Air Guard, Employers Talk Training Days

Washington Report

(February 14, 2017) In an effort to better balance civilian life with military service, the Air National Guard has initiated negotiations with employers on the number of reserve training days for its airmen, according to an article last week by Air Force Times.

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, the director of the Air Guard, spoke at the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies last week and said the many required duties of airmen cause them to nearly double the number of days a year that is required of them.

“What we’re finding is, it’s not 39 or 40 days,” Rice said, adding that the current model is based on planning from 100 years ago. “It’s more like 60, 70, 80 days a year that we’re getting people to go on other trips, other deployments, other training so that they’re operational reserve, not just strategic reserve.”

Adjusting the time that the Guard requires from its airmen can allow employers to better accommodate their employees, said Rice, who said that the service is negotiating with large corporations, small corporations and private industry.