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Active-duty troops, some DOD employees could work without pay during government shutdown, Pentagon says

September 19, 2023

Doug G. Ware

Stars and Stripes

The Pentagon is seen on Oct. 21, 2021. (Robert H. Reid/Stars and Stripes)


By Doug G. Ware, Stars and Stripes / September 19, 2023

The U.S. military will keep active-duty troops and a limited number of civilian defense employees at their posts during a federal government shutdown, Pentagon officials have said. But they might have to go without pay until lawmakers reach a budget agreement.

The Defense Department has yet to elaborate on how it’s preparing for a possible shutdown, but officials have released an outline of what the situation could look like if Congress lets the fiscal year end on Sept. 30 without approving at least temporary funding for the government.

“The department will continue to defend the nation and conduct ongoing military operations,” the Pentagon wrote in a guidance document on preparing for a possible shutdown. “[The military] will continue activities funded with any available budgetary resources that have not lapsed, as well as excepted activities such as those necessary for the safety of human life and the protection of property.”

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