PA 10-15—HB 5263

Select Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Public Safety and Security Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING PROMOTIONS FOR RETIRED VETERANS

SUMMARY: This act allows honorably discharged retired members of the Connecticut National Guard or the governor's military staff with 30 or more years of service to apply to the adjutant general for “retirement promotion” if they did not apply before retiring. The law already allows members still in the service and who meet years-of-service requirements to apply for retirement promotion before retiring. A retired applicant, like a currently serving applicant with 20 or more years of service, may apply to be promoted or commissioned at one grade above the highest grade he or she ever held in the state or U. S. Armed Forces or on the governor's military staff, but not above brigadier general or sergeant major.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2010

BACKGROUND

Retirement Promotion

By law, before retiring from active service, (1) members of the National Guard or governor's military staff with 10 years of honorable service may apply to the adjutant general to be placed on the “retired list” in the highest grade in which they ever served, and (2) members with 20 or more years of service may apply to be placed on the list at one grade above the highest grade they ever held in the U. S. Armed Forces, in the National Guard, or on the governor's military staff, but not above brigadier general or sergeant major. They are eligible for only one promotion.

“Retired List”

Members on the retired list (1) must be kept on the state armed forces register; (2) are subject to the National Guard's rules and regulations; (3) may wear, within the limitations of law and regulations, the uniform of the rank at which they retired; (4) may, if they consent, be detailed from the list and placed on active duty at the governor's order; and (5) serve without pay, except when on such duty, in which case, they are entitled to the same pay and allowances as officers of a similar grade on the active list. They must be withdrawn from command, line of promotion, and unit rosters.

OLR Tracking: VR: JR: JL: DF