Daines Pushes to Protect National Guard Members Retirement During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter urging Senate leadership to temporarily lower the minimum requirement for a satisfactory year of service to accommodate National Guard personnel who are unable to drill and acquire points towards retirement because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Many guardsmen and women who have dedicated a life of service, face the very real possibility of being a couple points short of retiring with 30 years due to no fault of their own. This is a retirement that, under normal circumstances, would have been assured but is currently in question,” Daines wrote.

Currently, social distancing and shut downs have put Guardsmen and women’s ability to earn  enough retirement points in jeopardy. This could leave service members, over the next few years, a couple months short of 30 years of retirement because they are unable to fulfil drill requirements during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

To read the full letter, click HERE.


Daines has been leading the efforts in Congress to respond to the coronavirus outbreak impacting the country. To read about Daines’ COVID-19 related efforts, click HERE.