Recent Reports Mischaracterize Guard Service and Compensation
(July 9) NGAUS released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the association president:
“Last month’s report of the Defense Department’s 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation, and subsequent media coverage, paints a false picture of National Guard service and compensation.
“The QRMC report correctly states that Guardsmen receive four days of military pay for a two-day, weekend training assembly, and that this compensation is more than an active-duty service member receives for two days of duty.
“But the report fails to recognize that Guard service is a part-time job that requires more than a part-time commitment.
“Most Guardsmen put in more than two days a month. They have to in order to be professional, physically fit soldiers and airmen. And most officers and noncommissioned officers spend time almost every day on Guard matters. They have to in order to take care of their personnel and to ensure their units meet the same standards as active-component outfits.