National Guard is taking drastic measures and steps as they prepare to keep its accounts solvent for the remainder of this fiscal year. In fact, there is a saying still no indication Congress will come up with the emergency funding. This would be needed to reimburse it for the extra expenses it needs to incur to secure the nation’s capital.
Cancelling Events and More
In fact, the leaders of the individual state National Guards said they will be forcing to cancel drills for August and September. Thus cancel training events, and furlough civilians, in fact, to keep the Guard afloat.
National Guard Funding Shortfall
“This funding shortfall is going to have a significant impact. The funding shortfall will have a major impact on our readiness, both for our federal missions and for state emergencies,” Maj. Gen. Richard Neely, the adjutant general of the Illinois Guard, said. “Many of these soldiers and airmen would lose two months of drill pay. Several of these troops and their families depend on. In fact, troops and their families will take on the debt to the government. That is because life insurance and TRICARE health insurance come out of these service members’ military pay. Patrol members do have deductions, such as for the military Blended Retirement Systems, as well. Moreover, all these payments would fail for two months. They would create consequential debt that would have to be recouping later.”
Moreover, the National Guard has endured about $521 million in unexpected costs this year. It was because of its mission to secure the Capitol which followed the January 6th insurrection.
National Guard: Lack of Money Hurts Readiness
“There is a significant impact on National Guard readiness without reimbursement funding. We need to resolve this in a timely manner,” Army General Daniel R. Hokanson, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, said.
This shortfall of money will affect 54 states and territories, plus Washington, D.C.