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Message to the Force: COVID-19 Support

By BG Dale Lyles | INNG JFHQ | April 16, 2020

I would like to take this opportunity to reach out to every Soldier and Airman in the Indiana National Guard and let you know how proud I am of your continued work, effort and support to all Hoosiers as we fight COVID-19 in support of Governor Holcomb. 

My priorities remain the same:

  1. Protect the force - all Indiana National Guard Soldiers, Airmen, Civilians and Contractors, as well as their families.
  2. Maintain the capability to respond to the Governor and President as needed.

The Indiana National Guard’s support to Governor Holcomb, other state agencies and to all Hoosiers is going to continue and will possibly increase over the coming weeks and months. President Trump has declared the state of Indiana a Federal Disaster Area. With this declaration, we will start to transition our Soldiers and Airmen serving on State Active Duty into a Title 32 Status under 502(f).

Again, I want to thank each and every one of you for what you continue to do each day. Whether in support of your civilian careers, your families or in direct support to Hoosiers across this great State, you continue to amaze me. Know that we will emerge from this crisis stronger than we have ever been. Keep up the fight!

 

  • What does this transition mean?
    When Soldiers and Airmen serving on State Active Duty (SAD) transition to Title 32 Status under 502(f), it means the federal government will be paying your salaries and benefits instead of the state of Indiana. 
  • What is the time period?
    This process will take one or two weeks. 
  • How does the transition work?
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the approving authority for all Mission Assignment (MA) requests in a 502(f) status.  Even after the transition, Governor Holcomb may continue to utilize SAD to accomplish key, short-term missions in Indiana.

 

Comparison of State Active Duty and Title 32 502(f) Benefits

The length of orders (less than 30 or greater than 31) impacts leave accrual, BAH and Tricare eligibility. Leave accrual begins at 29 days of continuous orders or longer at a rate of 2.5 days per 30 day period for T32 ADOS. Click here to download an information sheet with frequently asked questions (FAQ) -- PDF

 

State Active Duty (SAD)
T32 502(f) less than 30 days
T32 502(f) 31 days or longer
Pay based on one Department of Defense (DoD) table for active duty daily rate for individual Service Member (SM) time in service. Pay based on one Department of Defense (DoD) table for active duty daily rate for individual Service Member (SM) time in service. Pay based on one Department of Defense (DoD) table for active duty daily rate for individual Service Member (SM) time in service.
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Type II until on orders for over 30 days, then rolls to BAH Type I with a back payment process. Soldiers on orders for 30 days or less earn BAH-RC.

Soldiers on continuous orders for 31 days or greater earn regular BAH-1. Orders must be continuous and not be combined to get to 31 days.

Partial Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) with some meals provided. Partial Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) with some meals provided. Partial Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) with some meals provided.
Workers' compensation process for injury/illness with State. N/A N/A
If SM has Tricare Reserve Select, they can use, but premiums will not pay out of SAD pay. SM accrues a debt and must manually pay premium when they return to IDT status. Tricare is currently waiving cancellation of SMs due to SAD. Soldiers on orders for 30 days or less are eligible to remain on or purchase Tricare Reserve Select for themselves and their dependents.

Soldiers on orders for 31 days or longer are eligible to be enrolled in Tricare Prime for themselves and their dependents. Orders may be separate, but must not have a break in service for 31 total days. Most Indiana SMs will be Tricare Prime Remote due to distance from MTF. SM/dependent must be enrolled in DEERS.

Does not count toward Post 9-11 GI Bill eligibility. Counts toward the 90-day cumulative order requirement for Post 9-11 GI Bill eligibility. Counts toward the 90-day cumulative order requirement for Post 9-11 GI Bill eligibility.
Does not count toward retirement points. Counts toward retirement points. Counts toward retirement points.

Your health and safety

The health and safety of all Indiana National Guard personnel remains a critical concern. All personnel and their families must strictly adhere to all COVID-19 health protection guidelines as directed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), and the Governor of Indiana. Leaders must consistently enforce all protection measures and ensure service members becoming ill with COVID-19, or suspected to be ill are seeking medical advice and treatment as directed by CDC and ISDH guidance and remaining home. The care and follow up for our people is a fundamental priority. Current processes for personnel, regardless of status, that are confirmed COVID-19 positive, or suspected to be positive are as follows:

  1. Seek medical guidance in accordance with CDC and ISDH guidance. Primary method of seeking medical guidance for COVID-19 is calling your primary care provider or the emergency room for severe symptoms.
  2. Report all COVID-19 positive cases and suspected cases immediately through the chain of command.
  3. Personnel identified as COVID-19 positive, self-monitor their health and symptoms, follow provider guidance and CDC guidelines to ISOLATE at home, away from others, and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen. Leaders are required to follow up with COVID-19 positive personnel, and report status updates daily. Isolation should be continue as directed by your medical provider.
  4. Personnel suspect of COVID-19 positive due to direct exposure, per CDC guidelines, are recommended to adhere to social distancing, self-quarantine and self-monitor for 14 days. Seek medical advice if symptoms develop. Report all suspected cases and changes through the chain of command, and leaders follow up and report status daily with all suspected cases until the 14 day quarantine period has ended.

TRICARE Health Program Information

TRICARE is the Department of Defense’s premier health care program serving 9.4 million active duty service members, retired service members, National Guard and Reserve members, family members, and survivors worldwide. For more information about TRICARE, please visit the webpage of the Indiana National Guard Office of the State Surgeon. Below are information sheets to help guide your TRICARE choices during the transition:

Guidance on Face Masks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Military personnel, DoD civilian employees, their family members and DoD contractors are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidelines on the use of cloth face coverings in pubic settings or where other social distancing measure are difficult to maintain.

Effective immediately, to the extent practical, all individuals on DoD property, installations and facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public area or work centers. This includes all: military personnel, DoD civilian employees, DoD contractors and all other individuals on DoD property, installations and facilities.

More information on COVID-19:

 

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