Military staff of governor. 21.18(1)
The military staff of the governor shall consist of the adjutant general, with a minimum rank of brigadier general; a deputy adjutant general for army, who may be a general officer; an assistant adjutant general, army, for readiness and training, who may be a general officer; a deputy assistant adjutant general, army, for readiness and training; a deputy adjutant general for air, who may be a general officer; a chief surgeon for army, who may be a general officer; a chief surgeon for air, who may be a general officer; a staff judge advocate for army, who may be a general officer; a staff judge advocate for air, who may be a general officer; a state chaplain, who may be a general officer; and such other officers as the governor deems necessary. Vacancies in positions other than those of the adjutant general shall be filled through appointment by the adjutant general.
No person shall be appointed on the governor's staff who has not had previous military experience.
All staff officers appointed under sub. (1)
, except the adjutant general whose tenure is governed by ss. 15.31
and 17.07 (5)
, shall hold their positions unless terminated earlier by resignation, disability or for cause and unless federal recognition of the officer's commission under 32 USC 323
is refused or withdrawn. The governor shall remove an officer whose federal recognition is refused or withdrawn, effective on the date of the loss of federal recognition. The terms of the deputy adjutants general for army and air shall be 5 years beginning on the first day of the 7th month of the term of the adjutant general. The deputy adjutants general may be reappointed to successive terms. Vacancies on the military staff of the governor shall be filled by appointment from officers actively serving in the Wisconsin national guard. Interim vacancies shall be filled by appointment by the adjutant general for the residue of the unexpired term.
Adjutant general; powers and duties. 21.19(1)
The adjutant general shall be chief of staff to the governor. The adjutant general shall have the custody of all property, military records, correspondence and other documents relating to the national guard and any other military forces organized under the laws of this state. The adjutant general may appoint an assistant quartermaster general to issue and account for state property. The adjutant general shall be the medium of military correspondence with the governor and perform all other duties pertaining to the office or prescribed by law, including the preparation and submission to the governor of reports under s. 15.04 (1) (d)
The adjutant general shall administer, with the approval of the governor, state-federal cooperative funding agreements.
The department of military affairs on behalf of the state may rent to appropriate organizations or individuals state-owned lands, buildings and facilities used by, acquired for, or erected for the Wisconsin national guard when not required for use by the Wisconsin national guard. Such rental shall not be effective unless in writing and approved by the governor and the adjutant general or a designee in writing.
The department of military affairs on behalf of the state, upon appraisal by the state chief engineer submitted to the governor in writing, may sell and convey upon such terms as the department of military affairs may determine, with the approval of the governor in writing, any state-owned property acquired or erected for state military purposes, which property is no longer useful to the national guard.
Notwithstanding s. 13.48 (14) (c)
, the department, under the authority and procedures established in par. (a)
, may sell and convey the Wisconsin national guard armory located at 1225 E. Henry Clay Street, Whitefish Bay, Milwaukee County. The proceeds of a sale shall be used first to pay off all bonds, all or a part of which were used to construct or purchase the property. Any moneys remaining from the sale shall be paid into the state treasury and credited to the appropriation under s. 20.465 (2) (g)
The adjutant general shall be the auditor of military accounts, and all accounts or claims payable from the treasury of the state for military purposes shall be regularly audited by the adjutant general before payment. The adjutant general shall cause to be prepared and issued all necessary books, blank books, blanks and forms required by the adjutant general's office for the national guard. All said books, blank books, blanks and forms shall be made to conform as nearly as practicable to those in use in the United States army.
In the absence or incapacity of the adjutant general the senior ranking deputy adjutant general for army or air shall have all the powers and duties of the adjutant general.
The adjutant general as quartermaster general shall also be chief of all logistical services.
The adjutant general as quartermaster general shall:
Have charge of all the military property of the state and shall carefully preserve, repair and account for the property.
Keep in such manner as the governor directs, and subject to the governor's inspection, an account of all moneys received and expended.
Perform the customary duties of the office, and of the office of chief of all logistical services, and have the custody of all records, returns and papers pertaining to those offices.
The transportation of all troops, arms, accoutrements, stores and other property and the preparation for encampments shall be contracted for by the adjutant general under direction of the governor.
The adjutant general or a designee shall issue all necessary supplies to members and units of the national guard and may contract for the purchase and transportation of such supplies, subject to s. 16.71 (1)
When any military property belonging to the state as owner or bailee is wrongfully held by another person, the adjutant general may bring an action in the name of the state to recover possession of the same or the money value thereof.
The adjutant general may, upon receipt of meritorious requests for state service flags for public use and within the limits of the appropriation made under s. 20.465 (1) (e)
, furnish such flags without charge to the persons or organizations requesting them.
The adjutant general shall provide such medical supplies and services as are necessary to the national guard during periods of state active duty not otherwise provided under this chapter and ch. 102
, to be charged to the appropriation under s. 20.465 (1) (c)
The adjutant general shall provide from the appropriation under s. 20.465 (1) (c)
a United States flag to the next of kin of each deceased member of the national guard who dies as a result of state service under s. 21.11
Civil service status.
All full-time state-paid employes of the department of military affairs shall be under the classified service, except the adjutant general, the executive assistant to the adjutant general, the deputy adjutants general for army and air and the administrator of the division of emergency management.
Printing report of convention of officers.
Upon the request of the adjutant general and upon the order of the department of administration the state printer shall print and deliver to the adjutant general not to exceed 1,000 copies of the report of the annual convention of the officers of the national guard which the adjutant general shall distribute; but such report shall not exceed 150 pages.
History: 1991 a. 316
United States property and fiscal officer. 21.28(1)
The adjutant general shall recommend a candidate for appointment as the United States property and fiscal officer for the Wisconsin national guard, subject to the concurrence of the governor, from federally commissioned officers actively serving in the Wisconsin national guard. The candidate shall be nominated by the governor, subject to the concurrence of the U.S. secretary of the army, if the nominee is serving in the army national guard, or the U.S. secretary of the air force, if the nominee is serving in the air national guard.
The officer nominated under sub. (1)
shall assume the duties of a United States property and fiscal officer under 32 USC 708
, when properly ordered to active duty by the appropriate U.S. secretary, on the date specified in the order. The officer shall hold his or her position unless terminated earlier by resignation, disability or for cause and unless federal recognition of the officer's commission under 32 USC 323
is refused or withdrawn.
Any action by the governor to remove the officer appointed under sub. (1)
for cause shall be governed by the federal laws and military regulations governing removal of an officer for cause and shall be subject to review by the chief of the national guard bureau and by the U.S. secretary of the army, if the officer is commissioned by the army national guard, or by the U.S. secretary of the air force, if the officer is commissioned by the air national guard.
History: 1987 a. 63
Chief surgeons; powers and duties.
The chief surgeons for army and air shall, under direction of the adjutant general, have general supervision of the medical units of the Wisconsin national guard and state defense force when organized. The chief surgeons shall make recommendations concerning procurement of medical supplies for state active duty operations, for the procurement and training of medical personnel and for the publication of Wisconsin national guard directives on medical subjects. The chief surgeons shall submit an annual report of the affairs and expenses of their departments to the adjutant general.
The chief surgeons for army and air shall provide for such physical examinations and inoculations of officers, enlistees and applicants for enlistment, Wisconsin national guard, as may be prescribed by department of defense and national guard regulations.
The quartermaster general acting as paymaster under orders from the governor may draw from the state treasury the money necessary for paying troops in camp or on active service, and shall furnish such security for the same as the state treasurer may direct. The amount due on account of the field, staff or other officers, noncommissioned staff and band, company or enlistees, not herein enumerated, if any, shall be paid to the person to whom the same shall be due, on the properly signed and certified payrolls.
History: 1975 c. 94
s. 91 (1)
Federal laws and regulations; no discrimination.
The organization, armament, equipment and discipline of the Wisconsin national guard shall be that prescribed by federal laws or regulations; and the governor may by order perfect such organization, armament, equipment and discipline, at any time, so as to comply with such laws and regulations insofar as they are consistent with the Wisconsin code of military justice. Notwithstanding any rule or regulation prescribed by the federal government or any officer or department thereof, no person, otherwise qualified, may be denied membership in the Wisconsin national guard because of sex, color, race, creed or sexual orientation and no member of the Wisconsin national guard may be segregated within the Wisconsin national guard on the basis of sex, color, race, creed or sexual orientation. Nothing in this section prohibits separate facilities for persons of different sexes with regard to dormitory accommodations, public toilets, showers, saunas and dressing rooms.
History: 1975 c. 94
; 1981 c. 112
National guard rules and regulations. 21.36(1)
The rules of discipline and the regulations of the armed forces of the U.S. shall, so far as the same are applicable, constitute the rules of discipline and the regulations of the national guard; the rules and uniform code of military justice established by congress and the department of defense for the armed forces shall be adopted so far as they are applicable and consistent with the Wisconsin code of military justice for the government of the national guard, and the system of instruction and the drill regulations prescribed for the different arms and corps of the armed forces of the U.S. shall be followed in the military instruction and practice of the national guard, and the use of any other system is forbidden.
The governor may make and publish rules, regulations and orders for the government of the national guard, not inconsistent with the law, and cause the same, together with any laws relating thereto, to be printed and distributed in book form or otherwise in such numbers as the governor deems necessary, and the governor may provide for all books, blank books, and blanks that may be necessary for the proper discharge of the duty of all officers. The governor may delegate the authority under this subsection to the adjutant general by executive order.
The Wisconsin code of military justice.
The Wisconsin code of military justice as created by chapter 20, laws of 1969
, shall govern the conduct of all members of the national guard and any other military force organized under the laws of this state. The revisor of statutes shall not print the Wisconsin code of military justice in the statutes.
Limitation of court martial to service connected crimes. 1970 WLR 172.
Uniform of Wisconsin national guard.
The uniform of the national guard shall be that prescribed by regulations for the corresponding branch of the United States armed forces.
Status, powers and property of units. 21.42(1)
Every federally recognized company sized unit, when such organization is perfected, shall without any further proceeding constitute a corporate body to be known by the name by which such company is officially designated under the military laws and regulations of the state, and shall possess all the powers necessary and convenient to accomplish the objects and perform the duties prescribed by law.
The members of such company sized unit in good standing and no others shall constitute the members of such corporation and shall elect 3 trustees who shall manage and administer the business of such corporation. The trustees shall elect one of their number president, and one vice president and shall also elect a secretary.
Each such company sized unit may take by purchase, devise, gift or otherwise and hold property and with the approval of the adjutant general sell, convey and mortgage such property so long as such company sized unit is an existing unit and a part of the national guard of Wisconsin. All such property shall be in the custody and control of the trustees.
Whenever any such company sized unit shall be disbanded as provided by law such corporation shall cease to exist and all property belonging to it shall become the property of the state.
Commissions and rank.
The governor shall issue commissions to all officers whose appointments are approved by the governor. Every commission shall be countersigned by the secretary of state and attested by the adjutant general and continue as provided by law. Each officer so commissioned shall take and file with the department of military affairs the oath of office prescribed by article IV, section 28, of the constitution
. All commissioned officers shall take rank according to the date assigned them by their commissions, and when 2 of the same grade rank from the same date, their rank shall be determined by length of service in the national guard creditable for pay, and if of equal service then by lot.
History: 1983 a. 27
Examinations for promotion or appointments.
The governor may order any subordinate officer or person nominated or recommended for promotion or appointment in the national guard to be examined by any competent officer or board of officers, designated in orders for that purpose, as to that person's qualifications for the office to which that person may be recommended or appointed, and may take such action on the report of such examining officer or board of officers as the governor deems to be for the best interests of the service. The governor may also require the physical examination provided for admission to the United States army or air force.
History: 1983 a. 27
; 1991 a. 316
Each officer and enlisted person of the Wisconsin national guard on active duty in the state under orders of the governor on a state pay basis shall receive the base pay and allowances of an officer or enlisted person of equal rank in the corresponding branch of the U.S. armed forces except that the base pay so provided shall not be less than $50 per day.
The governor may, by orders, duplicates of which shall be filed with the secretary of state, fix the pay of any member of the governor's staff, or other members of the national guard for any special service under orders.
The governor may order, with their consent, to active duty in the department of military affairs, any departmental officers of the governor's staff, including the adjutant general and the deputy adjutants general, and while so assigned the officers shall receive the pay, but not the allowances, of an officer of equal grade in the armed forces of the United States.
Educational benefits. 21.49(1)
In this section:
"Department" means the department of military affairs.
"Full-time study" means a credit load of 12 or more academic credits in an academic term.
"Guard member" means any person who is a member of the Wisconsin national guard.
"Qualifying school" means any of the following:
The extension division and any center or campus of the university of Wisconsin system.
Any accredited institution of higher education as defined by rule by the department of education.
"Tuition grant" means any tuition cost reimbursement payment made by the department under sub. (3)
(2) Eligible guard member.
Eligibility for a tuition grant under this section is limited to a guard member who is not:
An individual with a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent.
Failing to meet the national guard service eligibility criteria established by the department by rule.
Delinquent in child support or maintenance payments and who does not owe past support, medical expenses or birth expenses, as established by the receipt by the department of a certification under s. 49.855 (7)
Any eligible guard member upon satisfactory completion of a full-time or part-time course in a qualifying school is eligible for a tuition grant equal to 50% of the actual tuition charged by the school or 50% of the maximum resident undergraduate tuition charged by the university of Wisconsin-Madison for a comparable number of credits, whichever amount is less.
Be submitted to the department for approval of payment no later than 90 days after the completion date of the course;
Contain such information and be in such form as the department requires to establish that the applicant qualifies for the grant; and
Contain the signatures of both the guard member claiming the grant and a representative of the school, certifying that the member has satisfactorily completed the course.
Except as provided under par. (d)
, upon determination that the applicant is eligible to receive the payment, the department shall make payment of the tuition grant to the applicant in the amount determined under par. (a)
(3m) Repayment of grants.
The department may require a guard member who has received a grant under this section to repay the amount of the grant to the department if the national guard member, within 12 months of receipt of the grant, fails to meet any of the national guard service eligibility criteria established by the department by rule.