About the Arkansas National Guard

Since 1804 the Arkansas National Guard has proudly served as a community-based, combat-proven force of citizen Soldiers and Airmen. Over 8,600 men and women continue to achieve greatness as we move forward in the global war on terrorism, protect our homeland and serve as leaders in our communities as a competent, capable and diverse force.

Arkansas National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are trained professionals. We are well-equipped with warfighting and disaster response skills to ensure mission success, whether on foreign soil or performing civil support missions here in Arkansas. The Arkansas National Guard continues to prove we have the best Soldiers and Airmen in the nation.

The Arkansas National Guard has four major training sites. The Army National Guard at Robinson Maneuver Training Center (Camp Robinson) in North Little Rock, and Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center near Ft. Smith, and the Air National Guard at Ebbing Air National Guard Base in Ft. Smith and Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville.

 

 

 

2020 Temporary Deferral of Social Security Taxes
 

Soldiers, Airmen and technician employees in any status of employment across the ARNG will experience an important change in pay starting Mid-Month September 2020 through End-of-Month April 2021. Please use this information and tools to communicate with every member of the force for full understanding. 

All enlisted Soldiers and NCOs, as well as most Officers and DA Civilians, will see a 6.2% increase in their base pay starting with September’s mid-month pay through December 2020.   As of now, you will have to pay this Social Security tax back January through April 2021.  

Bottom line, check your Leave and Earnings Statement and develop a plan. Leaders, sit down with your subordinates and discuss their plan for when the tax is recouped in 2021.

Background on 2020 Temporary Deferral of Social Security Taxes: 

In order to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Presidential Memorandum was issued on August 8, 2020 and guidance followed by Internal Revenue Service on August 28, 2020, to temporarily defer Social Security (Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI), as seen on the Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) as “FICA-SOC SECURITY”) tax withholdings in the pay of some service members.

Effective for the September mid-month pay, DFAS will temporarily defer the withholding of your 6.2% Social Security tax if your monthly rate of basic pay is less than $8,666.66.  If your monthly rate of basic pay is at or above this threshold, your social security tax withholding will not be affected by the temporary deferral.  

Key Facts: 
- The Social Security tax is labeled as “FICA-SOC SECURITY” on the LES for AGR & Traditional or Drill-Status Guardsmen, and “OASDI” on the LES for Technicians, and is calculated as 6.2% of your basic pay.

- This change is effective through the end of the 2020 calendar year and only applies to your Social Security tax withholding.  Normal withholding of your FICA-Social Security taxes will resume effective January 1, 2021.

- You are not eligible to opt-out of the deferral if your basic pay falls within the stated wage limits.  The deferral will happen automatically.

- In accordance with current IRS guidance, collection of the deferred taxes will be taken from your wages between January 1 and April 30, 2021. Additional information on the collection process will be provided in the future. 

- If you separate or retire in 2020 before the Social Security tax can be collected in 2021, you are still responsible for the Social Security tax repayment.

- If you are an employee of the state, the Department of the Military will send separate guidance to you in an email.

- Guardsmen who separate from service, retire, or don’t perform four drill weekends between Jan. 1 and Apr. 30, 2021, will have to pay back the OASDI difference received between September and December.

- The graphic examples do not include a possible pay raise for 2021, so any OASDI taxes withdrawn after January 1, 2021 will still be at the 6.2% rate. Collection of the 2020 deferred taxes may be recouped at the 2020 deferred pay rate.  

As more information becomes available, it will be posted on: 

https://www.dfas.mil/taxes/Social-Security-Deferral/.

For questions on the temporary deferral of the 6.2% Social Security withholding:
- Visit the IRS page:
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/guidance-issued-to-implement-presidential-memorandum-deferring-certain-employee-social-security-tax-withholding.   

For more information on financial readiness: 
- Visit
https://finred.usalearning.gov/.  

- Visit your installation Family Center and speak with a Personal Financial Manager or Counselor, or contact Military OneSource at
https://www.militaryonesource.mil.

For additional questions please visit our FAQ by clicking HERE.

For examples of how these changes may change your pay click HERE

 

 

 

Links to Assistance for

Soldiers, Airmen and their Families

 



 

 

 

Please click HERE to visit

The Arkansas National Guard

Missing Awards Inquiry Page. 

 

 

MG KENDALL PENN
Major General Kendall Penn
Major General Kendall Penn assumed duties as The Adjutant General, Arkansas National Guard on August 10, 2019.

Governor Asa Hutchinson
Governor Asa Hutchinson
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, commander-in-chief of the Arkansas National Guard.

The Arkansas National Guard has a presence throughout the entire state of Arkansas where our Soldiers and Airmen serve.

Through active community support programs the Arkansas National Guard strives to be a good neighbor and community partner. The Guard, its Soldiers and its Airmen, are extensively involved in local community organizations and often participate in and/or support the events they sponsor, but training and mission requirements always come first.

What types of support activities are available?

Preferred activities for support are those which stimulate patriotism, promote public understanding of national security issues or foster public appreciation of our military or national heritage.
Examples of the most common types of support the Arkansas National Guard may be requested to provide are:

• Arkansas National Guard’s 106th Army Band
• Arkansas National Guard Color Guard
• Static Equipment Displays (non-aviation)
• Static Equipment Displays (aviation)


This list is not all-inclusive — there may be other activities the Arkansas National Guard could support if requested and if they would enhance the Arkansas Guard’s public image.

For More information about Arkansas National Guard Community Support and to download Community Support Request Forms please visit:

https://arkansas.nationalguard.mil/Public-Affairs-Office/Community-Support-and-Outreach/ 

Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting Office (DEERS)
 

For more information about obtaining an ID Card or Common Access Card please click "Here"


Arkansas Army National Guard Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting Offices (DEERS) sites:

Robinson Maneuver Training Center (Camp Robinson): 501-212-5065 or 501-212-5037  

DIRECTIONS:
1.) Go through RMTC front gate, on 7th Street
2.) Go to crest of hill and at the stop sign turn left on 8th Street
3.) Continue on 8th Street past Arkansas Avenue
4.) At the next stop sign turn right on Kansas Avenue
5.) The DEERS office is the tan building on your left
6.) Building 7301

** CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT FIRST FOR THE FOLLOWING SITES**

Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center (FCJMTC): 479-484-3941

Ft. Smith: 479-573-5761

Russellville: 501-212-7322 or 501-212-7312

Texarkana: 903-334-2608 or 903-334-2716

Jonesboro: 501-212-7081


 

 

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