Jacobs, Ryan Announce Inclusion of Legislation in NDAA

September 3, 2021
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressmen Chris Jacobs (NY-27) and Tim Ryan (OH-13) announced their legislation, the Reservists Opportunity Act, has been included in the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as adopted by the House Armed Services Committee.

 

“This legislation provides much-needed flexibility to our soldiers in the Reserves and National Guard. Once passed, they will be able to easily access active-duty opportunities, having a major impact on our military readiness and retention,” Rep. Jacobs said.“I am grateful to Rep. Kelly for recognizing the importance of this legislation and advocating for its inclusion in the NDAA - I look forward to it becoming law.”

 

“I’m proud to have worked across the aisle with Congressman Jacobs to get the provisions of this bill included in the National Defense Authorization Act,” Rep. Tim Ryan, Co-Chair of the National Guard and Reserve Caucus said. “I am always looking for ways Congress can support our part-time service members and this commonsense legislation will open the door to more opportunities for our citizen Soldiers.”

 

The bill was offered as an amendment at the full committee markup by Rep. Trent Kelly (MS-01), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and current Major General in the Army National Guard. It was adopted unanimously by voice vote. The bill now awaits consideration by the whole House of Representatives.

 

I’m happy to work with my colleagues Rep. Jacobs and Rep. Ryan, to include H.R. 5063, The Reservist Opportunity Act, into the NDAA FY22 Full Committee Markup,” Rep. Kelly said. “This commonsense bill bolsters readiness in our Armed Forces by improving access to vacant positions available for our reserve component soldiers. I look forward to working with Rep. Jacobs and Rep. Ryan to ensure this bill is signed into law with the passage of this year’s NDAA.”

 

The Reservists Opportunity Act will allow soldiers to access the Army’s Tour of Duty system on personal devices. Tour of Duty is the Army’s system for connecting Reservists and National Guard soldiers to active-duty positions. Currently, this service is only available on devices connected to Department of Defense (DoD) networks, making it largely inaccessible to most Reserve and National Guard soldiers.

 

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