Department of Commerce

Dual Pay for National Guard or Reservist

Dual entitlements is costing the Governement millions of dollars annually.

 

United States Code currently reads: "A Federal employee who is a member of the National Guard or Reserves is entitled to 15 days (120 hours) of paid military leave under 5 U.S.C. 6323(a) each fiscal year for active duty, active duty training, or inactive duty training. An employee on military leave under section 6323(a) receives his or her full civilian salary, as well as military pay. This leave accrues at the beginning of each fiscal year, and all Guard or Reserve members, including those on extended active duty, should be credited with 15 days of paid military leave on October 1 of each year."

 

With all respect to our servicemen allowing them to earn full pay and benefits for their current federal position and allowing them to be paid and earn leave during their 22 days of military service is costing us too much money.

I can concede paying them the higher of the 2 salaries but allowing them to be paid twice while they are doing their military service makes no sense at all.

This needs to be addressed especially while we are looking at easy ways to address overspending.

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