U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR), Susan Collins (R-ME), and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced legislation to ensure National Guard Military Technicians receive the same furlough protection as members of our nation’s active duty components.
“Military technicians play an integral role in maintaining
our National Guard’s readiness,” Pryor said. “There’s no question that they
should be given the same protection as their active component counterparts. I
hope the Senate will take up and pass our bill immediately.”
active duty military personnel are exempt from sequestration, dual-status
technicians are not, even though these technicians are really the effective
equivalent of the uniformed personnel in the active duty component. This bill
would fix that,” said Collins.
“The readiness of our National Guard
depends on military technicians’ ability to do their job. Serving side-by-side
with other Guard and military personnel, the role they play in the effectiveness
of our military units is nothing less than essential. They should receive the
same exemption as other members of the Armed Forces,” Boozman
Military Technicians serve as civilian employees for the U.S.
Department of the Army and Department of Air Force, as well as military members
of the National Guard. They assist with day-to-day operations and training of
National Guard Units. They also contribute greatly to unit-level readiness in
support of National Guard missions.
In July, the Office of Management and
Budget exempted uniformed military personnel from furloughs. Unfortunately, due
to a technicality, dual-status Military Technicians were not exempted. The
senators’ bill would adjust the calculation to provide the same exemption to
these individuals. Their bill is supported by the Enlisted Association of the
National Guard and the National Guard Association of the United States.