Army National Guard Military Technicians (Mil Techs) are members of the National Guard who work full-time in a Federal civil service capacity. Techs do not receive full active duty military pay and benefits. Mil Tech pay is based on the Wage-Grade (WG) and General Schedule (GS) federal pay scales.
AGR (Active-Guard-Reserve) employees are military service members that belong to the reserve component, but work full time. They receive full active duty military pay and benefits.
For Mil Techs, membership in the National Guard is a term of continuing employment. As this membership requirement exists, Mil Techs are provided 3 weeks paid vacation from work (120 hours military leave), in addition to regular leave, in order to meet their military obligations, which typically include a span of 2-3 weeks of continuous duty each year.
In the instance of a Mil Tech voluntarily taking a AGR job, their Tech position (though vacant) is “held” for them for a period of time (5 years I believe.) During this (5 year) period, they still accrue and are paid for the 120 hours of military leave from the Tech pay system each year.
I suggest removing this entitlement for employees who voluntarily take other full-time (AGR) positions. This equates to an average between $7500 - $20,000 per instance over the 5 year span. This money can be better used to help fund a “temporary” employee to fill the position that the employee voluntarily vacated (which otherwise remains unfilled until the 5 year period is complete.)