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Your Monthly Legislative Update

January 2020 Update

Congress completed Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 legislation to authorize and fund the Department of Defense (DoD) in late December 2019. The FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), DoD appropriations legislation, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs (MILCON-VA) appropriations legislation were signed into law on December 20.

The legislative staff persistently worked to ensure the FY20 NDAA and appropriations legislation contained NGAUS priorities and robust funding for the National Guard. A few notable highlights include:

  • Early retirement credit for National Guard and Reserve servicemembers under 12304b orders
  • Access to TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) for federal employees who serve in the National Guard beginning in 2030, including National Guard dual-status technicians
  • $1.3 billion for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA), includes:
    • $395.0 million for the Army National Guard
    • $395.0 million for the Air National Guard
  • $1.4 billion for UH-60 Black Hawk M model helicopters for the Army
    • Consistent with FY20 DoD budget, which requested 64 M model Black Hawks for the Army National Guard
  • $338.0 million for 4 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft for the Air National Guard
  • $100.0 million for the Army National Guard High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) modernization program
  • $75.0 million for F-16 Viper Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars for the Air National Guard
  • $972.4 million for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) for the Army
    • Consistent with FY20 DoD budget, which requested 512 JLTVs for the Army National Guard
  • Continued C-130H modernization, includes funding for engine upgrades and propeller replacements
  • $7.0 million for the National Guard preventative mental health program

NGAUS legislative analysis for each bill will be available on the NGAUS website shortly. The legislative staff continues to engage with Congress regarding FY21 NGAUS legislative priorities based on the resolutions adopted at the 141st NGAUS General Conference and Exhibition in Denver, Colorado.

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