According to Stars and Stripes, military troops, including those in conflict zones, may have their paychecks delayed if elected officials in Washington can’t work out a deal to fund government operations in the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1, the Pentagon said Monday.
Although a shutdown could delay pay, servicemembers will be required to serve as normal with some possible reduced op tempo.
It is expected that a shutdown would have a greater impact on DoD civilian employees. The Pentagon expects to furlough as many as half of their civilian workforce if a budget deal can’t be reached in time. However, as in the past, civilians deemed necessary for the safety of life and property would be required to stay on the job.
SandS is reporting that medical workers, teachers at DoDEA schools and emergency first responders, as well as others whose absence would immediately impede military operations will be among those who will not be furloughed.