The National Guard Association of the United States is the nation’s oldest military association lobbying solely for the benefit of the National Guard of the United States and educating the public about the Guard’s role and history in the Armed Forces of the United States. It was formed by militia officers in 1878 to obtain better equipment and training by petitioning Congress for more resources.
To maintain the highest state of readiness, the National Guard needs a strong voice in Washington, D.C., to ensure the Guard has sufficient resources and budget to carry out its mission. NGAUS is that voice, seeking modern equipment, training, missions and personnel benefits in support of over 470,000 men and women currently serving in the Army and Air National Guard, as well as their families, employers and all Guard retirees.
NGAUS achieves its mission through its lobbying and legislative activities. We are also dedicated to educating the public, through our partnership with the National Guard Educational Foundation, about our service to the nation through various outreach programs, publications, and support of a museum and research library dedicated to the preservation of the Guard’s history.
Turning Member Ideas Into Legislative Action
The muscle behind our lobbying power and the strength of our voice comes from our members – Guard men and women like you. With over 45,000 Guard officers in each of the 50 states and U.S. territories (District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam), NGAUS and its members can have significant influence on the legislative process because we represent a very large voting bloc and are in every Congressional district in the country.
Additionally hundreds of corporate members have joined NGAUS and have opportunities to engage with state National Guard associations and the Army and Air National Guard. We welcome their support, as well as the advice they can give to NGAUS on initiatives involving the defense industry.
As the voice of the National Guard on Capitol Hill, NGAUS provides a path for National Guard men and women to elevate their local concerns to a national and influential audience in Washington, D.C. Our activities also support collaboration between members, state Guard associations, industry and other stakeholders to strengthen relationships and find solutions to common challenges.
Unified Membership Translates to Success
NGAUS sets its priorities each year based on direct feedback from our voting members and implements a strategy to ensure that resources and benefits for Guard men and women correspond to their needs. Together we have been successful in:
- Championing National Guard Empowerment, which placed the Chief of the National Guard Bureau on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and re-established a Vice Chief position
- Securing historic funding for National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA) and Military Construction (MILCON)
- Including Title 32 service for the National Guard in the Post-9/11 GI Bill
- Defeating suggested increases to TRICARE enrollment fees
- Obtaining TRICARE coverage for the Guard (TRICARE Reserve Select) and reduced premiums
- Embedding mental health care providers in armories during drill times
- Expanding National Guard retirement eligibility
Protecting NGAUS Members and Their Families
In addition to the rewards that come from successfully securing more resources for the National Guard, members also enjoy specific benefits that provide immediate support to families today. Unified membership allows NGAUS to offer various insurance products through the NGAUS Insurance Trust to Guard members and their families, such as income protection and death benefits or supplemental health care.