Governors Protest National Guard Cuts

Shortly after the Pentagon released their budget proposal for fiscal year 2015, state governors have joined together in an attempt to keep proposed reductions in National Guard and Reserve forces from making it into the final bill.

All 50 governors signed on to the letter sent to President Obama earlier this year, requesting that the National Guard end strength be kept at around 350,000. Under the proposed budget, the active duty Army will go from 520,000 to 450,000, the National Guard would draw down from 355,000 to 335,000, and the Army Reserve would shrink from 205,000 to 195,000. If we have another round of sequestration, those numbers would drop even further, according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

The proposed budget also included cuts to Basic Allowance for Housing, cuts to commissary subsidies, a potential increase in health care fees for active duty and retired soldiers and their families, and a 1% pay raise.

A bill has also been introduced into Congress (HR 3930) by Rep. Joe Wilson(R-SC), that would prevent the National Guard from being reduced to below 350,000 and call for a bipartisan and independent National Commission on the Structure of the Army. The Association of the United States Army opposes such a commission, while supports of the National Guard support it.