DOD's shutdown plan for military, civilians detailed in guidance

Military would lose pay if government shuts down

According to draft guidance circulating around the Defense Department, military personnel would be required to work without pay if the government shuts down, reports the Air Force Times.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

Reader Comments

Tue, Mar 15, 2011

I think pretty much all the folks wearing uniforms would keep working in any case, because they believe in what they do. And they know they will eventually get back pay. Still, US Gov should keep in mind the experience of other countries when they stopped paying their armed-and-trained-in-mayhem employees.

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