Extended service tough on Guardsmen

By Mike Linn: CNJ nedws editor Just days away from coming home, with bags packed and family reunions planned, members of Charles Day’s Army National Guard unit received the demoralizing news their service in and around Iraq would be extended three months. The Clovis resident said shortly after the news, several Guardsmen who were trying […]

Lower reserve retirement age not likely

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Advocates for lowering the age-60 threshold for when reserve retirement benefits begin will find little to cheer in a new report from the Government Accountability Office. With numerous bills before Congress to drop the reserve retirement age to 55 or younger, lawmakers in 2002 directed GAO to review reserve retirement, […]

Draft would only cause more problems

You can rarely go wrong by assuming the government is lying. Right now, the Pentagon denies any plans to restore the draft, even though the military clearly has too few soldiers. I’m the sort of person who grabs an umbrella whenever Donald Rumsfeld says the sun is shining. But in this case, the administration faces […]

Deputy had job in waiting

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Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Brockett checks the information of a driver after pulling him or her over for speeding Friday on South Prince Street. (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer When Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Brockett gets ready for work, he puts on a dark blue-black uniform […]

House votes to protect military income

Tom Philpott: Military update A House panel shaping its version of the 2005 defense authorization bill approved new income protection for mobilized Reserve and National Guard members, and a provision to phase out, starting in 2009, the sharp drop in military survivor benefits that occurs at age 62. The bill also would support a 3.5 […]

Pay period at hand in committee meeting

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Uniformed leaders of America’s Reserve and Guard components have urged Congress to eliminate a host of “inequities” that mobilized troops face while serving alongside active-duty forces in the war on terror. Compared to active duty brethren, deployed Reserve and Guard members see smaller and fewer re-enlistment bonuses, are ineligible for […]

Compensation for combat injuries to be given

Tom Philpott Recent events show a war can be waged and won in less time than it takes the Defense Department to reach final decisions on how to implement the new Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC). But if Defense officials are three weeks behind in finalizing rules and publishing CRSC applications, they also are adopting a […]