In shutdown, military would work without pay

Contingency plan spells out policies for shutdown

According to draft guidance circulating around the Defense Department, military personnel would be required to work without pay if the government shuts down, reports the Air Force Times.

That differs from the 1995 shutdown when U.S. troops reported to work and were paid, the article states. But the 13-page contingency plan, in which DOD highlighted which parts of the military would continue to operate if the government shuts down, states that this time the military would miss a payday if a shutdown continued through April 1.

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DOD contingency plan includes furloughs

The Federal Times writes that the memo was drafted shortly before Congress approved a two-week continuing resolution to fund the government through March 18.

Although many civilian DOD workers could be furloughed, U.S. troops would carry on in Afghanistan and would continue to prepare for deployment.

The military has faced budget shortfalls before, although there has not been a government shutdown since the Clinton administration. But as recently as 2008, DOD made plans when it looked like Congress might not approve supplemental war funding in time.

In that plan, reported Richard Walker in Federal Computer Week, officials also anticipated requiring military personnel to continue to serve without pay while furloughing non-essential civilian personnel.

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Reader comments

Fri, Apr 8, 2011 Ro NJ

Definitely thought slavery was abolished, now the government is basically reinstating slavery by making our troops sacrifice, work, protect us and die for free!

Fri, Apr 8, 2011

Why do we cut those who are working for our country. Why dont we look elsewhere for budget cuts such as wasteful government programs or maybe our politicians need to take a budget cut of their own insted of our WORKING uniformed service members.

Fri, Apr 8, 2011


Fri, Apr 8, 2011 cant say Iraq

Maybe someone can help us out by calling the creditors, mortgage companies banks etc to put our bills on hold until we can get paid. A national movement of sorts we dont want freebees we just a delay in payments then when we get paid we can pay our bills.

Fri, Apr 8, 2011 wife13

It seems to me that everyone is forgetting that the president has very little power in this country our problem is not with the president is it with the overpaid, spoiled rotten members of congress who feel that it is perfectly ok to wage war against each other at the cost of the everyday US citizen. Personally I don't care who fixes this thing I just want it to get fixed if we have to balance our check books and pay our bills lest we be deemed not credit worthy then the country should have to do so also. Everyone knows robbing peter to pay paul is a complete crap plan

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