Not sure I'm putting this on the right forum but here it goes...
My husband is NG and has already done one tour in Iraq. Last time he was deployed for 18 months...6 months state side (training) and 12 months in Iraq. He was activated at the beginning of the 18 months and was given active duty pay for the entire time. He is being deployed again, however this time he is being required to do several 5-14 day 'drills' before they are activated sometime in December. He will NOT receive active duty pay for these weeks (and after using his vacation time to do his regular 2 weeks of AT this year) he will have no vacation time to cover these weeks meaning we will go without pay until he received his NG pay 10 days after the end of the drill (not to mention drill pay is no where close to his regular civilian pay!)
We've heard that the law has changed to only allow 12 month activations. If this is the case, are they getting around this law by getting the training in with these longer 'drills'?
My husband has been active duty Air Force, active duty Army and has been in the NG for several years. He is 5 years from his 20...he will do what they tell him to do, but I just wonder if anyone has thought about the financial hardship these weeks of non-active duty time will cause?
Thanks for any input any of you have.
~Bubblegirl in GA