Substitute House Bill No. 6973

Public Act No. 99-139

An Act Concerning Revisions to Statutes Governing the State Military Department.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 27-15 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The military staff of the Governor shall be appointed by [him] the Governor and shall consist of the Adjutant General, who shall be chief of staff with the rank of major general; the assistant adjutant generals, one of whom shall serve as deputy chief of staff as provided under subsection (c) of section 27-24; the chief of staff for the Connecticut Air National Guard; an air aide-de-camp with the rank of colonel, who shall be [an active military airman, qualified as a senior pilot in] the senior aviation officer of the Connecticut National Guard; a Surgeon General, who shall be the senior medical officer of the National Guard; [four aides-de-camp, each with the rank of colonel, except as herein provided; four aides-de-camp, each with the rank of major, except as herein provided; and four naval aides, one with the rank of captain, one with the rank of commander and two with the rank of lieutenant commander. Of the twelve aides appointed, not fewer than four shall be detailed from the National Guard and not fewer than two shall be detailed from the naval militia. Officers so detailed] one aide-de-camp with the rank of colonel from the United States Air Force Reserve; one aide-de-camp with the rank of captain from the United States Naval Reserve; one aide-de-camp with the rank of colonel from the United States Marine Corps Reserve; one aide-de-camp with the rank of colonel from the United States Army Reserve; one aide-de-camp with the rank of lieutenant commander from the United States Coast Guard Reserve; five aides-de-camp, two with the rank of colonel, two with the rank of lieutenant colonel and one with the rank of major, all of whom shall be from the National Guard; and two enlisted aides-de-camp with the rank of sergeant major from the National Guard. Members appointed from the armed forces of the state shall retain their federal or state grades [in the National Guard, naval militia or organized militia] and shall remain subject to duty therein and, if appointed to such staff in a rank lower than the highest grade attained in federal or state service, shall serve on the staff in their highest recognized grade. [The remaining six aides may be appointed from members or ex-members of the United States Army, Navy or Air Force, or of the National Guard, naval militia, organized militia or civil life.] Any requirement of this section that any member of the Governor's military staff shall be a member of, or hold any rank in, the National Guard shall be inapplicable whenever the National Guard is in active service with the Army, Navy or Air Force of the United States and at such time the military staff of the Governor may be appointed by [him] the Governor from the organized or unorganized militia, ex-members of the United States Army or Navy or the Connecticut National Guard, or from civil life; and in addition to the active military staff the Governor may, at [his] said Governor's discretion, appoint honorary staff members from the former National Guard or naval militia then on active military duty. The Governor, at any other time, may appoint honorary staff members to the Connecticut National Guard without regard to affiliation who shall serve without the pay, honors, privileges and benefits afforded the active staff members, including, but not limited to, allowances and tuition waivers. The majors commandant of the first and second companies Governor's Foot Guards and the Governor's Horse Guards shall be ex-officio members of the Governor's military staff. The Governor shall also appoint the immediate predecessors of such majors commandant to serve as additional ex-officio members. In addition to the above-named officers, the Governor shall appoint [four] three additional staff members, [two] one of whom shall be [colonels] a colonel or of equivalent naval rank and two of whom shall be majors or of equivalent naval rank. [One shall be a Marine Corps aide and one a Coast Guard aide and the two remaining members shall be appointed as the Governor determines.]

Sec. 2. Section 27-33a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The employer of any [person] employee who, as a part of [his] such employee's military service, is required to attend military reserve or National Guard meetings or drills during regular working hours shall allow such [person] employee leave of absence for such purpose. No such employee shall be subjected by any person, directly or indirectly, to any loss or reduction of vacation or holiday privileges by reason of such absence, or be prejudiced by reason of such absence with reference to promotion or continuance in office or employment, or to reappointment to office or reemployment.

Sec. 3. Section 27-56 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The several companies of the Governor's Guards shall be filled from time to time by voluntary enlistments. [, but no enlistment shall be made from any other unit of the armed forces of the state.] Enlistments may be made from the National Guard, provided the duties of the National Guard shall take priority when in conflict with the duties of the Governor's Guard.

Approved June 8, 1999

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