eligibility for training and rehabilitation services interrupted by deployments.
  • Providing for no reduction in federal pay for federal employees deployed under 12304b orders.