Review: Changes needed in Guard, Reserve pay
Iowa National Guardsman Lt. Col. Chris Murphy carries Jonah Ayres, 6, down Grand Avenue during a parade that honors veterans and current members of the armed services on June 30 in Des Moines, Iowa.
A Pentagon review of compensation for National Guard and reservists is recommending that changes be made to make salaries and benefits more equitable, according to an article from The Associated Press.
Guard members and reservists normally receive two days of pay for each weekend day they spend training in the States, but only receive one day’s pay when deployed to Afghanistan, according to the article.
One potential way of addressing the issue is to reduce the amount of compensation that reservists earn while training in the States. But that idea doesn’t fly with some.
“It’s an incentive for National Guard and Reserve members to serve,” Pete Duffy, acting legislative director of the National Guard Association of the U.S. said of the increased pay for training in the States.
The review also recommends allowing Guard members and reservists to start collecting their retirement on the 30th anniversary of the start of their service.
The Pentagon is considering the review, according to the article.