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Unread 04-07-2011, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield, VA
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Default How a government shutdown will affect the military and their families

Just wanted to post this link to the National Military Family Association. They are really working hard to get the most accurate information out there for our service members and their families.

National Military Family Association: Government Shutdown
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Unread 04-07-2011, 09:16 PM
 
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It's a damn sad situation when service members would have to endure a pay stoppage, but the members of Congress would continue to be paid normally.

An absolutely disgraceful performance by our elected representatives.
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Unread 04-07-2011, 09:27 PM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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Just wanted to post this link to the National Military Family Association. They are really working hard to get the most accurate information out there for our service members and their families.

National Military Family Association: Government Shutdown
Thanks for posting the article. Government Shutdown – What Military Families Need to Know Seems to explain it all. Now it's just a matter of waiting...


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Unread 04-07-2011, 09:59 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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My wife worked for Army Emergency Relief for over 20 years at Ft. Campbell, Ky. She was there during the government shut down during the Clinton Administration. Service members received their entire paycheck during the entire shut down. Neither one of us can figure out why it would be any different this time.
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Unread 04-07-2011, 10:23 PM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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...during the government shut down during the Clinton Administration. Service members received their entire paycheck during the entire shut down. Neither one of us can figure out why it would be any different this time.
Depends on how long the government shuts down:
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said on Wednesday:
  • if the government shuts down on April 8 and goes for a week, service members would get half of a check on April 15 (pay from the April 1 – 8)
  • if the shutdown runs past April 15, service members would receive pay after the budget or a Continuing Resolution is passed.
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Unread 04-07-2011, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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My wife worked for Army Emergency Relief for over 20 years at Ft. Campbell, Ky. She was there during the government shut down during the Clinton Administration. Service members received their entire paycheck during the entire shut down. Neither one of us can figure out why it would be any different this time.
I was in the Marine Corps during the last shutdown. In 1995, Clinton signed a bill paying the troops during the shutdown. Obama has said he will veto said bill. Will be the first time the troops are not paid during a shutdown.
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Unread 04-08-2011, 12:16 AM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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Announcement: This forum is not to be used for political arguments. Use Politics and Other Controversies forum instead. Topics about specific miltary bases should be in our local forums



So please,lets keep it clean and orderly...

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Unread 04-08-2011, 06:49 AM
 
Location: la hacienda
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates is a savvy guy. "A smart thing for government is always to pay the guys with the guns first,"

Read more: “Pay The Guys With The Guns First” - Swampland - TIME.com (http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2011/04/07/pay-the-guys-with-the-guns-first/#ixzz1Iw3tnsNX - broken link)
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Unread 04-08-2011, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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As the article states the Commissaries are to be shut-down, so no groceries can be purchase on-base.

My Dw works for DECA [the Commissary] so that is my source.

We have a dear friend who works at DFAS, his department has no clue. Mid-level bureaucrats are making the decisions about who will work and who will be on furlow. It changes from week to week, there does not appear to be any actual policy in place. Each DFAS clerk has a set pile of contracts to review and to authorize checks for, every day. Some of these clerks do retiree pay, some do active duty pay, some clerks do various other department's pays [Forestry, IRS, DHS, DOT, ...]. Our friend is anxious as each week his department changes the line-up of which clerks will stay working and which will be furlowed. It sounds rather random, and yet focusing more on higher pay-grade administrators still going to work, instead of the actual clerks who process pay-checks and who pay for contracted services.



I was on Active Duty the last time that the Fed shutdown. It was just a hiccup in pay. Realistically back then it was not uncommon for dispersing to screw-up and skip a payday [or two] before they managed to figure it out. With direct-deposit [DFAS] handling the work-load it has gotten much smoother in recent years.

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Unread 04-08-2011, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Texas.
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We have friends who bank at a military credit union and they are paying their members the unpaid amount. Do you know if USAA is doing this also?
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