(November 28, 2017) NGAUS is revamping its Fellows Program that for three years has brought company-grade National Guard officers to Washington, D.C., for one year to receive a close look at the association and how it operates.
Plans still are being finalized, but the next rotation will not begin until the fall of 2018 as the scope of the program expands.
“The program has been a success,” said Mike Hadley, the NGAUS legislative director, “but we think it can be even better. We’ve stepped back to consider where improvements can be made.”
The NGAUS Fellows Program has provided two Guard officers with a financial stipend and allowed them to operate as members of the legislative staff for one calendar year, visiting Capitol Hill, taking part in planning the annual conference, and preparing strategies for passing Guard-friendly legislation.
The next rotation will include one Guardsman who will spend 16 months, from August 2018 to December 2019, in the nation’s capital. That time will include enrollment in the Georgetown University Government Affairs Institute, which results in a legislative studies certificate.
“We want a program that will serve the Fellow well for the rest of his or her career,” Hadley said. “It should benefit the officer, NGAUS and the Guard.”
The second Fellow under this new plan would have four months of overlap with his or her predecessor.
NGAUS will soon announce how to apply for the program and other details, including the amount of the stipend for the longer timeframe.