-- In The News --
The Army is reviewing its policy banning beards on soldiers. This has been an ongoing discussion for years, often driven by those seeking religious accommodations for certain groups, like the authorization of beards for Sikh men in uniform, Sgt. Maj. Anthony Moore, the Army G-1 uniform policy sergeant major, told Army Times. http://www.ngaus.org/newsroom/news/join-army-grow-beard
Public Law 845, passed by Congress in July 1956, authorized female officers in the National Guard. Capt. Norma Parsons became the Air Guard's first female member when she joined the 106th Tactical Hospital of the New York National Guard. First Lt. Sylvia Marie St. Charles Law received her commission in January 1957 to become the first woman soldier in the Army Guard.
Rep. Steve Palazzo, R-Miss., and Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., are introducing today the Reserve Component Benefits Parity Act. The bill addresses unequal compensation for reserve-component members who deploy under the 12304b mobilization authority.