NGAUS Members Brief to Idaho

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Briefing given by Retired Maj. Gen. Hargett, current president, National Guard Association of the US.

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NGAUS Members Brief to Idaho

  1. 1. • NGAUS was formed by militia officers in1878 to obtain better equipment and training by petitioning Congress for more resources.• It is the nation’s oldest military association lobbying solely for the benefit of the National Guard and educating the public about the Guard’s role and history in the armed forces.
  2. 2. Our mission remains unchanged – we work to: • Transform our members ideas into legislative action • Provide states and our members unified representation before Members of Congress. • Ensure that the National Guard has modern equipment, training, missions and personnel benefits for the over 460,000 men and women currently serving in the Army and Air National Guard, as well as their families, employers and all Guard retirees.
  3. 3. • NGAUS achieves its mission through its lobbying and legislative activities. • With over 45,000 members, NGAUS, its grassroots power, and access to key decisions makers has a powerful voice in Washington.―Never underestimate the influence of the National Guard.‖ --Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., May 24, 2012
  4. 4. • Charles Dick Act - Recognizing and funding the National Guard as the reserve of the Army reserve (1903)• Guaranteed the states’ militia status as the Army’s primary reserve force; mandated the use of the term ―National Guard‖; increased annual drills from 24 to 48 and annual training from 5 to 15 days (1916)• Included the Guard in plans for a separate Air Force (1944)• Established the first comprehensive retirement and death and disability benefits for the Guard (1948)• Stopped attempts to fold the Army Guard into the Army Reserve (1948)• First armory construction bill with federal funds providing 75 percent of the cost of new armories w/ state agreement acquire the land and pay 25 percent of construction costs (1950s)• Medical care for retired Guard members and their families (1950s)• Re-employment rights and job protection for Guard members (USERRA) performing an initial period of active duty for training up to six months (1960s)• Beat back a DoD proposal to cut Guard and Reserve pay tables to 75 percent of the active-component rate (1960s)• Neutralized efforts to reduce Army Guard end-strength and eliminate four combat divisions (1960s)
  5. 5. • Improved group life insurance (1970s-80s)• Expanded commissary and exchange privileges (1970s-90s)• Secured Congressional “adds” for new equipment and military construction projects to modernize ARNG & ANG (1970s- 2010)• Established the Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) program (1978)• Established initial Space-Available travel privileges (1980s)• Created the National Guard & Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA) to provide dedicated funding for the procurement of critical equipment for the ARNG & ANG (1983)• Temporary G.I. Bill funding to Guardsmen working toward a baccalaureate degree or equivalent (1985)• Permanent G.I. Bill funding for National Guard (1987)• Increased retirement points for inactive duty from 75 to 90 (1990s)• Defeated several attempts to reduce National Guard force structure and the military technician force (1990s)• Established special pay, bonuses and benefits (1990s-2000s)
  6. 6. • TRICARE Reserve Select (2006)• Reinstated Army National Guard end-strength to 350,000 soldiers (2007)• Lowered the basic housing allowance threshold from140 days to 30 days for the Guard (2007)• Empowerment I - NGB Chief 4th Star (2007)• Post 9/11 G.I. Bill (2008)• Lowered the 60 year eligibility age to collect Reserve retirement pay by 3 months for every cumulative period of 90 days served on active duty in a fiscal year (2008)• Made Title 32 AGR and Section 502(f) active duty service eligible for Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits (2010)• VA mental health care for immediate families of OIF/OEF veterans for 3 years post deployment to assist with reintegration (2010); embedded mental health care providers during unit training assemblies (2011)• Expanded Space A for National Guard and Reserve members, Gray Area retirees, widows of retired members entitled or eligible to receive retired pay, and accompanying dependents (2012)• Empowerment II - National Guard Bureau Chief Seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reestablished Vice Chief (2011)• Overturned drastic cuts to the Air National Guard (2012)
  7. 7. National Guard & Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA) : FY01 to FY12 (Dollars in thousands) Fiscal Year ARNG ANG FY 01 $49,540 $29,730 NGREA (FY01-FY12) FY 02 $217,290 $280,420 $1,400,000 FY 03 $29,400 $29,400 $1,200,000 FY 04 $99,260 $11,910 Dollars in Thousands $1,000,000 FY 05 $110,600 $98,600 FY 06 $764,400 $229,600 $800,000 ARNG NGREA FY 07 $1,074,700 $74,700 $600,000 ANG NGREA FY 08 $1,267,600 $149,000 $400,000 FY 09 $778,000 $154,400 $200,000 FY 10 $575,000 $135,000 FY 11 $250,000 $250,000 $0 FY… FY… FY… FY… FY… FY… FY… FY… FY… FY… FY… FY… FY 12 $325,000 $315,000TOTAL $5,273,960 $1,447,610During the last 10 years, the ARNG saw record levels of NGREA funding. Out of the 5 five best years for ARNGNGREA, 4 have been in the past 10 years—FY06, FY07, FY08 and FY09. Likewise, the ANG has seen an upward trendin NGREA funding, finishing FY11 and FY12 with 10-year highs.NGREA funding has helped the Guard go from 40% Equipment-On-Hand (EOH) in 2005 to almost 90% EOH today.
  8. 8. NGREANGREA is a vital component of National Guard modernization efforts. The National Guard uses NGREA to acquire new equipmentand rebuild, refurbish and modernize existing systems. In the last several years, Congress has dedicated over $5 billion of dollarsto this account to properly equip the National Guard as an operational reserve fully involved in operations overseas anddomestically.Air National Guard NGREA Purchases • C-130/F-16/A-10/HH-60 data links • $280 million for C-130J procurement (2002) • Advanced targeting pods • A-10/HH-60/F-16 smart color displays • F-16/A-10 ALQ-213, ALR-69 modernization • Secure, beyond line-of-sight communicationsArmy National Guard NGREA Purchases: • $720M for FMTVs • $166M for HMMWV Ambulances • $91M for TOC/SICPs for the Multi-functional Brigade structure • $118M for LUH Mission Equipment Package • $136.7M for Engineering Equipment (14-18 Cubic Yard Heavy Scraper, D7R Dozers, 2.5 Cubic Yard Light Loader)Additional Congressional ―Adds‖:ARNG – Over $1.7 billion from FY1999-FY2010 (UH-60Ms, UH-60 A-to-L conversions, HMMWVs, UH-72As, AH-64 Apachehelicopter conversion from “A” to “D” models)ANG – Over $1.8 billion from FY1999-FY2010 (C-130Js, AESA Radars for F-15s)
  9. 9. (Dollars in thousands)Fiscal Year ARNG ANG MILCON Appropriations, FY01-FY12FY 01 281,717 203,829 1,000,000FY 02 405,565 253,386 900,000FY 03 241,377 203,813 800,000 Dollars in ThousandsFY 04 311,592 222,908 700,000FY 05 446,748 243,043 600,000FY 06 523,151 316,117 500,000 ARNGFY 07 561,375 294,283 400,000 ANGFY 08 536,656 287,537 300,000FY09 736,371 242,924 200,000 100,000FY 10 582,056 371,226 0FY 11 873,664 194,986 FY01 FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12 FY02 FY03 FY04 FY05 FY06 FY07 FY08FY 12 773,592 116,246Total 4,626,608 2,834,052
  10. 10. Key Findings:• Overthe past decade, the cost per person in the Active Duty force increased by 46 percent• The all-volunteer force, in its current form, is unsustainable• Reserves have significantly less overhead and infrastructure costs• A Reserve Component member costs approximately 1/3 the cost of an Active Duty member over their life cycle
  11. 11. Memorial Wall of Honor General McKinley Empowerment Exhibit Twin Towers 9/11 MemorialEstablished in 1975 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the National Guard Educational Foundations (NGEF) goal is to tell theGuards story. Independent of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) but co-located in the National GuardMemorial Building in Washington, D.C., the NGEF relies solely on charitable contributions.The purpose of the NGEF is to achieve an awareness of the rich heritage and continuing contributions of the National Guard of theUnited States. Among its many activities, the NGEF operates the National Guard Memorial Museum and Library, Archives, the Medalof Honor Gallery, and the National Guard monument in Normandy, France.
  12. 12. Future Challenges for the National Guard• DoD Budget• Maintaining end strength & force structure allowance• Modernizing equipment and addressing shortfalls• Remaining trained and operational with regular, predictable deployments• Funding for modern and functional facilities• Early Retirement (Retroactive Credit)Threats• QRMC & Benefit Changes o Recommendations to cut drill pay in half o Cuts to retired pay/points• Increased TRICARE fees• Cuts to full-time manning• Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) – future missions/role• Maintaining TRICARE For Life (TFL)
  13. 13. We Can’t Do It Without You• The strength of NGAUS has always been its united members• NGAUS Voice + Engaging Your Members of Congress = SUCCESS (They want to hear from you!)Our Commitment to You• To protect what you’ve EARNED and what our country has promised you• Maintain a strong, sustainable National Guard We will not be outworked

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