Minnesota’s National Guard members could see additional re-enlistment compensation

A bill recently heard in the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee would allow the Minnesota National Guard to offer reenlistment bonuses for long serving members of the National Guard who are currently ineligible to receive bonuses due to their long service record.

Under the bill, the Adjutant General would be able to offer reenlistment bonuses to individuals who have served more than 12 years in the force. Under current law, eligibility for this compensation is restricted to members serving less than 12 years.

Adjutant General Shawn Manke testified that this additional flexibility is an important tool to preserving force readiness and retention at a time where force levels are the General’s primary concern. (SF 2635)

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