Our South Dakota National Guard has served the nation in military conflicts in support of the United States since the Civil War. It has also served the state in numerous flood, tornado and other natural disaster recoveries over the last 150 years. National Guard personnel understand that they have to leave their jobs and families to serve when called by the nation for military action, or by the state to serve in time of natural disaster. Never before has it been rented out to individuals.
This year for the first time, the South Dakota National Guard has been privatized. Rather than serving the nation or state, our National Guard service personnel are hired by individuals and required to leave their families and employment to further the personal and political agenda of out-of-state moneyed interests. This is not technically illegal but HIGHLY unethical.
This administration is no slave to ethics and good government, but this renting out of our National Guard represents a new low in state government.