Specific Federal agenda items with a direct impact on the North Carolina National Guard include:
Increased Full-time Manning and Support
The National Guard and Reserve rely heavily on full-time support (FTS) personnel to train, administer, and maximize readiness for Reserve Component units. National Guard FTS levels should be resourced to meet requirements and ensure servicemembers continue to maintain readiness and lethality
Continued National Guard Integration in the Total Force Cyber Mission and Training
The National Guard is and should continue to be a critical partner in developing, planning, and executing the Department of Defense strategy in the cyber domain.
Zero Cost TRICARE to Ensure Reserve Component Medical Readiness
National Guard and Reserve servicemembers continue to face challenges in obtaining health care access to meet medical readiness requirements and ensuring continuity of care, especially when deploying overseas. Significant numbers of servicemembers without health care directly impacts National Guard deployability levels.
AH-64E Apache Battalions Equipped at 24 Aircraft
Army National Guard AH-64 Apache battalions are currently equipped at 75% of the requirement to deploy in support of overseas contingency operations. The Army requires all Apache battalions, both Active Component and Army National Guard, to deploy with 24 aircraft each, but Army National Guard battalions are only equipped at 18 aircraft each.
Increased National Guard Military Construction (MILCON) Funding
The National Guard represents a significant percentage of the Total Force. However, both the Army National Guard and Air National Guard do not receive enough military construction funding to ensure overall readiness of National Guard facilities.
Protecting National Guard Equities in Duty Status Reform
As Congress considers Department of Defense recommendations to streamline and consolidate Reserve Component duty statuses, it is critical National Guard and Reserve servicemembers receive equitable benefits similar to the Active Component for the same missions performed.
National Guard Counterdrug Program
To allow for more effective planning and execution, providing a minimum of $200 million dollars in annual funding to National Guard Counterdrug Program State Plans